Glass Art: “The Hanna Branch”

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This client’s master suite was recently transformed with new hardwoods, paint, bedding, upholstery and draperies, all inspired by the purchase of a fine royal blue and gold hand-knotted area rug.  A large empty wall remained, immediately across from the king-size bed screaming for art.  With a large oil-painting already on another wall, the room needed another form of art.  We decided on glass art.

We met with a former Chihuly apprentice, now with her own glass art studio in the Dallas Design District.   My client fell in love with the artist’s “glass blossoms”.  With the goal of having blossoms incorporated into “one large work”, we designed a custom-welded, gold-rubbed iron branch to connect eight individual blossoms.  After custom-selecting the colors, five members of my client’s family gathered at the glass studio to participate in making the blossoms.

The final step was to add art lighting to illuminate the piece which casts shadows almost as interesting as the art itself.

Not only does my client have a beautiful and unique piece of art to wake up to each morning, she has a family memory she will always treasure.

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A More Beautiful and Usable Guest Bathroom

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To create a more beautiful and usable bathroom:

Shower Improvements:

  • Removed the curb and created an easy step down into the shower.
  • Replaced a shiny brass shower door with a clean frameless door with polished nickel hardware.
  • Expanded the shower door opening for easier access.
  • Tiled the exterior of the hip wall to further visually enlarge the shower.
  • Replaced tired shower wall and floor tile with a beautiful color-coordinated combination of oversize porcelain and stone mosaic tile.
  • Double shampoo cubbies provide ample space to hide unsightly toiletries inside the hip wall.

The vanity improvements:

  • The cabinet received a fresh coat of paint.
  • The cabinet was topped with a stunning and practical remnant of Macabus quartzite.
  • A large rectangular undermount sink replaced the “pink flowers” drop-in.
  • Final touches included a new polished nickel faucet, cabinet hardware and light fixture above, with a new custom-framed mirror handpicked to coordinate.


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Luxurious Living Space in Southlake

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The story in my client’s words:

“I first chose Amy Anderson as my designer several years ago when our home was destroyed by a major plumbing leak.  It was a big job which included replacing cabinets, trim, counters, flooring, rugs, lighting, furniture, accessories, window treatments, paint – the works!  It was completely overwhelming.  Amy is the most efficient, organized and detail oriented person I’ve ever known.  She immediately calmed my fears by putting those great skills to work managing our complete house renovation. The results were spectacular and I loved my new house.  A few years later my husband and I decided to downsize a bit. He found a sad, neglected house, built in the early 90’s that had never been updated.  I told him the only way I’d agree to leave my existing home was if he’d let me hire Amy again to oversee gutting and redesigning the new house.  He agreed and I am happy to say, the results are as spectacular as my first house with Amy.  On both houses, she was able to help me determine the exact look I wanted and then helped me find the perfect products to achieve that look.  Amy is so talented and easy to work with.  I would never renovate or decorate another house without her!”

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Step 2: Reinvented Chair and Ottoman

What an incredible difference fabric makes.  This is Step 2, in an effort to lighten and brighten a family room decorated a decade ago.

Step 1 was the new Berber White paint color in the background.  Stay tuned for the next steps.

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Global Views Annual Warehouse Sale


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Global Views, among the BEST in accessories and accent furniture, conveniently headquartered in Dallas, is having their annual WAREHOUSE SALE on Nov 5th and 6th. Pricing is exceptional. If you would like to go with me or have me shop on your behalf, let me know. I scored these items last year.

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Seriously? A Laundry with No Storage?

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Seriously?  A laundry room with no storage space?  Tide, Bounce, lightbulbs, batteries,  household cleaners, brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners are not decorative items we wish to “display”.

While it’s irritating that new homes for sale tend not to have all the extras seen in the “model home”, the problem is not insurmountable.

After closing, but before this client moved in, Design Perspectives had custom cabinets built to the exact specifications needed to house all the items this client intended to store in this space.  An extra step for my client, but the end result was even better than it might have been.

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The Wisdom of Wood on Stairs

Stairs by definition get a lot of traffic.  So quite often, carpet on the stairs needs cleaning more often, looks matted, and wears differently than the same carpet in adjacent spaces.  That directs us to the “wisdom of wood”.  When both the risers and treads are stained, the staircase will hold up best.  No “shoe scuffs” to clean or repaint on the risers.  Not to mention, it looks fantastic.

These staircase updates included the installation of iron balusters to complete the new look.

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