Interior Design Tips

Looking for that extra edge in your design? Michelle Thomas, award-winning Texas interior designer shares tips and tricks of the trade here!

A Fresh New Kitchen for 2019


Spring is almost here which means out with the old and in with the new.

So where to start?

Most of us spend many hours a day in the kitchen prepping and preparing, hosting and toasting. The kitchen is truly the heart of the home. That is why it is important for your kitchen to not only function well, but also inspire you.

What is trending for 2019 in kitchens?

As mentioned in our previous post, Quartz countertops are a top pick. Not only is quartz very durable, it is also offered in many different shades and patterns similar to granite and marble so you can achieve the same look without having the long term maintenance that granite and marble require. While white remains the #1 quartz choice for many homeowners, don’t be afraid to use color or even a subtle pattern, especially if your home has a contemporary or modern style.

Using a fun tile in your kitchen can be another great way to add color or pattern. Whether used as a floor tile or as a backsplash, a colored and/or patterned tile can add a lot of personality to your kitchen. If you use a strong pattern on your floor, choose a simple backsplash tile or vice versa. Too much color/pattern can be just that… too much. Balance is key!

If your cabinets are still dark, you should consider lightening them up. White kitchens have been all the rage over the past several years and if white is just not your style or you’d prefer something a little warmer, painting your cabinets a lighter shade will help brighten your kitchen and will make it feel new again. Don’t be afraid to use color on your cabinets.

*Photos courtesy of Walker Zanger

Granite, Marble, or Quartz?

Michelle Thomas

Which is best, you might ask? Granite, marble and quartz are all great options for kitchens, bathrooms, mud & laundry rooms, but it is good to know that most natural options like granite and marble are porous and require regular maintenance and care to maintain its natural beauty.

The luxury of quartz is that it offers a non-porous surface which makes it much more durable and offers less maintenance. Another feature we love about quartz is the many colors and patterns available. White granite and marble offer some really beautiful, natural patterns and veining, quartz offers similar natural patterns as well as more contemporary patterns with glass, metals and/or other stones.

To learn more about quartz, visit Econ Granite.

Two Baths in Need of Renovation are Given a Big Transformation


Starting a renovation project can be difficult. Knowing when and where to start, hiring the right designer and contractor, making new selections, and living in a construction zone are all part of the process that can be overwhelming for many homeowners. But in the end, the result is well worth all of the work that goes into the project.

House Hunters Renovation: Welcome Home, Laura & Steve!


When I met Laura and Steve, I quickly learned their styles could not be more different. Steve preferred a more traditional style while Laura liked the idea of a sleek, modern look. Things got even more complex when the couple announced they were pregnant with their first child. This house would have to be a fusion of both traditional and modern styles while maintaining a fun, playful feel that is accessible for a small child.

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