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Monday, December 01, 2014
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Fireplace Mantel Decorating Tips | Interior Design Keller, TX

Planning on updating your Interior Design in Keller, TX this holiday season? The professionals of Designs by K would love to provide you with a custom design for your home. While considering updating your overall interior design, you may also be decorating for the holidays. During the holidays, the mantel is often at the center of the stage, second only to the Christmas tree, which lies at the heart of holiday Interior Design in Keller, TX. Elevate your mantel holiday style with the following fireplace mantel decorating tips.

A fireplace is often the focal point of a room. It draws family and friends to watch its dancing flames and to luxuriate in its warmth on cold winter nights. Fire lends a comforting ambience to any room, providing a campfire feel in the fall, and cozy warmth during the winter. The placement of seating around the fireplace creates a relaxing location for coffee or tea or a place to put your feet up to warm by the fire. If maximizing seating and attractively arranging furniture around your holiday décor is creating a problem, Designs by K can assist you with professional Interior Design in Keller, TX services.

If a soft and snowy Christmas motif is a holiday favorite, flocked garland is sure to be on your holiday mantel. Thick, sumptuous garland will create a luxurious, high-end appearance for the mantel. Double or even triple it if necessary for the desired thickness.

If you prefer heavy flocking, don't be afraid to add extra flocking to create the desired snow effect. For a limited space, the mantel offers almost endless possibilities. A few pieces from a mini village upon the mantel can provide the effects of a picture perfect Christmas card. Elegant candlesticks or crystal trees in varying heights can create an elegant display. Rustic pinecones and branches, ornaments and lights, colorful and/or vintage ornaments, and flowers or holly provide just a few examples of Christmas favorites.

A candy cane motif can be carried over to the mantels garland with red and white striped ribbon. Candy cane trees of varying heights placed on the mantel complement the candy cane motif.

Candles are always popular for adding mood and a soft glow to Christmas décor. Quality battery operated flicker candles provide a realistic candle effect that can be safely used anywhere. Suggestions include placing them in windows, centerpieces, and mantels. Place flickering candles in the foyer to provide a relaxing welcome to family and friends from the moment they enter.

Homeowners typically enjoy changing up the décor every year or two. Inspect your collections and mix them up for a new look. Exchange decorations with friends and family to achieve a refreshing new Christmas style. Stumped on a holiday design? Our designers can provide the style you desire for your home or office year round, or just for the holidays with professional Interior Design in Keller, TX.

Trying something new can result in a beautiful tree. A tree of roses with elegant snow etched ornaments provides an extremely beautiful tree. A bakery shop begs to have a candy and baked goods tree with ornaments of cupcakes, gingerbread men, wrapped and ribbon candy, candy canes and tiny gingerbread houses. Add a gingerbread village underneath the tree to complete the sugary effect.

Christmas offers almost endless possibilities to make your home or business shine. Contact our professionals when you're ready for the new interior of your dreams. After all, Santa Clause isn't alone in making dreams come true. Designs by K loves making your dreams for beautiful new Interior Design in Keller, TX become a reality, and we achieve it without coming down the chimney.

Designs by K is a full-service interior design firm located in Southlake, TX, providing their professional services to homes and businesses in Texas, and as distant as Hawaii. Designs by K has become a top progressive and highly sought after interior design firm across the nation. For personalized interior design in Keller, TX contact our professional designers. We offer our professional services nationwide. We hope you enjoyed these fireplace mantel decorating tips. Our nationally recognized designers offer holiday Interior Design in Keller, TX and nationwide services.

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Ideas for Thanksgiving Décor | Interior Design Grapevine, TX

Fall's brilliant colors set the Thanksgiving mood and ring in the holiday season. The holidays provide so many wonderful opportunities to decorate your home and provide guests with warm memories that last. Planning some updates or just needing professional holiday decorating? We can provide your home with holiday styled Interior Design in Grapevine, TX. Here we share a few Ideas for Thanksgiving Décor to help make your holiday more memorable:

A Welcoming Entry

Add warmth to your home's entry with a fall wreath. Colorful leaves, berries, nuts, and a little greenery will provide a warm welcome to all who enter your home. We can provide the style you desire year-round or just for the holidays with professional Interior Design in Grapevine, TX.

Staging the Table

Nature displays brilliant colors in the fall, and the warm shades of red, gold, purple, and orange will bring those colors to your table. Add coordinating napkins and placemats, and your table will shine with the warm color. No time to prepare your home for the holidays? Our nationally recognized designers offer holiday Interior Design in Grapevine, TX and surrounding areas.

Let Us Uplift Your Holiday Experience

If you're considering an update, an entirely new design or simply want your home or office flawlessly decorated for the holidays, contact Designs by K for a consultation. Our talented designers' provide the services you require for holiday Interior Design in Grapevine, TX.

The Table Centerpiece – at the Heart of Holiday Interior Design in Grapevine, TX

Displaying a centerpiece adds a touch of elegance to any holiday table. Read below for table display ideas:

This fall fruit centerpiece provides colorful fruits and berries from your grocer's produce section. Artificial fruits are also available from many retailers.

By using simple water glasses with a single flower you can create a lovely minimalistic centerpiece. The style can be upgraded using vases. Use glass chips or pebbles in light blue or clear to hold the flower in the desired position.

The centerpiece forms the heart of a holiday table's ambience, and when combined with the table's other elements, it will set the mood for your guests. Our talented designers offer our services for a holiday filled with memories and beautiful Interior Design in Grapevine, TX.

Place Cards

Place cards add a touch of elegance or whimsy based on the card's qualities. Try little glass or ceramic cornucopias, flowers, or other suitable items. Use a glue dot to attach place cards.

A professionally prepared table for the holidays is but one of our specialties. Whether you prefer a formal look, contemporary, trendy, or other, our talented designers can provide the Interior Design in Grapevine that you desire.

Thanksgiving Menu

Almost everyone has a favorite food for the holidays. The following recipe is a guaranteed favorite among your Mac 'n Cheese lovers, with the special ingredient of ricotta cheese. Have the recipe handy for guests, and you're almost certain to have requests for it.

Perfect Mac 'n Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 – 16 ounce package of elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) of butter. Use genuine butter for a richer flavor.
  • 3 – 8 ounce packages of shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • 1 – 8 ounce package of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 – 16 ounce container of ricotta cheese
  • 2 large or jumbo eggs ½ cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper or salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the macaroni until tender, drain and pour into large mixing bowl.
  2. While the pasta is hot, cut in the butter until melted.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine 2/3 of the cheddar cheese (24 ounces) with the ricotta and mix thoroughly with your hands. This will be messy.
  4. In a deep 13 × 9 inch baking dish, place a layer of cooked pasta, topped by a large of the cheddar/ricotta mix and repeat until done. Keep the layer of pasta thin or you will have left over cheddar/ricotta mixture.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Add the salt and pepper and mix. Pour evenly across the top
  6. Cover with aluminum foil.
  7. Bake covered for 30 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes uncovered or until slightly brown on top.

Serve and enjoy.

Designs by K wishes you a memorable Thanksgiving with friends and family. If you're planning a makeover for your home this holiday season with professional Interior Design in Grapevine, TX, contact us for the style and comfort you desire.

Our designers' provide your home or office with professional décor to impress and enthrall your guests with holiday themed Interior Design in Grapevine, TX. We hope you enjoyed our ideas for Thanksgiving décor. Designs by K is based in Southlake, TX. We offer professional Interior Design in Grapevine, Southlake, and the surrounding areas.

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Illuminate Life | Interior Designs Southlake

You want your home to be special; a space that is beautiful, well thought out, and functional. Designs by K can provide interior design in Southlake, TX that brings together the elements of great design for an exceptional space. One of the elements of a great design is lighting. Lighting can do so much more than to simply provide light. Lighting can enhance your style and set the mood, as well as illuminate your life and the space.

Lighting can be utilized to provide a compelling element in interior design in Southlake, TX with the capacity to create aesthetic appeal and ambience. Light will highlight a favorite canvas, or focus on architectural elements. Ambient lighting can create a soft, relaxed mood or lend romance to a space. Lighting today provides a large selection for any style and includes lighting so stunning that it can be considered art by itself.

Metallic remains popular this year in chrome, copper, brushed gold, and nickel, and is complementary for the contemporary and modern style. Geometric shapes are showing up everywhere even in lighting. This style is bold and beautiful and is complementary for many styles of interior design in Southlake, TX.

Nature continues to be in demand. We are seeing lamp shades of cork, wood, paper, and mica. Mica lights continue their popularity for the ambience they impart to rustic, traditional, and transitional styles.

Chandeliers have continued their evolution of style. No longer just for crystal refraction and elegance, chandeliers have evolved to complement any style from exquisitely ornate to contemporary. Their use has expanded to powder rooms and closet rooms.

The popularity of recessed lighting continues to grow. The lighting is evolving to include new shapes, finishes and applications as it evolves with the public demand for new style.

Lighting offers a tremendous variety for almost every style, providing the cohesion of style, the creation of mood, and a personal expression for your home. Lighting can complement and enhance all styles from traditional elegance to contemporary, and even add delightful magic to a child's room with specialty lighting.

Perhaps you have a vision of what you want, and Designs by K will ensure it is brought to fruition while maintaining space planning, architectural considerations, and bringing it all together in a picture – perfect realization of your vision. The space may not fit your dream. Fortunately, a skilled interior designer possesses the skill, training, and ability to think outside of the box, finding solutions for the details you may have never imagined were possible in your interior design in Southlake, TX.

When you have invested, or are planning to invest a great deal of money into your home, you want it showcased to look its best. A designer can give you the "wow" factor you desire. Almost any designer can improve a space, but Designs by K does far more that; We bring your style to life.

Designs by K will ensure your home defines your style and fulfills your vision while creating well thought out interior design in Southlake, TX that balance the structural details and aesthetics. The completed design will set the desired mood, while complementing architectural features. Functionality involves more than furniture placement and flow. It involves the mundane details such as the placement of electrical outlets and air registers during building or remodeling. We specialize in customized, beautiful, and functional interior design in Southlake, TX. Designs by K serves the state of Texas, focusing mostly on Northeast Tarrant County.

Building a Custom Home with an Interior Designer from Designs by K

by: Neely Meyers, Owner & Studio Director

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Have you noticed? New construction is everywhere! It’s hard to miss… both residential and commercial construction projects seem to be popping up all around us. We are even starting to work on spec houses again. We haven’t seen those in many years! It seems like the construction industry is experiencing a healthy increase in business this year, and we are very excited about that.

If the time is right for you to build a home, you should consider using an interior designer at Designs by K. We are currently involved in construction projects in Southlake, Westlake, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and the surrounding areas, and we are working closely with the area’s best custom builders. Here are a few words from some of our builders and architects:

“Kay is a professional with an innovative and artistic approach to design and is always a pleasure to work with.”
Jon Bolton, J Bolton Designs

“Shavawn’s understanding of how important it is to be proactive with decisions early in construction will save money and time! Not many design teams can accomplish those principle aspects during construction; We move fast. Design can make or break a project, and Shavawn is great for your team.”
David Lewis, David Lewis Builder, Inc.

“Kay is one of a kind. Her professionalism combined with her vast experience, talent and hard work always make it a pleasure for both myself and my clients.”
Frank Ritz, Ritz Custom Homes
“Shavawn does a great job of catering to my clients’ needs. Her eye for details make her designs first class.”
Frank Shelton, Shelton Construction
“Classy, delightful and professional are words that I would use to describe Kay Crinkelmeyer. She is a joy to do business with!”
Pat Gray, Patrick Gray Custom Homes

An interior designer should start working with clients during the architectural design phase of construction. Our construction detailing includes the selection and placing of plumbing, hardware, tile, flooring, and much, much more. Building a home requires a lot of decision making. The benefit of hiring an interior designer is that you do not have to “do it alone!” Your Designs by K interior designer will have the knowledge and experience to save you time and money while making those critical decisions. The years of experience will ensure that your home will not only be timeless and aesthetically pleasing, but also truly customized and personalized. Finding unique and custom items specifically designed for you and your family is our specialty.

Design doesn’t stop after construction, however. Your interior designer will be here to help you with the furnishings, accessories, rugs, and overall placement of your items in your new home. We love seeing a house go from a concept on the plans to completion… Are you ready for your new home to be one of our portfolio photos?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Updating Your Shelves the Easy Way

by Neely Meyers, Amy Griffin, and Josh Pickering


Don't Just Fill Your Shelves; Style Them!
The shelves in your home should be a good representation of you and your family.  One of the quickest ways to update your home is to "re-do" your shelves.  It takes both time and space to do it right, so make sure you're prepared.

Start by taking everything off of the shelves and setting it out on the floor.  Sort all the items into "love it" and "tired of looking at it."  Only the items that make the "love it" pile should be considered to make it back on your shelves.  If you love some of the photos but not the frames, put the photos in the "love it" pile without the frames.

You may find that your shelves look better with less in them!  Once you've taken inventory of what you have, make a list of accessories and florals that you will need as replacement pieces.

Are there a lot of picture frames in the "tired of looking at it" section of your stuff?  One of the best ways to update your color palette or overall style is to get new frames for you favorite photos.  Frames of varying sizes, shapes, and textures can create an interesting look.

When placing items, be sure to mix sizes and shapes to create a cohesive look.  If you are a collector, it is est to arrange similar itmes together as a groupin than to spread them out where they may end up looking cluttered.  Consider a common color plaette or adding accesnts all in the same current trending color.  Updated floral arrangements can add new color as well.

Books look best when they are uniform enough to be seen as a set.  Take the jackets off hardbacks to reveal more subdued colored bindings.  Display family heriflooms like Bibles with family family photos.  When in doubt, leather-bound antique books make a great statement!

Don't be afraid to take risks:  hang a picture on the back wall of your shelves, create a shelf of only books, paint the back wall a few shades darker than the hue of the room.

During the updating process, don't just fill your shelves, style them!

    

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The Many Uses Of Succulents

by Josh Pickering, Lead Design Assistant

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Using Succulents in Floral Arrangements

Whenever it comes to greenery, few plants are as versatile, offering multiple stylistic opportunities, as succulents.  In nature, succulents can provide sustenance in extreme conditions.  So, if they can bring life to a desert environment, why shouldn't they do the same in your home?  The thickness and vibrant colors of the foliage can help to offer vivacity to an otherwise stagnant space.

In rustic designs, Succulents can be paired with yucca and cacti, as well as other greenery to create a more literal interpretation of the regions where these plants thrive.  An especially important detail to point out in regards to rustic design, is the fact that the idea of moisture and life can be evident in a style that can easily tend towards dry and colorless when done wrong.  In this regard, succulents can be used to create a lush oasis to soften and enliven a room.

Succulents have often been used in contemporary design for their exotic shapes and colors.  Their simplicity and vibrant nature can bring calm to a minimalist space or energy to a colorful, trendy room.  Set in colorful groupings, exacting rows, or peaceful flourishes, a simple floral of these amazing plants can be the finishing touch when creating a fresh new look.

When designing a traditional room, few people think to use succulents in their floral arrangements.  Some tend towards using ivies or whatever greenery typically accompanies whichever flowers they select.  In doing so, floral décor can become overstuffed and dated dust collectors.  The simple thickness of the foliage itself offers richness in succulents that could hardly be achieved in "usual" greenery, not to mention their interesting shapes and varying colors.

Today, most people have a personal style that is some mixture between various styles and trends.  This tendency towards an eclectic blend can easily be supported by spots of succulents.  There are few plants that bring such versatility that will work to unify a space while mixing well with other plants.  Succulents can play a star role just as easily as they can take a second seat to another focal plant.  If you haven't thought to use succulents in the past, allow the Designs by K to help you make a new step to something different.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Taking a closer look at Interior Design Southlake

By: Josh Pickering, Lead Design Assistant

As the area continues to grow and become more distinct, people may wonder: What is "Interior Design Southlake"? What are we doing now that will set our community apart from the rest? What blend of design directly reflects on what this community is about and can exclusively be defined as "Interior Design Southlake"?

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What sets the city apart is the strong sense of community and family. People here take pride in their community and have a strong sense of security, giving families and groups of kids the comfort to fill town square every evening. Social connectivity and family involvement is the core of a Southlake lifestyle. "Interior Design Southlake" must reflect these elements and enhance the way of life by bringing functionality and luxury in a polished design that is both intimate and private, but open and embracing to those you would entertain. How can "Interior Design Southlake" bring that individual and shared comfort together in a solid style that is personal to each individual?

The South is defined by grace and warmth, elegance with a down-home sensibility. Texas is known for its rustic appeal and larger-than-life style. "Interior Design Southlake" utilizes southern charm set off by distinctly Texas detailing to produce a refined sense of local flair that will set apart the homes of the Southlake area. Regardless of style, whether modern or traditional, "Interior Design Southlake" is an idea of function: embracing the visitor and enhancing the family atmosphere by blending design ideas in a way that can create and develop distinguished local soul and style.

The designers at Designs by K have the perception to identify that individuality for each family and the understanding of design concepts that will produce a space with the flow and purpose that will fulfill the needs of the client, while accomplishing the broader goals of characterizing local style as "Interior Design Southlake". By understanding each family and pinpointing the soul of each home, we can create individualized style while keeping in touch with concepts that will make each home distinctly "Southlake".

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Friday, September 02, 2011

Revisiting the 60's, 70's, and 80's in interior design…

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Interior design, like fashion, often borrows ideas from prior generations. It seems like every year, a "new" trend emerges. We say "new" because we, like many of you, remember when this trend first appeared… Maybe it was on a dress we wore in high school or on a poster of our favorite band.

Recently, a big trend in interior design has been the return of the graphic print. Many graphic prints from the 60's, 70's, and 80's are making a big comeback. We have seen these prints in many of our new fabrics, on wallpaper (yes, it's coming back too!), and in artwork.

What's right about them is that they are abstracted from their originals. Color palettes are bold and fresh, textures are varied, and scale is exaggerated. These "new" graphic prints are appearing with bold stripes and checks, making a big impact in any room.

Bright green (like a Granny Smith apple) and paler aqua is a color palette we have noticed lately in current interior design. When that color palette is represented in a graphic print, the designs of yesteryear become fresh and inspired. We've also noticed a resurgence of black and white, but this time, it's paired with gray accents.

We think that the variety in texture in these graphic prints is the best part of their current reappearance in interior design. Canvas with metallic prints, raised chenilles, and spots of faux fur add depth and interest to the original designs.

Teeny tiny prints and extremely overtly large shapes are evidence of the exaggerated scale in current graphic prints. Pairing oppositely exaggerated scales with each other in similar or exactly the same colors can create a perfect balance in any room.

Designs by K doesn't mind revisiting interior design trends from the past, as long as they present new twists. We have embraced the graphic print revival as evidenced by the design of our new Southlake studio! Prints that mimic the ones on this website are painted on our walls in varying scales and appear in our rugs and artwork.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011



One of our favorite challenges is to create an elegant and comfortable home while keeping it rustic… Welcome, Rustic Chic! In many homes that we’ve completed over the past few years, Rustic Chic is a leading force in style. From a travel home in Florida, to a ranch in Oklahoma, to a mansion in Southlake, elements of the country have made it in to our designs at client request. Rustic in the design world can mean many things: country cabin, mountain lodge, western ranch… and it’s OK to mix them together as long as it fits in your decorator’s overall design plan.

For decorator Kay Crinkelmeyer, the key to keeping Western elegant means incorporating rich materials with the raw, natural ones. “Hammered copper pairs nicely with elegant tooled leather. Natural reclaimed wood furniture coupled with real turquoise accents can really make the look rich and rustic at the same time.”

When creating a Rustic Chic space, it’s important to rely on the natural elements like rock, wood, and stone. By adding a custom area rug or piece of artwork from a local artist, the room starts to come together.

“Lighting also plays an important role in creating richness in a room. Rustic Chic rooms look best with lots of natural light accented with rustic metal chandeliers and perfectly placed lamps,” decorator Lisa Stewart added.

In bedrooms, fabrics that mimic authentic Native American designs can be used as focal points or as accent fabrics mixed with solids. Earth tones and neutrals when coordinated well with leather trims, metal accents, and ceramic pieces artistically bringing the look of the outdoors into a home. Kristi Hunt, interior decorator, notes, “Rich plaids and buffalo checks as bedding on a real log bed add character to a lodge bedroom.”

For all the Rustic Chic homes created by the crew at Designs by K, the creative details are what make the overall look extraordinary. Adding family photos or heirlooms, custom faux painting, or one-of-a-kind accessories can make all the difference in the world.