(Photo: Donna Moss, interior designer, owner of That's Haute; and Dan Foley, lifestyle expert, principal of DANN INC.)
Dallas Market Center and the Accessories Resource Team (ART), the trade association representing the decorative accessory industry, announced the winners of the 23rd annual ARTS Awards during a gala event held the evening of Saturday, January 21 at the ARTS Awards’ new location, the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
Although uncomfortable with the accolade, Barry Martin is Dallas painting royalty. He established Barry A. Martin Painting in 1996, a full-service painting company that specializes in high-end custom painting and finishing. With a library of special finishes on his resume, Barry Martin can transform walls and furniture into works of art.
An architect from California, Barry Berkus, used to say, “humans love arches.” It’s true, we do. But, we love all special places. We love attic rooms with slanted ceilings, we love window seats, bay windows and clever niches. No one ever walked into a rectangular room with a flat ceiling and gushed, “Oh, I LOVE this space!” (unless it had a special feature like a window wall or something). So, remember to ask your architect or building designer to give you some special places, some special touches. Don’t just build a home that flows well and is attractive from the street. Those things are important, but create something that surprises you and makes your home feel distinctive once you get inside or when you encounter the backyard.
Light wood finishes, chairs upholstered in vintage grain sacks and dark leather in the central seating area contrast with pastel pillows and custom finished armoires at A. Hooper & Co., a Fort Worth fashion boutique, designed by Gibson Gimpel Interior Design. Farrow and Ball "Elephant's Breath" wall and ceiling color creates a soft ground to showcase the colorful spring fashion on display.
The New Year offers an opportunity to breathe new life into tired spaces. With trends toward lighter and softer palettes on the rise, designers are invigorating this new look by pairing these soft palettes with modern, saturated, bright colors. From the 2012 Spring Fashion Runway shows, to fabrics and paint colors, inspiration can be found in novel and unexpected color combinations. High contrast natural tones and textures mix with industrial materials and finishes to add drama to the design.
Forja Designs is a manufacturer and distributor of artistic wood and wrought iron products like doors, gates, garages, balconies, etc. They have a wide selection of magnificent products at your selection custom made for your Home. At Forja Designs they value every customer and welcome the opportunity to work with them. Since the beginning they acknowledge the importance of working together with builders, designers, architects, and homeowners to meet or exceed their specific needs.
Mailboxes are one of the first things you see when you enter a residence, an important element of the overall entry statement. No longer something that we wish to have fade into the surroundings, but rather one more opportunity to dress the area up. We are seeing a growing trend in beautiful customized mailboxes and a great amount of thought is being put in its design.
A prominent way to innovate a space is to provide a modern-age storage solution to make convenience an even greater luxury. Innovative door lifts, TV lifts, pantry armoirs and several improvements in the aesthetic of customized kitchens and cabinetry is a specialized service that KingWood Fine Cabinetry excel in: garnering them the highest honor at the Austin Home & Garden Show as Best In Show. We are absolutely thrilled, and not surprised, that our stellar partner in Austin won such a coveted award. To proceed its reverenced reputation, KingWood ventured off to San Antonio to spread the news of their high-end craftsmanship to the Alamodome.
The 2011 Texas State Fair is premiering The Home of Tomorrow, an exclusive world-class home exhibit exposing innovative and cutting edge design to a broader market. Consisting of two homes: The Net-Zero Energy Home of Tomorrow, interior design by Boudreaux Associates, and The Remodeled Home of Tomorrow, interior design by Denise McGaha Interiors are visually stimulating homes that broaden the concept of current interior design. The unique exhibit brings together local builders, architects, and interior designers with some of the world’s most advanced home product manufactures.
Drapery Design and Photo Credit: Designers Workroom, Dallas
In many instances, a client finds it hard to understand why custom draperies and window treatments can be so expensive. Exquisite fabrics are expensive and the labor to fabricate a window treatment can be deemed as overpriced. Designers Workroom in Dallas, gives insight on helping designers and clients understand the cost of drapery design, fabrication, and customized window treatments made for the home.
Plantation shutters are the number one seller in window treatment. Plantation shutters filter the light shining through and insulate the inside of a home more than any other window covering. Its energy reducing affects and noise insulating capabilities are some of the many benefits that are often times overlooked when homeowners plan on investing in plantation shutters.With a growing number of shutters sold in the United States each year, shutter expert Doug Sewell of Sewell Shutters discusses why plantation shutters protect the style and longevity of any home.