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):

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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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Introducing Beacon Hill’s Animale Collection!

Over the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with fabric to create striking showroom designs featuring Beacon Hill’s stunning new spring Animale Fabric collection. I loved that Beacon Hill sought out a local Houston interior designer (me!) to help debut the new collection. I was honored to be included and thrilled at the challenge of designing vignettes to showcase this fashion-forward collection.

Using the new line of fabrics and Robert Allen furniture pieces, I gathered inspiration from various natural elements to design several vignettes that blended with my Classically Current style. Today, I’m excited to show you the finished products!

Dbh-biz.info Interior DesignRobert Allen – Fabric: Abstract Fret Coral; Lumbar Pillow: Mysore Sike/Ashe with Velvet Cord

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Cheers to Our New Houston Office!

After officially settling into our new Houston interior design office, the Dbh-biz.info team and our new work neighbors, and , celebrated with a first-floor social hour!

A big thank you to those who helped make the event a success and to all of our friends and family who joined us for the celebration. We had a fabulous time showing off our new studio and look forward to creating many memories and creative designs in the new space!

-XO,LU

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Plush Blush

It’s hard to believe that we are already a week into May, but before we make the official transition from spring to summer, I want to give recognition to a gorgeous springtime hue that has gained popularity in the interior design world recently and continues to make its way into my classically current designs. That’s right, I’m talking about blush.

I personally love to pair this soft, pale pink shade with gold or grey accents to bring an elegant, feminine touch to the interior design of a space. Whether in the form of pillows, furniture pieces and everything in between, including this subtle hue into a room’s design can have a big impact on the space and may just be the perfect addition to complete your look! Here are some examples of how I’ve blended blush into my interiors, and additional pieces I can’t wait to incorporate in my future classically current designs.

Plush Bedroom Interior Design

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Mother’s Day: A Fresh Perspective

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I want to wish a happy (early) Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there. As a working mom of two young twin girls, I know very well how long, crazy and chaotic the days and nights can be and can attest that the one day a year dedicated just to us is very well deserved! However, this doesn’t mean that we expect an elaborate celebration on our special day. In fact, it’s often the smallest gestures of appreciation that truly mean the most.

With simplicity in mind, here are a couple of quick interior design upgrades you can implement around the house to spruce things up and give Mom the royal treatment she deserves this Mother’s Day!

Clasically Current Bedroom Flowers

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Never Too Old For Swings!

Have you ever had those days where you just want to curl up with a good book and forget about the world? Hanging chairs provide the cocoon-like oasis we all crave from time to time, while fabulously elevating a room’s décor and adding a playful touch to its overall interior design.

Including a unique and interactive component, like a hanging chair, creates a whimsical, classically current, design that really draws guests in. Here are some examples of how to get your home into the swing of… swings!

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High Points from High Point Market – A Style Spotter’s Experience

As I settle back into the hustle and bustle of life at our Houston interior design studio, I can’t help but reminisce on the festivities of last week at the 2016 spring ! I attended High Point Market in past years, but coming back as a Style Spotter gave me an entirely new perspective that allowed me to soak in every detail of the design industry’s biggest event.

From seminars and panel discussions to touring the countless amazing showrooms and even testing out virtual reality for interior design, the Style Spotter itinerary took us through a whirlwind of events each day. My team and I got to explore remarkable new advances in the interior design realm, fabulous new finds from the top industry vendors and designers, and it was a blast every step of the way!

It’s a feat to include all the wonderful experiences from High Point, but not impossible. Here are my “high points” from High Point Market!

High Point Market Wayfair Interior Design

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High Point Market Favorite Finds!

I had an absolutely fantastic time as a Style Spotter at the spring ! Over the course of four action-packed days, my team and I discovered an endless abundance of amazing interior design finds that left us more inspired from one day to the next.

As a Style Spotter, I was tasked with tagging some of my favorite interior designs and products during my tours through the showrooms. With so many fabulous designers and vendors in attendance, narrowing down my absolute favorites was no easy task! That being said, below are the awesome products and designs I discovered that earned a Style Spotter tag from me during my time at the Market.

I can’t wait to incorporate some of these new and dynamic pieces into my clients’ homes! Do you have any favorites that catch your eye?

-XO, LU

Classic Interior Design Chair

I loved the gorgeous architectural style of the Gatekeeper chair by! Fab from all angles – perfect for a dressing room, as well as a formal living space. Truly beautiful and versatile.

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