Development In Houston

So this project is a big undertaking for us. We're breaking into actual full on development; we usually just manage parts of finishing construction and make selections for other developers. Can't take all the credit here; my husband will be doing most of the day to day on this one, but we make a good team and these are sure to be quite different from the rest of the market in a starter home price range!

Sunset heights, Houston Ready For move in Winter 2015!! We are excited working hard on this! I just can't wait for the final product!! 

 Clean Carerra and herringbone master baths (Carerra is a great alternative to Calcutta when you want that gorgeous all white look for 1/4 of the cost and honed materials give the all white bath a modern edge while also being more practical for use. 

Clean Carerra and herringbone master baths (Carerra is a great alternative to Calcutta when you want that gorgeous all white look for 1/4 of the cost and honed materials give the all white bath a modern edge while also being more practical for use. 

 Modern farmhouse exteriors (a personal fav) 

Modern farmhouse exteriors (a personal fav) 

 Custom cabinetry with shiplap accents and cesarstone counters  for the ultimate in practical choices to get a light color stone. 

Custom cabinetry with shiplap accents and cesarstone counters  for the ultimate in practical choices to get a light color stone. 

At Home Bars In Grey Cabinetry & Blackened Steel

 Blackened steel, BM grey cabinetry, concrete floors  

Blackened steel, BM grey cabinetry, concrete floors  

I have been using steel a lot lately. I love the feel and I Love how it's a little edgy and almost could be cold but the swirling from the blackening is just enough to make it work in transitional spaces and not just modern ones. This bar isn't done yet but it's all being installed today so I wanted to share progress!! 

Bedding Luxe

We've been making velvet bedding covers for a while now for many clients. Its certainly a luxe look and not perfect for every room but absolutely jaw dropping in the right locations. When we do custom bedding we measure the mattress top to the floor and fit the corners so they hang perfectly and trim out each seam with contrast welt but in the end this is quite an expensive cover. William Sonoma just added some really amazing affordable cotton velvet bedding to the collection at like RH bedding pricing which is awesome. The black, grey and ivory are sure to be something you could use to get a budget version of the custom look! 

What To Do With A Concrete Floor...

So I end up with tons of clients who have basements in new construction and they want to make the space kid friendly almost always and do some fun things. We are in the middle of a bath install in a client's basement where we took advantage of the concrete foundation and just painted it! It's pretty simple you just need paint and really good sealer! The dealer can be quite expensive but will still come in less than a stone tile. Plus what fun is this??!!  

 Concrete floor painted, custom stone sink in Quartz masters white, basement bathroom design, grey and white floor, geometric pattern painted floor

Concrete floor painted, custom stone sink in Quartz masters white, basement bathroom design, grey and white floor, geometric pattern painted floor

Coming Together

It's a quick calming moment for me when I see our spaces come together. In a busy stressful day when deliveries are late and everyone seems to have a million excuses for frankly everything seeing furniture arrive and be placed let's me sit back and breath. I absolutely love this room with the pre war moldings. The bright white on every wall modernizes the details. We chose Chantilly lace by BM here because besides this room much of the hallways and a few other main rooms lack good natural lighting. Chantilly lace is such a bright white it almost glows. You have to be careful with it in spaces with good direct light because it can be glaring but here it was absolutely perfect. The sofa we ordered online to save cost, knowing we would not know the exact color until we saw it in person. Since its a little more beige than I was hoping, I'll add grey pillows to tie it in. Unless I told you no one would ever know it wasn't the perfect combination from the beginning! Sometimes saving cost comes with a little risk involved but sometimes it's just worth it! 

 West end ave Manhattan

West end ave Manhattan

Sometimes Accidents are Amazing Surprises in Construction!

 NYC Metal from door; patina!

NYC Metal from door; patina!

Well this was a serious surprise. The years and years of paint layers from a client's front door were stripped off the past few days (a lot of man hours and a lot of chemicals) but worth it in the end because it's phenomenal! That metal patina finish is to die for and almost looks like pewter! This I will do again. It's so stunning! 

NYC Apartment Combination: Transitional, Eclectic & Modern

Hi!! I'm Allie and I am so excited to be able to post about the progress/finished product of client projects, design processes and ideas. I am not going to tell you colors of the year, trends, or posts of all the acrylic trays available (well I hope to not do this!) I want to share with you the progress and tips about real construction and design. And point out exciting details and decisions. I hope you find it interesting! I won't waste any time... 

 Nyc kitchen, black and white scheme, black cabinet hardware, white shaker cabinets, marble backsplash

Nyc kitchen, black and white scheme, black cabinet hardware, white shaker cabinets, marble backsplash

I'm super excited about this kitchen. It's stunning and somewhere between transitional and modern. We made modern selections in hardware and backsplash and kept the design timeless with shaker white satin custom cabinetry. You can't see the countertops yet but those are coming. They will too be modern and dark grey but a natural stone called jet mist (Virginia mist, jet black mist etc.) It's such a user friendly stone. I have so many clients who all want beautiful Calacutta white slab counters but for those of the world who use their kitchens it's sometimes impractical. 

Real life tip no one explains: Marble (just like teeth) yellows over time just in general. Maybe not as much as a coffee drinker or English tea drinker's teeth but same deal. When we says marble stains we don't mean you spilled red pasta sauce and now your beautiful white slab is red. It's not THAT horrible. You first get "dull" spots which are essencially the acids in foods taking the finish off the marble. Polished stone owners can see this easily you know the rings and spots that show up in the stone right away. That's why lots of times if it works with the design I suggest clients start out with honed stone because it maskes the dull spots for longer than the polished. It's like with a good wood table. Some of those marks are to embraced and are just part of working on a natural material. If you aren't willing to embrace age marks then white marbles aren't for you. That simple. 

I digress... Back to Jet Mist we used here. It's a granite believe it or not and not a granite circa the 90s when it was all pink and green and black spotty crap that everyone loved. It's beautiful. It has these light soft waves of faint grey and white dots and an overall dark/medium grey appearance. It's granite so it's not going to stain from oils like a soapstone, not going to scratch and scuff like a limestone, and not going to acid etch like a marble. AND while those man made materials have come quite a ways in the last ten years they just don't carry the life and depth that a REAL material does. I am not against the Quartz Masters and Cesarstones of the world; I have used these in some truly fabulous spaces where they were striking but you can't argue a fact that it ain't the real thing and the depth isn't there. 

The backsplash is milky white marble. It's a very linear modern stone that draws your eye down through the kitchen.  

 Jet mist granite, durable kitchen counter modern and honed  

Jet mist granite, durable kitchen counter modern and honed  

 Custom made unlacquered brass finish on chandelier and brass art lights. 

Custom made unlacquered brass finish on chandelier and brass art lights. 

Well it's a work in progress that we are super excited about. Bring this back finished later...