When it comes to purchasing artwork for a home, owners and designers alike far too often approach it in the same way they approach buying the sofa, the chairs, the table and selecting the paint color. As these things are subservient to the overall design concept of the room, so they believe is the choice of artwork.
Amanda Still, director and interior designer, Hill Design + Gallery, rejects this approach. Instead, she advises her clients to become art “collectors,” not art “consumers.” According to Still, the fundamental difference is this: for an art “consumer,” artwork is an afterthought; for an art “collector,” artwork is unique, central, substantive, personally defining, individualistic, self-expressive.
“I want to focus on encouraging my clients to become art collectors rather than art consumers,” she said. “This means, thinking from an art collection standpoint, creating an interior that accommodates the fine art instead of having the space dictate purely decorative, mass produced pieces.”
Transitional style seems to be in the spotlight, when it comes to the feel of homes. Clients are desirous of a comfortable yet a classy look that negates the more museum-type showcase of a more traditional home.
“When it’s all said and done, everyone wants their space to be customized and unique and really say something that they can identify with,” said RSVP Design Services Principle Designer Rhonda Vandiver White.
The texture in the reclaimed wood wall treatment gave an opportunity to take a rustic finish and show how modern details could prevent it from feeling "lodge-y"
Life is full of defining moments. For Designer Denise McGaha, it was when she told Dallas Renovation Group CEO Ralph Stow, “yes,” to tackling “The Remodeled Home of Tomorrow” project at the 2011 Texas State Fair. Because from it, due to the unexpected twists and turns, and the short deadline of the project, she envisioned and created her new line, “Designing with a Deadline.”
Originally, “The Remodeled Home of Tomorrow” was going to take on the form of an actual little residence between 1100 – 1200 square feet. Architectural and exterior plans were in place. But in September, McGaha received a phone call, while she was in New York that those plans had fallen through. The house was now going to be built under a tent with just the sheetrock to make up the interior.
Motorized shades. Luxury at home everyday. The blinds have been lifted to reveal that these window treatments have quickly become quite the prevalent trend across the homeowner board.
In past years, motorized shades have primarily appeared in and appealed to the luxury home.
“We have seen a huge shift, in the market, where consumers at all price ranges are asking for motorization. They want it for their ‘high use’ areas, in shades and in draperies,” said Curtain Couture Designer Mary Ann Young. “Right now, it’s all about the little luxuries for families. That’s really important to them. It’s more expensive, but they’re willing to invest. Even if it means sacrificing in other areas, they want their every day lifestyle to be convenient.”
Interview with: Tal Thevenot
AquaTerra Outdoor Environments
Homeowners are investing more in their backyards; sophisticated outdoor structures are minimizing the boundaries between the interior and exterior of a home. High-end outdoor kitchens, dishwashing systems, wine refrigerators, industrial grills, surround sound automation and other outdoor entertainment systems are popular amenities that clients are having installed to maximize their outdoor experience.
Interview with: Paige Sowden
National trends in interior design have trickled down into the rug industry bringing originality, vibrant colors, and eco-friendliness to rugs. “Designers are no longer looking for rugs to simply fill a space. They are craving bold, artistic statements, to brighten a room from the floor up”. Paige Sowden of Interior Resources, a Dallas based flooring company most known for its unique rug inventory, discusses the most outstanding trends in the rug industry.
Interview with: Dennis Teague
There are several ways to redefine a space in your home. From contemporary to traditional, designers are finding creative ways to mix the two styles to form a unique, eclectic space. Dennis Teague of McGannon Showrooms in Dallas discusses this latest movement in home design.
With nesting becoming a more popular lifestyle choice, the interest to spruce your home and entertain from home has increased tremendously. Not only is it common to revamp the interior of the house, but the outdoor living space has also become a focal point as it is a great place to lounge or host guests, especially given the lengthy months of warm weather in the south. Patio furniture, grills and outside décor are very important elements for the backyard, and with their gain in interest and use, quality is vital.
With the wide variety of materials to choose from when making tile and countertop selections, making a final decision can be daunting. Not only is there a multitude of stone and tile materials, colors and patterns, but also a wide variety of installation choices that can further define your design style. With so much to consider, professionals like Tom Macaluso, Production Manager of Tileworks in Austin, can be a lifesaver! Known and recognized as an industry expert, Macaluso guides clients through what can be an overwhelming process with ease.