Interior Design: June Finds

We are now halfway through 2016 (so hard to believe!), and as each month passes, the team finds new and interesting styles or pieces that we like to pull from for inspiration in our fabulous, Classically Current designs.

Here are some favorite finds we spotted in June that are sure to elevate our interiors!

Molly Hatch Ceramics

“I love new take on the classic blue and white ginger jar look. Her large art pieces, all done on plates, create a large scale piece of art that is made up of beautiful little pieces. A fabulous twist on the typical china displayed on the dining wall with a wonderful European feel.” – Dbh-biz.infomansky, President and Creative Director

Plate Wall Decor

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Inspired Everywhere: Austin

From the of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona to the in my hometown of Houston, design inspiration is all around us. This is especially true in the eclectic capital of the Lone Star State!

A quick drive from Houston, Austin is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway and a dose of whimsical inspiration. On a recent trip with my husband, Michael, we hit some of our favorite spots and discovered some new places where we are sure to return.

In a city full of unique charm and plenty to see, here are some of the places I was inspired in Austin.

Austin Design

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Your Guide to the Amazing Drape

It is no secret that I am a BIG fan of drapery! My clients will tell you that they have had many a creative discussion about their need for window treatments and, specifically, beautiful, flowing, airy, drapery. From major statement drapery to quiet, more supporting elements, window coverings play a major role in the interior design of a room.

I have often had a homeowner say they are not interested in drapes or they fear blocking a beautiful view with fabric. My response: drapes have a powerful impact on the overall design of a room and, depending on the vision for the design, can either be a mere softening element or take center stage. With a handsome tie-back, they will never detract from your view. To use drapes to their full potential, here are a few factors to keep in mind.

Beach House Interior Design

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Stylish Surfaces

Fabulous interior design does not happen overnight. From space planning and furniture procurement to selecting fixtures and finishes, the interior is an artful blending of many different aspects that come together in the end to create a fabulously unique design. While every aspect of the design is important to the overall aesthetic, it always comes down to the last details to really bring a room together.

It’s for this reason, that I take great care to add the perfect finishing touches to my classically current designs, and tabletops and other surfaces make the perfect opportunities to get creative with even the smallest details!

Classic Interior Design Living Room

Here are some of my favorite ways to create stylish counters and tabletops with a variety of simple accessorizes.

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Key Features to a Moroccan Room

I began my career designing destination interiors and often draw design inspiration from cities and cultures around the world. Because of my severe case of wanderlust, I am always thrilled when the opportunity comes along to create destination-inspired interiors for my clients.

Blending striking pops of color into interiors and experimenting with fun and unique patterns are staples of my Classically Current design philosophy so I was very excited when I received a request from a client to incorporate a Moroccan-inspired theme throughout the home.

When designing destination-inspired interiors, the first order of business is to gain a general foundation of the culture’s influences and unique characteristics. Once the research is finished, you can then begin to thread these particular influences into the design to create an authentic cultural representation throughout the interior. Not to say liberties aren’t taken- they are!-but it is always good to have an understanding of the cultural vernacular.

For example, Morocco’s bold colors, lantern lighting, and distinctive textures are easily recognizable, and I absolutely loved drawing on inspiration from to create the fun, vibrant designs for my client’s home.

Here are some of the key characteristics to keep in mind when incorporating Moroccan style into a design!

Moroccan Inspired Living Room

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Fabulous Summer Patios

Whether it’s for business or pleasure, I find myself surrounded by summer design in many aspects of my day-to-day life. In the studio, I’m surrounded by fun, bold colors and prints as I create destination interiors for many of my clients during this time of year. Outside of the office, I love to relax with my friends at a patio dinner party or plan outdoor adventures with my daughters, Liv and Ryan. No matter what I’m doing, summer styles and activities are in no short supply, and this sunny season requires that we bring interior design outdoors!

If you plan to soak up the sun with loved ones or host a low key barbecue outdoors, consider these tips to make your guests feel the warm welcome of your outdoor designs.

Summer Outdoor Design

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Interior Design: Summer Styles

There’s no question that summer has arrived in Houston and with a new season comes new interior design obsessions! Despite the rising temperatures, the “dog days of summer” have yet to set in and our is as busy as ever creating fabulous interiors for our clients. Along the way, we have certainly uncovered some new design gems.

From splatter paint artwork to rocky crystals, here are some summer must-haves that we just can’t get enough of around the office!

Splatter Paint Wall Painting

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How It’s Made: Vetrazzo Counters

When it comes to creating interiors that are equal parts luxurious and livable, I am always on the lookout for design houses that create gorgeous, yet durable, products. One vendor I can consistently count on to produce well-made, unique products is Vetrazzo: maker of one-of-a-kind glass countertops and surfaces. I have become a huge fan of Vetrazzo’s work over the years and have featured its countertops in some of my favorite interiors. I was thrilled when I received an invitation to the company’s headquarters in Georgia for an inside look at the manufacturing facilities.

I love to see how things are made especially so I fully understand what I am specifying for our clients and also so I can relate the story of where these materials come from first hand. The gracious design team at Vetrazzo, helmed by Maitena Labourdette (Process Engineer) and Alejandro Walters (Brand Manager) welcomed Michael and me for an all access tour. Learning about the process by which recycled glass becomes a new product from beginning to end was inspiring!

Here is a peek into our trip to Vetrazzo’s Tate, Georgia, facility (of course, full safety gear was required):

Dbh-biz.infomansky

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Summer Destination Inspiration: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Traveling is one of my favorite pastimes.  I take every chance I get to explore new places and I often find myself daydreaming of the vacation spots that I’ve either visited in the past or hope to in the future. Of course, this daydreaming quickly turns into and that’s what I truly relish about travel!

In the spirit of the summer travel season, I decided to pull interior design inspiration from some of my favorite vacation destinations to create style boards that reflect the qualities of these amazing places!

First up, the charming beach town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. As the temperatures quickly rise in Houston, my mind often drifts to Carmel’s sandy beaches and cool blue oceans. In a town this idyllic, there is far too much inspiration for one board so all of my ideas became two separate projects, each with their own unique style and highlighting my favorite aspects of this quaint vacation spot!

Vibrant and Fun

I gravitated toward lighter and brighter hues for this theme and turned my Classically Current style into a timeless interior fit for any ocean-front property. These colors work well to create a fun space for entertaining guests inside and outdoors. Because of the gorgeous climate, most residents of Carmel live inside and out year round!

VIbrant Interior Design

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Out of the Box Wallcoverings

As I create design boards and sketches for my clients, I always strive to use every square inch of a room to its full potential. Sometimes, the design requires more emphasis on smaller details like a unique side table, the perfect floral arrangement or delicate trim along accent pillows. Other times, the design may call for more striking and lavish features like a bold that takes center stage or, in this case, a fab wallcovering to clothe an entire room with stunning visual appeal.

Wallcoverings have become a favorite design tool of mine because of the opportunities they provide to really make an impactful statement in the overall design of a room. Depending on the tone my client wants to achieve, I tend to opt for wallcoverings that bring bold, textured or elegant elements to my classically current interior designs. Whether dressing up a chic bathroom or incorporating a classic design into a master bedroom, I love the opportunities to get creative with the four walls of a room.

Here are some of my favorite ways to think out of the box about wallcoverings!

Textured Purple Wallpaper Interiors

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