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    Before and After: Dramatic bathroom makeover in Houston

    It's been a while since we shared a Before and After post. Today we want to showcase a bathroom. Not just any bathroom, but a very dramatic transformation. Our principal designer Peggy Fuller says good design is all about listening closely to the client: “I really enjoy working with people,” Fuller says.

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    The Gift of Giving

    Mother Teresa said it best: "“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” The By Design Interiors team participates in various charity efforts through out the year, though we are most excited about this one: Operation Christmas Child!Senior designer Erika headed the effort, picked up a bunch of boxes/labels for the rest of the office. Each ladies then got creative and filled the box with items they deem useful for the children, plus something extra ...

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    Houston Home Office Interior Design

    Do you have the luxury of working remotely? In 2016, 43 percent of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely. If you are one of the lucky ones that get to work from home, do you have a space that encourages productivity and makes you feel calm while there? Well, By Design Interiors have had the pleasure of working with many clients to design their ideal work space.

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    Does Hip and Modern equal Family Friendly?

    Does Hip and Modern equal Family Friendly? The answer is a definite "YES!" as proven by our designer Erika.When presented with a unique set of requirements, the challenge always excites our designers at By Design Interiors. The photos we are sharing today was taken in a town home resides in the heart of Houston.

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    Our latest completed whole home project: Elegant transitional home in the Houston area

    Were you one of the Houstonians out driving around doing last minute storm preparation before Hurricane Harvey arrives? All that running around and standing in long lines for drinking water or gas couldn't have been good for your sanity. Well don't fret, we have something to feast your eyes on and melt away all that stress!Our designer Ashton is sharing her latest whole house interior design project.

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    From Traditional Acadian to Soft Southern Charm

    Is it just us, or has June and July flew by so quickly this year? We are already gearing up for the Fall season. Which means soft neutral tones and beautiful mutes gold accents are on our minds.

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    Houston New Home Interior Design Projects

    Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying the hot Summer days of Houston! Our designers have been staying very busy, and it's time to showcase some new home interior design projects by Ayça Stiffel today. These are large scale new home builds, Ayça has been working tirelessly with the builders and home owners to create spaces just the way they dreamed of.

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    Houston Kitchen Transformation

    We received some great feedback on the last Before and After blog post, so here is another one! Today we are showing off a kitchen renovation gone GOOD. Our designer Erika work closely with our client on this remodeling project, she was able to marry beauty with function.

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    Latest Completed Project: Houston's Luxury Interior Design at it's finest

    Our senior designer Carly Crawford collaborated with principal designer Peggy Fuller, on a large scale project that's recently been completed. The magnificent home is now outfitted with opulent custom furnitures, unique accessories that are carefully chosen to suit the client's taste. Enjoy the photos below, we are thrilled with the outcome, and hope you feel the same!Photographer: Daniel Angulo For additional interior details photographs, do check out By Design Interiors' HOUZZ account, have a ...

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    Wonderful finds from High Point Market

    We are back from a very successful trip to High Point Market Spring 2017. Check out some of our favorite pieces from the show, and feel free to drop us a line or email with questions and inquiries. We feel so inspired, can't wait to incorporate these new ideas/products into our clients' spaces.Make a statement! Bernhardt FurnitureSimple, elegant staging Hooker Furniture We are loving these moody blues @theoblog Every room at the showroom was full of beautiful surprises!&...

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    10 tips on how to accessorize your home

    “Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.” -Nate BerkusHome accessories make the room. They showcase your personality, make your home feel interesting and cozy, and they complete the look of a well designed space.Most people can make easy decisions when it comes to choosing larger pieces of furniture, but when it comes to accessories, things tend to get complicated. Today we are going to give you some helpful tips, that should make things easier from ...

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    When it comes to furniture buying: Quality > Saving Money

    Has this ever happened to you? You purchase a piece of clothing/bedding/furniture because it was inexpensive. Unfortunately, after a few times of wear/washing/usage, the item no longer looks/feels the same, in fact, it starts to fall apart quickly.There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to save money, but it’s important to know frugality doesn’t mean we should purchase cheap items.

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    Bring the outdoor in

    What a glorious week we've had here at Houston, are you enjoying the sunning and warm weather as much as we have? We know it's kind of a bummer that there was only a total of 3 days of Winter this season, but hey, we didn't choose to live in Texas to be buried in snow, right?On average, there are 204 sunny days per year in Houston. This piece of factoid bring about this week's topic: WINDOWS! Do you have windows in your home?

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    Where does bad light end up? In Prism.

    OK we are sorry for that bad pun, but hopefully it brought you a LIGHT chuckle on this beautiful Friday! If you follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, then you already know the topic of the week is: LIGHTING.The proper lighting should define your personal style, set the mood and perform the task of helping us see. Here are a few quick rule of thumb when it comes to choosing the right lighting for your home:Living room: Light up different corners Use a combination of types of lamps Use...

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    Pattern mixing, intimidating or exciting?

    Hello lovelies! Did this week fly by for you also? We can't believe January is almost over, though this is definitely not a complaint, it's been a very productive month for our designers, what a great way to start the year off correctly right?Speaking of 2017, did you know mixing patterns is on trend in a big way?

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    Quiet spaces in your home

    (Whispers) Hello there, We meet again.  This week we want to bring up something that's very important for everyone's sanity: Peace and Quiet... With the hustle and bustle of today's hectic life style, we understand how difficult it can be to quiet our minds. Do you find yourself feeling frustrated or agitated, even in the sanctity of your home?

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    Continue with the green theme...

    Happy 2017! We hope you had a wonderful holiday, here is hoping for a great year ahead!At By Design Interiors, we listen to our clients closely, work with your style and preferences, then go back to our drawing board to come up with the perfect design for your spaces. This means we do not push the most current trends onto our clients, though we definitely keep in touch with the interior design community, and watch for new ideas.

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    It's almost 2017, time to rethink your colors!

    Hello lovelies, hope you are enjoying this very warm holiday season! We know it doesn't feel much like Winter, but the Fall leaves that are popping up all around town is quite stunning, and we will take what we can get!Speaking of colors, have you heard the official Pantone color of the year 2017 is "GREENERY"? Yes, it's definitely an eye opener, in fact, jokesters from Twittersphere have been making some not so kind comments about the color. Comparing it to guacamole and ...

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    Happy Holidays! It's the season to reflect and give thanks!

    Wow, can you believe it's the end of 2016? Many people might say it's been a year of turmoil and the unpredictable, though here at By Design Interiors, we are a bunch of optimists, and it's truly been a productive year for us.At each year end, we usually like to take some time to reflect on the projects we were fortunate enough to work on, also to thank the clients who believed in our designers to make their dreams come true. Looking ahead into 2017, we are currently busy reorganizing our librar...

  • Spotlight on Design - High Fashion Home in The Woodlands, Part 1

    We are excited to continue our series, 'Spotlight on Design', with all new projects so you can see what our talented designers have been up to! This month we will focus on a stunning and sophisticated home remodel in The Woodlands, TX, designed by Erika Barczak and remodeled by Keechi Creek Builders! This gorgeous 'high fashion' remodel transformed the home, making it current and integrating the fantastic views of the outdoors inward!


  • Design Geometry 201 !

    Last week we looked at geometric designs covering walls, upholstered furniture and floor rugs, this week we will focus on accessories and case goods! As you will see, geometry is literally everywhere in interior design, and that is a good thing!


  • Design Geometry 101 !

    Geometry is used in interior design more than you can imagine, from space planning to proportions to pattern play and of course to the shapes themselves! Skilled interior designers have the innate ability to find the 'golden ratio' with design and proportion and to make an aesthetically pleasing space based on geometric explanations. 


  • Global Glamour Part 2!

    Inspired by the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we want to continue our blog on Global Glamour and the influences on interior design from around the world!Global and tribal elements, appear in motifs, colors and patterns, inspired by the American Southwest, Mexico, South America, Southeast Asia and India. 


  • Spotlight on Design - Chic & Sophisticated With a Modern Twist Part 2

    In this week's blog we will continue our tour of this sophisticated and chic modern new build home in Houston, TX! This spectacular home was designed by one of our amazing designers, Ashton Morgan, and built by Flair Builders! In this blog, we will focus on the dazzling master suite, the bathrooms and the living areas.


  • Flirty Florals Part 3

    For the third and final blog on flirty florals, we will take a look at all things floral in accessories, faux floral arrangements and lighting! These smaller pieces can add a fresh, flirty and feminine element to the room!


  • Flirty Florals Part 1

    Flirty floral patterns have been blooming everywhere in interiors including; wallcoverings, fabrics, window treatments, rugs, accessories and even lighting! From large scale prints to old school vintage inspired botanicals, these florals have been reinterpreted to look updated and fresh and they can be incorporated in a variety of interior styles from classic to contemporary! 


  • Beyond the Man Cave!

    In the next few blogs we will explore the world of masculine designs! Furniture, accessories and art that any man or woman can appreciate and that elevate the "man cave" to a new designer level!

  • Brilliant Metal Lighting Options!

    Accessories, mirrors and lighting have always come in different metals but we continue to be delighted at all the new, creative eye catching designs! These smaller pieces can be combined with any types of materials including metals in other tones. 

  • Mixing Metals? We Say Yes!

    If you have been hesitant about mixing metals in the same room, fear not! The beauty of mixing metals is the added visual interest, enhanced character and the ability to blend warm and cool tones in any space! It fact, it is quite freeing and opens up endless design possibilities!

  • Bringing Back the Bar Cart!

    Bar carts have been making a "mad" comeback in interior design, inspired in part by the new vintage aesthetic seen lately on popular television shows! Bar carts are a fantastic and fun way to entertain and can compliment your style whether it is sophisticated and glamorous or hip and quirky!

  • New Year, New Sofa!

     Every High Point Market we visit one of our favorite showrooms, Century Furniture, and always leave feeling so excited about their new product! In this video, Tim Hall explains the Century Cornerstone program which has so many fantastic options! With a fabulous selection of fabrics at our studio, we can help you design  the custom sofa of your dreams!    

  • Happy Holidays!

     We had a great 2015 at By Design Interiors and we look forward to making your dreams come true in 2016! We wanted to thank all of our clients and vendors and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a blessed 2016!       

  • Bringing the Outdoors In!

    There is an exciting trend in the design world as the lines begin to blur between indoor and outdoor living!Outdoor furniture is the fastest growing market in the furniture industry, with new variations that include more durable frames, wicker resins, recycled materials and stain resistant designer fabrics!

  • Designing for the Flip Side!

    As designers, we really appreciate when a great deal of thought is put into designing a piece of furniture. It has to look good from all angles! When a chair has that extra attention to detail it really stands out!

  • A New Way to Tuft!

    We are back from High Point Market and eager to share the latest and greatest! Channel style quilted furniture certainly caught our eye this October! It is a blend of modern, clean lines but a little puffy and inviting at the same time!

  • Art Icebreakers

    For our third and final segment on our icebreakers series, we will focus on unique art that is a real conversation starter! While we love paintings and photographs, we are going to focus on three dimensional art that will really make your walls feel alive and get noticed! 

  • Lighting Icebreakers

    Typically, lighting is one of the last things to be considered on a remodel or new home. We think it is time to move it up on the list of priorities! With all the fantastic lighting options, you can not only brighten up your space but you can also bring in elements of your personality! These creative lighting fixtures push the envelope and make a statement!

  • Amazing Expressions of Chair Designs!

    Throughout history, the chair has symbolized different periods of history like no other piece of furniture. The chair has been witness to an ever changing evolution of interiors; from Ancient Greece, to Medieval times to Mid-Century. Chairs pose a design challenge because they need to combine form, function and be aesthetically beautiful!

  • Spotlight on Design - Wall Covering!

    This month's "Spotlight on Design" features another one of our talented and creative designers, Ashton Morgan, and a sampling of her beautiful designs! In her own words, Ashton will invite you to revisit the world of wall coverings and the gorgeous, modern selections available to you! If walls could talk… they would say they need attention too!

  • Backsplashes - Infusing Personality Into a Room!

    Whether it is in your kitchen, master bathroom, bar or powder bathroom; backsplashes can infuse personality into a space! Backsplashes can be a stunning focal point in a room by adding color, texture or dimension to a room! As designers, we consider the backsplash to be an exciting design element where we have the opportunity to combine materials to create a custom design like no other!

  • Powder Bathrooms - The Jewelry Box of the Home!

    Powder baths can be transformed into the ultimate accessory rooms, like the jewelry box of a home! These half bathrooms are so much fun to design because you can really let your creativity flow freely and take some risks.  Because of their small size, you can try intense colors, unusual materials or use dramatic features without fear!

  • Woods That Wow - Part II

     This week we will continue our look at inspired wooden furniture, sculptures, art and accessories! Wood is one of those natural products that can bring in all sorts of looks from classic traditional, English country, Southwestern rustic to modern chic and much, much more!

  • The Future Looks Bright, Bold and Gold! Part II

     In this week’s blog we will continue to explore how the economic upswing is positively affecting the interior design world! Interior designers and furniture designers are combining modern glamour with classic sophistication to give us luxurious looks! The great thing about these bold and bright metal accents and exquisite material choices is that they coordinate effortlessly with modern, transitional and traditional design aesthetics!