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 15, 2010

In Good Taste – Luxury Eco-Living

Posted in Design inspiration, Green Interior Design, Kitchen design, Luxury interior design at 8:13 am by luxuryforthehome

by Leslie Hassler

One of my most favorite posts this week was Wednesday’s post about Your Style With A Side Of Green.  While I was researching for our newsletter this week, I came across this home as featured in Veranda, the Eco-Manor.  Click here for the article, or here for EcoManor.  Enjoy these highlights –

 

EcoManor as featured on Veranda.com

 

 

EcoManor - Front Parlor as on Veranda.com

 

 

EcoManor Lively Living Room as from Veranda.com

 

 

EcoManor's princess bedroom as from Veranda.com

 

 

 

EcoManor's clean and fresh kitchen as from Veranda.com

 

 

Eco-Manor Veranda as from Veranda.com

 

Enjoy your home and your weekend.  We will see you on Monday!

September 16, 2010

Living Life Well – Simplify

Posted in defining your luxury, Design inspiration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Luxury for the home, Luxury interior design at 4:42 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler

Today I wanted to share  a bit of my design philosophy with you. This philosophy guides my choices and designs for my life and my clients. It helps to create an environment to help you live your life well.

My most important principle is simplicity. Simplicity is difficult to achieve in the complex world of more. It, like anything else needs attention to flourish.  And just like achieving balance, sometimes simplicity is about making adjustments.

So what is the first thing we like to do for our clients?  Edit, that is reduce the amount of things.  If an object does not have a purpose, or doesn’t illicit a positive (not neutral) response from you, then it really doesn’t belong in your home.  It should bring you happiness, remind you of a fond memory or make life easier for you.

Enjoy these simple rooms.

Living Room by John Willey as featured by House Beautiful.

Master Bedroom created by Woodson+Rummerfield as featured in Rue Magazine. This may be my new favorite online magazine!

Living Room by designers Michael and Alexandra Misczynski, as featured in Veranda.

Creating simplicity out of chaos is an art, and one we are very well versed in.  Contact me at 281-701-2461 to experience simplicity at its best.

Your Home. Your Style. Your Luxury.

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.

January 20, 2010

The Luxury of Urban Living

Posted in art, clean design, collections, Design inspiration, Houston decoration, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, Luxury interior design, Uncategorized tagged at 4:00 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

Well, if you follow me on facebook (Luxury For The Home) or twitter (@luxuryforthehom), you may know that we are getting ready for the ASID Showrise Project at The Commerce Towers in downtown Houston.  The event benefits the Houston Downtown Alliance and ASID.  This will be our first showcase project and we are very excited.

Based upon our designs for our unit, our space titled, “Modern Sophisticate”.  The unit is a two-bedroom loft with a very urban view.  We are designing the entry/stair/landing and the Kitchen/Breakfast areas.  When we first saw the unit, what struck me the most is the very URBAN view.  But after many trips to New York, where the view is not always the best outside apartments, I felt inspired to create a stunning view inside for this urban home.

I could see a very successful businessman calling this place home.  Which meant that we need very tailored lines, a welcoming space for those pre-evening festivities and the Saturday night poker games.  With that in mind, I’d like to highlight our partners for the unit who have graciously allowed us to use their products as part of the Showrise.

The first partner I want to highlight is Laura Rathe Fine Art on Colquitt (713-527-7700).  I can not say enough positive things about Laura, Kathy & Carol – they are friendly, gracious and very knowledgeable about their art.  If you have never been here and love contemporary art, you owe it to yourself!

That being said, I also wanted to share with you the beautiful art and artists we’ve selected.  Pictures never do the pieces justice, so plan on coming to the show February 13-14th & February 20-21st to see it in person.

CHRISTOPHER MARTIN

Christopher Martin - Dreamscape (96" x 48") Acrylic on Acrylic. Available from Laura Rathe Fine Art

MEREDITH PARDUE

Meredith Pardue - Pods VI , Available through Laura Rathe Fine Art

RAY PHILLIPS

Ray Phillips Face 37

Ray Phillips, Face 37 43" x 50". Available through Laura Rathe Fine Art.

KATHERINE HOUSTON

Katherine Houston

Katherine Houston, Chaos, 40" x 60", Acrylic on Acrylic. Available through Laura Rathe Fine Art.

MARISSA STARR

Marissa Starr

Marissa Starr, Water Wing Teal Red, Mixed Media. Available through Laura Rathe Fine Art.

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.

January 4, 2010

The Luxury of the Art Salon: How to Hang Your Art – Part 2

Posted in defining your luxury, Design Ideas, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Houston Interior Designer, How To Hang Art, Luxury for the home, Luxury interior design, Uncategorized at 3:13 pm by luxuryforthehome

by Leslie Hassler, Allied ASID; AKBD

In our first segment of “How to Hang Your Art” we focused on ways to hang your art as a part of composition.  A very effective technique, to say the least.  But my most favorite technique for hanging art is in the style one of the great Paris Salons.  Apartment Therapy gave a great history of salons (check out the historical illustrations).  If you want a truly technical way to hang art in this style, check out ArtEmerging.com.  (Who said design isn’t about math?)

But while I researched this idea a bit for you, it seems that this style of hanging art is hitting a resurgence of popularity.  There are several manners of organizing your art that can tell a story or even provoke a response from the viewer, afterall wasn’t that the intent of many of the artists that submitted art to the Paris Salons?

If you collect your art along a theme of subject or technique, consider organizing your art in a manner that tells a story, or shows the evolution of a subject, artist or technique over time.  But, perhaps a more thought-provoking way to look at your organization would be a study of contrasts.  Done well, the contrasts do more to highlight each individual piece as it stands so closely to its neighbors.

Salon Style Art Example

Salon style of hanging art of Houston home by interior designer Michael J. Siller. Architectural Digest 2007.

In this first example, the art has a bit of an ethnic feel, showcasing Native American, Egyptian and African art.  The consistency of form and color help create a cohesive display of art.  I especially love the contrast of the ethnic art against such a formal traditional interior.

Salon Style of Hanging Art

Ralph Lauren's Bedford NY Home. Architectural Digest 2004.

In this lovely blue living room, the composition and compression of space between the paintings and photography works superbly.  All the “guidelines” I’ve talked about, consistency of frame, similar subjects, composition; are followed here.  The reason this really works is because the guidelines are loosely followed, and mixed with an artistic interpretation of the guidelines.  This example of salon style is subtle and invites you in to study each piece.

This last example shows yet another way to interpret the salon style of organizing your art.  I love that this example is a small, cozy space with a library feel.  Most of us feel that we need large walls to use this style of hanging art, but this shows you can accomplish it is small areas as well.

Gallery Art Example

Salon style example in a small area by designer Anthony Browne. Architectural Digest, September 2002.

I love how the art wraps itself up the staircase, and is in every nook possible. I even love the portrait displayed in the bookcase.  The composition again is successful because of the invitation to sit, study and enjoy the art.

That is what you are doing when you hang your art.  You are conveying parts of yourself to visitors in your home.  How ever you display your art – you want to make it invitational to contemplation and enjoyment.  Consider the salon style of hanging your art as a way to bring luxury into your home.

If you’re ready to bring luxury into your home, we’d love to be your interior designer.  Call Leslie at 281-701-2461 to schedule an appointment.

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.
 
 

September 3, 2009

Master Bath Luxury: Digital Controlled Showers

Posted in houston interior design, Luxury for the home, luxury homes, Luxury interior design, master bathroom remodeling, Uncategorized at 4:38 pm by luxuryforthehome

I am so excited to share with you one element of a master bath remodel we are working on.  The system from Kohler (www.kohler.com) is the DTVII system, we won’t be incorporating the steam aspect, but all the other functions will be there.  If you haven’t had a chance to look at this system, then run to your neighborhood plumbing showroom and check out the display.

Our clients especially like the thunderstorm setting, which creates clouds in the ambient rain system and then flashes with thunder and lightning, pretty fun.  The control module has multiple presets for  heat and chromotherapy for the individual users.  I personally would be excited to utilize the media module allowing my favorite music to play as well.  Again this is a shower to be enjoyed and relished as you get ready for your day or relax at the end of the day.  Once it is in place, I’ll share pictures.

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September 2, 2009

Guest Room Luxury: Making the Most of out small spaces

Posted in children's bedrooms, Children's Room, Contemporary Bedroom, defining your luxury, Design Ideas, Design Inspirations, houston interior design, Houston Interior Design Blog, Kitchen design, Luxury for the home, Luxury interior design, Modern Bedrooms, Traditional Bedroom, Uncategorized tagged at 1:38 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Allied ASID, AKBD
Guest rooms poise a challenge, especially in more urban areas and older homes.  Our guest bedroom gets used, but only about 20 nights out of the year.  I love some of these options for challenging areas for guest beds.
This is currently on Decorati’s (www.decorati.com) homepage.  The look is so stunning, that it takes a while to notice how small the overall space is.  The window definitely helps the space not feel claustrophobic.  I love that the bedding is also perfectly scaled to the size of the bed (one of my LUXURY TIPS).  See what a difference it makes?
Very small bedroom area, Highlights on Decorati.com

Very small bedroom area, Highlights on Decorati.com

Again, when space is a premium, think of smart storage solutions.  You could find this ottoman by TLS Designs (www.tlsbydesign.com/) in almost any room of the house.  What a great way to be able to host your guests.  The trick here is the complete bedding ensemble to make your guests feel special.  The ottoman is a blank canvas itself.  I keep wanting to put a kick pleat skirt on it, or maybe a fun print for the fabric.  There are just so many ways you could customize it for your interior.
Ottoman Sleeper from TLS by Design

Ottoman Sleeper from TLS by Design

Houston has been behind in the high-rise condominium market, but we are building them like mad in an effort to catch up.  One challenge we are finding for our clients is was to maximize entertaining areas, while still allowing for guest stays.  I LOVE the wall beds from Boone Wallbeds (www.boone-wallbeds.com) – why there isn’t something like this in the US, I have no idea.  The styles presented on their site have sophistication & style.  You really need to check them out!
Linea Line of Boone Wallbeds

Linea Line of Boone Wallbeds

Open Linea Line from Boone Wallbeds

Open Linea Line from Boone Wallbeds

I think this is one of the best ideas for childrens’ rooms.  This chair from Century Furniture (www.centuryfurniture.com) is a great example.  The chair itself is a chair-and-a-half, making a great chair for bedtime stories when they are young and a great chillin’ chair for the teen years – perfect for the BFF to spend the night.
Century Sleeper Chair & Ottoman

Century Sleeper Chair & Ottoman

I caught this in the September issue of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine (www.bhg.com).  These homeowners integrated the bed into their kitchen area – a new take on the bed and breakfast concept for sure.  This is just another way to show that you can get a guest bedroom in just about anyplace you may want it.
Guest Room Double Duty - Better Homes & Garden - Sept. 2009 issue

Guest Room Double Duty - Better Homes & Garden - Sept. 2009 issue

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

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