Yes, your child’s room really can grow with her!

As an interior designer, I work on homes from top to bottom. But, I absolutely love creating children’s rooms! It’s always so fun to get to know the child that will play, sleep and pitch fits in the space and to include different elements of their personalities in the design. As a mom, I also know how quickly kids grow up – sheds tear – and what a challenge that can be when it comes to constantly updating their rooms. So how can you create a space that will grow up with your kids? Let’s dive in into some of the must-have elements when it comes to kids’ rooms.

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Jewel-Tones: Easy Ways to Use Them Around the House

Maybe you’re a die-hard fan of sapphire blue or a low-key lover of emerald green. Whether a lover of ruby or amethyst, one thing stays true: gem-toned decor can be intimidating. Openly, I felt the same way when I first started my career in interior design. These deep hues can be used just about anywhere – accent walls, rugs, mirrors — but are there rules to follow when injecting this much color into your home? I’ll let you in on a little secret: jewel-tones can be your best friend when it comes to decorating.

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Style your livable, open kitchen like a pro!

Do you remember when the only way to display things in a kitchen was to use a China cabinet? We do and we’re happy to say those days are gone! While we still love a fab China cabinet, open shelves are today’s more modern version of the classic go-to. They are a bold way to add your personality and style. Let’s chat about our favorite ways to create a livable, open kitchen space.

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Super Organized? You are now with back-to-school mudrooms!

It’s that time of year again: the time for new notebooks, backpacks, and….back to school mudrooms! You might be asking yourself “Just what is a mudroom?” It’s lots of things to many people and everything to some. Not only is it a super utility driven addition to any home, it is an opportunity for fun and creativity. You have a unique, multi-purpose space to act as a drop zone for school stuff, sports gear, and your plethora of keys. This hard working room also prevents muddy shoes from tracking dirt into the house proper. Isn’t it wonderful when practicality and style come together?

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Out with the old, in with the mixed metals

Do you remember that old rule: that you must keep all your metal finishes the same color? Yeah us too, and it’s got to go! It’s time to throw out that ancient rule and get with the modern times – of mixing up metals in your interiors. From accessories to appliances, mixed metals can be incorporated into any room by adding depth and bold contrast to your home. Check out some of our ‘go to’ ways to mix n’ match metallics in our favorite spaces.

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4 Tips to spruce up an existing interior

Are you constantly gathering inspiration for your home’s décor by reading the latest design magazines and searching through Pinterest like it’s your job?  If you’re like us, the answer is a resounding yes! Although the Dbh-biz.info team loves keeping its finger on the pulse of the newest industry trends, we are also dedicated to creating classic designs for our clients that can carry them for years to come.

It’s also easy to see those stunning, Instagram-worthy pins and feel discouraged. Your home may not have a space that you can easily convert into the entertaining area of your dreams or maybe your bathroom isn’t outfitted for that clawfoot tub you’ve always dreamed of. If this is sounding familiar, don’t worry – there are plenty of other creative ways to spice up your home’s décor through the use of timeless designs that will never cease to wow and, more importantly, won’t ever go out of style! The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to breathing new life into your existing space.

Keep reading to see some of our suggestions for ways to quickly update your home to achieve the look you’ve always wanted.

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Dial up the character: 4 ways the Dbh-biz.info team likes to use bright color!

The process of committing to color for your home can be daunting. You’re looking for the hues that you know you’ll love for years but that also complement your style at this very moment. Tough call!

If you’re feeling stuck, it’s easy to reach for neutrals that don’t pose much of a risk. While our team loves working with a classic like China White or that “barely there” gray, it is just too much fun to flex those creative muscles and use bright colors that reflect our client’s personality. Sure, it can sometimes feel a little risky but, it’s just color! Don’t get into a spiral of overthinking it. Start small if you are truly nervous and then go for it once you get comfy with the idea of bolder hues!

Read on to see how we’ve dialed up the character of many of our clients’ homes by introducing vibrant colors that are anything but boring.

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4 Ways to Conquer your Design Blues

It’s too easy to slip into a summertime slump and your home décor may be reflecting – or even affecting – your mood. It’s just SO hot outside, you’re likely dreaming of an adventurous getaway to some place far away and fabulous, and all you want to do is lounge by the pool. Trust me, no judgement here! Although summer is a time of leisure and relaxation, there is no excuse to fall behind in your #designgoals.

Consider this your mid-summer pep talk! Adding brand new injections of color to an interior is one of my favorite ways to breathe new life into a home. Just like that cool pool you are daydreaming about right about now, blue is my color of choice this summer.

Whether sky, cobalt, marine, navy, royal or any other shade that catches your eye, blue tones are chic, elegant, modern and cozy all at the same time. When it comes to working with blue, the possibilities are endless, and the team here at Dbh-biz.info loves to work with this beautiful and versatile shade.

Keep reading to see some of our favorite ways to conquer the design blues this summer and easily incorporate this stunning shade into your home.

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Art Sourcing 101: A chat with Laura Rathe

Have you been staring at the same blank spot on your wall for months now unsure of what to do with the space? Selecting the perfect piece of art to complement your home’s interior can be a daunting task since there are essentially unlimited styles, artists and genres to choose from.

As an interior designer, I work with clients all the time to find the perfect pieces for their interiors and one of my favorite local art galleries to source stunning and unique works of art is . Not only does Laura have a fabulous name, but I can always count on her galleries (two in Houston and one in Dallas) to have an amazing selection of contemporary art on display, as well as an impressive range of exhibitions and programming available in both cities.

 When it comes to contemporary art, Laura is the go-to source and I recently chatted with her about steps homeowners should take to select the right pieces for their interiors, common challenges and solutions for choosing the right pieces, and even learned a bit about her personal art collection!

Read on for a recap of our conversation and tips to keep in mind as you continue your journey to find the perfect pieces of art for your home.

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