Little Things To Make A Happier Space: Embroidered Pillows

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Little things with significant impact…  a new coverlet and custom pillows refresh this guest room.

The combination of ivory embroidery on taupe linen coupled with taupe embroidery on ivory linen lends a light and breezy new attitude to this bedroom.

If it’s not the right time to take on something big… think of taking on “something small” that may have a big impact, especially while spending so much time at home.

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Enjoying the Outdoors Even More

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This beautiful home had a backyard with untapped potential.  What we did to improve the outdoor kitchen and adjacent space:

  • Replaced tile countertops with outdoor friendly, easily cleanable and beautifully veined granite.
  • Installed a new outdoor grill with a flat hood to provide an uninterrupted view of the landscape.
  • Installed an updated sink and faucet.
  • Enlarged the deck to enjoy dining al fresco.

An updated landscape with lush, textured greens and pops of vivid color provides an outdoor retreat especially valued during this time of “shelter in place”.

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No Excuses Now: An Inviting Exercise Room

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In the Texas heat an indoor workout space is always a plus.  During this time of “shelter in place”, having an inviting place to exercise indoors is especially valued.  In my client’s previous home, his exercise equipment was squeezed into a basement-media-storage-catch-all room.  The walls were dark and space was cramped.  Dedication was required to adhere to his exercise regimen.

In my client’s new 4-bedroom home, we had the opportunity to dedicate a well-lit spare bedroom to staying fit.  The extra elbow room, the modern art, the big-screen TV, a view out the 2nd-story window and rolled white towels aplenty now create the ambiance of an exclusive gym.

No excuses now.

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Acting on Staging Advice

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Smart sellers have an open mind.  These clients were very smart.  They recognized that the 30-plus year old home they want to sell needs to appeal to today’s buyers.  They “let go” of design selections they had made over several decades and allowed Design Perspectives to refresh to create a current appeal.  New wood flooring in the common areas and master bedroom, new carpet in the guest bedrooms, fresh paint with new light fixtures and hardware throughout, reinvent this Colleyville home.  Rental furniture, art and accessories add the finishing touch, making the home appear like a “model home” my client almost hates to leave.

From the realtor, “I think this is the most dramatic change in appearance.  It is absolutely amazing.  Thank you for all you have done to help them make this happen.  The furniture and accessories are perfect.  The colors very current.  The owners also replaced both of their HVAC systems and replaced the roof.”

If you are shopping for a home with a pool, a professionally landscaped yard and a walking trail to a park, all in the heart of Colleyville, you need to take a look.


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Master Bath: First Things First

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My client’s home is in a great location in Keller, but was in need of updates to sell, but more importantly, updates to enjoy in the meantime.

Kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and paint color are critical to making a home look “current”.  In this case, the master bathroom shouted for attention first.  With original carpet on the bathroom floor, time-stamped wallpaper, a short, inefficiently designed vanity cabinet with poured marble countertops and sinks, brass fixtures and an under-utilized whirlpool tub, a special-buy slab of Taj Mahal Quartzite was all it took to reinforce exactly where to start.

Extra design details include Walker Zanger glass accent tile for interest, double-framed mirrors, polished nickel plumbing fixtures and hardware, sconces that beautifully blend crystal with polished nickel, frameless shower glass that visually enlarges the space and a drop-in, indulgent soaker tub.

A timeless design my client will enjoy until they are ready to sell.

I suspect their kitchen will be next.



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Shimmery and Bright and Everything Nice: That’s What Girl’s Bathrooms Are Made Of…

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When we scored this remnant of Lumix Quartzite, we knew we could put it to good use.  This white and cream colored semi-translucent stone looks a lot like it’s more expensive and less durable Onyx cousin.  We had uncovered the best of all worlds.

We combined it with a textured glass subway tile in the shower, pendant lights with dangling crystals and a mother of pearl framed mirror for a feminine touch.  The hint of glitter on the textured bathroom floor tile provide additional sparkle.  The penny tile shower floor is both slip-resistance and practical, yet fun.

While we were at it, we removed the tub and added frameless shower glass for an unobstructed view and easy access to this beautiful new bathroom.

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Starting with River Blue

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This client had recently remodeled her kitchen and family room, but felt in retrospect that perhaps the master bath was screaming even louder for an update. The whirlpool tub was non-functional, the shower was tiny and difficult to access, the cabinets did not fully utilize the space and countertops and sinks were near impossible to clean.

We knew we wanted to visually enlarge the space, increase cabinet storage capacity and create an oversize, spa-like shower.

Our vision was to carry the steely-blue and taupe color combination from the kitchen and family room into the master suite.  When we spotted this breathtaking slab of River Blue Dolomite at our first stop, we knew “slab shopping” was complete and our color palate for the master bathroom was set.  One mile down the road, we uncovered Walker Zanger stone accent tiles which seemed to have been formed by nature with our project in mind.  A textured white non-slip over-sized 12×24 porcelain floor and shower field tile was the final piece of the materials puzzle.  Chrome plumbing fixtures, lighting and hardware were the obvious complement.

New fabrics for the master bedroom are up next.

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In This Together

Peacock Alley, one of my go-to resources for luxury bedding, is doing their part during this challenging time. Their work room that is usually busy making fine sheets, is now sewing protective masks for those who need them most. Masks will be going locally to two essential groups: Baylor Medical and Community Partners of Dallas.

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Original Art Glass Sculpture

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In the planning stage for an art glass sculpture that will be this room’s focal point … adding color and an incredible wow factor! Today we custom-selected colors and scale. So lucky to have this talented glass artist in the Dallas Design District and a client with a vision. Stay tuned.

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Guest Bath: Using “Leftovers”

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Love this bathroom and the efficiency of it all.

We combined leftover limestone floor tile from my client’s recent kitchen remodel, a remnant of fabulously veined Sea Pearl Quartzite and a price-performing subway tile to create an on-trend, soothing, spa-like “new” guest bath.

Other wow factors:  oversize pendant lights, a taller framed mirror, shower wall tile to the ceiling, transitional polished chrome plumbing fixtures, bath accessories and hardware.  The rectangular sink and drop-edge countertop add an extra element of “sleekness”.

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