Ohorona24.in.ua Feature in the Chronicle | Style Cover!

We are so grateful to have been featured on the Style cover of the Chronicle! We love the Chronicle and are very proud to be apart of such a prestigious publication.  Read the article below now, and look for the print version hitting shelves on Sunday, December 22!

A contemporary home should always feel cool, but never cold. So when a Houston couple, both of whom work in the oil and gas industry, moved into a light-filled, three-story house, they were determined to make it feel warm and comfortable – chic, but not too sleek.

“That’s something definitely my wife didn’t want, too stark and too modern, all wood and no texture,” said the husband, who declined to be named in this story.

The pair returned to Houston in 2005, and, in 2011, moved into their current 4,000-square-foot space in Montrose. After years of living and working abroad, they found the walkable feel of the neighborhood was a natural fit.

“We’ve lived inside the Loop before, and we love the convenience as much as we love the location,” he said. “When we lived overseas, we could walk to different restaurants and shops and to the grocery store. Now, living by Westheimer, we can go to all the great restaurants and entertainment and shopping, and we can walk to Whole Foods. Things are so close by and convenient, and we’re both five minutes from work.”

After looking at a handful of contemporary structures in Montrose, they were drawn to the open floor plan and the four separate patios in the three-bedroom house.

“We’d been (living in the home) for six or nine months, and we had repainted, but we didn’t have the proper furnishings and didn’t like the look we had. We wanted to change it up completely so that our things would match the house with a cleaner design that would flow.”

To create a space that matched both their eclectic style and their open concept living area, the couple turned to of . On the second floor, where the kitchen, dining room and living room coexist in a single space, that meant mixing bold patterns, adding pops of vibrant color and even a hint of chinoiserie for an unexpected look that flows and adds interest.

An Asian-inspired floral fabric on the back of the bar chairs complements the vibrant orange lacquer on two round-back dining chairs and is repeated in the oversize throw pillows on the sectional. The luxe Eastern elements are juxtaposed against some clean-lined midcentury modern pieces, including a bent wood wall clock inspired by a  design; a brass Jonathan Adler Sputnik chandelier over the dining table; a low-slung pair of chairs covered in cowhide; and a three-armed floor lamp designed by Serge Mouille in 1952.

The couple’s existing sectional was re-upholstered in a chic but sturdy black fabric which, like the cowhide, was chosen for its toughness, since the couple have cats and don’t believe in de-clawing – or in torn furniture. Natural fiber and thick pile rugs add an element of softness, while a custom butcher block dining table and a dramatic teak root coffee table mix in a sleek yet rustic warmth.

It’s the teak root table, a staple among Umansky’s designs, that the husband says is his favorite piece in the house.

“I love it because it probably weighs 300 pounds,” he said with a laugh. “I can put my feet on it, stand on it, anything, and it won’t move. That’s what’s great about it, unless you actually do need to move it.”

In the airy office, a clean palette of black and white and furnishings with geometric lines creates a more focused, thoughtful space. A Suzanne Kasler for Hickory chair with a back pattern straight out of the Alhambra goes perfectly with a white lacquer Z-line desk that takes inspiration from Gabriella Crespi’s famed brass version from the 1970s.

Upstairs the master bedroom’s subtle references to retro glamour continue, with a color palette of mustard yellow and turquoise and an eye-catching custom headboard in Missoni-style chevron stripes.

“It’s coherent,” said the husband. “It flows well, it fits the house well and it’s comfortable.”

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Holiday Gift Guide

We believe the most important part of the Holiday’s is spending time with the ones you love. To us, it’s the most joyful and precious time of the year. Working hard through-out the entire year is made easier when remembering that a reward awaits you come the end of December.

Another valuable part of the Holiday’s is expressing our love and appreciation for other through gifts! We love reminding those who have made a difference in our lives just how important they are to us with a well thought-out present. Here are a few of our favorites:

: Dean and Deluca

I could easily write an entire blog post about the palatable treats from Dean and Deluca, but that is neither here nor there.  One of our most favored products from their collection of perfection is Christopher Elbow Signature Chocolate Collection. More like miniature works of art than mere chocolates, these confections from Christopher Elbow’s Signature Collection include an array of unique flavors you can’t find anywhere else.

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Checking in with Jillian | Studio Update

Hello again!

I am very excited to give you all the inside scoop on the continued Studio construction! To begin the renovation of our previous retail boutique into a brand new, shiny Design bar + Studio, the contractors re-finished the existing exposed concrete slab flooring. The process included scraping & sanding down the original finish, sealing the newly revealed surface to become monochromatic and finally buffing it out to create optimum shine. Yesterday evening marked the completion of the new floor and we could not be more impressed with the results!  It is definitely a great way to maintain the integrity of the original space yet give it that fresh, welcoming look that we were aiming for.

Today is all about cabinetry. One of the huge benefits that future Studio clients will receive by working with one of our designers will be the immediate access to our extensive resource library. There will be an abundant supply of textiles, fabrics, paint colors, materials, etc., all for the purpose of catering to the varying needs of our clients! Therefore, we’ve made the investment to have custom cabinetry built to store and display all of the wonderful products. Here is a photo taken this afternoon showing the cabinetry as it was being installed and secured in place!

Because those of us at LauraU inhabit the spaces adjacent to the renovation, the majority of the cabinetry fabrication was actually done off-site so as to avoid unnecessary noise and odor.  The basic frames were constructed in a millwork shop and then transported to the space for installation and completion.  Although the final details and patching of the cabinetry is still to come (i.e. drawer fronts, hardware, shelving/brackets, etc), we are so delighted to get an up-close look at the progress and are thrilled to see our vision finally taking shape!

One other thing worth sharing is that with an existing slab floor oftentimes also comes with said floor not being level – and we found this to be true of our space.  So, as a way to keep our cabinetry base as uniform as possible across all pieces while also dealing with this small issue, our skilled team of millworkers crafted metal legs with levelers at slightly differing heights and installed them at uniform locations across the pieces so as to conceal this from the naked eye.  Now instead of noticing any sort of change in floor height, what your eye will go to instead is how the cabinetry reads as one continuous unit.  Now, of course, becomes the fun dilemma of just how and what to fill them up with!  What would you all like to see??

Please check back for more updates, and we invite you to like us on  and/or follow us on  so that you don’t miss a thing!

Lots of holiday cheer to you all,

Jillian

Three Corners Update | By. Letecia

Hello blog friends,

We have been very busy (with a capital Bee) in the studio all week in preparation for our install coming up next week. We are super excited about this new home, so we wanted to share an exclusive, behind the scenes look at one of the many beautiful features of this residence.

Staircase Construction

We took great care while working with this client on their staircase. We love the juxtaposition of Industrial & Americana. We cannot wait to reveal the rest of this project to the homeowner next week. I look forward to sharing more pictures of this project with you soon.

There’s something unique about the last day of the week at Ohorona24.in.ua, something that always seems to make all our lives a little more joyful.  Enter, Puppy Friday. Please say hello to this week’s special guest, Roscoe. Sorry ladies, he’s taken. He belongs to Shenay, our amazing and always cheerful design assistant.

Looking forward to next time,

Letecia

Fashion to Furnishings | Faux Fur & Fuzzy Favs

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Fear not, PETA zealots! We are 120% animal friendly in these parts. With that said, we promise you will only discover faux fur items distributed geometrically above.

Faux fur is considered a delicacy in the South, or more specifically, anywhere you can sport shorts upwards 75% of the year. How could it not be? Considering the incessant opportunity you are given year round to clothe yourself again in one of the 24 tank tops you’ve circled through the past months, you must jump in exaggerated joy at the occasion to finally display that  you took ownership of months ago. Oh, and don’t forget about the scintillating allurement of faux fur accouterments. Two of our favorites include, but are not limited to,  and Anthropologie’s . Really, what more do you need than a pair of fuzzy earmuffs that not only adorn your outfit but dispense harmonious sounds simultaneously into your little ears? Nothing.

Luckily, when it comes to furnishing our homes, faux fur rules become impressionable. While we may not display fur throughout our entire home during the sizzling seasons, we find nothing wrong with accompanying your daughter’s computer desk with a faux fur chair. And who can argue that there’s anything more necessary than the accompaniment of a fuzzy blanket near the fireplace? We have an abundant amount of blankets we could insist you invest in, but we’ll leave that for another day. For now, we recommend this , and for the aforementioned chair this

Well, now it’s your turn. What about you? Do you like Faux fur year round, for a few months, or not at all? We need to know!

Meet one of our Senior Designers | Meredith!

Hello everyone!

To introduce myself, my name is Meredith and I am one of the Senior Designer at Ohorona24.in.ua!  Today I am thrilled to introduce you to one of my recent obsessions: Funky Chairs.  Make no mistake, ‘Funky Chairs’ are not to be confused with ‘chairs which resonate the music genre originated in the mid-late 1960s’.

I’m referring to exceptionally unique seats which add a layer of interest to your home. The chairs that go above & beyond their intended purpose: to cushion your fanny. These items stand  apart (or, in this case, sit) as a conversation piece in your home. I’m talking about the chair found in your foyer not intended exclusively for sitting. The piece your guests assume must have been collected during one of your exciting world travels.

Macaroon

A favored Montrose native representation can be found inside Macaroon by Patisse on West Gray. It was a brazen design decision to disdain traditional seating and opt for this ‘Fleur De Lis’ inspired statement piece. To our surprise, the furnishings proved as impressive as the sweets (which are exceptional!).

A few of my personal favorite vendors, those I can always rely on for unique designs, are , and .  Of course, for a convenient collection of noteworthy finds, you can always reference the latest Ohorona24.in.ua Mag. What about you? How do you feel about decorating with unorthodox accent chairs? Are they too eccentric for you taste or right one cue? Let us know in the comments! 

Until next time,

Meredith

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