A room with a view: 5 ways to create livable luxury in your backyard

The Groundhog may have prognosticated that we are due for a long winter this year but, let’s be honest, winter days in Houston are few and far between. It’s around this time of year, I can’t help but dream of spring while trying to enjoy the cooler, breezy days before the summer heat begins to grace us with its presence.

As we wait for the summer heat, now is the perfect time to give your backyard a little love and in my case – bring it back to life before you have the summer sun beaming down on you.

For some great ways to prepare for a glorious spring and a sweltering summer out of doors and in style, continue reading to see some of my favorite patio and backyard designs.

outdoor furniture ideas

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Spread the love: 5 design tips to fall in love with

With the holiday of love upon us, I can reflect on the two things I love most- my family and interior design! Throughout my career, I have studied and experimented with countless design tips and techniques; and have narrowed down my favorites that work best for me.

Let me start by saying there is no secret rule book designers use. We are all creative by nature and love to imagine, explore and follow our intuition by pushing the envelope at times. We do this because we all strive to create our own design style that sets us apart from the rest.

For instance, as most of you already know, I am not a big believer in designs based on “trends” of the season. Mostly because trends come and go at a rapid pace and your home style shouldn’t. Instead, I enjoy the challenge of taking classic pieces and mixing them with modern elements to transform them into one classically current design.

Keep reading to learn a few of my favorite design tips that are easy to fall in love with.

Fireplace decor

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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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Your bathroom should say “spa” not “blah”

I don’t know about you but, after a long hectic week with the kiddos and the studio, I am dreaming of a spa day. I can hardly sit still to have my nails done, so to carve out time for a full day at the spa seems like it will never happen. So, I turned my bathroom into my own version of a relaxing spa-like space.

This is way easier than it sounds! Add a bit of seating, remove clutter, upgrade bathroom fittings and a couple of decorative touches and you can transform your own bath into a luxurious spa-like atmosphere where you can unwind and relax your mind after a chaotic week!

Spa Bathroom Ideas

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Not Your Basic Bookshelves

I like to think of bookshelves as a giant puzzle. How can I fit all my favorite finds into one cohesive design statement? The endless possibilities can seem overwhelming, but don’t be discouraged. If you take your time and have fun with it, you can transform boring and cluttered into a design masterpiece. Plus, I change mine all the time and even rotate items in and out seasonally!

To start you on your styling journey, here are some of my favorite items I use when styling a bookshelf!

P.S. There will be a lot of moving around of items until you get them just right, but even then, as your collection of mementos increases, you will find yourself constantly updating your shelves with ease.

Dining Room Bookshelves

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Staff Obsessions: 6 Things We Love in January

My team and I love the start of a new year, as winter begins to fade off (or in the case of Houston, come and go periodically) and spring begins to bloom, sparking fresh inspiration. With all the new designs, amazing colors and fab patterns, we can hardly wait to share our favorite January finds!

Read on to see what we are obsessing over as we kick off 2017.

Wallpaper inspiration

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes!

Thanksgiving is TOMORROW, and I’m so looking forward to it. It doesn’t get better than a day (or two) full of food, friends, family, and, as an extra bonus, fabulous tablescapes!

To be completely transparent, although I LOVE seeing those Insta-worthy table settings, I usually keep it pretty low-key with the tableware on Thanksgiving… I pour creativity into my client’s designs during the week, and once the holidays come around, I just like to enjoy family time with Michael, our two girls (Liv and Ryan) and extended family. Thanksgiving in the Umansky household usually consists of waking up to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, cooking with family, quickly enjoying a meal chock full of carbs, and then cheering on our favorite football team (Hook ‘Em!) while slipping into a food-coma.

No matter how you like to celebrate – whether that means breaking out the fine china, keeping it laid-back with recyclable paper plates, or something in between – these inspiring tablescapes by some wonderful designers will trigger your festive side and get you in the mood for Thanksgiving!

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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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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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Small and Stylish Rooms

Designing the interior of a large room or a home with an open floor plan certainly has its perks, but who says a small space can’t produce even cooler results? You may feel cramped in a small area, but with the right techniques, you can create an open and spacious oasis. I am totally into tiny homes right now, and even though I don’t have one – sigh, I am always dreaming up ways to maximize efficiency and design creatively for even the smallest of spaces.

Make the most of your teeny room and check out these interior design ideas and tips that will help create a roomy illusion for smaller spaces.

Small Room Interior Design

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