October 20, 2010

Green Living: J’aimerais un morceau vert de Paris!

Posted in art, decorating style, Green Interior Design, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Luxury for the home, Uncategorized at 8:15 am by luxuryforthehome

By:  Lauren Ballas – LEED AP

J’adore Paris!  I have been inspired by the city of love as it’s the hot spot for these vertical gardens.  They add artistic detail and eco-friendly intentions to any bland wall in a city.  The art form can make cities healthy, enjoyable and greener places!!!  I will be traveling to Paris, France the week before Christmas this year and can’t wait to keep my eye out for the vertical beauties!

The Musee de Quai Branly in Paris, France...Vertical Garden

On a smaller scale, with living wall art and sculptures you can enjoy the same effect in your own home.  It doubles as an air purifier and artwork!  My travels have inspired me to find different works of “living art” to go with your homes style!

Living Wall Art

Nature through and through!

The attention to detail in this piece is so enticing!  The color is subtle and the texture sooo rich.  Hang in the most popular room of the house so everyone can enjoy!

Living Wall Art

The Forest Floor!

The layers of plants are fun, flirty and fantastic in this living wall art!  It can give your home the forest floor effect and add natural color and depth to any kitchen or bathroom wall.

Vertical Moss Sculpture

Mimicking Nature with Sophistication!

I have been living in Sweden and visit the forest quite often.  I go specifically for the fresh air and scenery!  This sculpture has all the elements of a Swedish forest combined.  The forests are something out of a fairytale and so is this piece.

Just one of Sweden's forests!

Yes that’s me…The LEEDing Lady! I am living my own fairytale and enjoying all nature has to offer.

Concrete Moss Bust

When in Rome…

This living sculpture reminds me of my travel to Rome, Italy!  If you love traveling as much as I do, this piece would the perfect “green” addition to your home.

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October 18, 2010

Monday Inspiration: Bathrooms

Posted in Bathroom, Houston, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Luxury for the home, Luxury interior design, Master Bathroom, remodeling, Uncategorized at 9:29 am by luxuryforthehome

by Ali Adams

Do you ever walk into your bathroom and wish it were bigger and of course prettier?  I do almost on a daily basis.  Normally it is when I am standing behind my husband waiting to get in front of the sink.  I keep thinking I can figure out how to get a double vanity in there, but in reality I think we will probably move before I ever get there.  So when we do move guess what will be my main focus?  The Master Bath.

There are so many master bathrooms that I love and here are some that I think have some really great ideas.

1. Even though it is not a master bath I think this bath has lots of character.  This would have been awesome when I was a teenager!

 

Bathroom Collections - new Mimo print collections from Laufen

 

 

2.  This bathroom has such great natural light, I would love getting dressed in here.

 

Contemporary Bath by Velvet Hammerschmidt Design

 

 

3.  This one is so elegant and spacious!  I can just imagine myself soaking in the tub with a nice glass of wine.  I love the wood paneling, it is so unique for a bath.

 

Elegant Contemporary Bath by Joseph Pubilones Interiors, Inc

 

 

4.  This bath looks and feels fit for a princess with the dressing table and all.  I think anyone would enjoy spending their mornings in here.

 

Traditional Master Bath by Suzanne Furst Interiors

 

October is National Kitchen & Bath Month, call Luxury For The Home to create the master bath you have always wanted.

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October 14, 2010

Living Life Well- Fun Kitchen Hardware

Posted in accessories, defining your luxury, Design Ideas, Design inspiration, Hardware, Houston, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Kitchen design, Kitchen Hardware, Luxury for the home, Uncategorized at 10:14 am by luxuryforthehome

by Ali Adams

Do you ever look at your kitchen and just think it is kind of boring?  The easiest and most cost efficient way to revitalize your kitchen is to replace your hardware.  You can go from super elegant to way quirky.  I tend to be a little on the quirky side and as a matter of fact the last house I owned had forks and knives as the hardware which were always great conversation starters at all gatherings.

Here are a few that I think would really spice up a kitchen.  I especially like the the Kitchen ID Series from Notting Hill.  They would  really make life easier when instructing my husband in the kitchen!

 

Notting Hill: Kitchen ID Series

 

Atlas Homewares: Beaded Knobs, Image Copyrighted by Atlashomewares.com

 

Soko Studio: Manhandles

 

Kitchen hardware can make a huge statement.

Call Luxury For The Home to help you make a statement in your kitchen to live life well.

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October 11, 2010

Monday Inspiration: Kitchens

Posted in decorating style, Design Ideas, Design inspiration, Design Inspirations, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Kitchen design, Kitchen Remodels, Kitchen Renovations, Uncategorized at 8:34 am by luxuryforthehome

by Ali Adams

As the holiday season starts peaking around the corner I tend to think of all of the holiday gatherings.  As we all know the party always ends up in the kitchen.  The ideal kitchen is different for everyone, but here are a few that have some wonderful entertaining and styling ideas.

1. Zen and Compact: This zen space is compact while still feeling roomy enough to entertain.  I love the large island and breakfast bar because they allow for plenty of gathering space. Can’t you imagine throwing a party here??

 

A Zen Kitchen by Marguerite Rodgers

A Zen Kitchen by Marguerite Rodgers

 

2. Clean and Modern: This is a large kitchen with an elegant feel.  I love the streamlined marble counter tops that contrast with the dark wood table. I dream of lazy Saturday mornings at this breakfast table.

 

A Modern Oak Wood Kitchen in Los Angeles

 

3.  White and Bright: If I could keep it clean this would be my bright white kitchen.  It just feels subtly glamorous.  I love the idea of a breakfast table built off of the island, it is such a great use of space.

 

New House, New Kitchen Traditional Home

 

4.  Classic and Modern: This kitchen is so clean and neat with a pop.  I love the way the blue island stands out creating an interesting focal point as well as gathering space.

 

A Fresh Florida Kitchen

 

 

October is National Kitchen & Bath Month, call Luxury For The Home to begin the kitchen of your dreams.

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September 17, 2010

Expertise in Luxury – Meet the Authors

Posted in Design Ideas, Design Inspirations, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Uncategorized at 2:29 pm by luxuryforthehome

by Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

Last night, I attended the HADA Preview Party for the HADA Antique Show running this weekend and one of the benefits of going (outside of the treasure I showed you on Facebook) was having the opportunity to speak with some authors at a leisurely pace.  As I am an expert and guide for my clients, I find moments like last night invaluable to learn more for the benefit my clients.

The first author/designer was Hutton Wilkinson, author of a series of books highlighting one of Interior Design’s Greats, Tony Duquette.  His current book, More is More is the second the Duquette series.  While I was picking up a book about Thomas Pheasant, Hutton came over and introduced himself and then proceeded to introduce me to the rest of the authors.  As I flipped through the book, what stuck me where the party rooms and table settings that Duquette imagined.

Houston Interior Design, HADA, Hutton Wilkerson, Tony Duquette

More is More by Hutton Wilkinson

The second author to meet was Architect, Bobby McAlpine; author of The Home Within Us.  Mr. McAlpine is a quite man, but his work speaks volumes.  I enjoyed that his homes had classical, old world feel; but there was a tranquil simplicity to it.  I also enjoyed hearing hoe McAlpine redecorated his home three times before selling it.  It’s nice to know that other designers like to change things in their home.

Houston Interior Design, HADA, Bobby Mc Alpine

The Home Within Us by Bobby Mc Alpine

I think that the author/designer I enjoyed meeting the most was Jan Showers.  Now, having gone to interior design school in Dallas, I am familiar with who she is and had visited her showroom  several times.  But I had never met her in person.  We had a delightful conversation about design school, Dallas and shared a few resources for Houston.

Houston Interior Design, Jan Showers

A truly luxurious book, Glamorous Rooms by Jan Showers

So there’s now three beautiful books for my library.  Now, I just need a Saturday morning and a cup of coffee. Enjoy your weekend and remember to find moments of luxury.

September 1, 2010

A Field Trip to Luxury – Kravet & Lee Jofa

Posted in Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Uncategorized at 6:14 pm by luxuryforthehome

by Leslie Hassler

I made it to New York today for the 2010 Business of Design Conference.  This is my third year attending this bi-yearly conference.  As a member of the Best Practices Network, I get the chance to put aside project work to work on the business, along with another 100 top interior design firms.  I came up a little bit early to take advantage of a private tour of the Kravet/Lee Jofa design studios.  And what a wonderful field trip it was. I definitely need to thank Steve Prada, Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Bob Beloff, Vice President of Sales for being our gracious hosts.  And a huge thank you to everyone in the studio who shared with us their work and progress.

We are escorted through each line’s design studio and able to look at fabrics that are literally launching today, as well as lines and books that will take a bit longer to get to market.  There are some exciting things coming to market, but I did see a few trends throughout the space.

The first is the use of yellow & gray color scheme.

Traditional Home - Decorating With Sunshine!

One of the studio’s highlighted Thom Filicia’s work with Kravet, which has some lovely yellow, grays and Ikat prints – Check out this video about the collaboration –

The other line introduction that I am very excited about is the partnership with Oscar de la Renta – very fashion inspired. Check out Kravet’s celebration of Oscar de la Renta.

Not directly on our tour, I was shamelessly snooping at all the fabrics around and found this lovely.  This shot shows the Kravet fabric based on Oscar De La Renta’s skirt (on top).  My mind is still spinning with fun ways to put this new design to work.

A beautiful embroidered and pleated silk from Kravet, based on Oscar de la Renta's design.

Luxury For The Home believes that true luxury is not about ostentation or expense.  It is about simplicity. Sanctuary. Comfort.  It’s the beauty that happens when everything, including you, has its own ideal space.

Are you ready to bring luxury into your home?  For more ideas sign up for our newsletter, or to schedule a consultation, please call Leslie Hassler, at 281-701-2461.

April 14, 2010

The Luxury of New Technologies

Posted in Houston, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Kitchen design, Kitchen Remodels, Kitchen Renovations, Luxury interior design tagged at 1:56 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

Well we’ve been busy and where last year our clients were interested in improving their bathrooms, it seems the hot project this year is improving their kitchens.  We’ve just finished a quick cosmetic makeover of a kitchen and are set to start a bit larger of a makeover in the next few weeks.

When we begin working for a client, we research materials and products that really meet the need of that individual client. This client had laminate countertops to begin with, wanted to improve the look of her kitchen, but plans on moving within 3 years.   That’s how we came to install the product I am going to share with you.  For our project, the product easily came in 40-60% the cost of granite.  The product is a granite-look laminate from Formica (www.formica.com) called Formica 180FX . This product is fairly new, I believed that it was launched within the last six months.

Formica 180 FX - Blue Storm

Simply put, Formica has taken high definition photographs of 9 granite slabs.  The photography is reproduced in “slab” sized laminate (4′ x 8′) so that each 8′ run has one repeat, before, the repeats would run about 18″ or so.  There is also a top finish that mimics the polish of granite slabs.  They have also thinned out the thickness of the materials so that you can get more “granite-like” edges, such as an Ogee edge.

Now, the product does have some limitations, you can only get the formed edge on 2 sides, so installations such as islands will have some choices to make.  Also because the material is thinner, you won’t be able to wrap a cove up for a backsplash, The material just doesn’t have the stability to not crack in that situation.  But really that’s the least of my concerns.  I’d want to mask the fact that it is a laminate as much as possible.  For the backsplash, you can laminate a 1″ x 4″ to create a 4″ backsplash or lay the material flat, butting the countertop.

Formica 180fx - Golden Mascarello

So who is this material for?  Really it is for everyone.  For a minor remodel where the countertops are already laminate – this is a great lower cost option for a lot of look; for a commercial business – imagine the look this could give to your office breakroom; For higher end homes or new construction – well, we all know that if choices are going to be made to lose granite in a craft room or utility room – this is a great option.

Formica 180FX - Red Montana

If your kitchen needs a face lift or even a complete makeover, Luxury For The Home will create a kitchen of your dreams.

Luxury For The Home believes that true luxury is not about ostentation or expense.  It is about simplicity. Sanctuary. Comfort.  It’s the beauty that happens when everything, including you, has its own ideal space.

Are you ready to bring luxury into your home?  For more ideas sign up for our newsletter, or to schedule a consultation, please call me at 281-701-2461.

March 9, 2010

Luxury: The Hunt for Beauty in Composting

Posted in Design Ideas, Design inspiration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Kitchen design, Luxury for the home at 11:23 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

We all hear, “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.”  Today I have some ideas on the recycle concept.  I’ve spoken to you about the new focus for us this year, incorporating more environmentally friendly products and practices into our life, like eating less processed foods (which is hard for a busy family of 4!)  So, less processed foods means an increase in our organic waste.  Since we are also planting a huge amount of vegetables this year, wouldn’t it be nice to have some compost to feed those garden beds?

With that in mind, I’ve been searching for compost pails for the kitchen.  Not too surprising, there isn’t a plethora to choose from.  I, of course, want ones that have charcoal filters, but if it is going to sit on my counter, I’d like it to be attractive too.  Here are three that offer some style for you.

The mega stainless steel compost pail from Williams Sonoma, represents the most prevalent style available.  It does come in a 1 gallon capacity and the extra-large 1-1/2 gallon capacity. Not a bad choice if you’re cooking for an army!

Stainless Steel Compost Crock – Williams Sonoma

This green glazed ceramic would work perfect in any traditional kitchen, especially with a French or Tuscan flair.  This crock is so attractive, your guests wouldn’t guess it’s true purpose.

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Green Stoneware Compost Crock from The Gardeners Supply

I LOVE the last version.  The bamboo crock is made from a renewable source (another eco-philosophy) and is an attractive addition to any transitional or modern kitchen.  This may be the choice for me.

Bamboo Compost Crock from The Gardeners Supply

What is your favorite one?  Have you found one that works and brings luxury to your kitchen – Share with me!

Luxury For The Home believes that true luxury is not about ostentation or expense.  It is about simplicity. Sanctuary. Comfort.  It’s the beauty that happens when everything, including you, has its own ideal space.

Are you ready to bring luxury into your home?  For more ideas sign up for our newsletter, or to schedule a consultation, please call 281-701-2461.

October 15, 2009

The Luxury of The Right Frame

Posted in art, defining your luxury, Design Ideas, Design inspiration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Intertior Design Blog tagged at 9:00 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler

 Ok, great, you’ve selected your art and can’t wait to get it home.  Quite frequently, your art will come without a frame, leaving you another world of options on how to frame it.

 Let’s first start with the style of your piece and the style of your home.  If you have a contemporary home and a contemporary piece of art, using a simple streamlined frame or back liner makes perfect sense! But let’s say your home is traditional, but the art is decidedly not.

 Don’t fret, you actually have a world of choices.  If you have a gallery wrap piece, you could choose to have no frame.  Or you could choose a transitional frame, that is a frame whose styling is traditional, but it is subtle and refined. 

 The frame serves as the “marrying” piece between your interior and your art.  Be sure to test the frame against the piece. There are undertones to even wood frames that can accent and highlight the art. I would also bring a large sample of your wall color.  (Most of the major paint suppliers can send you a color sample to take with you.)

The next piece frequently skipped is the additional elements to framing, such as mats and fillets.  Each component of a frame builds and supports the art.  Often times, a piece of art with a single component looks wonderful, but with multiple framing components it looks exquisite. While you could change the frame on your art frequently, most people do not.  Don’t let the investment of quality framing scare you.  If the framing adds to the beauty of the art and you as a result enjoy it for 10, 20 or more years, then your investment per year is minimal.

I like for the color for the matte and fillet to highlight the art.  The color doesn’t necessary have to be stark contrast to enhance the art, often the subtle off-whites can help to light up a piece. I usually start with a color that is an accent in the piece.  Place the mat along side the art and step back.  Sometimes we scrutinize items at nose distance, when that will not be how we enjoy the piece.  So, step back three to four feet to observe the composition of the piece.  Another trick I do is to squint until everything is a haze.  Often times, if the color is wrong, you won’t get the “ahhh” feeling and know to move on.

The last key to framing is the artistic, design component.  The playing with combinations of art, matte color, frame type, color and size is fun – but don’t overwhelm yourself.  It is possible to overthink this decision.  Start with three choices, settle on one that you “lean to”, still unsure, then pull two more options.  Review your choices, often your first decision will be the best.

Want to play with the effects of framing and mattes can have?  I actually love the tool on Art.com, which allows you to play with so many of the elements.  I would remind you that this tool is great for you to understand the effect; but color renditions vary monitor to monitor.

Framed Artwork (by Gregory Garrett) with Vanilla Matte and Simple Black Frame (www.art.com)
Framed Artwork (by Gregory Garrett) with Vanilla Matte and Simple Black Frame (www.art.com)
This composition is very contemporary or modern.  The ivory frame pulls the foreground of the painting out, creating lightness in the view.
Same Artwork, Eucalyptus Matte, Simple Black Frame (www.art.com)
Same Artwork, Eucalyptus Matte, Simple Black Frame (www.art.com)
This composition is still contemporary/modern, but it becomes moody with the grey green matte, notice how the clouds feel stormy?
Same Artwork, Vanilla Matter, Burl Wood Frame (www.art.com)
Same Artwork, Vanilla Matter, Burl Wood Frame (www.art.com)
This frame lends itself a bit more transitional, but it also shifts focus on the art to the lower left quadrant of the painting.  To me it has an interesting effect of grounding the piece, while lifting the clouds.
Same Art, Vanilla Matte, Transitional Frame with Bead (www.art.com)
Same Art, Vanilla Matte, Transitional Frame with Bead (www.art.com)

The last frame option creates a more definite bordering of the painting.  The dark brown finish, almost seems to muddy the painting, pulling out all the shadows.

Which one do you like?

August 20, 2009

Kitchen Luxury: The Entertainment Sink

Posted in defining your luxury, Design Ideas, Design inspiration, Houston, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Kitchen design, Kitchen Remodels, Kitchen Renovations, Luxury for the home, Luxury interior design at 1:05 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Allied ASID, AKBD – NKBA

With the kitchen being one of the most used rooms in the home, it is no wonder that we talk so much about it.  The purposes of the kitchen transcend meal prep and cooking to a gathering and entertaining area where guests and family naturally gather.  Outside of work zones and work triangles, there are LUXURIES that need to be built in to the modern kitchen.  One such luxury is the entertainment/bar sink.  This sink is in addition to the main sink.  Usually 16″ or smaller, this sink serves as an station to wash veggies, fill pots or even chill beverages.  There is even the added benefit of freeing up the main sink for clean up. Many of the sinks available come or have available accessories such as cutting boards and basin racks.  These accessories serve to give you the most use of your sink and help to protect the sink finish.

I encourage you to indulge your fancies and creative side by looking at more decorative sinks.  Take a look at some of these beauties for traditional, transistional and contemporary homes.
Barcelona Entertainment Sink from Purple Sage Collections - A Perfect Option for Traditional Kitchen Designs.
Barcelona Entertainment Sink from Purple Sage Collections – A Perfect Option for Traditional Kitchen Designs.

The Poise (Kohler), shown here in the mirror finish is modern luxury at its finest.  The sink comes with a bamboo cutting board and bottom basin rack, but that's not the most stunning feature.  This sink also features SilentShield, a technology that dampens the sounds created by disposals, dishwashers and running water.

The Poise (Kohler), shown here in the mirror finish is modern luxury at its finest. The sink comes with a bamboo cutting board and bottom basin rack, but that's not the most stunning feature. This sink also features SilentShield, a technology that dampens the sounds created by disposals, dishwashers and running water.


This Luna sink from Native Trails as a curved design which brings fun to the entertainment sink. This sink, also available in a Nickel finish would work in a transitional or contemporary kitchen design.

This Luna sink from Native Trails as a curved design which brings fun to the entertainment sink. This sink, also available in a Nickel finish would work in a transitional or contemporary kitchen design.


This Lager Sink from the Hammerwerks series would shine in any rustic kitchen design.

This Lager Sink from the Hammerwerks series would shine in any rustic kitchen design.

 

If your planning a Kitchen redesign for your home, I would love to help you.  Please feel free to email @ leslie@luxuryforthehome.com or call at 281-701-2461.

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