Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Out with the Old and in with the New! - A Family Room Re-Design

Family Room After
Family Room - Before

Here's one of the latest projects we just finished up here at The Design House.  This was a fun project to do and the transformation was huge!  Our clients are loving their new look! And we loved designing this room for our wonderful clients!  We took their country family room and transformed it into a nice traditionally styled gathering area.  We designed custom built in cabinetry, a new door, moldings, window treatments, and selected a new sofa and chair, as well as accessories.  
Learn inside tips and more about this project and others on our Portfolio page.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Give-Away! Stadium of Fire Ticket Winner Announcement!

And the winner is... Samar Omar!  Congratulation Samar, the Stadium of Fire sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun this year!  Thanks to all of those who entered to win in our raffle give-away on our website and the blog! It was fun seeing people's emails and comments.  And thanks to those who became followers, it's going to be fun sharing our design expertise on products, tips, and new projects we have going on with you!  We're excited and we hope you come back and visit us often!

Tips on Cabinets

If you have a room that is multi-functioning (I think we all have at least one of those rooms!) designed cabinetry is great and performs a number of functions.  Closed cabinets are perfect for hiding things such as media components, movies, CD's, board games, and toys. Open shelves are best for displaying collectibles, books, and photographs.  And if you have a nice, new flat screen tv, you'll want to show that off on the open shelves with the cabinets flanking it on either side to create a nice focal point with the cabinetry, and to soften all of that technology.

Stay tuned for tomorrow when we post one of our latest jobs we just finished - a family room transformation.  We took a family room and transformed it into a beautifully functioning room, complete with built-in cabinetry and new furniture that suits the needs of gathering, watching tv, reading, and more.  Check back so you can take a look at it and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Design House Boutique

We just got these accessories in from Market and they are gorgeous.  These are real Totumo fruit which grows in the Caribbean and northern South America.  They are hand-picked, painted, and glazed!  Each piece has its own unique shape and size, and they're priced from $26 to $39 depending on size .  Send us an email, if you'd like to purchase some, they're great for a faux fruit bowl in the kitchen or as a fun decor above the cabinets!  

These hand woven grass apples are each unique and great for decor in a variety of settings. 
$15 each

Fabulous Finds

We love these floral prints on canvas for a little girl's room, or any fun room!  Especially in a set of three or six depending on the wall space.  The great thing about these canvas art pieces is that you can order them in almost any size, so you could have one or two huge ones on the wall, or smaller ones in a set!  We just love the flexibility and options! The sizes and prices range from 10" x 10" square for $75, all the way up to a 48" x 48" for $449.  If you think any of these would be perfect for your little girl, email or call us and we'll get them ordered for you!

Giveaway: Stadium of Fire Tickets

Enter to win TWO Stadium of Fire tickets for Saturday July 3rd, 2010 at LaVell Edwards Stadium at BYU!  All you have to do is comment on our blog and become a follower by June 21, 2010 and you’ll be entered to win!  The winner will be announced on June 22, 2010.  Be sure to check back often for other chances to win our great giveaways!

P.S. If the Stadium of Fire isn’t your thing, the winner can choose between the tickets or a $75 gift certificate towards design services or furniture from The Design House Interior Design!

Finding Your Style

We often have clients calling  for help wondering where to start on their room.  One of the first questions we ask them is, “Well what style would you like?”  All too often they simply have no idea, and who’s to blame them with the plethora of styles to choose from.  When designing a room you have to have the basics down: How would you like this room to function?  How would you like this room to feel?  What activities are taking place in this room? etc.  By knowing what kind of style to go with for our clients, we can help them transform their space so that it is pleasing in both form and function.

The best way to find what kind of style you are – whether it’s classic, traditional, tuscan, modern, shabby chic, or any other of the numerous styles too choose from-  is to look through interior design magazines or browse pictures on the internet.  Make sure you browse various styles of design magazines that you like.  When you find pictures that you love start tearing them out and compiling them in a folder.  Don’t worry about whether or not a certain design element of the picture will look good in your room, just tear out the picture and add it to your file.  After you’ve collected quite a few start looking through them to recognize the common thread running through all the pictures and most times than not that is Your style.  Plus, the other benefit of going through the pictures is that now you have ideas of things that you might want to incorporate into your room!  So if you’re sitting there wondering how to start designing your room, pick up a magazine and start tearing!

Why Hire A Designer?

Do you ever feel lost when shopping for home decor thinking “where do I begin”? Or are you able to pick out pieces you know you like but then get home and don’t know how to pull it all together? Do you wonder if you are hanging artwork or mirrors at the right height? Well good news…you are not alone! We hear about these problems and questions from many of our clients. So save your precious time and all the headache and hire an interior designer. Working with a designer who has a trained eye for the elements and principles of design (color, texture, proportion, balance, and scale - to name a few) can really save you time and put your budget to better use. The Design House Interior Design offers design services at an affordable hourly rate, making good design available to anyone and on any budget. Whether you want just an hour consultation to get direction or you are looking for full design services on a home remodel, we can work with you to create rooms with style and personality.