Monday, 31 October 2016

Houston Billionaire Pits a Houston and a Dallas Design Firm Against Each Other In His Reality TV Return

After more than 40 up-and-coming design firms from across the country threw their hats into Houston billionaire Tilman Fertitta‘s Billion Dollar Buyer ring, two firms emerged as finalists. Houston’s Martin & Brad and Dallas’ Sleek to Chic Interiors will duke it out on the premiere of the second season of the CNBC reality show, which airs at 9 p.m. central time on November 22.

The challenge presented to the two firms was to create a pastry shop from a blank 15-foot by 18-foot box on a slim $5,000 budget. However, Kara Gordon and Shannon Willis of Sleek to Chic and Martin & Brad’s Martin Ayanegui and Brad Stricklanddesigners/architects were allowed to beg and borrow whatever necessary props they could get their hands on.

The cameras were rolling when Fertitta first met the design teams at Houston Design Center and presented the eager competitors with the challenge. The teams were given one week to build out and completely transform the blank canvas.

Viewers will learn on the show’s season premiere if Fertitta choses one of the teams to convert their prototype into reality in his current project, The Post Oak, a 10-acre luxury, mixed-use development in Houston’s Galleria area.

Stay tuned.

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Friday, 28 October 2016

To Market – With Connie LeFevre.

Connie LeFevre and her staff at Design House, Inc recently attended the High Point Furniture Market. Here is what Connie took away from the event with her professional insight on the industry. 



Taking the pulse of High Point International Market this fall was like taking the pulse of the country right now.  It seemed like all the Pantone Colors of the Year since the recession were shown at market.  Of course this year’s rose quartz and serenity blue were represented in most showrooms, more often called blush, and all shades of the blues were everywhere as they have been for several markets.  Since blue is the most popular color nationally, that is certainly understandable.  But noticing the other colors represented, I began to see a pattern of all the Colors of the Year:  blue iris (2008), mimosa (2009)- yellow, turquoise (2010), honeysuckle (2011) – bright pink, tangerine tango (2012) – orange, emerald (2013), radiant orchid (2014), marsala (2015).  Some of these appear more now than when they were the stars!  Especially notable were the yellow, green, orange and of course blue, but there were shades of purple and orchid, and black and white.  Gray remains the new neutral.  Are the colors seen at market this year reflecting the economy and confusing election year?


I did see a lot more use of performance fabrics.  Thank goodness!  We have been promoting and expounding on the use of these for quite a while.  Why not have a fabric that is easily cleaned with soap and water and sometimes even bleach, when it looks so good?  Manufacturers are catching on and finally doing more upholstery in the crypton, nanotex and sunbrella (performance fabrics) to name a few.  Also very popular and luxurious, velvets were seen in abundance, but they can also be performance fabrics that not only have the cleanability, but also the abrasion resistance.


There was a mix of materials evidenced in furnishings and accessories using metal, wood, acrylic, stone and concrete.  And matt metallics were a softer, more elegant look than the previous brighter, shiny finishes.  Acrylics juxtaposed with stone and wood were exciting in accessories and casegoods.


Minerals were everywhere!  Used as specimens on stands or in frames, agates as table tops and in light fixtures, quartz mirrors, boxes topped with various minerals, and lamps using a variety of minerals.


Look for so many of these coming to Design House soon.  I always like to say “trend lightly”, but these are the most outstanding “trends” at this market.  Trends have to be meaningful to you, and you should follow your own tastes and lifestyle.   I believe more people want unique, personalized environments, and will put it all together differently to suit them.  There is more demand for customization, which we promote.  We often “tweak” product at Design House to make it better and more individual; and we do a lot of customization.  You do not have to settle for sameness.


Design House, Inc

Showroom #115

7026 Old Katy Rd, Houston, TX 77024


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Friday, 21 October 2016

4 Things You Should Know Before Becoming an Interior Designer

The interior design profession is challenging but also very rewarding to those who stick with it, but its not for everyone. Here are four things you should know if you are considering becoming an interior designer.

In the beginning the salary isn’t as high as you think

Statistics show that the median salary for an entry level interior designer is about 40,000 per year. Over time the designers who build a brand around themselves can make lucrative incomes.


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You must be extroverted 

A large part of being an interior designer is being able to communicate with people. You must be able to communicate your ideas and provide assurance that the project will go as expected.


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There is competition

With the rise of interior design TV shows glamorizing the profession  everyone wants to be an interior designer these days. Be prepared for fierce competition and try to find ways to set yourself apart. The interior design profession rewards those with real talent and persistence.


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It’s about the clients style

At the end of the day you are providing a service for a client and its all about them. It’s not about creating your vision it’s about theirs.


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Friday, 14 October 2016

5 Things You Should Know Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

Get The Pros Involved

A kitchen remodel is no small task. So before you go to any showroom we recommend hiring a kitchen designer to make sure you don’t overlook any details in the process.


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Figure Out The Costs

Visualizing your new kitchen is the fun part but when you actually sit down and look at the budget you can quickly see that small things really do add up. Do you really need that wine fridge?


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Consider Organization

It’s easy to get caught up in the design and appearance of a kitchen but don’t forget that the whole purpose of a kitchen is organization. Make sure you have the right drawers in the right place for your particular cooking work flow. There is a lot of interesting technology now, like roll out trays and shelves.


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Make Sure You Have A Good Hood

This is one thing you should not go cheap on. A good hood exhausts dangerous gases like carbon monoxide and also gets rid of bad odors. You don’t want guests walking in a smelling last weeks meal.


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Drawer Dishwashers

These are really cool and we highly recommend them if you’re the type of person that frequently does small loads.


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Friday, 7 October 2016

5 Tips to Get Wallpaper Right.

We see so many large estates with big white walls and neutral tones. There is nothing wrong with that but with new technology wallpaper has never been more exciting. We encourage you to have a little fun and maybe try out a wallpaper in one room. Here are a couple tips to help you and hopefully inspire you.


Have a Theme

The great thing about wallpaper is you can have a different theme in each room so take advantage of that and really use it to create the feeling you’re going for.


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Match the room 

Matching the details of accessories with your wallpaper adds a layer of detail and sophistication that people notice when walking in.


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Create Texture

When people think of wallpaper they think of floral designs but wallpaper technology has come such a long way and it’s a great way to bring in a variety of high quality textures into your home.


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Go Custom

If you want to do something special for a statement room then you should consider a custom design. A custom wallpaper is really something to be admired and could be considered a work of art on its own.


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Friday, 30 September 2016

5 Beautiful Kitchen Design Ideas

Light and Modern

White Kitchens are very popular right now. We love them because of the fresh feeling you get when walking into one. Be sure to have high ceilings and spot lighting in a kitchen like this.


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This warm and inviting kitchen design is perfectly suited for family life.


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Open and serene

What makes this kitchen so amazing is the huge windows.


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Minimal and masculine

The huge island takes center stage in this minimal kitchen.


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Rustic and sleek

The reclaimed wood island and stainless steel appliances are what makes this unique kitchen stand out.


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Friday, 23 September 2016

4 Interior Design Trends For Fall


Swap The Fabric

Swapping out fabrics on furniture and pillows is a great way to bring fall into your home. Swap out the bright summer colors for colors like pumpkin, brown, cream, and light gray.


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Go Bold With Gold

After you have switched out your fabrics for warmer tones its time to add some accent pieces. Gold goes perfectly with warm colors and it really makes your home fell cozy and luxurious at the same time.


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Seasonal Art

Seasonal art has been a big trend this year. We recommend large bold art peaces with warm color tones for fall.


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Heated Entryway Floors

This is something your guest will surely appreciate during the cold weather. Going into fall is the perfect time to make this upgrade.


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