A Boulevard Show House Sneak Peek: The Foyer & Stairway

The Boulevard Show House is currently down to the frame, with new walls and flooring coming in soon. It’s kind of a mess over there right now – so, between all my traveling (I just got back in town from HPMKT!) and the fact that you can see straight down to the basement – my check-ins have been less frequent. Let’s just say, I’m leaving all that in the hands of the experts. So, if you haven’t checked out our recent ‘Ask the Experts’ with Newberry Architecture and Blue River Custom Builders, go give them a read! Our talented build partners really know their stuff.

So what’s next?

Now that the construction process of the Boulevard Show House is quickly progressing, the next phases of this historic renovation are in the works! I know we have a long way to go before furnishings are installed but I’ve already begun to pull my inspiration images and selections for the interior of my home…I’m super excited for this part (obvi)!

So, here is a little sneak peek into the design of my foyer and staircase so far. My design board is all about the graphic black and white combo with accents of metal and neutral details. I want my guests to be greeted with a timeless, and classic color palette when they enter my home.

Boulevard Show House - sneak peek into the foyer and stairway

The Foyer

Beginning in the foyer, this space is inspired by my favorite color scheme..black and white! I want the space to be dramatic so using from Sherwin Williams, I’m envisioning a black front door. This will be potentially split finished (black on the exterior and then white on the interior) but that is not 100% just yet. You will be able to see it from this street and this luxurious color will set the tone as you enter the house. To complement, I want to keep the walls and trim color simple, with from Sherwin Williams. We use this paint color quite a bit in our designs, and I love it!  It always leaves the walls looking so crisp yet warm.

Next is the flooring, which I’m slightly obsessed with. I am partnering with , an elegant and rustic tile company that has gorgeous designs! I’ve selected the for the entire foyer. This clay tile will really pop against the alabaster walls and give some texture to the floors – the scalloped edges of the tile will bring some softness to the space.

boulevard show house - sneak peek of foyer tile

Now let’s move to the ceiling, where I’ve selected this stunning from Circa Lighting. I love this fixture in the gilded iron finish, which goes perfectly with the black and white tones of the room. It has an antiqued feel, reminiscent of the 1920’s era.

boulevard show house - sneak peek of foyer chandelier

The artwork for this space is so pretty so hopefully I can land this piece. It’s an abstract piece that meshes soft pastels with a cool pattern, which is a nice balance to the metallic and bold colors of this space. It’s called  by Patrick Duffy via . I love it – Brian, I’ll be giving you a shout about this!

boulevard show house - sneak peek of foyer art

Last up for this space is the from the fabulous Bernhardt Furniture. This piece is made of white oak and has accents of silver ferrules for the drawer handles. The soft white of the console pairs perfectly with the Alabaster walls of the foyer and all of our interior door hardware is polished nickel, so the hardware is a lovely tie in.

boulevard show house - sneak peek of foyer console

 

The Stairway

As you make your way through the foyer, the stair rails lead you up to the second floor. The handrails and balusters are nonexistent at the moment, but I have some big plans for them! I want to paint them Tricorn black, pulling the color of our front door into the home. The balusters, supporting the handrail, and the stair-treads will be ebonized and painted the same color so it will all be fluid and consistent beginning at the front door. From there the walls and trim will be Alabaster (same as the foyer.)

Next, I’m adding a stair runner from Unique Carpets, I fell in love with the brand new collection which has a subtle heathered pattern, in the Antiqued Gray colorway. It will be a nice neutral touch to the dark staircase (all of the red oak floors that are original in the home are going to be ebonized). Continuing the natural tones, I am working with our Brand Partner, to install beautiful French Oak custom flooring throughout the living room, dining room, and breakfast area. I know this will be gorgeous – Greg Schenck’s work always is! This natural tones in the flooring will be a great complement to the bold stairway.

boulevard show house sneak peek of foyer and stair way

Lastly, a fun accent chair is a must! So I am going with one of my all-time faves (I have the natural ash at the Studio). I’m adding the from Tom Dixon to fit perfectly within the space. This large scale accent chair goes perfectly with the feel of the foyer and stairs, its deep black finish is so bold, and the structure that I love.

boulevard show house sneak peek of foyer and stairway

More to come!

I’m loving the design progress so far! With mixes of blacks, white and neutrals – this space is definitely headed in the right direction and setting the tone for the rest of the home. I hope this sneak peek has you excited to come see the finished product next Spring. And be on the lookout for more updates and sneak peeks of other rooms. There’s a ton of exciting updates to come!

Until then, check out our and the Boulevard Show House to stay up-to-date on all things BLVD Show House!

XO|LU

 

Round up: our favorite tile trends

You can expect to find tile on walls and floors in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. What should be unexpected is the way you apply them: creatively! It’s one of the easiest materials to maintain and the fact that they come in more finishes, shapes and sizes than we can count makes them a designer’s dream. There are so many exciting things happening in the tile world right now that we needed some one-on-one time with Miguelina Veras of . Here, she shares the inside scoop on all the latest tile trends.

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HBJ Best Places to Work Top 20!

We have some exciting news from the Ohorona24.in.ua Studio! The hosted their annual last week and we were one of the finalists. It was held at the fabulous Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston – aka the hotel with the Texas-shaped pool – built for the 2017 Super Bowl. At this full-blown Texas western themed event, the Ohorona24.in.ua team broke the Top 20 Best Places to Work in Houston for Small Businesses!

It is such an honor and I am so proud of our team. We’ve all worked hard to build a creative, inspiring work environment over this past 10 years. And this ranking, falling on our 10th year anniversary, is the icing on the cake!

This luncheon hosted 104 companies ranging from Small, Medium and Large scale.”Best Places to Work” recognizes companies in the Houston area with the most satisfied employees, ranking them based on a survey created by This detailed survey was sent out to the employees of each company to gather their feedback on five major categories:

  • corporate culture
  • amenities
  • benefits
  • worker retention
  • attraction strategies

HBJ then compiled each of these scores and we were thrilled to be among those finalists!HBJ best places to work, Ohorona24.in.ua is in top 20

Drum-roll, please…

Ohorona24.in.ua came in at small businesses in Houston, TX with a score of 95.694 out of 100! (It was a close call, coming down to decimal points between each company.)

Some of our top attributes are:

  • Unlimited days off, it’s important to have a good balance of work and play.
  • Creative work environment – we love our bright, modern and open office!
  • Champagne Friday – Our weekly tradition where we toast the accomplishments of the week with a bubbly glass of Champagne (only the best for the Ohorona24.in.ua Team). Here we check in with each other and review the events of the week. We show a slideshow of images from the week – site visits, progress photos of projects, event photos, etc. The whole office attends!
  • Creative blocks – Sometimes the design teams need to block out some time to refresh and recharge. The design team gathers to share new products they’ve seen in the latest magazines, social media, etc. to help trigger some new inspiration and see what is trending in design.
  • Community involvement and attending social events such as our exciting work with .
  • Holiday parties – Valentine’s, Halloween, Christmas, Rodeo Day, Thanksgiving, and Holiday (the biggest party of them all).
  • Puppy Fridays – our team is welcome to bring their pups to work, typically on a Friday..but they are really welcomed anytime. We love with our Ohorona24.in.ua mascot, Cooper the Goldendoodle comes to visit.
  • Employee of the month and employee of the quarter prizes were created to award hard work and help build workplace camaraderie. They are voted by fellow co-workers, who always have fun, kind things to say!

Top 20 is a great start and shows we are doing something right over here! Now that this bar has been set, we’ve got our eyes set to move up in the ranks at next year’s luncheon. But, most importantly, I love this team and becoming a “best place to work” would not be possible without them!

So, a big thank you to the fab Ohorona24.in.ua team. And Happy 10th-anniversary…cheers to 10 more!

XO|LU

It’s all in the details: our love affair with crown moulding

When it comes to design, there is always something more than what meets the eye. Whether it’s opening up the room or making it feel more intimate, every item has a practical and visual function. It’s proof that when it comes to design, it’s all about the details. Let’s take moulding and trim for example. Practically speaking crown moulding is used to cap a wall, but visually it adds depth and dimension to the space and makes a huge impact.

white crown moulding adds some gorgeous detail to this living room

Play with proportions

Moulding and trim can be used to add dimension, separation, and intimacy to the space. Traditional moulding and trim profiles like crown moulding and baseboards give the wall a visual starting and ending point, which makes the ceiling closer. It also protects the ceiling and floors from damage.

crown moulding adds details of elegance to this dining room

But don’t be afraid to use moulding and trim to divide the space up in interesting ways though. A chair railing on the wall creates a horizontal line. Visually, it separates the top from the bottom and practically, it protects the wall finish from potential furniture damage. Add a skylight feel to your ceiling by using moulding to create different sections.

colorful crown moulding adds luxury to this bedroom

detailed crown moulding makes this office space super modern and interesting

Add dimension

A more modern way to use moulding and trim is around doors. Using casing around a door adds visual dimension. It creates an almost mysterious and secretive entrance to the space, leaving the person wondering what they’ll find behind the door.

crown moulding and trim are a great way to add interest to a wall and door

Door Casing: An entry door at 160 West 12th Street, part of the Greenwich Lane, designed by . Photography by Pieter Estersohn.

crown moulding and trim are a great way to compliment a bold ceiling

The color of the moulding and trim is also a way to make the space feel different. Painting the moulding the same color as the wall makes the room appear larger. It hides imperfections and gives the room a very polished feel. For a more artistic and defined feel, paint the moulding and trim a bold color. It’s fun way to add a whimsical touch to the room.

crown moulding and trim are a fun way to add some whimsical details to room

Finishing Touch

One of our other favorite ways to use it is on your kitchen cabinets. Though usually forgotten about the edge of your cabinets is the perfect place for showing off that little something extra. To create a clean, finished look opt for a shaker-style trim. A Victorian style gives the kitchen a bit of European flair, while a country style moulding gives the space a homier feel.

monochromatic trim and crown moulding give this vanity a European flair

Shaker style kitchen cabinets: by and

simplistic crown moulding and trim give a space a finished look

For us, all the little details make your space complete. They’re what take the look of your room up an extra notch so it feels truly personalized and Currently Classic. Moulding and trim is definitely something that can add impact to a space in a very subtle or dramatic way. For more design inspiration, you can follow us on and .

~The Ohorona24.in.ua Team

The Boulevard Show House: Ask the Experts with Blue River Custom Builders

The Boulevard Show House renovation is in full swing and there’s some major construction going on. Most of the walls are stripped to the studs and you can seen through the first floor to the basement. I haven’t been spending a ton of time hanging out there, but soon the subfloors and Sheetrock will go in. In the meantime, I’m excited to share some updates with you in another info-packed edition of “Ask the Experts.”

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This is how you select the perfect grout color!

When it comes to setting the tone of the room, do you want it to feel relaxing, vibrant or modern? Paint is definitely one way to set the mood and ambiance in a room but, for a truly unique look, you can use tile with a fun grout color. There are just so many options! What should you consider when selecting your tile and grout color? We chatted with Alison Dominguez from to get the inside scoop on what to think about when making your selections.

“There are several factors to consider. Probably 2 of the main things to think about when selecting grout is the look you are trying to achieve and on-going maintenance. Whether you want a contrast or just want to grout to blend and not be seen, this is a grout color decision. With the gray and white trends now, I am seeing the contrast of white subway tile with gray grout. Also, maintenance is a big consideration. There are many color-consistent, stain, mold, and mildew resistant grouts on the market that make cleaning and maintaining grout much easier than in the past.”

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Project Reveal: A Youthful Classic

Classic, timeless and comfortable – these are key staples to what we do here at Ohorona24.in.ua.  We are all about creating Classicly Current interiors for our clients, that will remain ageless for years to come. While incorporating trends in a subtle way, making sure our designs are reflective our client’s personalities! With that in mind – I love looking back on past projects and the process behind their designs…and today, we are taking it back to 2014!

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Obsessions: Natural elements, colorful prints & translucent accents

September has flown by and we are left with the hope that Fall weather isn’t far behind. What we do have are tons of new collections to fuel our latest obsessions. I love this time of year because inspiration is everywhere! Our favorite vendors are releasing their new Fall collections, new design houses are popping up on our radar and my now twice-yearly trip to High Point Market is coming up. I’d say there are plenty of things to be excited about this upcoming season.

So, even though many collections are still under wraps – the anticipation is killing me! – The Ohorona24.in.ua Team and I have kept our eyes on the latest and greatest designs and collections over this past month. We’ve got some great finds to share!

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Jewel-Tones: Easy Ways to Use Them Around the House

Maybe you’re a die-hard fan of sapphire blue or a low-key lover of emerald green. Whether a lover of ruby or amethyst, one thing stays true: gem-toned decor can be intimidating. Openly, I felt the same way when I first started my career in interior design. These deep hues can be used just about anywhere – accent walls, rugs, mirrors — but are there rules to follow when injecting this much color into your home? I’ll let you in on a little secret: jewel-tones can be your best friend when it comes to decorating.

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Project Reveal: luxurious design with a contemporary twist

I love taking a look back at past projects! No two are the same because each home is catered to our client’s preferences and style. Creating our client’s dream home is such an exciting experience for both the design team and the homeowners. So, I thought I’d break open our portfolio to share some ‘behind the scenes’ details behind the design process of some of our favorite past projects.

Today, I’m dishing on our artful Parkside Contemporary project.

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