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    Our latest whole home design project in Houston: Bright, open and colorful!

    It's been quite the week for Houstonians, our beloved baseball team Astros just won the MLB World Series against Los Angeles Dodgers, Hooray! To celebrate this happy occasion, we want to share a very fun and cheery design project that was recently completed by our super talented designer Erika. This home has some interesting details throughout. While you look at the photos, don't forget to focus on the little things that makes the room come alive.

  • Spotlight on Design - High Fashion Home in The Woodlands, Part 2

    In this week's blog we will continue our tour of this sophisticated and 'high fashion' remodel in The Woodlands, TX! This spectacular home was designed by one of our amazing designers, Erika Barczak, and remodeled by Keechi Creek Builders! In this blog, we will focus on four exquisite bedrooms!


  • Fabric Love!

    Every Tuesday morning we look forward to our vendor breakfast meetings! These meetings provide us with an inside look at the very latest and greatest products including fabrics, furniture, tile, rugs, accessories, and the list goes on! We also focus on keeping our training as up to date as possible, as there are always new innovations and new designs in the field of interior design! 


  • Sunbrella: Livable Luxury

    It is amazing to see how far Sunbrella fabrics have come since their introduction to the market in 1961. Over ten years ago Sunbrella branched out from their outdoor "canvas look" to the beautiful world of luxury interior and exterior fabrics and they have been impressing us ever since!

  • Light Up Your Room!

    Lamps can provide the ambient lighting that we all love, but as designers, we think lamps can do so much more! They can add texture, pattern, whimsy, sparkle or an organic element into the space! They can be like a sculptural piece of art, because when you think about it, most of the day they go unlit, so why not incorporate them into the design!We will explore some fabulous lamps in the upcoming weeks!

  • Neutrals With a Twist - Part 2

    This week we will continue to look at neutrals in a whole new way! Great design can elicit a variety of feelings.  The exciting thing about neutrals is that you can create different moods depending on the warmth or coolness of the "colorless colors" you bring into a room!

  • Neutrals With a Twist - Part One

    Neutrals are making a comeback as people are taking a break from bold, bright colors. Beige has been given a bad rap as boring and safe but we can show you how to revamp colorless design in fresh, new ways!  We can create stunning looks with neutrals by layering materials, playing with textures and adding shapes to a space!

  • 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!       

  • Outdoors, the New Indoor Living!

    ​If you live in the south, you have waited for this weather all year long; temperatures in the 70's, no mosquitos and a chance to enjoy the outdoors without having to be immersed in water! Outdoor living areas have become more popular than ever as manufacturers are designing more durable products and designers are space planning beautiful designs for the outdoors from the very beginning of the home building process.

  • It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

    With Christmas right around the corner, it is down to crunch time! Maybe you have had all the decorations out and set up the day after Thanksgiving? Maybe you haven't started yet?! Somewhere in the middle of it?! If decorating causes you more stress than cheer, why not consider hiring one of our talented interior designers next year?

  • 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!

  • Giving Thanks for These Inspiring Tablescapes!

     Thanksgiving is a time for being thankful for our blessings, eating too much food and being with the ones we love. Often times as the hosts, we focus so much on the food preparation, that table decorations can become an afterthought! These quick and easy inspirations can make a gorgeous setting for all that delicious food and set just the right ambiance!  

  • Designing for the Flip Side - Part 2

    We found so many amazing chair backs at High Point Market that we decided to continue the blog this week! The attention to detail on all sides of a piece of furniture takes it from ordinary to extraordinary!

  • 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!

  • Mad About Plaid!

    As the weather cools and the leaves change colors (or if you live in Houston, the pine needles fall) we are drawn to cozier fabrics, and nothing says fall like plaid! This traditional pattern is transitioning straight from the runways into home décor!

  • 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!

  • Furniture and Accessory Icebreakers

    Have you ever walked into a room and an eye catching object grabs your attention straight away and immediately makes you want to talk about it? These conversation starter pieces are a creative way to say something about your personality and passions. In a three part series, we will show you some novel furniture, accessories, lighting and art that will make you do a double take!

  • 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!

  • Crushing on Velvet

    Just what is it about velvet that makes it so appealing?!  Maybe it’s the rich colors, the luxurious feel, the sumptuous look, or all of the above and then some! Velvet has been around for thousands of years but its allure has not faded!

  • Mirrors - Reflecting on Design

    One of the best ways to visually expand a space is to add a mirror! Mirrors can add depth and dimension to a space as well as adding brightness and luminosity. With the correct placement of mirrors, you can reflect and emphasize a gorgeous design!

  • 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!

  • Spotlight on Design - Modern Elegance

    This month’s “Spotlight on Design” features another one of our truly talented designers and her gorgeous "Modern Elegance" project ! Mary Blair will take you through the intricate thought process behind her design, the detailed process itself and the fantastic end results!

  • Inside the World of Teracea - Factory Tour

    By Design Interiors had the amazing opportunity to tour the Teracea Factory in Mexico this past week! It was truly incredible to see up close and in person the amount of beautiful handcrafted detail and thoughtful care each step of the process is given! Teracea prides itself on being a unique and different high end furniture line by using unusual recovered lumber, reclaimed woods and by using an artisan system to produce each piece.

  • 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!

  • Acrylic Asending Once Again

     We love luminous, sparkling things like crystal and glass, but acrylic has the added benefit of not breaking, chipping or shattering! Although acrylic furniture gives a space a weightless, light and airy feel, it is actually quite strong and heavy!

  • Design In Flight

    Once again, interior design is following the runway fashions and birds, feathers and flocks are turning up in accessories, art and even furniture! Designers are putting a modern twist on these longtime favorite subjects with glamorous golden tones and creative arrangements!

  • 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!

  • Animal Instincts

    One way to add personality and whimsy to a room is to incorporate animals! In years past we saw a lot of owls and foxes but this year elephants and fish are popping up in designs everywhere! Using animals in your interior design can help define the overall feel of the space.

  • Black and White - A Timeless Classic

    A growing trend in the interior design world is the inclusion of opposites in a space.  Combining a traditional furniture piece with modern art, mixing smooth surfaces with textured  surfaces or using light and dark elements make a space visually interesting and appealing. We found the classic opposite color palette of black and white on everything from furniture to textiles to accessories at High Point Market this spring!

  • An Explosion of Pattern, Part 2

    When you think about adding pattern into a room, the use of fabrics and wallpaper may come to mind first.  As we saw last week, designers are finding unique and creative ways to incorporate pattern into furniture, accessories and even lighting! Pattern is an important design element that can add visual interest and movement to a space.  

  • An Explosion of Pattern - Part 1, The Greek Key

    One of the most prevalent trends we observed at spring market was the virtual explosion of pattern! Literally, pattern was everywhere you looked! It was amazing to see pattern on everything from furniture to fabrics to lighting.

  • High Point Market - Spotlight on Fine Art Lamps

    By Design Interiors was once again fortunate to attend the semi annual High Point Market in North Carolina. High Point Market is the largest industry trade show in the world bringing together more than 75,000 people to shop the greatest selection of furniture, lighting and accessories, to get inspired by fabulous designers and to see the latest trends up close and personal! One of our favorite stops was at the exquisite Fine Art Lamps showroom. 

  • The Wonderful World of Tile

    In the past few years, tile has undergone an exciting evolution due to new manufacturing techniques combined with a push for creative and exciting tile designs! New tile is being produced today that was unthinkable even a couple of decades ago.

  • Furniture Transformations

    Our designers often take pieces of furniture and transform them from something dated and worn to current and fabulous with a great new fabric and a little help from our professional upholstery workrooms! Being able to see beyond the surface imperfections and determine if a piece is salvageable is first and foremost.  If the frame is interesting and in good shape and if there is a functional spot for the piece to go, then why not consider reupholstering? 

  • Trim - It's the Little Things That Can Make a Big Difference

    Trim – It’s the Little Things That Can Make A Big Difference

    What takes a pillow, a window treatment or a piece of furniture from good to extraordinary? Sometimes, it is the little things! Trim can have a remarkable impact on the overall design of a space.  You can walk into a room and sense that a lot of thought and experienced skill went into creating the space because of the attention to detail.   

  • Color Preferences - Finding Your Happy Color

    Color Preferences - Finding Your Happy Color In our last two blogs, we discussed how color trends and color psychology affect our color choices.  For the third and final segment of our color series, we thought it would be fun to explore how color affects our designers at the studio! 

  • Color Psychology - Creating a Feel Good Home

    Color Psychology – Creating a Feel Good Home 

    We often choose paint colors based on personal aesthetics but it is interesting to see how color can affect our emotions and behaviors. Different colors create different moods in a home and it is important to know how color affects us before we break out the paint cans and brushes!

  • Color Trends Throughout the Decades

    Color Trends Throughout the Decades

    In 2015, Sherwin Williams introduced Coral Reef as the color of the year! As designers, we are intrigued by color trends and what is behind these shifts in the popularity of colors. 

  • Animal Prints - From Tame to Wild and Beyond

    Animal Prints – From Tame to Wild and BeyondAnimal prints continue to be popular in interior design for many great reasons. They can bring an exotic yet inviting feel to a space!  Animal prints can be subtle and chic or bold and playful.  They can stand out and get noticed or lay back and quietly add interest to a room.

  • Designer Details - Taking Furniture to the Next Level

    Designer Details – Taking Furniture to the Next Level What is it that makes a piece of furniture stand out?  I mean really get noticed and in a good way?!  It is the attention to every last detail, innovative designs and hand crafted quality that takes it to the next level!

  • Sweet Dreams - In Your Custom Bedding

    Sweet Dreams – In Your Custom Bedding   When you think about it, we spend one third of our lives sleeping.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to come home to an extraordinary bedroom that is your sanctuary, your retreat to escape from life's stressors?

  • Valentine's Day Gifts- Think Outside of the Chocolate Box

    Valentine’s Day Gifts – Think Outside of the Chocolate Box! Do you struggle with what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day?  Instead of falling back on the old standbys of flowers and chocolates, how about putting a unique and romantic spin on the holiday with a gift that may be a bit out of the box but that can be treasured forever?

     

  • Making a Rug: A How To

    To make a wool, hand tufted rug it is an easy process.

    Step 1) Buy a sheep....

  • How to Pick and Place a Rug - Part 2

    Last week we told you a few of our favorite tips and tricks on how to pick and place your rug! This week concludes our miniseries and wraps up our expert advice.

  • How to Pick and Place a Rug - Part 1

    Choosing a rug for your space can surprisingly be one of the hardest things you do. There are SO many options! You have to select the size, shape, pattern, color, and texture. It can be a lot to think about!

  • Everything Must Go!

    We here at By Design Interiors, Inc. are gearing up for a bit of a re-model. It is as they say, "Out with the old and in with the new!" While we love everything here, it just simply can't all stay.

     

  • Behind the Scene - Art Hanging

    The life of a designer is never boring. Our job description is to make a space as beautiful and functional as possible, but that can entail quite a lot. Recently, one designer and her assistant found themselves installing a house full of art!

     

  • Happy Independence Day!

    The By Design Interiors family would like to wish you a happy and safe Independence Day!

  • Gray with Envy

    Gray has become the next big, fabulous neutral, and let me tell you it is here to stay! While gray has been popular for modern and contemporary spaces for years, using the overlooked neutral is gaining more and more popularity in traditional and transitional homes.

  • Making the Unused Useful

    We all have those areas in our home that are unused. Whether it is an underutilized closet or that awkward space under your stair case, we have some unique ideas to help you make the most out of your waste of space.

     

  • 25 Years Young – New Logo Unveiling

    This October begins an exciting time here at By Design Interiors! We will be turning 25 years old, and we could not be any more excited!

  • Being Socail - By Design

    By Design Interiors has some great news! We are excited to announce the launch of the By Design Interiors Instagram page!

  • Meet Erin! New Marketing Director

    We have a new Marketing Director here at By Design Interiors. Meet Erin!  Erin graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Interior Design.

  • January Tip of the Month

    Every month in 2014, we are sharing some inside tips, tricks and knowledge from our very own designers.  Here is January's tip of the month.

  • New Year, New Start!

    It's a new year, let's start the year off right with a new start!  What about your home IS NOT working?  
    Too small, dated or generic, unorganized, or not function!  We can help with that and much more!

  • Years in the making!

    A light airy feel enhances the intricate details of this formal home.