Video Home Tours | Traditional Interior Design

Our goal is to not only create a beautiful space customized to your lifestyle, but also to make the big transitions in your life a little easier. These homeowners were moving from a townhouse to a more traditional home in the suburbs. They asked us to help make their move as seamless as possible. Creating a space that they could call home immediately was the task we were able to successfully tackle. We made sure to incorporate custom and unique elements, like the stunning chandelier in the dining room, to redefine the traditional.

If you are not sure where to begin with an interior design project, do not hesitate to contact us. We have 30 minute free consultations every 4th Friday of the month, called free design Fridays, or you can schedule an appointment for more help. Follow the links for more information.

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!

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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                                 AFTER

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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.

Using Technology in Bathroom Remodels

Technology Improvements are Luxurious

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Home improvement, renovation and remodeling can all be fairly expensive and time consuming projects. There are many ways, some more notable than others, in which we can develop our home that will improve our lifestyle and home value.

In the past, the bathroom  was a small, bog-like standard room, excuse the pun. It was renowned for being one of the last places homeowners would renovate, but that is no longer the case. The bathroom is becoming a highly valued part of the home. Because of this, more homeowners are making improvements to their bathroom décor, accessories and appliances.

Nowadays, many improve or renovate their bathrooms for relaxation and hygiene purposes. We can do this in several ways, but today I wish to discuss a few appliances in the modern era that I love and some gorgeous accessories too.

High-tech bathroom appliances

The bathroom was once a place with a simple function: to aid our physical needs and our personal hygiene. The changes are massive in the modern era! Baths have changed from a necessity to a luxury with master baths having spa-like feels to them. Our demand for relaxation and entertainment has been increased too. Today, it’s not unusual to find a TV mounted in a bathroom. If you’re looking to amp up the luxury, considering adding customized technology to your bathroom such as televisions and high-tech showers.

High-tech customized showers

Technology in the home is something that is being developed all the time, especially for the bathroom. One of the main appliances that has experienced remarkable upgrades has got to be the shower. Gone are the days when we have to struggle to find the right temperature. Now high-tech showers are being introduced into the industry that not only allow us to digitally control our temperature gauge but to also adjust the water volume and massage settings within the shower.

The American company, Kohler, was one of the first to bring out a ‘DTV Custom Showering Experience’. The concept was created to “wrap water, sound, light and steam together in a seamless and totally customized style”.

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Incorporating a television into your bathroom

Televisions can be placed almost anywhere nowadays and that includes in the bathroom. Can you think of anything more relaxing than turning down the lights, lighting a few candles and relaxing in a warm bubbly bath while watching your favourite TV shows?

There are a few different ways in which you can incorporate a TV into your bathroom:

    • Buying a stand alone TV which can be mounted onto a wall at the perfect eye line for your relaxation.
    • Adding a television to your medicine cabinet. This option adds more storage space while supplying you a clever place for your TV.
    • Television mirrors, add you TV into your vanity mirror… It’s a design lover’s haven.

Design company, Seura, have created a product which enhances lamination to create a television and mirror. Simply mind blowing!

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If you are wondering how the bathroom can become even more futuristic, then take a look at this brilliant article from doornob.com.

Bathroom accessories

Accessories are a much more affordable way to renovate your bathroom or, for that matter, any room in your home. I see so many homes with bathrooms that look outdated because of the small things, such as towels, bath mats and hardware.

Buying some new, bold or colorful towels is a perfect way to refresh the look of your bathroom. You can change the style of your room through more of these cost effective changes such as:

  • Replacing an old bathroom mat
  • Adding a fresh flowers with a contemporary vase
  • Re-grouting your bathroom tiles
  • Repainting or refinishing bathroom cabinets
  • Replacing cabinet hardware and doors with new hinges and dampers

All of the above changes to accessories in your bathroom will have a simple, yet positive effect. Not only will you notice a difference, but so will family members and any guests you may have in your home.

About the author: Ryan Hirst is the online marketing and media assistant at Eurofit Direct, they are an online office furniture fittings and kitchen fittings supplier to the UK with a hand in DIY and home improvement. 

 

Move vs. Remodel: Where's the Greater Investment?

It’s no secret that the real estate market nationwide is not what it used to be. Home values continue to remain at a level not seen since the early 1980’s. As a result, many homeowners find themselves investing in renovating and remodeling their current homes rather than putting them on the market.

Despite the economy being down, the design world is up due to the existing real estate condition. Opting to increase equity in their homes, Eklektik Interior’s design clients understand the value of personal and ‘signature’ interior improvements. Our designers work with homeowners all over the globe from Kona, Tahoe and Costa Rica—within the Houston area from Memorial , Tanglewood, River Oaks, The Heights, The Woodlands, Rock Creek, Spring, Magnolia, Sugarland, Conroe and even Huntsville.

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Master Bathroom Before Remodels

Regardless of where you live, remodeling is a smart and economically safe choice. Not only will you find yourself avoiding the possibility of two mortgages – with your old home and new home – but remodeling will raise the value of your home benefiting you in a later competitive market. The greatest benefit will be a beautifully upgraded and personalized home for you and your family to enjoy!

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Master Bathroom After Remodels

We recommend a kitchen and bathroom remodel to maximize your return on investment. Older homes can be updated by opening up floor plans and lightened up with updated colors and design. Our Free Design Fridays, held the 4th Friday of each month, is a perfect opportunity for you to discuss your dream home with our experienced designers. Call today to book your 30-minute complimentary design consultation.

Where To Begin With Remodels and Renovations

If you are really considering a remodeling project, how do you go about getting started?

This has been a question I have heard a lot lately. It is a very good question! Remodeling has certainly come to the forefront of homeowners’ minds lately. Most realize that this is not the time to sell and so they are questioning is it a good idea to remodel or wait or what???

I am going to give you some guidelines and some questions that you need to ask yourself to help you make some decisions.

Let’s begin by asking yourself some really important questions: How long have you been in your home and have you done any improvements on it in the time that you have been there? How long do you want to stay in your home? Do you like the neighborhood you are in? What is it about your home that you like and/or dislike? Are there areas of your home that don’t function well for your family? Answering these questions can help you decide whether to remodel or not.

If you have been in the house a long time and have done nothing to update your home, it would be a smart move to remodel. When you are ready to move, you will have an easier time selling because you will be competing with homes that are new or have been updated, plus you can enjoy your beautifully remodeled home for the time you have left in it.

One thing you really want to consider when thinking of remodeling is how much is too much and will I recoup any of the expense? Most remodels of kitchens and bathrooms can actually increase the value of your home and you will get back all, if not most of your investment.

I am sure many of you watch HGTV and the DIY channel. There is a lot of good information on those shows, but some make it look easier and less expensive than it really is. Remodeling can be very daunting. If you are a handy person and you want to do it yourself, great! However, I have been asked many times, “what is the biggest mistake is that homeowners make when doing it themselves?” The answer is easy… they don’t get professional advice! That is not to say that many DIY’fers aren’t knowledgeable. On the contrary, I have met some very savvy DIY’fers. But, there is a lot to be learned from someone who has “been there, done that!” One wrong move or choice can cost hundreds of dollars, if not more, not to mention the headaches! Also your professional has knowledge of the most current products available and can lead you where to look for just the right solution.

I know that when I consult with my clients, I always give them a few choices for them to consider. There are levels of quality and levels of budget. Good/Better/Best. Some areas are just fine with ‘good’ and some areas really may be better served with ‘better’ or ‘best.’ And there are times when best is not necessarily the most cost effective choice or even a good idea. Remodels don’t have to cost a fortune, nor should they if you are trying to stay competitive to sell in the near future. If you plan on staying in the house indefinitely, then you may want to be more customized and spend a bit more for say, appliances and such.

If you aren’t a DIY’fer, and are looking for a qualified contractor, get some references. Take a look at the quality of their work. Interview them and have a list of your concerns and your wishes. Don’t be afraid to talk budget!!! It is a MUST!!! Budget dictates EVERYTHING. If you don’t feel comfortable discussing the budget, you have hired the wrong person. You need to know that the contractor/designer will be sensitive to your budget and to your wishes. If there is a large discrepancy between contractors on price…beware! They shouldn’t be that far apart. If it sounds too good to be true…it probably is!!! What you don’t want to happen is that once into the job, everything is EXTRA! There will almost always be some hidden problem in remodels, just due to the fact that sometimes you run into some issues once you break into a wall. This is where trust in your contractor is HUGE!

Maybe a major remodel isn’t even something you may need. Sometimes you can get a different look just by simplifying your space. Paint can make a world of difference. Rearrange your furniture. Go thru each of your rooms and make a list of your likes and dislikes. What is the purpose of that particular room and does it work for that purpose? Do you even use that space? If not, why?

I had a formal living/dining area in my home that we never even walked into. We celebrated Christmas morning in there and occasionally when people came over, we would go in there, but I can honestly say it went unused about 90% of the time. However, my kitchen was always packed!!!! That is where we lived, but it wasn’t big enough. So, once I decided that I really liked my neighborhood and for the most part, my home, I realized that some remodeling made more sense than the move we were considering. In a new home, I would get a smaller house for more money and it still wouldn’t be everything that I wanted. So, I decided to knock the wall out between my kitchen and formal dining/living area. Best decision I ever made!!!

When I remodeled the kitchen, I had a counter height bar built between the two spaces and doubled the size of my kitchen, which gave more room for all of the crowds and all the living we do. I tell people all of the time… you can build a huge home and have many rooms for many things, but people will still end up congregating in the kitchen! It has been, and will always be, the heart of the home!

So, was the remodel the right thing for me? ABSOLUTELY!!! It made my home more livable for me and I will have many years to enjoy the decision that I made. Also, it increased the value of my home, much more than what the remodel cost me. I absolutely LOVE my kitchen! Now, that part of the house that was never used before has become a very active space in our home!

Don’t let fear be what stops you from enjoying your home to the fullest. I am sure you have seen many friends and family remodel and enjoy their home even more. Talk to them, get names of those professionals that you can interview and find the one that is right for you. If you aren’t enjoying your home and living in the spaces, figure out why and make some changes. Like I said earlier… it doesn’t have to be a major remodel for your home to function better. Sometimes, it just may take another “critical eye” to help you see its true potential.

I hope this has been helpful. Remodeling can be messy and a real pain, HOWEVER, when it is over… it can make your home/life so much richer. Live your life to the fullest. Enjoy each day and be grateful for the choices you get to make. Life is truly a blessing and your home is where you go to experience it. Make it the best you can! Research, plan, and enjoy!!!!