Your bathroom should say “spa” not “blah”

I don’t know about you but, after a long hectic week with the kiddos and the studio, I am dreaming of a spa day. I can hardly sit still to have my nails done, so to carve out time for a full day at the spa seems like it will never happen. So, I turned my bathroom into my own version of a relaxing spa-like space.

This is way easier than it sounds! Add a bit of seating, remove clutter, upgrade bathroom fittings and a couple of decorative touches and you can transform your own bath into a luxurious spa-like atmosphere where you can unwind and relax your mind after a chaotic week!

Spa Bathroom Ideas

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Staff Obsessions: 6 Things We Love in January

My team and I love the start of a new year, as winter begins to fade off (or in the case of Houston, come and go periodically) and spring begins to bloom, sparking fresh inspiration. With all the new designs, amazing colors and fab patterns, we can hardly wait to share our favorite January finds!

Read on to see what we are obsessing over as we kick off 2017.

Wallpaper inspiration

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Create the ultimate first impression: Livable luxury in the entryway

Focusing on the design of your foyer can be hugely rewarding. It’s not a large space, so it will take just a bit of time and a relatively small budget for you to make a big impact in this small space! Your entryway is the perfect place to welcome friends and family into your home in style. After all, it is the first thing guests see when walking into your home. First impressions and all that…

From top to bottom (and by this, I mean from the floor to the ceiling), the entryway should set the tone for the rest of your home. If your home is anything like mine – kids often running wild – incorporating handsome storage is a must for hiding shoes, backpacks, and sports gear.

Read on to see just a few things to consider when designing your entryway.

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Before & After: Zen Oasis

Interior design is a transformative process. Through an artful combination of strategic planning and creative thought, designers thrive on creating a completely new space with each project – seeing a project through from beginning to end is, without a doubt, the best part about our job!

Of course, a full redesign is no small feat. There’s consulting and space planning, furniture selection and custom design work, textile choices and installations, and all of the small details in between that combine to create the finished product shown in all of the glossy photos proudly displayed here on the blog.

But what happens before the final photos? Let’s take a look at how our fabulous team took a blank slate and turned it into our client’s vision of a Moroccan oasis throughout the home.

hookah lounge designs

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3 Ways to Transform that Spare Bedroom

New year, new room! If you have a room in your home you barely use, now is the ideal time to give it new purpose. Whether you have a barely used dining room or a guest bedroom rarely slept in, this is a chance to start thinking about the functionality of your space in a fabulous new way.

Why not create a space to indulge in a hobby, create a fitness oasis, or carve out a space to just zen out in your own home? Read on for some fresh ideas on how to best utilize the spare room in your house just waiting for a makeover!

Home Theater Design

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‘Tis the Season for Three Tile Tips

The holiday season is in full swing and, while most of us are preoccupied with checking items off our gifting lists and decking the halls with holiday décor, the interior designer in me couldn’t help but continue thinking about all things renovation – surprise, surprise!

As is the norm this time of year, our days around the office are filled with one install after another as we work to wrap up our projects in time for our clients to show off their new interiors during holiday festivities.

Installs bring the importance of every detail into full focus. This “install season” got me thinking about one of my favorite aspects of detailing: tile. While most families are relaxing in their cozy homes and remodeling usually isn’t typically on the brain this season, I wanted to pop in and offer a few quick tips on the process to get your creative juices flowing for whenever inspiration decides to strike! Read on to learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to installing tile and perfecting design details.

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Master Bedroom or Master Retreat!?

I love to add comfy upholstery wherever space allows, and one spot that can always use extra attention lays at the foot of the bed. You start and end your day in the bedroom, so why not create an uber-comfortable lounge space for yourself? Placing a chic bench, settee or a pair of chairs transitions a master bedroom into a proper master retreat.

Sure, it may occasionally become a convenient location for a pile of laundry or turn into your pup’s new lounge spot, but that’s what makes a house a home! Read on to see some of my favorite ways to make the most of the space at the foot of the bed.

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes!

Thanksgiving is TOMORROW, and I’m so looking forward to it. It doesn’t get better than a day (or two) full of food, friends, family, and, as an extra bonus, fabulous tablescapes!

To be completely transparent, although I LOVE seeing those Insta-worthy table settings, I usually keep it pretty low-key with the tableware on Thanksgiving… I pour creativity into my client’s designs during the week, and once the holidays come around, I just like to enjoy family time with Michael, our two girls (Liv and Ryan) and extended family. Thanksgiving in the Umansky household usually consists of waking up to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, cooking with family, quickly enjoying a meal chock full of carbs, and then cheering on our favorite football team (Hook ‘Em!) while slipping into a food-coma.

No matter how you like to celebrate – whether that means breaking out the fine china, keeping it laid-back with recyclable paper plates, or something in between – these inspiring tablescapes by some wonderful designers will trigger your festive side and get you in the mood for Thanksgiving!

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3 Essentials for Holiday Entertaining

As the holidays continue to creep up and we begin to prepare our homes to entertain family members of all ages, now is the perfect time to talk about fabulous, yet functional, design tips. This topic is extremely important to me because I am a big champion of the idea that families with young and rowdy kids should not have to sacrifice interior design that is fit for the adults in the home.

With that in mind, here are three easy ways to get your home in shape for holiday entertaining for your gang of rambunctious cousins, perfectly polished aunts, football-watching uncles, fabulous in-laws and lovely grandparents.

Here are my top three strategies when designing a home to entertain for all ages, all year round.

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Interior Design for Your REAL Life

From stunning furniture collections to unique textiles, drapery, accessories and more, the world of interior design is filled with unlimited creative opportunity. Because we have so many options, we are often frozen and in decision-making limbo. All of the choices are, of course, a great problem to have! To break free and start moving your design forward into reality, it is of the utmost importance to honestly assess the real needs of your family, not just your aesthetic preference. This will help you to create some practical magic in your design!

For families with children and busy schedules (like mine), I strongly urge clients to consider the importance of the design of your most hectic spaces like the mud room and utility room. While your guests get to enjoy the formal living room and dining rooms on special occasions, you will love your kids’ backpack drop zone every day!

So, whether you’re getting organized well before the holidays or hastily stashing toys in the closet as your guests ring the bell, you will surely thank your lucky stars you went with a practical – yet insanely beautiful – interior design!

Keep reading to see how to create Classically Current styles that cater to the needs of any busy family.

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