Friday, September 14, 2012

Rachel's Raves: Steel Doors and Windows

Looking to add a bit of character to your space? Steel doors and windows can do just that while still flowing seamlessly with your current d├ęcor. Letting light in through their large panes and creating a beautiful impact with their (typically) dark sashes and trim, steel doors and windows can help make your space beautiful. Unlike the typical white windows and doors, a darker steel option doesn’t stop your eye. One is able to look through the window undistracted by the pane divisions, helping to bring the outside in.

Notice the gorgeous steel windows in this space by Mike Hammersmith General Contracting and Interior Designer Debbie Cummins:

The dark pop of steel again crisp white walls and rich walnut flooring offers a stunning contrast. Space by Mike Hammersmith General Contracting and Interior Designer Debbie Cummins.

Summerour Architects.

Look at all the natural light these curved steel windows let in.

Moroso Construction

This stunning and unique space has added interest from the modern steel framed doors.

Hanson GC

A perfect example of bringing the outside in; this breakfast nook has quite the impact!

Oz Architects

These natural and somewhat rustic furnishings pair perfectly with the steel doors. The transom windows above bring height and light to the space.

McAlpine Booth and Ferrier

This dining room has dramatic multi-pane steel transoms and doors that open out onto a terrace with a coastal view.
House Beautiful
And lastly, a very unique application – steel doors used for a shower enclosure! Via House Beautiful

Steel yours,


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Rachel's Raves: Antique Mirror

Adding mirrors to your space can help create a lot of sparkle and light. To make it even more special, use antique mirrors!

You can achieve this look through actual antique pieces, or have a local glass artisan create the look for you in a modern application.

Check out the spaces below to see antique glass in action!

Antiqued mirror on a whole wall like in Todd Romano’s home can make a big statement, as well as make the room look larger! - Interior Design Firm - Houston
Marie Flanigan Interiors
A mirrored niche creates the perfect vignette for this Houston Memorial Home.

A simply hung antique mirror brings understated elegance to this bedroom.

Liz Williams Interior Design

Talk about drama!
In a modern application, only this mirror’s edges are antiqued creating a fun and funky space.
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The mix of this antiqued mirror with natural elements helps create a truly beautiful space in the home.
Photographer Helen Norman's Home
Antiquing can range from simple and light spotting to a more spectacular effect as seen in this room:
Renee Abbot
Houston Interior Designers -
Marie Flanigan Interiors
Beautiful antique mirror accents the front panels of a console and coffee table in this Houston lake-front home by Marie Flanigan Interiors.  
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