It’s quite extraordinary what happens when you go to the spa. The moment you walk in, the world drifts away and you forget about what has (or will) happen that day. You just focus on relaxing and recharging. Sadly, once you leave, everything seems to have become even more chaotic while you were at the spa and that relaxed feeling begins to melt away.
At Dbh-biz.info, we specialize in creating Classically Current interiors for fine residences. We often focus our design skills on new home construction or large-scale renovations, but we also love the dive deep into apartments and high rise design! The challenge of creating an interior that is both functional for city living and elegantly appointed requires that we hone in on our client’s needs and highlight them within the space.
It’s a big decision, but deciding to build a home is one of the most exciting things you can do! Yes, it’s definitely a labor of love, but there’s nothing quite like watching your dream home come to life. And walking into your home for the first time once it’s completed is something truly special.
Whether we’re painting walls, upholstering furniture or adding accessories, color is one of our favorite ways to set our interiors apart. But as much as we love classic color combos like black & white or jewel tones, we often opt for the more unexpected and playful combination of orange and blue hues. Now it may seem like an odd pairing, but I assure you it’s a marriage made in color heaven.
Today we’re taking a look back on this classic Dbh-biz.info design! This past project was completed in 2013 and ended up being a unique process – we worked on this home in multiple phases that allowed the design of the home to grow along with the size of our client’s family. Our clients initially came to us with an ultra sleek and modern concept but as their family grew, this aesthetic shifted to include bight and colorful kid’s rooms. The end result was something totally unique that incorporated and represented the clients perfectly!
The Boulevard Show House is currently down to the frame, with new walls and flooring coming in soon. It’s kind of a mess over there right now – so, between all my traveling (I just got back in town from HPMKT!) and the fact that you can see straight down to the basement – my check-ins have been less frequent. Let’s just say, I’m leaving all that in the hands of the experts. So, if you haven’t checked out our recent ‘Ask the Experts’ with Newberry Architecture and Blue River Custom Builders, go give them a read! Our talented build partners really know their stuff.
So what’s next?
Now that the construction process of the Boulevard Show House is quickly progressing, the next phases of this historic renovation are in the works! I know we have a long way to go before furnishings are installed but I’ve already begun to pull my inspiration images and selections for the interior of my home…I’m super excited for this part (obvi)!
So, here is a little sneak peek into the design of my foyer and staircase so far. My design board is all about the graphic black and white combo with accents of metal and neutral details. I want my guests to be greeted with a timeless, and classic color palette when they enter my home.
Beginning in the foyer, this space is inspired by my favorite color scheme..black and white! I want the space to be dramatic so using from Sherwin Williams, I’m envisioning a black front door. This will be potentially split finished (black on the exterior and then white on the interior) but that is not 100% just yet. You will be able to see it from this street and this luxurious color will set the tone as you enter the house. To complement, I want to keep the walls and trim color simple, with from Sherwin Williams. We use this paint color quite a bit in our designs, and I love it! It always leaves the walls looking so crisp yet warm.
Next is the flooring, which I’m slightly obsessed with. I am partnering with , an elegant and rustic tile company that has gorgeous designs! I’ve selected the for the entire foyer. This clay tile will really pop against the alabaster walls and give some texture to the floors – the scalloped edges of the tile will bring some softness to the space.
Now let’s move to the ceiling, where I’ve selected this stunning from Circa Lighting. I love this fixture in the gilded iron finish, which goes perfectly with the black and white tones of the room. It has an antiqued feel, reminiscent of the 1920’s era.
The artwork for this space is so pretty so hopefully I can land this piece. It’s an abstract piece that meshes soft pastels with a cool pattern, which is a nice balance to the metallic and bold colors of this space. It’s called by Patrick Duffy via . I love it – Brian, I’ll be giving you a shout about this!
Last up for this space is the from the fabulous Bernhardt Furniture. This piece is made of white oak and has accents of silver ferrules for the drawer handles. The soft white of the console pairs perfectly with the Alabaster walls of the foyer and all of our interior door hardware is polished nickel, so the hardware is a lovely tie in.
As you make your way through the foyer, the stair rails lead you up to the second floor. The handrails and balusters are nonexistent at the moment, but I have some big plans for them! I want to paint them Tricorn black, pulling the color of our front door into the home. The balusters, supporting the handrail, and the stair-treads will be ebonized and painted the same color so it will all be fluid and consistent beginning at the front door. From there the walls and trim will be Alabaster (same as the foyer.)
Next, I’m adding a stair runner from Unique Carpets, I fell in love with the brand new collection which has a subtle heathered pattern, in the Antiqued Gray colorway. It will be a nice neutral touch to the dark staircase (all of the red oak floors that are original in the home are going to be ebonized). Continuing the natural tones, I am working with our Brand Partner, to install beautiful French Oak custom flooring throughout the living room, dining room, and breakfast area. I know this will be gorgeous – Greg Schenck’s work always is! This natural tones in the flooring will be a great complement to the bold stairway.
Lastly, a fun accent chair is a must! So I am going with one of my all-time faves (I have the natural ash at the Studio). I’m adding the from Tom Dixon to fit perfectly within the space. This large scale accent chair goes perfectly with the feel of the foyer and stairs, its deep black finish is so bold, and the structure that I love.
More to come!
I’m loving the design progress so far! With mixes of blacks, white and neutrals – this space is definitely headed in the right direction and setting the tone for the rest of the home. I hope this sneak peek has you excited to come see the finished product next Spring. And be on the lookout for more updates and sneak peeks of other rooms. There’s a ton of exciting updates to come!
Until then, check out our and the Boulevard Show House to stay up-to-date on all things BLVD Show House!
Classically Current© describes the luxurious livability Dbh-biz.infomansky incorporates into all of her interiors – spaces that are grand, but also grounded. It is the careful balance of a playful and whimsical aesthetic that is balanced, sophisticated and refined. Dbh-biz.info’s designs – which ultimately represent a unique collaboration with each client – create well-tailored, inviting environments that are, above all, unforgettable. Dbh-biz.info Interior Design adapts the Classically Current© style to fit each client’s individual taste in a variety of homes.
At Dbh-biz.info we believe strongly in providing our clients with warm and welcoming luxury. The rooms we design for homeowners are livable yet elevated. As a firm, we are highly collaborative. The design team accommodates client preferences while maintaining a strong design concept.
I believe strongly in providing my clients with warm and welcoming luxury. The rooms my team and I design for homeowners are livable yet elevated. Collaboration is key and sharing my interior design inspirations helps clients craft their vision. Of course, it also lets me rave about my favorite design styles!
I am and always have been an advocate for a “classically current” style that, while evergreen, provides a timely presence to any room. Though I tailor each experience to every client for a unique collaboration, I secretly live for those small touches that balance whimsy and sophistication! But “classically current” isn’t a limiting phrase by any means.
Whether you’re looking for a mid-century sofa in a distinct fabric, that perfect statement mirror, or something else entirely – there’s a timely yet timeless piece out there for you.
Classics for Any Room
This high rise kitchen is a prime example of what I love about the “classically current” style. Notice the detailing of the marble, white walls, and rich leather chairs. Balanced against these elements you have the dark cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and — of course — the gold touches.
Maybe it reminds you of your favorite haunt in New York City or a classic Parisian pied-a-terre? It may mean something different to everyone depending on personal experiences. No matter the style of kitchen you want (galley, cook’s, open, etc), this concept of using neutral color palettes and warm materials with punchy design elements in your current artistic zeitgeist never goes out of style.
Now let’s get to the meat and potatoes of any house: the living room!
Eclectic, But Simple
You can also apply this mentality to your living room!
As an example of classically current style, this Boho modern living room employs some similar features to the kitchen. Notice the crisp white? But there are clear differences.
The wood-work, metalwork, and natural woven lounge chairs add another layer of personality. The clean walls keep things light and bright and the blending of materials grants a modern feel without adding weight to the room. The finishes on the overhead accents are brushed copper which is a great alternative to antiqued or brushed gold. There are so many different kinds of materials and textures at work in this room, but none of them fight each other. That is the beauty of classically current styling and another reason why I love our design philosophy so SO much.
Doesn’t everyone love a fabulous foyer?
After all, it’s the very first space your guests see when they enter your home. This is the spot to plant your feet and make a firm statement.
While your eyes are automatically drawn to the stellar floor pattern in this gorgeous Houston foyer, other moments in the room stand apart as well. If you’ve noticed the trend of mixed materials, fresh white walls, and metal accents, you’re grasping the concept of the “classically current” design philosophy!
One thing to note, minimalist does not equal boring. But it does mean that everything ins thoughtfully placed and has a specific function.
Color is your friend, really!
At this point, you might be thinking: is “classically current” style ALL about white and metal? Short answer: definitely not!
Our clients built this beautiful custom home in The Woodlands, Texas and we created this living room in the “classically current” mode. While the home is not inherently contemporary in style (the architecture is more traditional) our clients admire and love the contemporary interior design. Here, we make these two intersecting styles work! We showcase how we use color by placing it as a grounding neutral (the modern rug) and then inject key elements like the mid-century modern Barcelona bench in Pony and the natural stacked stone on the fireplace. The key to this strategy is in balance.
I can go on for days about our Classically Current philosophy so, for more ideas on designing with this in mind, I’ve got you covered on our socials. The Dbh-biz.info blog has an entire tag dedicated to “classically current” because…well, it is my jam!
The Boulevard Show House renovation is in full swing (check out the big announcement here!) and there is some major construction going on right now. With most of the walls stripped to the studs and the first floor to the trusses (you can see through to the basement), I haven’t been spending a ton of time hanging out there. Soon enough the subfloors and sheetrock will go in but, in the meantime, I am happy to share some updates with you all. Today we are sitting down with the talented Tylor Hearn, owner of , for an info-packed edition of “Ask the Experts.”
While we look for stunning pieces to incorporate into interior spaces, we often find that our best inspiration comes from the structure itself. We have a special appreciation for our Texas-based architects, who inspire us each and every day!
[ezcol_1third]Today we wanted to highlight one of our favorite new interiors: our Heights Loft guestroom. This space is a great example of what to incorporate to ensure your guests are happy, comfy, and enjoy their visit!
The palette chosen for this room is absolutely urban & chic, but super versatile as well. The brick wall is contrasted with the delicate tones of the neutral walls, ivory headboard, and crisp bedding, while the strong red of the drapery, rug and accents is a fun compliment.
We are so thrilled with this look and love the unexpectedness of the black and white throw! But, by far, my favorite thing about this room are the glossy red lamps. Love. Them. So. Much.