GHBA and ASID 2014 Awards

The last two weeks have been an absolute dream for us at Eklektik Interiors. Many of you already know about our exciting time at the ASID and GHBA awards. We feel so overwhelmed (in a good way!) by all the support and congratulations that each of you have extended to us. Thank you to the greatest people that make our jobs so wonderful! For those who haven’t heard, here’s our chance to share our big news! The Greater Houston Builders Association held their 2014 Houston’s Best PRISM Awards on October 4 where the industry’s best are recognized. Kathy Anderson and the Eklektik design team were presented with three prism awards for a remodel of a private residence. The following three home remodels were selected as the 2014 GHBA winners.

Private Residence Interior Design | BATH

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Private Residence Interior Design | SPECIALTY ROOM

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Private Residence Interior Design | FAMILY

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It was an unbelievable night! To top it all off, the very next week we attended the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 2014 Awards. Three of our residential designs won gold! The following homes are our ASID gold winners.

Residential, Large Firm | Renovation Under 3500 SF

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Residential, Large Firm | Renovation Over 3500 SF

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Residential, Large Firm | Bathroom

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We would never have been able to accomplish all of this without your support and without the hard work of our amazing designers. The people of Houston and our clients have been so good to us — we know we are blessed!

Anniversary Tent Sale at Eklektik Interiors

 

 

Our anniversary sale is this Friday and Saturday! We are celebrating one year at our new location in the Heights with major markdowns. This is our biggest sale of the entire year.  Stop by the white tent on Shepherd Dr. to find luxury home furniture and accessories at a price you’ll like!

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Transitional Remodel: Before and After

Our designers waged a full fledged war on this recent transitional remodel. The master bath was completed gutted and reconstructed. As you will see below, the results are quite astonishing. It is amazing how much you can do with the space you already own – sometimes it just means having a broader vision, a little patience and some remodeling muscle! We hope you enjoy this transitional transformation as much as we and our homeowners have. If you are considering an interior update, it is always best to speak with one of our designers. Seeking professional advice can make all the difference in making or breaking your time and budget.

Take a look at the before and after photos of this remodel. The improved and modernized master bath flaunts an Aquatica Purescape freestanding tub. The tile from LaNova reflects crisp whites and cool grays to contrast the dark wood cabinets and framed mirrored closets. Most importantly, our homeowners were happy!

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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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Transitional Remodel: Before and After

Just wanted to give you all a little peek at how much talent our designers bring to the interior design world.  I mean, they are really good.  This outdated traditional home was transformed into a transitional masterpiece that our clients absolutely loved.  You would never know it was even the same home! It’s no wonder Kathy, Sarah and the rest of our design team won ‘Best of the Best’ and several other awards for this home in Ferguson/Kohler/Thermador’s 2013 Design Competition.

 

BEFORE

 

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AFTER

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Stay tuned for more before and afters of this awesome remodel!  And if you’ve been considering a home remodel, hopefully this will help you decide to work with us.  Even if your remodel plans are on a smaller scale, we would love to help you through the whole process.  There are several ways to get started.  You can contact us or you can send us your information if you’re interested in scheduling an appointment or signing up for our free design Fridays.  We hope to work with you soon!

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.

Video Home Tours | Modern Interior Design

We understand that coming to the decision of whether or not to use an interior designer can be complicated and stressful. That is why we strive for transparency in our designer-homeowner relationships. Clarity, especially in communication, is key to your home happiness. It is important to feel comfortable with and to know your designer!

To get to know us better, we’re hoping you’ll take a look at our home video tours. An idea or two may even spark for your dream interiors.

Get an inside look at one of our latest home interior projects, completed by Stephanie Vaughan and Kathy Anderson, in downtown Houston’s Montrose area.

A young couple came to us at Eklektik Interiors looking for a timeless look in their brand new home. We focused on the chair fabric they had chosen, working around that for color and texture in their open concept Montrose town home.  The golden yellow and earth tones highlight the dark wood floors and bring charm and elegance to their first home.  We softened the large balcony window with solar shades and a fabulous color blocked panel flanking a significant cornice above.  The end result was a success because they loved it. Congratulations Matt and Margaret!

Contact us today to just talk about plans you have for your home. We want you to be prepared and educated, so don’t be shy to ask us your questions. Call today!

Make Your Home Magical

What’s the first thing I think about when I hear “holidays”?  Besides delicious food, I think of being HOME.  There’s nothing quite like the coziness of a warm fire, some hot cocoa and the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree.  This is one of the few times during the year where we are encouraged to enjoy the great indoors! 

We want the spark of holiday magic to be ignited not only within each of us, but within our homes.  Use interior design to make your home magical and to create a place where memories are made and traditions are kept.  

In order to help you bring out the magic of your home, all of Eklektik’s Christmas merchandise is marked at 40% off.  During this season, let holiday cheer and the Christmas spirit ring through your home!

We would also like to thank each of you for your support and friendship through the years.  We’ve been blessed to be surrounded by many great friends, clients and co-workers.  As a “gift” and token of our appreciation, we’d like to offer you 50% off your entire purchase for one day, December 20.  We hope you accept this gift and know how grateful we are to all of you!

 

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Beauty By Nature

We strive to bring a unique blend of styles to our designs that are inspired by exciting looks and our travels to the most interesting locales in the world.  International flair is definitely one of our strengths and we feel that appreciating cultural beauty is vital to mastering interior design.  Added to that, we demand the highest quality workmanship and materials that will endure and provide you, our clients, with satisfaction and memories for generations.  In more basic terms, if we love it you can guarantee it’s a good product!

It is no secret then that we love traveling the world to find unique pieces. However, we didn’t have to go far to find this spectacular Pacific Green living room piece at market — it came to us.  We are so excited that it is now on our showroom floor.  Imagine the most comfortable seat that has ever touched your tush and multiple it by 1 million — that is how heavenly this chair is!  I imagine this is God’s throne.  Am I exaggerating?  You will just have to come by and test it out for yourself.

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Let us introduce you to the genius behind Pacific Green.  Since the ’70s they have been ambassadors for responsible design and manufacturing.  In their efforts to find a sustainable replacement for forest timber in furniture design, they discovered the durability of coconut palm trees and the world’s first factory dedicated to coconut palm was born in Fiji.  They continue to educate on and promote cultural and environmental awareness, all while endorsing beauty and sophistication.

To learn more about their story and products visit Pacific Green.

Being eco-friendly and “going green” has been a higher priority for many homeowners.  If you’re not sure where to begin on your journey to save the planet, let us be your guide.  Our designers are highly qualified to advise you on interior design decisions, big or small, that can turn your home from mean to green.  Be a superhero and contact us!