Top 5 Showrooms for Sourcing Kitchen & Bath “hard” surfaces

One of my favorite parts of remodeling or revamping a space for a client (or myself!) is choosing the materials we will use for surfaces like countertops, flooring, backsplashes and more. When you find the right one, you just know, and it truly makes the biggest difference in the overall look and feel of a room. It can easily elevate a lackluster kitchen into a sleek, modern space for entertaining, and some of our most stunning bathroom renovations include a complete tile overhaul.

So, here is just a little sneak peek into the resources we – and many other design firms in HTX – tap when we’re tackling a project that requires detailed tile and stone designs. There are a handful of expert partners here in Houston that we rely on to help us make our clients’ interiors stellar. Keep reading to learn more about our favorite Houston spots for sourcing the mind-blowing materials we use to give our designs a WOW factor.

Marble Bathroom Tile

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Tour My New Home!

Okay, so I don’t technically have a new home, but with all of the renovations I completed recently, it kind of feels like I do!  It really is amazing what a few small projects can do to transform a home, and I’m so excited to share the results of the recent facelift I gave to my own historic Houston bungalow.

Like many of my ideas, the project started with the small goal of repainting the front door, and quickly snowballed into “just a few more projects.” Fast-forward a couple months and we now have a shiny new front door, an updated entryway, fab new built-ins in the girls’ playroom and master bedroom, and a few more fun improvements that make life just a little easier.

Of course, the updates didn’t happen overnight (or without a few minor meltdowns), but I absolutely LOVE how everything turned out! Read on to get a tour of my “new home.”

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Perfecting Your Home Office

I have noticed that more and more floor plans include a home office or study. In fact, home offices now seem to come standard in the majority of new homes- great news for remote workers and entrepreneurs like myself. It’s even better news for an interior designer who LOVES arranging a new space for fab and functional efficiency (me, again!).

A desk, plenty of shelving and extra storage are no-brainers when designing a study, but creating a space that ignites inspiration and enthusiasm takes lots of planning. Blending business necessities with a homey influence can get tricky since most pieces have either the style of a home or of an office. While the challenge can be difficult, it’s definitely not impossible!

Here are my tips to turning a home office into a practical and personalized workspace.

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Children’s Bathrooms: A Balancing Act

Flashy shower curtains, animal-print towel mats and, of course, piles of bath time toys, can quickly create a recipe for sensory overload in children’s bathrooms. As a mother of two energetic twin girls, I completely understand the delicate balancing act required to design a playful, kid-friendly bathroom that won’t offend your adult senses!

For my clients with kiddos of their own, I encourage spending extra time on the interior detailing of the space just as you would any other room in the house. Since children’s bathrooms are typically smaller spaces, I also tend to focus on details and fab hues rather than statement pieces to add the finishing touches to a design.

For all of the moms and dads out there attempting to pull off a fun, yet adult-friendly, bathroom for the kids, here are some of my favorite children’s bathrooms that and I have created over the years.

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6 Tips for Designing with Vibrant Colors

We tend to correlate a refined design with neutrals and basics, but who said incorporating bursts of color into a design can’t evoke the same maturity? Working with bright and fun hues are staples of my Classically Current designs, and I love showing my clients that neutrals aren’t the only way to create a chic and sophisticated design.

Check out my top six tips for designing with color, and please excuse the generous amount of images I’m about to share!

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Staff Obsessions: Awesome August Finds

As summer wraps up, we can’t help but fall in love with fab transitional pieces to elevate our Classically Current designs even after summer is long gone. From wall to wall, these gorgeous designs and eclectic pieces perfectly complement a timeless interior while adding a twist of current style.

Check out our most recent obsessions that caught our eye this month.

Palm Wallcovering

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Declutter Your Home Like A Pro

We are so excited to partner with our friends at Trulia to bring you expert tips on getting rid of the clutter in your home! A lot of people like to declutter and reorganize during “spring cleaning,” but I personally like to get organized right before the holiday season to create a clean slate for decorating and entertaining. With the holiday season just around the corner, we hope you enjoy these organization tips from the pros to get your home holiday-ready!

-XO,LU

By Tara Scott-Johnson,

No matter the size of your home, clutter can quickly consume your space and leave you feeling a little claustrophobic. Out of necessity, and small spaces dwellers have learned how to rid themselves of unnecessary clutter. Let’s take our from the folks that know square footage comes at a premium and every inch of space should be utilized in a creative way – the professional organizer.

The professional organizer has mastered the art of decluttering homes with this simple process. Starting with three boxes marked SAVE, DONATE, and TRASH, go through each room meticulously and purge the space. The goal is to have less items in the SAVE box once the purging process is complete. This process not only declutters your space, it declutters your soul.

The -based Professional Organizer, , tells Chron, “ is your friend!” Reeves stocks his own home with boxes, trays, and other receptacles to hold and store just about everything. Most storage containers can be stored in closets and under beds. But, some containers are decorative enough to sit on bookcases,  open shelving, or stacked on the floor.

Let’s tackle clutter with these creative storage ideas room-by-room:

Photo: Dbh-biz.info Interior Design

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We’ve been nominated, Y’all!

This year has been one of the best yet, and it just got even better.  – the leading interior design magazine in the UK – has named the nominees for its prestigious , and I am thrilled to announce one of our interiors received nominations for not one, but TWO interior design awards!

These nominations are a direct result of the creative vision and hard work our team put into this project and we are so proud of this recognition. , Principal Designer, and I poured our hearts into this home and now, we need your help to win! Please visit the voting page  and vote for Dbh-biz.info in the “Regeneration” and “Design Et Al’s Global Design Award” categories under the “Residential Property” section.

Voting ends on August 31, and the winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony in London on Friday, September 2. You can also find photos of the stunning project that earned these nominations below.

Thank you in advance for your support – it is SO APPRECIATED!

-XO, LU

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Trend Watch: Boho Chic

First, the truth: I hesitate to comment very often on interior design trends. While I love the newest of the new, my classically current design philosophy shies away from incorporating “trendy” pieces into my interiors simply for trend’s sake.  Above all, interiors should be timeless, fine, comfortable, and a representation of the real you! For many reasons, I abhor disposable design and never purchase an item for myself that I don’t absolutely love and see being part of my life forever. All that said, there is one look that is currently trending that I am totally over the top about right now: Boho Chic.

This look is a natural progression of the Scandinavian Modern look that was all the rage last year and is still super hot. I have my eye on Boho right now because I am working on a fabulous interior design project in Houston’s Highland Village neighborhood. Our client loves contemporary style and asked us to soften the space with the natural, handmade elements of which the Boho look is known. Alongside the uber-talented Dbh-biz.info designers, , principal designer, and , interior designer, I have collected the BEST of the Boho Chic trend.

These are pieces that are bench-made by artisans, lovingly and thoughtfully crafted, and will have longevity and relevance long after this look reaches a fever pitch.

Boho Inspired Interior

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