Before & After photos speak volumes about the importance of interior design. The possibilities of a well planned renovation are boundless and that is what we hope to share with you in this series. No interior is ever ‘hopeless’. Where there is a room there is a way!
We are ecstatic to ring in the New Year with a big reveal: The logo for our new interior design concept, Studio U, has arrived. Studio U is the perfect complement to Dbh-biz.info Interior Design. At Dbh-biz.info our focus has always been, and will continue to be, on luxury, turnkey, whole home, interiors. The fabulous thing about Studio U is that it is an interactive retail interior design studio. The talented designers in the new studio will focus on many types and sizes of projects, from one room to as many as you would like!
Since selecting a logo is such an important decision, we collaborated with our long-time friends and creative company of choice, . We highly recommend the creative process at COI for your company needs. They are truly awesome at what they do.
So, without further ado, I introduce to you our shiny new logo!
We are all in love with the design. Consequence of Innovation proposed a classic, timeless color palette, punched up with our signature fuchsia “U”, which we agree embodies our aesthetic perfectly. We are so existed to extend the Dbh-biz.info brand by leveraging our U (both font and color) but still having a fresh, contemporary look for Studio. This accomplished our goal of complimenting the turnkey, full-scale projects we do at Dbh-biz.info Interior Design with the singular or smaller scale projects we will be working on with Studio U.
It’s been a thrilling roller-coaster ride building the new brand and all it’s counterparts, but it’s been so much fun as well. Now that we have finalized the company name, logo, splash-page and have nearly completed the brick and mortar studio (just right next door to Dbh-biz.info Interior Design), the only piece left to the puzzle is opening up to the public.
Studio U will quietly open mid-month. Our grand opening celebration will happen in March. More details to come!
We are so grateful to have been featured on the Style cover of the Chronicle! We love the Chronicle and are very proud to be apart of such a prestigious publication. Read the article below now, and look for the print version hitting shelves on Sunday, December 22!
A contemporary home should always feel cool, but never cold. So when a Houston couple, both of whom work in the oil and gas industry, moved into a light-filled, three-story house, they were determined to make it feel warm and comfortable – chic, but not too sleek.
“That’s something definitely my wife didn’t want, too stark and too modern, all wood and no texture,” said the husband, who declined to be named in this story.
The pair returned to Houston in 2005, and, in 2011, moved into their current 4,000-square-foot space in Montrose. After years of living and working abroad, they found the walkable feel of the neighborhood was a natural fit.
“We’ve lived inside the Loop before, and we love the convenience as much as we love the location,” he said. “When we lived overseas, we could walk to different restaurants and shops and to the grocery store. Now, living by Westheimer, we can go to all the great restaurants and entertainment and shopping, and we can walk to Whole Foods. Things are so close by and convenient, and we’re both five minutes from work.”
After looking at a handful of contemporary structures in Montrose, they were drawn to the open floor plan and the four separate patios in the three-bedroom house.
“We’d been (living in the home) for six or nine months, and we had repainted, but we didn’t have the proper furnishings and didn’t like the look we had. We wanted to change it up completely so that our things would match the house with a cleaner design that would flow.”
To create a space that matched both their eclectic style and their open concept living area, the couple turned to of . On the second floor, where the kitchen, dining room and living room coexist in a single space, that meant mixing bold patterns, adding pops of vibrant color and even a hint of chinoiserie for an unexpected look that flows and adds interest.
An Asian-inspired floral fabric on the back of the bar chairs complements the vibrant orange lacquer on two round-back dining chairs and is repeated in the oversize throw pillows on the sectional. The luxe Eastern elements are juxtaposed against some clean-lined midcentury modern pieces, including a bent wood wall clock inspired by a design; a brass Jonathan Adler Sputnik chandelier over the dining table; a low-slung pair of chairs covered in cowhide; and a three-armed floor lamp designed by Serge Mouille in 1952.
The couple’s existing sectional was re-upholstered in a chic but sturdy black fabric which, like the cowhide, was chosen for its toughness, since the couple have cats and don’t believe in de-clawing – or in torn furniture. Natural fiber and thick pile rugs add an element of softness, while a custom butcher block dining table and a dramatic teak root coffee table mix in a sleek yet rustic warmth.
It’s the teak root table, a staple among Umansky’s designs, that the husband says is his favorite piece in the house.
“I love it because it probably weighs 300 pounds,” he said with a laugh. “I can put my feet on it, stand on it, anything, and it won’t move. That’s what’s great about it, unless you actually do need to move it.”
In the airy office, a clean palette of black and white and furnishings with geometric lines creates a more focused, thoughtful space. A Suzanne Kasler for Hickory chair with a back pattern straight out of the Alhambra goes perfectly with a white lacquer Z-line desk that takes inspiration from Gabriella Crespi’s famed brass version from the 1970s.
Upstairs the master bedroom’s subtle references to retro glamour continue, with a color palette of mustard yellow and turquoise and an eye-catching custom headboard in Missoni-style chevron stripes.
“It’s coherent,” said the husband. “It flows well, it fits the house well and it’s comfortable.”
To introduce myself, my name is Meredith and I am one of the Senior Designer at Dbh-biz.info! Today I am thrilled to introduce you to one of my recent obsessions: Funky Chairs. Make no mistake, ‘Funky Chairs’ are not to be confused with ‘chairs which resonate the music genre originated in the mid-late 1960s’.
I’m referring to exceptionally unique seats which add a layer of interest to your home. The chairs that go above & beyond their intended purpose: to cushion your fanny. These items stand apart (or, in this case, sit) as a conversation piece in your home. I’m talking about the chair found in your foyer not intended exclusively for sitting. The piece your guests assume must have been collected during one of your exciting world travels.
A favored Montrose native representation can be found inside Macaroon by Patisse on West Gray. It was a brazen design decision to disdain traditional seating and opt for this ‘Fleur De Lis’ inspired statement piece. To our surprise, the furnishings proved as impressive as the sweets (which are exceptional!).
A few of my personal favorite vendors, those I can always rely on for unique designs, are , , and . Of course, for a convenient collection of noteworthy finds, you can always reference the latest Dbh-biz.info Mag. What about you? How do you feel about decorating with unorthodox accent chairs? Are they too eccentric for you taste or right one cue? Let us know in the comments!
Until next time,
Last Saturday night was the annual . We are always so excited to enter and basically hold our breath until the night of the awards. We absolutely adore our work, but the Houston market is full of other talented designers all of whom ‘bring it’ when entering their projects. Lucky for us we brought it too!
Winner – Residential Over 3,500 Square Feet for our Memorial Park Modern project
Honorable Mention – Residential – Renovation under 3,500 Square Feet for our Bellaire Residence project (home to a certain starting Texan player! Look for more on this in the November issue of Houston Magazine or see inside the house tonight on Houston’s Local 2 at 10 pm)
A few weeks ago our designers took a trip to the Vegas Market! I know what you’re thinking, a business trip to Las Vegas? Seems too good to be true. Well, that’s not the case here. They came back a little tired, but successful in their endeavors none-the-less. We decided it’d be fun to share some of their adventures (and fab finds) with you via pictures!
Every quarter the showrooms gather to nominate and vote for the Leaders in Design. The honorees are then presented at the quarterly Sip & Stroll. This summer’s Sip & Stroll will take place at the Houston Design Center from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. No RSVP is necessary and all are welcome to attend the event. Guests are invited to meet the designers, experience showroom tours and sip complimentary cocktails and wine courtesy of Momentum Audi.
Click here for more info: http://thehoustondesigncenter.com/ai1ec_event/summer-design-sip-and-stroll/?instance_id=147