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Design That Matters: Healthy Essential Bathrooms

Bathrooms are not the main attraction of a home however; very often this room is the first stop for visitors and residents. Designing a healthy bathroom is as important as the master bedroom, living room, and kitchen. In many instances this space is an environment prone to unhealthy bacteria and harmful habits. Promoting wellness through energy and water efficient products in a bathroom immersed in materials and fixtures easy and healthy to maintain, results in lowering your economic footprint. Having the peace of mind knowing your functional beautiful bathroom is both good for your health and for the environment, will be doubly pleasing.  

Although the time spent in your bathroom is limited, compared to other rooms in your home, the importance of this room should remain a priority. Bathrooms pose health risks when not properly ventilated and hold moisture causing potential mildew and fungus resulting in disease and germs. A functional space whether simplistic or antiquity is important however, healthy choices, overall purpose, and convenience are equally valuable.  When beginning this transformation, create a functional bathroom mimicking your design style through the use of recycled materials, redesigned wood and antique furniture, stainless steel, and greenery. Current design trends combine natural materials, energy and water efficiency, organic items, and colorful selections to create style and function through eco-friendly, healthy selections.

Design By Functional Conceptz for Interiors in The Colony, Texas

Design By Functional Conceptz for Interiors in The Colony, Texas

The use of materials and color palettes that stimulate you, create productivity, and a sense of calm, are essential in your bathroom environment. All bathrooms, big or small, should contain a mirror scaled to fit the space allowing light to bounce around the room, which creates the illusion of more space. Choosing optimal lighting coupled with the mirror will assist in achieving the best possible light flowing throughout your space. If the bathroom currently does not have a window, you should seriously consider options allowing natural light to illuminate the space, whether a sky light or clerestory windows, both will allow you to maintain privacy and simultaneously let the natural light flow. The reduction of electricity usage will be a painless compromise resulting in lasting benefits.

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In today’s market,

bathrooms are a selling point for homes and the added value of creating an eco-friendly healthy environment can only heighten the profit. Creating an exceptional atmosphere for your bathroom is an art rather than a science when done with purpose. Combining individuality with your design style will result in a relaxed atmosphere creating a feeling of luxury fitting for you. Through the use of sustainable healthy products, energy and water efficient fixtures, re purposed materials, vanities manufactured from almost any furniture piece, to the types of hand towels, storage solutions, and bathroom accessories, the bathroom of your dreams is definitely attainable

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 Picturing Art by Donna Dunlap Photography

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Quick changes to turn your bathroom into an inviting retreat do not have to be costly. Changes can be made by changing the wall color, adding eco-friendly options including certified organic cotton, bamboo and hemp. Textured changes can be inviting and add a splash of luxury, while the unwelcomed use of bleached or chemically dyed products are no longer acceptable in this space. Use recycled paper towels or hemp terry cloths for hand drying to reduce the amount of bacteria crawling all over your bathroom. Anything from shower curtains to bath mats and shower curtains can be purchased made of hemp. Hemp is naturally an anti-bacterial, durable, and anti-fungal material. Keep it safe, aesthetically pleasing, and healthy!

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Design That Matters: Tablescape Design

Tanya Capaldo Interior Design

Tanya Capaldo Interior Design

The joyous holiday season is quickly approaching and the desire for peace, harmony, and a stress free environment is heavily sought. Decorating ideas to enhance our homes, work environments and exteriors to create a haven on a frugal budget is essential, leaving additional monies for memorable meals and gifts. Creating this environment can be exciting, fulfilling and magical. Where do you begin? The place where conversations are vast, memories are made and advice is in abundance…even unwanted advice…the dining room table! Turn your table into a picture perfect arrangement filled with innovative ideas sure to be a conversation starter.

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Tablescapes are an arrangement of items gathered and placed on the table. Like a landscaped painting or photo, tablescapes showcase how beautifully your favorite dishes, cutlery, linens and anything you choose to create your design style can be laid out….yes even in a tablescape design. The goal is to create an environment depicting a theme, personal travel or an interesting arrangement and display it stunningly! The ideas are limitless, granted you let your imagination soar.    

Blackband Design

Blackband Design

Effortless ways to enhance your tablescapes:

  • Instead of traditional plate chargers, use ceramic, porcelain, marble or travertine tiles

  • Replace your normal botanical arrangement with seasonal botanicals including seasonal fruit

  • Change your candle colors to reflect current decor

  • Create a themed candle base with garland, ornaments or fall leaves depending upon the occasion

  • Use various fabrics whether a table topper, a runner, ribbons, placemats and/or napkins

  • Remember to only take up no more than 1/3 of your table unless it’s strictly for display

Interior Design comes in various forms and tablescapes are not just for the holiday season as they can be used throughout the year. The use of your mantle, coffee table, along with botanical elements, and bedside tables can all be used as your landscaped portrait. Create this portrait through various textures, staggering heights with the use of vases and bowls and unique lighting elements. A few simple changes can go along way! Get creative with everyday materials and make a tablescape design that will be the topic of conversation. 

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Pull out everything that you have for dining party occasions. Lay everything out and take a long, hard look! Section everything into color categories or by holiday season, then look around your house and choose some of your favorite items from your travels or everyday décor items. Combine all these items and play with various set ups until you are satisfied! Please send me pictures of your designs. Don’t forget to tag me on IG @azlewisdesigns. Good luck!

Design That Matters: Your Exterior = Your Interior

Kristen Pantich Interiors

Kristen Pantich Interiors

Dagny Fargestudio

Dagny Fargestudio

Designing for the senses incorporates aesthetics of nature, accentuation of meditative and stimulating elements in an effort to create lasting impressions. This requires the use of textures, colors that stimulate the senses, bringing the outdoors in, and the incorporation of scents.  As I design a space I use these elements to create rooms that have the ability to connect and enhance the client’s life experiences. Client’s taste evolves over time as trends come and go, thus a great designer must not only design and execute, but allow space for future growth. 

Fall is the prelude for change! As the wind shifts, leaves change color, and birds retreat to the south, this time of year makes me feel overjoyed. Watching these changes unfold brings excitement as the textures of the season are visibly illuminated by the light of the sun and crispness in the air. Balancing various combinations of textures such as reclaimed wood, metals, and the produce at a farmers market, indigenous wall hangings and handmade textiles. Fall provides numerous inspirations for an interior designer.     

The same aesthetics of nature can be brought inside your personal environment creating a sense of outdoors through the use of stone, wood and water features. Using these natural elements will assist in producing a meditative and stimulating environment. The Fall color palette will revitalize your environment, while allowing you to explore and add fresh colors inspired by the local farm. Wheat, pine cones, and gourds provide a neutral color palette. Pumpkins have a wide range of oranges from spicy to subdued, while corn provides a scope of yellows and browns. The color green is prevalent in various shades suitable for many environments.

Colors have meaning and should be used accordingly. Much research has gone into proving their healing properties and ability to relive stress. Yellows are a joyful color associated with sunlight and good luck. This color can be uplifting to the spirit while stimulating energy, flexibility, and positivity. Orange creates a warming effect, induces sociability, creativity, and humor.  Green brings nature inside and promotes balance, luck, and prosperity.  Never be afraid of color…it adds depth and character!

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834 design

 

The use of color can be translated into the use of various scents to create a stimulating aroma promoting a warm, cozy, stress free, productive environment. Eucalyptus, a shade of green, smells excellent and keeps the nasal passage clear. Scented candles in vanilla or lavender will generate interest in your visitor’s nose. Fresh fruit, particularly oranges, and citrus infused aromatherapy oil provides visual and nasal stimulation. The combination will assist in creating the total environment one is aiming to achieve.

Engaging every sense will create and promote lifelong design mirroring the soul through splashes of color to enliven our visual sense; lush textures engage the sense of touch, while aromas excite our sense of smell. Interior design is more than a superficial concern. Your environment must reflect every aspect of you! 

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Take a trip to the great outdoors, a hayride, pumpkin patch, walking trail, a beautiful lake, secluded cabin, a Caribbean island and take lots of pictures! Take the time to find 3 favorites…..from these 3 favorites narrow it down to one photo. Go shopping with your photo in hand and locate new accessories (art work, statues, foliage, vases, picture frames, pillows, throws, containers for storage, etc.) for your living room, bedroom or bathroom. I would love to see the final picture of choice and a picture of the accessories you purchased from your inspiration! Don’t forget to tag me on IG @azlewisdesigns.

Be inspired by nature….bring it inside!