Investing in Art? 3 must-know rules!

Art can be called many things – thought-provoking, simple, contemporary, basically, anything you want it to be. The beauty of art is that it means something different to each of us and it’s one of the best ways to make your home unforgettably “you”.

Finding the right art piece for your home can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Read on to see how we’ve worked with our clients to place exceptional artwork in their homes.


Abstract art is a great way to soften a metallic

 

Show off your personality

 

What makes an art collection great? Diversity. Think about when you’re walking through an art museum and about the pieces that catch your eye. There are definitely similarities in the pieces you like, but they aren’t identical. One may be an abstract oil painting and another a black and white photograph, but you then notice that you are looking entirely at portraits, even though created in different mediums. Or, perhaps you are drawn entirely to one color palette, and the medium doesn’t matter. As long as that piece is a soft lilac, you are in!

select art with complimentary tones of the space

The contemporary art piece picks up cool neutral tones of the bench and the warmer tones in the rug.

 

Color, subject or time period are a few different ways to curate your collection. But don’t feel as if you have to choose that one genre and stick to it. By mixing old world paintings with contemporary pieces in different sizes and mediums, you have created a diverse and active collection that will create plenty of interest for you and your guests.

 

Art that has cultural influences and traditional touches are great accents and even better investments for a space

 

art can tie a room together by pulling in colors from the accent pieces surrounding it

The colors and composition of this piece create a lovely visual texture.

 

Ah hem… Size matters

When it comes to selecting art, don’t be afraid to go big. In fact, sometimes, larger format is just more fun! A large painting or framed photograph makes a bold statement and becomes the centerpiece of the space. These pieces make the space feel warm, full of character and pulled together.

 

Art can be fun and reflect personality, make it big and the centerpiece of room

A large-scale photograph makes this room unique and oh so exciting!

 

Even with smaller format items, you can group them to create a beautifully curated gallery wall. A collection of items tells a fascinating story and it’s the perfect way to make an impact without making a huge investment. It’s easy to swap out prints and photographs so you can make sure your gallery wall is always fresh and up to date.

art can be used to create a gallery wall, perfect for an entry or foyer space

 

Travel and Art

No matter where you are, art can be scouted out. Traveling is the perfect opportunity to select art because, whether it’s at a local market or in a gallery, these are great places to discover artists and find artwork that represents your time in this new city. These pieces add variety to your collection and can be quite the conversation starters.

 

art can act as the perfect pop of color or statement piece for a bold hallway

 

Don’t forget about the photographs you take on vacation! Even if you feel you don’t have the best photographic eye, these pieces are special to you. Don’t let them live in cyberspace forever! Print out the photos you take on your vacation so you can enjoy them at home and not just on social media. Family photos add a personal touch to the room and help create a unique, personalized and well-tailored collection.

 

art can be simple and tell a story of past trips and memories

 

These are just a few, fun ways to invest in, acquire, or create your own art collection. Are you in need of some additional art inspiration or a few interior design ideas? Check us out on  and for all of the latest!

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Our construction & design process

For homeowners, the interior design experience is exciting, fun and challenging – usually in that order! The first obstacle is often that they have TONS of ideas having spent quality time with Pinterest and/or Houzz, perusing endless magazines, not to mention all of the fantastical HGTV episodes. The frustration begins when they aren’t sure how, or simply don’t have the time, to make it beyond the inspiration stage. So, this is where we come in! We often get asked what it’s like to work with the Dbh-biz.info team, so I thought what better time to share just what it is we do here at the studio.

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Top 5 Best: Places to Source Stones & Composite in Houston

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There are a handful of Houston showrooms we rely on to supply the highest quality materials for our clients, and we are so thankful to call them our partners. Want to know how we give our designs the looks that really pop? Keep reading to learn more about our favorite stone and composite showrooms in Houston!

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High Point Market: Day 1

As I mentioned , I recently had the pleasure of joining a group of fabulous designers from across the country for the at the spring . During an action-packed 48 hours, we toured the showrooms and viewed the newest introductions from the very best of the interior design world.

Read on for all of the details and my favorite finds from day one of the Tour!

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Top 5 Best: Houston Showrooms for Sourcing Fabulous Rugs

There’s something about a room without a rug that just feels incomplete. As Walter from the Big Lebowski says – and I 100% agree – “That rug really tied the room together.” Rugs truly bring a home to life and you can introduce one into any space from the bathroom to a closet or the kitchen.

We are lucky enough to work with some wonderful rug suppliers and showrooms here in Houston and have rounded up a few of those fabulous folks. Hopefully, you can pay them a visit and see for yourself their impressive stock of rugs in all shapes, colors and sizes – the perfect complement for any home.

Read on to learn more about my five favorite spots in town to find the most fabulous rugs around.

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Las Vegas Market Favorite Finds!

It’s already been a couple of weeks since the Las Vegas Market, yet I still can’t stop thinking about all the amazing designs! This action-packed weekend left me totally inspired after discovering an endless variety of fabulous new product introductions by some of my favorite partners and vendors.

This year, I had the privilege of visiting the market as a Tastemaker, where I was tasked with giving an inside look into the market, as well as tagging my favorite designs and products during the showroom tours. As soon as I began, I quickly realized narrowing down my favorites was not going to be easy because every designer, and manufacturer, brought their A-game.

However, my decision-making abilities prevailed and I was able to choose the pieces I couldn’t live without. Read on to discover all of my fab finds!

NOIR -cocktail table

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High Point Market Preview: Top 5 Finds

The fall High Point Market is a little less than a month away, and I am so excited to return as a Style Spotter for the second time! My first opportunity as a style spotter was at the spring market back in April, and I had such a fun experience exploring the new collections from some of the best designers and vendors in the world. You can find a recap of my spring market adventures .

Now that I have one market experience as a Style Spotter under my belt, I am even more excited to return for round two as a seasoned pro in the style-spotting department. While many designers keep their new collections under wraps until the big reveals at market, I was able to check out pieces from a few of the top vendor’s collections for a Twitter chat I participated in with my fellow Style Spotters. From what I have seen, the fall market will not disappoint!

From blush fabrics to brass finishes, here are some of my favorite pieces I have uncovered so far.

modern-brass-table

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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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Sip and See!

As interior designers, my team and I are always on the lookout for new products and ideas to incorporate into the classically current designs we create for our clients, and what better way to preview the newest collections from some of our favorite vendors than over a glass of bubbly without even leaving the office?

We recently hosted a “Sip and See” at our Houston interior design studio and had a blast exploring the gorgeous new collections from , and and, of course, enjoying some cocktails.

Here are some of the new designs we can’t wait to try out!

Interior Design Inspiration

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