Trends in Residential Design for The Sterling Group

Posted by Alina Rader

Apr 23, 2015 1:40:00 PM

We had so much fun yesterday evening at The Houston Design Center!

Lisa gave a presentation on Trends in Residential Architecture and Interior Design for members of The Sterling Group, all powerful women business owners from Houston! Huge thanks to Fixtures and Fittings for hosting us!

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Topics: residential interior design

5 Tips For Choosing An Interior Designer To Complete Your Next Project

Posted by Lisa Roth

Mar 3, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Paging through interior design magazines and dreaming up all the changes you would love to make in your home is, in a word, fun. Turning your home design dreams into a reality is still an enjoyable process, but also a challenging one, especially when money and final choices come into play.

The following five tips ensure you hire an interior designer who’s interested in your vision, your budget concern and your happiness with the final product.

1. Determine your expectations of an interior designer.


There’s no right way to collaborate with an interior designer. In fact, the expectations of your partnership with an interior designer set the parameters of your home design project. Thing about the following questions:
  • Do you want to be involved with every little design decision, or are you more interested in adding input on big picture issues?
  • Do you prefer an interior designer to show you every option available or do you expect them to offer you a narrowed-down selection?
  • Are you looking for total guidance, or do you have an eye for interior design and just need help with planning and resources?

By answering these questions regarding your expectations, you create a solid foundation for a successful working relationship with your interior designer. 

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Topics: interior design, residential interior design, home design

Home Design Project: 3 Simple Ways To Infuse Your Personality

Posted by Lisa Roth

Jan 22, 2015 11:01:00 AM

When you enter certain rooms, do you ever feel like you just … belong?

When pre-planning for your upcoming home design project, a central goal should be putting together rooms that create a sense of belonging. Interior design that fits you or just feels right is most successful when guided by your personality.

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Topics: residential interior design, home design

Mixing Old With New: Interior Design Projects Inspired By Your Past

Posted by Lisa Roth

Jan 8, 2015 6:00:00 AM

What’s the first rule of interior design?

There are no rules in interior design.

It’s important to not get boxed-in to one mode of thinking when it comes to choosing a style for your home’s interior design.

Mix up your furniture to avoid the cliché of having your living room look like a showroom floor. For example, contemporary/modern home design is given richness and depth by adding vintage antiques and flea market finds.

The best rooms always appear as though they’ve been collected over time; one creative design trick to accomplish this is mixing “the old” with “the new”.

Here are some interior design projects to help you stir up your style and make a home that’s intriguing, inviting and uniquely you:

Found Objects

Modern furniture benefits from contrast. To bring animation or essence into a room, incorporate interesting rustic or vintage finds. Antique accents juxtaposed with sleek modern furniture create an intriguing aesthetic.

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Topics: interior design, residential interior design

3 Ways To Achieve A Perfect Home Remodel That Doesn’t Break The Bank

Posted by Lisa Roth

Dec 23, 2014 6:00:00 AM

It’s fairly easy to rack up a considerable amount of spending for home remodel projects. Thankfully, they are plenty of interior design ideas to cut home remodeling costs without cutting corners or settling for cheaply made alternatives.

To save a little on each of your home remodel ventures, you need to think strategically about design, materials and timing. Consider the following three interior design tricks and tips to help you keep your home remodeling budget in check:

1. Revamp Accessories Around Your Home

A home remodel doesn’t require knocking down walls or wiping the slate clean. One simple, budget-friendly way to spruce up a room is to change up your accessories, such as pillows, artwork, accent pieces and rugs.

Purchase new pillow covers for a pop of color or an added textural element in a room. Hang two mirrors in the same room opposite each other to create the illusion of a larger expansive space. Put up new photos or artwork, or simply change out or paint the frames of your current artwork for a quick, frugal transformation.

By adding new accent pieces, throw rugs, switch plates and window treatments, you have the power to completely transform a room without even moving a piece of furniture.

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Topics: interior design, residential interior design, home design

The Design Process: Tips For Interior Design To Fit Your Individuality

Posted by Lisa Roth

Oct 30, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Great interior design is often a mark of one’s unique, individual tastes shining through in the best possible way. It’s not about following someone else’s rules for what looks great. The design process is all about turning an individual’s vision into a reality with proven best practices.

How do you use the design process to transform your living spaces with your individual taste?

1. What’s The Function?

Each space in your home is used for a different purpose. From entertaining guests to simple TV watching, functionality is going to comunicate precisely how these activities can be optimized with interior design elements.

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Topics: interior design, residential interior design

5 Modern Interior Design Ideas To Reinvent Your Home’s Living Spaces

Posted by Lisa Roth

Oct 2, 2014 10:01:00 AM

Reinventing your home design is at once exciting and daunting. You’re ready to energize your home with some interior design changes, but you also don’t want to waste money on design you don’t absolutely love.

You may be experiencing a gap between your unique vision, what’s going to be functional and what’s affordable. With so many interior design ideas and options available, it’s hard to know where to begin.

The following five ideas are a few ways to reinvent your home to be more modernized, cool or comfortable while also giving it greater functionality:

1. Make The Most Of Your Indoor And Outdoor Connections

Are you looking for interior design ideas that fill your home with light and create a more expansive feel?

Creating connections between indoors and outdoors brings about many positive changes to the way your experience your home, each and every day. Here are a few ideas:

  • Achieve seamless flow – A large-sized pivoting glass door, paired with a back wall of glass doors creates flow from indoor to outdoors. Using the same flooring materials also creates uninterrupted flow.

  • Be a part of the view – Want to break free for the four-walls-and-windows pattern seen in every home? Incorporate a corner window. This works especially well if you have a view worth inviting into your home or a corner with plenty of privacy.

  • Shelter an outdoor space – Building a covered space next to the house makes is easier to have comfortable seating and even a fireplace to enjoy the outdoors –in all kinds of weather – as if it was your own living room.

By adding doors and windows that allow you to move easily from an indoor area to outdoor terraces and decks, you and your family are going to enjoy these spaces more often.

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Topics: interior design, residential interior design