Custom Interior Design from Accessories to Art

When we say custom, we mean custom!  The best part about being a designer is meeting with each of you.  Seeing what you see and learning what you like inspires our creativity.  It’s a fascinating realization that there are no two people the same.  We would fail miserably as designers if we tried to do the same thing for every home.  This is exactly why we are so concerned with providing each individual with a custom experience and a custom design, as unique as your own signature!

To prove how serious we are about designing a unique and one-of-a-kind space, we want to share with you a project that our very own designer, Stephanie Vaughan (who is amazing, BTW), recently finished.  If you’ve read her “about me” on our blog, you know how much artistry and creativity she brings to our design group.  Recently, she was asked by a client of ours to create a custom art piece of her wire and glass work.  Her sweat and blood went into this project, literally – that’s how far we’ll go for you!

Taken from her blog, here is the production of the custom art from start to finish. If you see or talk to Stephanie, let her know how awesome she is!

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For the first time in a very long time (over 10 years), I have been asked to create a commission of my wire and glass work.  At first I was in such disbelief, it took a while to really sink in.  Once it started becoming real to me, it became very challenging and finally very rewarding as I got to the end.  Here is the process as it went along.

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To begin the installation process of this 6′ glass laden circle in the Heights loft, I contacted an art installation specialist, Devon Moore of DCM Art Services. After some communications and planning, we decided it would be best for me to handle the transport and he and his crew would handle the installation. Once this was decided, I reverted back to my old tried and true method of transporting this type of precarious artwork by laying it in a pool of packing peanuts in the back of our box truck. Our logistics guru at Eklektik Interiors, Hugo, assisted me in picking it up from my house/studio and delivering it safe and sound to the loft. WHEW – that was a HUGE relief! Hugo you are the bomb!

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The next day I met Anna Light (my co-worker and the designer for the Zannoni’s home) and Devon from DCM at the loft to start installation.  Even though I was confident in DCM and their ability to get the job done professionally, I was still nervous about the install.  Unfortunately, when I started painting the horizontal lines on the front of the canvas, I went off balance from the bracer bars in the back.  So, the hardware had to be installed diagonally on the back in order for the piece to hang level on the front.  Big lesson learned of how important it is to work out the hanging mechanics BEFORE starting the painting or glass.  The guys did an amazing job and our clients were very happy with the final result, which now hangs in their loft.  I am truly grateful for having the chance to create this piece of art for two adorable art lovers.  This whole experience has been surreal and I can’t wait for me next one.

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Our Feature in Houston Design Resources

Happy May, design lovers!  We know you’ve been wanting to read more about our recent remodel (because we have too) and you’re in luck.  Houston Design Resources magazine recently featured our award-winning design; and we’re happy to share.  The article is very informational and will give you great insight into the minds of our design geniuses.  Take the time to enjoy and be inspired!  If you have any questions about this project or one of your own, leave them in the comments section below or contact us.

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Know Your Interior Designer

Like we always say, developing a good relationship with your designer is the most important factor if you want to be over-the-moon happy with your finished home design.  Let’s be honest, who doesn’t?  We don’t just want you to just like us, we want you to love us enough to tell us what you’re thinking!  Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion.  This is your home and we are not here to criticize or to force our preferences on you. You are the boss! 🙂  The point of all this is that we want to know you and for you to know us.

Our design team is filled with some of the best talent in the industry.  Each of our interior designers brings something special to the table and are all super qualified to bring your design dreams to life.  You’ve already met Stephanie in a previous post.  Next up, associate yourself with one of the smartest people we know,

Sarah Brown

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I attended school close to home at Lamar University.  I received two bachelor degrees; one in Interior Design and the other in Graphic Design.  I graduated in 2007 and immediately went to work in the interior design field.  I have worked at several design firms, but I have been at Eklektik Interiors since the fall of 2010.

James and I have been married for three years on October 23, and there has not been a dull moment yet.  He works as a tankerman on a tug boat, and I am an interior designer at Eklektik Interiors.  He is gone for 20 days and home for 10 days.  When he is home we usually go boat riding, swimming or fishing on Lake Conroe.  We also hang out with friends and play cards, too.  James never meets a stranger so I am always meeting “new friends”.

 

 

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We just moved into our house this summer.  I drew up a floor plan, and James built it.  The outside is complete as you can tell from the picture, but the inside is a different story.  We have one fully functional bathroom, complete bedroom, office and a halfway completed guest bedroom.  I have a temporary kitchen set up for now, but we will eventually get cabinets and new appliances.  James keeps asking where is the real silverware (technically it is in storage).  I told him, “When we get a real kitchen you can have real silverware”.  Until then, it is paper plates and plastic forks.

 

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James and I have different taste in styles.  He loves traditional…the more carved wood the better.  I like more transitional, clean lines, and unique pieces.  But we both love the color blue as you can tell from the outside of the house.  The inside of the house is neutral with pops of blue.

 

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Through the years, I have worked on many different styles.  We have been working on a lot of transitional projectsnot too heavy and cleaner lines.  I have been working on several remodel projects that are transitional, and there is never a dull moment because you never know what is behind the sheetrock.  Daniel and I usually are working together on the remodels. He has called me to come and look at what he found during demo…interesting to say the least.

Kathy and I recently won several awards in the Ferguson Design Competition for a kitchen remodel that we completed in the Houston Memorial area.  We actually remodeled the entire house (kitchen, master bathroom, master closet, powder room and secondary bathrooms), including paint and new flooring.  The master bathroom result was also fabulous!  It always feels good to help our clients see their imagination become a reality.

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We are a week away from the big day! The day we spend months shopping, decorating and preparing for… Christmas! It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of life that sometimes we think, “Where has this month gone?” If this is you, and you’re still trying to put the finishing touches on your home Christmas decor, we hope you will think to come to Eklektik!

Every year we pride ourselves on supplying some of the best quality Christmas decorations and accessories. Trust me when I say, a little bit of high quality product from Eklektik goes a long way. For example, here is a bansiter in a small apartment that is decorated with product from Eklektik Interiors. Would you believe that the garland is just one piece? Nothing added – how easy is that?

Beautiful products at a quality matched by few is what we strive to have at all times on our showroom floor. It helps us keep things simple and sophisticated, which is so refreshing at this time of year!

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Here’s a peek at some other goodies you’ll be able to find under the Eklektik Christmas tree! Keep in mind, our Christmas is now 60% off.

This beautiful tree was decorated by our favorite, Nann Pettey! She is so amazing!

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If you’re looking for ideas for this year or want to do something new for the next, come pay us a visit!

Happy Holidays, y’all!

10 Fun, Easy and Affordable Projects!

I’m sure you all have realized that this summer season is fast approaching… although it feels as if we’re already there. School’s almost out and the heat/humidity combo are already bordering on the 100 degree marker. You might have a whole list of places to go and things to do with your friends and family, or maybe you have these few summer months to focus on the home front. Either way, the summer season is a great time to go forward with some of the projects around the house you’ve wanted to tackle. Here are 10 Fun, Easy, and Affordable summer projects to think about:

1. Paint a room in the house: kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, or even the laundry room! Paint is the cheapest thing you can invest in to make a dramatic difference in a room. Maybe your walls are all white or they’re dark and drab – pick a color that’s light, bright, and inviting (it doesn’t have to be anything crazy… but it certainly can be if you’re up for it)! Some colors that are all over the design world are warm gray tones, any shade of blue, purple hues, soft, silvery-greens, and even some fun, bright oranges!

2. Make a framed fabric collage. Have a wall you’re not sure what to do with or it’s been the same way for years and you’re ready for a change? A fun and affordable way for a fresh and simple look is to pick three or four coordinating fabrics, frame them, and hang them in a simplistic grouping. The great part about this project is that the fabrics you choose will make this a unique expression. You can go for a cleaner look by putting them all in simple frames and then hanging them in rows, or if you want to do something a little funkier get some different shaped frames and hang them randomly – not too random – and it’ll give the room a brand new look!
 (TIP: if you have trouble in this area, that’s ok – ask a professional or sales associate to choose what fabrics go best together.)

3. Refinish an old piece of furniture. Now, depending on if it was your grandma’s collectible China cabinet or if it’s one of the kids’ older bedroom sets will determine how and what you choose to do with it. Maybe it’s a honey-colored wood and you’d like it in a darker finish – you have a couple options, you can either sand it down (which is a little strenuous) or you can buy a product at your local hardware store that you can spray on and it takes the finish off. You can also opt to paint your piece, as well. The look now, which was all over this last Market, is the high-lacquered, extremely bright colored furniture; for example: electric blues, oranges, pinks, yellows, or stark white. Go a little crazy with this project (not with Grandma’s heirloom pieces though… unless you’re up for it), just make sure to use a high gloss finish in whatever paint color you choose to achieve that high-lacquered look. If you’re unsure about refinishing or painting any of your furniture, a good starting point is to find new knobs or handles for the piece first. Any little change can be good!

4. Rearrange a room. Rearranging furniture can breathe new life into a room and completely change the perspective. You might even try bringing in other pieces from different rooms in the house to see how they look in another setting. It’ll be like you bought all new furniture without even opening up the checkbook! Add some fun to the project by doing a little research on feng shui (the ancient Chinese practice of creating harmonious surroundings) before you get started and go for it! And, the best part about this project is that well, it’s free, and secondly, if you don’t like it, you can always put it back the way you had it.

Accessories and color can transform a space!
Accessories and color can transform a space!

5. Find a bright, fun outdoor rug for your outdoor kitchen or patio area. Luckily for us, outdoor entertaining has caused quite a few things for the inside of the home to make their way on outside – like great area rugs! There are specific rugs that are made for the outdoors so you don’t have to worry about rolling them up and storing them if a summer rain hits. They’re low maintenance and they’ll bring new character to your outdoor space!

6. Install new hardware on your kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. You’ll be surprised what changing the handles on your cabinets will do to the overall look of the room. Your guests will ask if you bought all new cabinets– it will look as if you did, but again without digging into your savings over it.

7. Replace the accent pillows on your sofa and chairs. This is another small thing you can do to save money while giving a fresh look to the big pieces you already own. Find a fun fabric with a completely new color scheme to update an older sofa or chair! Sometimes it’s the small touches that make the biggest difference.

8. Replace your shower curtains. Shower curtains aren’t made to last forever, so don’t leave them there as if they were. Just like with any other curtains you may have in your home, there are some looks that really worked 10-15 years ago that don’t look so hot anymore. A simple shower curtain is a quick and easy fix to your bathrooms without breaking the bank. You’ll be glad you did (and so will your guests)!

9. Find a new coverlet or duvet cover for your bedding. After all, it is summertime and the last thing you need is some hot and heavy comforter to keep you warm during the night. A coverlet or duvet cover is great to have during the warmer seasons while allowing you to choose something brighter to change and lighten up your room’s color palette. Plus, you won’t have to crank down you’re A/C unit just to keep you cooler at night.

10. Last but not least…. DECLUTTER! The look now is more clean-line, simplistic, and LESS CLUTTERED. It’s not a personal contest to see how many knick-knacks or accessories you can fit onto one shelving space. Focus on some of your larger items or statement pieces and let them stand out. Less clutter also goes for your closet spaces, too. Once you declutter your house you’ll feel like you can breathe again – plus it’s less to dust and clean!
(TIP: All of the things you go through and decide you’re ready to part with, take them to the nearest donation center, like NAM, and help give back to the community! Your house will feel much more livable and you’ll be helping some other family in need!)

I hope these tips give you a good starting point for the summer ahead! Fortunately most of them are pretty harmless, fun, and won’t break the bank! And, if you are feeling like your home does need a little updating but you’re not quite sure what to do, visit Eklektik Interiors to get inspired! We have ladies, including interior designers, come in all the time to get new ideas on how to redo a room or to see what’s in. The answer isn’t always to buy all new furniture. If you’re not sure, ask one of our interior designers about some easy ways to freshen up the overall look of your outdated room. Most importantly, be unique, personal, and fun with what you choose – it’s your space!

We hope you have a great summer!