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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July 12, 2010

The Luxury of Remodeling

Posted in Children's Room, choosing paint for ceilings, Great Rooms, Guest Rooms, Houston, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Interior Designers, Kitchen Remodels, Kitchen Renovations, remodeling, Uncategorized at 8:14 am by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

The economic situation of the past couple of years has created a culture where we pay more attention to what we spend and where we spend it. Personally, I practice what I preach here. For the home, I believe in investing in quality pieces that will last.  I’d rather have a few great pieces versus lots of “stuff” that will fall apart within the year.

But the recent times has also created a bit more nesting in us – staying home and enjoying what we have, as well as clearing out what we don’t use.

While all of this staying home may be enjoyable, it also reminds us more of what doesn’t work very well in our homes – an awkward kitchen, a bathroom that’s too small or a poorly designed closet. Rather than move, it’s a great time to invest in remodeling.

While you are spending money on an interior designer (we hope you consider calling us) and the remodel, the investment will pay off in dividends. Not only will you add to the value of your home should you want to sell it, you will receive greater value from the remodeled spaces every day. That is worth every penny that you invest in the project!

With that – here are the top 10 areas/items that you should consider improving in your home

1.   Kitchen – This is still the heart of the home, the room remembered the most by your friends and family.  Simple improvements in design and technologies can change this room from a room where you work, to a room that works for you.

BEFORE

AFTER

2.   Flooring – While you should be maintaining your floors at least once a year.  Consider renovating them through re-finishing and replacing at least once every 7-10 years.  Remember stained carpet isn’t exactly welcoming.

3.   Walls – Many people move in to a home, only to never repaint the interior to the home over the years.  Enamels yellow and walls become marred with time.  Painting your home is an instant makeover.  Love your furnishings, but feel the need to freshen it up?  Painting is the first step.

4. Master Bathroom – Let’s face it, life isn’t becoming any less demanding between work, family and extracurricular activities.  Shouldn’t you have at least one room that helps you to relax and retreat from the outside world?

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AFTER


5.   Entertainment Rooms – Do you happen to have one of those rooms where the cords from the Wii hang out everywhere, 10 remotes for the electronic equipment and never enough space to play a game?  Consider the improvement that an entertainment room can have on your home and your family.

6.   Home Office – The complexity of our lives and the flexibility of work today means that the desk in the kitchen just isn’t going to cut it anymore.  The luxury of the home office helps to provide solitude to work and a central hub to all of your homes and families activities, finances and schedules.

7.   Outdoor Entertaining – My husband and I laugh at our parties. They are very rarely small, with people everywhere.  As we continue to entertain our friends and family, the outdoor arena is increasingly more important for seating, play and cooking.  It is also a great way to increase the livable square footage of your home.

8.   Window Treatments – The sub-tropical climate of Houston sends our power bills skyrocketing every summer.  The sun’s rays also create havoc on the fabric of our drapery treatments, whether through fading or through fiber erosion.  Invest in drapery treatments to act as a barrier between your power bill and the heat of the summer.  Simple renovations are panel rotations and regular cleaning of the drapery treatments.

9.   Kid’s Bedrooms – Always a popular project, help your child’s room grow and reflect their personality and needs as they themselves grow.

10. Master Bedrooms – Usually the last project for most people, it can be one of the most beneficial to your sanity and even your marriage!

If you are in the Houston area, we’d love to talk with you about areas in your home that need some attention. Whether you use us or not, we would love it if you could share your before and after pictures from your remodel. We all love inspiration from others!

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.

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.

September 20, 2009

The Luxury of Mirrors

Posted in defining your luxury, Design inspiration, Design Inspirations, Fireplace, Houston, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Luxury for the home, Luxury interior design, mirrors, Uncategorized at 5:16 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler
 
Mirrors are one of those staple items in each and every home.  The challenge in using them is selecting one that is unique and supports the style of the home.  The next challenge for most people is how, when and where to use them. 
 
Mirrors should be placed with a specific purpose in a room.  Is your small scale room claustrophobic?  The a large mirror can make the small space feel expansive. Does your room have an awkward niche, or is it lacking windows and natural light? A purposefully placed mirror will divert the eye and provide reflection of natural light. 
 
I often see mirrors placed above fireplaces, which in itself is fine, but what I find troublesome is what the mirror is reflecting, often times, it is a ceiling fan, or a plain ceiling.  When the reflection is devoid of interest, the use of the mirror has failed.  So when you place mirrors, do it with purpose, consider the reflection, and make it a luxurious one.
APF Group Mirror

APF Group Mirror

The full-wall mirror used in this narrow dining room adds depth and dimension to the room.  Even with a table full of guests, the space feels expansive and inviting.  I love that the gold frame on this mirror is the accent color in the space.  If the frame had been one of the darker colors present in the room, the expansiveness create by the mirror would have been too defined.
 
Ritz Carlton, Florida.  Designed by Avery Brooks.

APF Group Mirror - Ritz Carlton, Florida. Designed by Avery Brooks.

 This is a spectacular example of a use of a mirror.  The scale works well with the over-scaled fireplace and mantle.  Even though it is large, it blends into the room, almost acting as a window.  The attempt to blend this mirror into the space can be seen in the treatment of the narrow mirror frame.  I can’t be quite sure, but it seems that the frame repeats the wallpaper pattern on the wall.  This is one room that a visitor wouldn’t really be sure that it was a mirror at first glance.

Sitting Area in Master Bedroom.  Interior Design by Stacy Lapuk.

Sitting Area in Master Bedroom. Interior Design by Stacy Lapuk.

I found this to be another great use of a mirror. The Interior Designer, Stacy Lapuk, made the most of this little nook by installing a mirror that nearly fills this small wall.  The reflection of a beautiful master bedroom, crystal chandelier and a large window magnify the natural light in this corner.  She also has created beautiful reflections with the tailored back of the chaise and ormolu accent table.  A joy to the eye, no matter what way you look it.
 
 

August 31, 2009

The Luxury of Glamour – Crystal Chandeliers

Posted in Contemporary Bedroom, Design Ideas, Design inspiration, Houston, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Luxury for the home, Luxury interior design, Master bedrooms, Modern Bedrooms, Traditional Bedroom, Uncategorized at 2:29 am by luxuryforthehome

I have to start off by saying that living in an older home in Houston, TX; I love my ceiling fans.  But I also prefer the ambiance of a crystal chandelier over a ceiling fan in the master bedroom.  The hardest part of selecting a chandelier for this room is choosing one that is not more apt for the dining room or kitchen in its design aesthetic.  I want a chandelier that has character and sophistication, adding value to the room.  Whether your bedroom is modern or traditional, we have the chandelier for you.  Take a look at these lovelies.

Melody Chandelier - Currey & Company

Melody Chandelier - Currey & Company

 

Black Crystal Chandelier - Black Chandelier

Black Crystal Chandelier - Black Chandelier

Xanadu - Fredrick Raymond

Xanadu - Fredrick Raymond

Master Bedroom with Chandelier - Schonbek.com photo

Master Bedroom with Chandelier - Schonbek.com photo

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.

March 7, 2009

Just For The Fun Of It!

Posted in Great Dane, Houston, Prius at 3:19 am by luxuryforthehome

As a citizen of Houston, I spend my fair share in traffic…grumble…. But some days there are those things that makes you smile. This is one that made me smile. We had a Great Dane for about 4 years before she unexpectedly passed away. This one, in a PRIUS (!), made me laugh. Also what you can’t see is what the Dane is looking at…the HPD officer next too him. 🙂

Enjoy, have a good weekend!