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.
In today’s hectic world, the ability to retreat to a place of quietude is essential. What better place than for your home to serve as the sanctuary into which you are able to escape and re-charge. Komal Sheth, Allied Member ASID, founder of Spaces Designed in Austin, suggests starting with a simple and minimal design approach. “A clear space means a clear mind.” Your home should serve as not only a place to eat, sleep and congregate, but just as importantly, a haven that creates a mood of tranquility that is comfortable and prepares you for the chaos outside, suggests Sheth.
Whether starting a new construction project, remodeling your current location or purchasing a pre-owned home, industry expert Michael Munir of Sharif & Munir Custom Homes knows a handful of golden rules to staying within your overall budget and making realistically smart selections. No matter what the project, Munir highly recommends assembling in a team of professionals to make early assessments, create a plan of action, establish a clear budget and work together towards the final product – your home. But aside from that, he explains, are several other value-related “X-factors” that should always be taken into account when determining a home’s “cost per square foot.”
While the continuous snow and blizzard-like weather swirls about our area - it's difficult to imagine a season filled with sunny spring days just around the corner. But, before we know it, we will return to enjoying the great outdoors. And, what better way to experience the beauty of our natural surroundings than with a thoughtfully planned, gorgeously designed, exquisitely manicured garden oasis - custom tailored just for you. President and Director of Design at Lambert Landscape Company, Paul Fields, (ASLA) shares his personal expert advice and dishes on everything you need to know for creating a stunning backyard garden.
Trends, they come and go, but furnishing homes with priceless and meaningful antiques will remain a culturally affluent affection both here in Dallas and abroad. However, scouting the world for well preserved fine furnishings from centuries past has turned into a modern sport, explains Bruno de la Croix-Vaubois of Country French Interiors, thanks to the World Wide Web.
You are a globetrotter, a real roaming gnome with an affection for cultural exposure. Make your travel memories last by taking design elements and ideas from around the world and infusing them into your home's decor. Designers are taking inspiration from across the globe, using the bold colors, intricate detailing and traditional methods from the rich cultures of the world to influence fine home furnishings.
This year's June Total Home & Gift Market at Dallas Market Center proved the design market is perking up after a recently sluggish economy. With a bevy of speakers and presentations throughout the event, special guest Lee Eiseman lit up the room with a riveting 2010 Color Trends forecast presentation. We couldn't help but jot down some notes and take home a few tips from Eiseman's hand-picked home design color palettes from Pantone.
ALL IN A DAY'S WORK: Why Interior Designers Truly Have Their Work Cut Out for Them.......“No one man can wear all the hats, all the time,” states an ancient and wise proverb. Quite the contrary though, if you ask Dallas-based interior designer John Phifer Marrs A.S.I.D., or any designer for that matter.