Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rachel's Raves: WHITE and BRIGHT

When it comes to designing our client’s spaces, we love the clean and classic look of lighter walls.

Sometimes a lack of color on the walls can make the biggest impression. From warm whites to cool light grays, check out the spaces below to see just how much paint can make all the difference!


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Splendid Willow


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 Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove is an absolute fave!

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We recently used Benjamin Moore HC-172 in a Houston Memorial-area install.
Details: Benjamin Moore HC-172 Revere Pewter (at 50%)

Benjamin Moore OC-53 Horizon

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Sherwin Williams SW1023 Ermine

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Benjamin Moore 857 Sheep’s Wool
Interested in choosing a new paint? Desiring a total home makeover?
Contact us for more information regarding interior design services.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Project Highlight: French Style Meets Contemporary Chic!

Our Memorial install is almost complete!

The MFI team used a fun mix of French style, antiques and contemporary accents while repurposing many of the client's existing furnishings.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rachel's Raves: Decorating with Nailhead

Everything Nailhead!
Nailhead trim and detailing seem to be everywhere these days! A classic design element helps bring new life to the design world.

Beautiful headboards with nailheads used in various ways:
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 Nailheads can also provide a subtle accent on dining room seating:

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   As well as in the living room:

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They also add interest to room dividers and folding screens:

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We absolutely LOVE the use of nailheads in new and unique ways. 
Check out this fantastic stair runner:

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How would you use nailheads in your home?



Monday, July 9, 2012

Project Highlight: "Green" Haven in the City!

Our Houston Heights craftsman-style bungalow is ready for move in!  The team incorporated a wide variety of LEED certified materials and energy saving solutions into this project. Special thanks to Southern Green Builders for their great job on planning and construction.

See more great work from Southern Green Builders on their website:

Here are a few showcase images of the project along with a detailed list of everything "green" about the home:

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Water Efficient Landscaping, Reduce by 50% (used plants native to the Houston region requiring less water)
Regional Materials, 20% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally (lumber, flooring)
Low-Emitting Materials, Paints & Coatings
LEED porcelain tile flooring  
• Decreased Duct Leakage (maximum 10%)
• Improved SEER (minimum 15)
• Decreased SHGC (maximum .35) & U-Factor
(maximum .35)
• Decreased Infiltration (maximum .35 ACHn)
Explaination of above bullets:
Decreased Duct Leakage (maximum 10%): Ducts tested with less than 10 % leakage to outside the building envelope.
This option will also require the duct blaster test to ensure 10% or less duct leakage. This test must be performed by a
certified/approved agency and done in accordance with one of the standards listed in Section 110.3.2 of the Code. The test results
will be picked up by the Mechanical Inspector prior to the final HVAC inspection
Improved SEER: (minimum 15 for Single Family homes): Manufacturer’s nominal rating.
Decreased SHGC (maximum .35) & U-factor (maximum .35): NFRC 100 and 200. These values may be averaged.
Decreased Infiltration (maximum .35 ACHn): Base case formula for ACHn is Normalized Leakage 0.57 x Weather Factor 0.8.
Less infiltration can be achieved by improving the sealing and gasketing of the envelope. This option package will require a
blower door test to confirm air leakage is less than .35ACHn. This test shall be performed by a qualified third party.

1.       Non-toxic spray foam icynene insulation. (approved by US lung association)
ICYNENE LD-R-50® spray foam insulation is a revolutionary, renewable-based formula made using castor oil. This has many environmental and health-related advantages.
One-step insulation and air sealing
Open-cell, low-density 0.5 lb.
R-value = 3.7 per inch
Made with renewable content
Soft, flexible composition
<5% water absorption
100% water-blown, HFC- and PBDE-free
2.       95% efficient natural gas furnace (trane)
3.       Tankless gas water heater

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!  
Here is a little patriotic inspiration via Elle Decor:

For more "Red, White, and Blue Chic" interior design ideas, visit:


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Trend: Gingham Tiles!

YES, it's TILE!

We love these new plaid and gingham tile options from New Ravenna!

For more information, visit their website or see other fun examples of this trend here:


Monday, July 2, 2012

Design Inspiration: Show Houses

It’s Show House Season! Check out some of these inspiring spaces courtesy of Elle D├ęcor! 

Tour the Kips Bay Decorator Show House


Tour the San Francisco Decorator Showcase


Photos by Elle Decor
We are thoroughly inspired! Are you?