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November 2018

Interior designer gives young patients a healthier environment

Bryan Kotrla got a text one day in December 2017: “Call me.” It was from his longtime friend Rainey Richardson, who had a question that wasn’t really a question at all. A teacher-turned-interior designer and home-furnishings-showroom owner, Richardson had decided it was time to launch her own philanthropic effort, and she wanted to start with the Kotrla family. “I am lucky enough to have my career and my passion line …Read More

5 Room Design Ideas For The Season

Dark Toned Furniture A large sectional with dark toned fabric adds an inviting and warm feeling to this space. The light wood coffee table and rug create contrast and bring this room together. Mix Neutrals This room at a ranch house in upstate New York features a mix of neutral tones for a cozy feeling. The fur throw really ads to that winter coziness and the hand carved wood chair …Read More

5 Ways To Make Your Home Feel Cozier For The Holidays

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Here are 5 ways you can make your home feel more cozy for the holidays. Centerpieces The holidays are the best time of year to feature decorative centerpieces in your home, so why not take advantage of it? Centerpieces are easy, elegant and bring your family and friends together in style. Wreaths  If you’re looking to make a great first impression the best place …Read More

5 Ways To Make Your Home Feel Festive The Holidays.

The holidays are the perfect time to style your home by transforming your antiques into unique holiday decor. This vintage sled is a great piece to add a little rustic touch for the holidays. Start With White When decorating your home for the holidays, make whites your base color. This will make reds and greens from your decor pop in a dazzling way. Go Vintage There’s nothing more homey and comfortable than …Read More

A cluster of design-related firms grows in west Houston

In the course of a recent afternoon, interior designer Pamela O’Brien picked up porcelain tile samples at Thorntree, ordered samples of wallpaper from Fabric House, shopped for office furniture at Johnson Simon, and checked orders for plumbing parts at Fixtures and Fittings. She then visited three more building specialty stores, all found within the same a half-mile radius. “You really could build a house here,” she said, “going from shop …Read More


The holiday season will soon be upon us! The Houston Design Center is gearing up to host the 11th annual Deck The Tables Holiday Table Top Tour starting Wednesday, December 5 through Friday, December 7.  Experience the exquisite holiday tabletop décor created by some of Houston’s finest design professionals and luxury brands as you tour participating designer showrooms at The Houston Design Center. This fun event is the ultimate source …Read More

5 Important Things To Consider When Hiring An Interior Designer

Reviews The first thing you should pay attention to when searching for an interior designer is reviews. Were they referred to you by a friend or family member? Does The Budget Work While a designer should always stay on budget, if you find a designer who can actually enhance your design by working within your budget this is a sign that they have great connections with showrooms and suppliers. Does …Read More

Contemporary, modern design at front of Access Design quarterly event

Anne Breux and Nina Magon are dramatically different interior designers, but both talked about contemporary/modern design in sessions at Access Design, a quarterly event sponsored by the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Design Center. Breux, a modern minimalist, was educated in architecture in Paris and later found her way to Houston where she creates very modern homes and works as a docent at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Breux’s …Read More

4 Rug Trends For 2019

Rugs in Unlikely Places Rugs are no longer just for the living room, you will find designers using rugs in places like the kitchen to add a bit of color and pattern where there may not otherwise be any. New Traditional People are still using traditional rug designs because they add a beautiful and timeless look to your home but one of the new trends is updating the traditional designs …Read More