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Bringing the Boho Chic look into your interiors

The Boho Chic look is so fabulous right now- such fresh and vibrant colors that are so welcome this time of year!  Consider bringing this look into your interors with accents that will freshen up any room.  What is Boho Chic?  The definition from Wikipedia say that boho-chic is a style of fashion drawing on various bohemian influences.  What is bohemian?  Well, it is described as a way of living unconventionally and very artistically & spirited.   I love my interiors to have an artistic and spirited look to them!

We are receiving fabrics in daily that can bring this look to life in your home.  We have some fabulous fabrics that fall in line with this style.  Fresh and bold colors as well as sultry neutrals in patterns and prints will make a huge statement with a small investment. 

Pillows are a great way to seasonally change out the accents in your room.  They also can make a statement in your outdoor living area such as in the photo below from a job we completed in Mexico. 




Trimmings also can be a great way to emphasize this look.  With vintage styles and bright colors, trim can bring the boho look to a plain window covering. We have many spools of beautiful trims in stock for this!

 

If the bold boho look is too much for you, there are beautiful fabrics that lend themselves to this look.  Here is a master bedroom that we did that showcases a beautiful bed in amazing fabrics that could lend themselves to the boho flair.



I hope you can stop in to see our beautiful fabrics and trims, and I would love to help you to incorporate this look into your interiors!

Happy designing,


In The Pink Waiting Room: Carpet Sense!

 

While in school I was fortunate to have instructors who guided me to find design solutions that were not only beautiful but also environmentally responsible. Visiting Interface Flor, a leading carpet manufacturer, was one of many field trips that had a significant impact on me. As my career goal is to become a Health Care and Special Needs designer, this company’s product seemed to be a “no brainer” and seemed to be the “right fit” so to speak. As it turns out, I would get the chance to specify this product sooner than I could have ever imagined while working this past summer as Nancy’s intern. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time, as she was invited to propose a design for The Breast and Bone Care waiting Room at Memorial Herman, The Woodlands. Needless to say, I was ecstatic! 

Creating an environment that is both healthy and safe for the patients can aid in healing process and having quality products such as Interface Flor at our fingertips makes the job easier. With the company’s unique Interspect® finish the carpet tiles prohibit mold growth, fight odor, enhance sound absorption, and are installed with a Tac Tile® eliminating the need for toxic producing adhesive. For this project we are specifying Zing Zang  In Marsh Thistle. 


NAR Study Finds Americans Prefer Smart Growth Communities

Americans favor walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, with 56 percent of respondents preferring smart growth neighborhoods over neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation. That’s according to a recent study, the Community Preference Survey, by the National Association of REALTORS®.

“REALTORS® care about improving communities through smart growth initiatives,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “Our members don’t just sell homes, they sell neighborhoods. REALTORS® understand that different home buyers are looking for all kinds of neighborhood settings and that many home buyers want walkable, transit-accessible communities.”

Walkable communities are defined as those where shops, restaurants, and local businesses are within walking distance from homes. According to the survey, when considering a home purchase, 77 percent of respondents said they would look for neighborhoods with abundant sidewalks and other pedestrian-friendly features, and 50 percent would like to see improvements to existing public transportation rather than initiatives to build new roads and developments.

The survey also revealed that while space is important to home buyers, many are willing to sacrifice square footage for less driving. Eighty percent of those surveyed would prefer to live in a single-family, detached home as long as it didn’t require a longer commute, but nearly three out of five of those surveyed – 59 percent – would choose a smaller home if it meant a commute time of 20 minutes or less.

The survey also found that community characteristics are very important to most people. When considering a home purchase, 88 percent of respondents placed more value on the quality of the neighborhood than the size of the home, and 77 percent of those surveyed want communities with high-quality schools.

The survey of 2,071 adult Americans was conducted by Belden, Russonello and Stewart from February 15-24, 2011.

The National Association of REALTORS®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Source: Realtor.org


EPA Unveils Updated Energy Star Standards for Lighting

On the heels of announcing new guidelines for TVs, the U.S. EPA has unveiled updated standards for light fixtures. Effective October 1, 2011, to qualify for the Energy Star label, light fixtures will need to increase efficiency 30 percent above currently qualified fluorescent-based fixtures. In 2013, performance requirements will increase further, providing 40 percent higher efficiency compared to currently qualified models.

The bulbs in Energy Star-qualified fixtures last at least 10 times longer than standard light bulbs, according to the EPA. The fixtures will continue to meet other strict performance requirements that ensure quick start-up and high quality light output, as well as reduced toxic content in the fixture materials. Additionally, the fixtures will come with a three-year warranty, which is above the industry practice.

Source: Hospitality Design Magazine


The Inside Story

An Inside Story

 

Window treatments such as valances and draperies don’t always have to be mounted outside the window casing.  In some situations, mounting window treatments inside the window casing is a good thing.  Beautiful molding or other architectural elements might be better left uncovered, while a fabric treatment still could enhance the window and overall feel of the interior of the room.   Below are a few examples of jobs that we have done where inside mounting the window treatments was a great option.

 


A collection of true national treasures—50 of the finest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC—travels to Houston while the galleries that house the NGA's 19th-century French collection are closed for renovation.

The National Gallery´s Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection ranks among the finest of any museum in the world and features some of the most famous artists active in France between the 1860s and the early 20th century. The MFAH presentation showcases masterpieces by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and others. An unrivaled loan in the National Gallery's history, this exhibition offers a splendid overview of one of the greatest periods in European art and a survey of movements that changed the course of art history. This special exhibition is now on display at MFAH from May 23, 2011.

A timed-entry ticket, which includes general museum admission, is required. MFAH Members receive complimentary admissions based on their level of membership. For the general public, admission is $20 (adults) and $15 (children, students, senior adults). Admission is free for children 5 and under, but they do need a ticket to enter the exhibition. On Thursday, tickets are available at a lower price ($15 adults; $10 children, students, senior adults) because general admission is free on Thursday, courtesy of the Shell Oil Company Foundation.


The Rush to Boutique

Hotel experts have all sorts of definitions for boutique hotels. “Not cookie cutter,” one said. “Chic,” said another. “100 rooms or less,” said a third.

But whatever the definition, big hotel chains and smaller boutique brands are planning to open many more of them in cities across the United States and overseas over the next few years.

Here is a sampling of the boutique or, as some refer to them, lifestyle hotels that are in the works. In December, Ian Schrager, an originator of the boutique concept, announced two new brands, as yet unnamed. These follow the collaboration he began three years ago with Marriott International to create the Edition boutique hotel brand. In September, Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which includes the high-end Virgin Limited Edition hotels, announced Virgin Hotels, a new four-star hotel brand that will focus initially on the North American market.

More recently, the Wyndham Hotel Group signed an agreement with Chatwal Hotels and Resorts to franchise and manage Chatwal’s Night and Dream boutique brands, and Sonesta International Hotels announced its own brand, Kept. There is Modo, from the former chief executive of Nylo Hotels; and new boutique spinoffs by Sofitel and Swire Hotels. And John Pritzker, a member of the family that started Hyatt Hotels, who now owns a controlling interest in Joie de Vivre, a California boutique brand, plans to double the brand’s 34 hotels and open them across the country.

Although industry experts estimate boutique hotels today represent at most 3 percent of all hotels in the United States, they expect this number to grow significantly. Bjorn Hanson, dean of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at New York University, said almost a third of all hotels opening in Manhattan this year would be boutique hotels, and as much as 10 percent in other major urban markets. He estimated that they could account for 6 percent of all hotels in the United States, and as much as 10 percent in the largest urban markets, in 10 to 15 years.

One reason for this growth, said Henry H. Harteveldt, travel analyst for Forrester Research, is a reaction by travelers against large hotels that are much the same, no matter the location.
“Everybody pays attention to design,” Mr. Harteveldt said. “People like things a little bit different, offbeat. And they make someone who may have a rather mundane life feel hip.”
The plethora of new brands is also a reflection of economic conditions and the state of the real estate market.

Boutique hotel owners do not have to comply with the brand standards — which, for example, can specify the size and features of guest rooms — normally required by giant hotel companies like Marriott, Starwood and Intercontinental. Thus, developers can more easily convert an existing structure like an office building into a hotel.

In addition, John J. DePaul, executive vice president of development of Sonesta International, said he expected more opportunities for new boutique hotels as existing hotel owners, still struggling in a slow economy, defaulted with their lenders. “As defaults continue to swell,” he said, “it will be less expensive to convert existing hotels to boutique hotels than building brand new ones.”

Boutique hotels can also charge relatively high room rates, making them attractive to owners, Mr. Hanson said. Travelers, he said, were often willing to pay more to stay in a boutique hotel and “experience something different.”

Although revenue per available room at boutique and lifestyle hotels fell by about 30 percent from the third quarter of 2008 through the first quarter of 2010, compared with a 20 percent drop for all hotels in the United States, it bounced back by about 10 percent last year, exceeding the 6 percent rise for all hotels, Mr. Hanson said. And he estimated that revenue per available room for these hotels would jump another 12 percent this year.

Offerings from the new boutique brands will vary, and many are still in planning stages.

Mr. Schrager said the less expensive of his new brands would offer “affordable luxury and cheap chic” and the more expensive one “modern luxury.” The only new boutique project he has announced is the renovation of the former Ambassador East Hotel in Chicago, which will reopen in September as part of his less expensive brand.

Mr. Schrager, who is considering opening his new boutique hotels in major business travel destinations like Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and London, said he could “take more chances, more risk” with them than he did with the Edition hotels that are managed by Marriott.

“Good design is not enough any more,” he added, especially since business travelers “will not tolerate bad service. They require functionality.”

How well these new hotels will do remains to be seen.

They face a number of incumbents, which, besides Edition, include Starwood’s W brand; Andaz, from Hyatt; Indigo, from Intercontinental; Ascend, from Choice Hotels; Kimpton’s Triton, Monaco and Palomar brands; and smaller brands like Thompson, Balazs, Morgans, Nylo, Ace and Gansevoort.




























South Montgomery County Employers add 400 jobs

Major non-retail employers, or companies with at least 100 employees, in South County added more than 400 jobs in 2010, according to the South Montgomery County Woodlands Economic Development Partnership.

The EDP released its annual employee count of local non-retail employees early in 2011, as major employers are surveyed about area job growth trends.

Gil Staley, CEO of the EDP, said the number of major employers grew from 48 to 50 companies. Those companies employ 23,000 people combined, representing 31.8 percent of the total workforce in The Woodlands (72,240). The two employers added were Praxair, a supplier of specialty gases, which relocated a regional office and 150 employees, and Merchant’s Choice Payment Solutions, which moved from a midsize employer to a major employer and has 105 employees.