Award Winning Registered Interior Designer, Cristie Schlosser is a professional member of ASID. She earned her degree in Business Administration, Marketing and Finance at The University of Texas and later studied Interior Design. Cristie’s previous career in the apparel industry working for national retailers and manufactures provided an excellent background and natural transition to the interior design industry.
By Design Interiors, Inc. is one of Houston’s premier full-service design firms with expertise in both residential and commercial spaces. Their talented designers stay at the forefront of the interior design and remodel industry and work successfully with homeowners, architects, home designers, builders and remodelers, to create uniquely beautiful spaces.
The ASID Austin Design Community held its 27th Annual Design Excellence Awards ceremony on November 7, at Abel's on the Lake. Austin's premiere design community joined in to celebrate creativity, innovation, and achievement in interior design. The evening’s festivities began with a fajita bar, cocktails, and a photo booth.
Designers viewed and experienced new products from 22 vendors including, Dorado Stone Distributors, Anchor Ventana, Cosentino, Legen Lighting, BMC, Crossville Tile & Stone, Daltile, Decorum Architectural Stone, High Tech Flooring and Design, Kravet/Lee Jofa, Stockton Hicks Laffey, Stone SOlutions, Travis Tile, Kingwood Fine Cabinetry, Architectural Tile & Stone, Austin Stone Works, Exteriors Designer Showroom, Sherle Wagner Intl, Sunsational Solutions, Texas Sun & Shade, and Tufenkian Artisan Carpets.
With the holidays around the corner and a hot, busy summer behind us, it’s a great time of the year to begin considering our seasonal décor. J. Douglas Design gives us some wonderful tips on how to freshen up and sprinkle some holiday spirit in our living spaces; especially during this time of year when many families invite their friends and family into their homes to celebrate special occasions and enjoy the time together.
Living areas are the common gathering space in the home, whether they are a formal or more casual room. Many homes have two or more living areas to accommodate one space for both purposes; and one of them is often referred to as a den. These living areas are many times connected to the dining room, which is also a very important part of your home’s entertaining area. Living areas are of great significance in day-to-day living; we look to this space to rest and relax, and recharge from our busy lives.
Whether you are choosing décor for a formal living area or a more casual den – it is a special space in your home that will be shared with many, and should reflect your personal style and flair. Here are some tips to make your living spaces comfortable and stylish.
Focus on seating. The living area is a place where people unwind, relax and have conversations with one another. If you have a large area to work with, sectionals are great for this as they wrap comfortably around the room and allow people to sit facing one another. Perhaps you are working with more limited space, and if this is the case, then a sofa and some chairs work well just fine, positioned around a coffee table as typical. If you have a spacious room, a very popular and unique arrangement is to have two loveseats facing one another with a coffee table in between. Just remember that whatever size room you have, try to allow for guests to face each other if possible and maximize your seating with the space you have. If there is additional and awkward space in your room, consider decorative occasional tables or ottomans to fill out the design with usable pieces that will be nice conversation pieces as well.
Slocum Street Style 2012 was once again a great success. Yesterday evening, Slocum Street brimmed with design enthusiasts and curious others strolling along leisurely from showroom to showroom in the twilight of the evening. Each showroom was full of the bustle of lively conversation.
The spread at McGannon Showrooms
They helped soothe the growl of people’s stomachs by serving light bites and drinks. Also featured in each showroom were individual raffle prizes for people in attendance. For those with bigger appetites, there were food trucks located on a few street corners filled with the smells of mouth-watering food.
The Kitchen Source had chefs from Subzero whip up some scrumptious tex mex finger foods for guests.
Photo courtesy of California Closets
California Closets of the Texas Hill Country makes it their goal to set a high standard of customer service and attention to detail that is unsurpassed by anyone. Serving Austin, San Antonio, the surrounding hill country, and through the Texas-Mexico border, they guarantee their products and workmanship for as long as anyone owns their home.
"Our systems will always meet and adapt to your changing storage needs, which works well for anyone hoping to add value to their home. Also, unlike most of our competitors, we offer a more substantial product in look and use that is a 100% true custom design and fit to specific spaces," said Tarra Conte, business coordinator, California Closets.
Additionally, they are a one-stop shop with an all-inclusive price: they design, they fabricate, they install and they guarantee. Competitors usually offer do-it-yourself products that you pick up in the store and install yourself or charge an additional fee for out-sourced contractors to install the system for you. When you work with California Closets, you’ll work with a California Closets designer and a California Closets installer; everyone on their team is highly trained in our services and products, exclusively.
Native Texan, Rebecca Lightfoot has been working in real estate, finance, fine art and interior design for more than 17 years. She holds her Texas real estate license from Champions School of Real Estate, Associates in Applied Arts of Interior Design from the Art Institute of Houston, and spent three years training under a certified financial advisor specializing in long-term financial planning.