Children’s Bathrooms: A Balancing Act

Flashy shower curtains, animal-print towel mats and, of course, piles of bath time toys, can quickly create a recipe for sensory overload in children’s bathrooms. As a mother of two energetic twin girls, I completely understand the delicate balancing act required to design a playful, kid-friendly bathroom that won’t offend your adult senses!

For my clients with kiddos of their own, I encourage spending extra time on the interior detailing of the space just as you would any other room in the house. Since children’s bathrooms are typically smaller spaces, I also tend to focus on details and fab hues rather than statement pieces to add the finishing touches to a design.

For all of the moms and dads out there attempting to pull off a fun, yet adult-friendly, bathroom for the kids, here are some of my favorite children’s bathrooms that my team and I have created over the years.

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6 Tips for Designing with Vibrant Colors

We tend to correlate a refined design with neutrals and basics, but who said incorporating bursts of color into a design can’t evoke the same maturity? Working with bright and fun hues are staples of my Classically Current designs, and I love showing my clients that neutrals aren’t the only way to create a chic and sophisticated design.

Check out my top six tips for designing with color, and please excuse the generous amount of images I’m about to share!

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Small and Stylish Rooms

Designing the interior of a large room or a home with an open floor plan certainly has its perks, but who says a small space can’t produce even cooler results? You may feel cramped in a small area, but with the right techniques, you can create an open and spacious oasis. I am totally into tiny homes right now, and even though I don’t have one – sigh, I am always dreaming up ways to maximize efficiency and design creatively for even the smallest of spaces.

Make the most of your teeny room and check out these interior design ideas and tips that will help create a roomy illusion for smaller spaces.

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The Perfect Kitchen

Full disclosure: I am certainly not an expert chef… Honestly, cooking kind of freaks me out! That said, what I lack in culinary know-how, I make up for in my love for designing the perfect spaces for others to create delicious masterpieces! In my classically current designs, I love creating a space where laughter and memories happen. From bubbly brunches to Sunday dinners, weekend celebrations and even homework time, the kitchen easily becomes one of the most central places to gather in a home – making it one of the most important spaces.

Throughout a kitchen’s interior design process, functionality and livability need to coexist with fabulous style. Here are my top priorities when designing the kitchen of your dreams.

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Sweet Summer Style: Blackberry Farm Inspiration

They say summer is the time for a little rest and relaxation, and I couldn’t agree more. Although you can usually find me in the studio working with the team to create fab classically current interiors for our clients, I’ve already daydreamed my way through two summer-inspired style boards this season (you can find them here and here). This week, I couldn’t help but gather my latest inspirations into one more summer-filled style board! For this design, I was inspired by one of my favorite summer destinations, Blackberry Farm.

For those unfamiliar with this sweet summer escape located in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Blackberry Farm serves as a luxurious, rustic getaway for anyone looking to leave the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the great outdoors with a glass of wine from a local vineyard in hand- two of my favorite things!

See how I created a classic farm look to bring this quaint, southern charm into an interior design.

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How to Layer Pattern like a Pro!

When it comes to the interior design process, patterns are a huge priority for me to create a unique and dynamic space.  While I often stick with a sophisticated mix of solid fabrics in multiple textures in a home, mixing patterns can be challenging and fun, and will elevate the overall aesthetic of a room. Doing this the “right” way can be the hallmark of a professional interior designer or decorator. Here are my top three guidelines that I personally subscribe to when layering pattern on pattern on pattern!

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Layer on the Texture!

Bringing a richly layered room to life requires each individual element to stand on its own and to blend together with the rest of the space. This is a fun and challenging task and why I love my job as an interior designer! In addition to incorporating color and pattern, multitudes of texture are an integral part of any interior design. From walls and ceilings to creative uses of natural elements, the possibilities to add texture to a room are endless!

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Interior Design: June Finds

We are now halfway through 2016 (so hard to believe!), and as each month passes, the team finds new and interesting styles or pieces that we like to pull from for inspiration in our fabulous, Classically Current designs.

Here are some favorite finds we spotted in June that are sure to elevate our interiors!

Molly Hatch Ceramics

“I love Molly Hatch’s new take on the classic blue and white ginger jar look. Her large art pieces, all done on plates, create a large scale piece of art that is made up of beautiful little pieces. A fabulous twist on the typical china displayed on the dining wall with a wonderful European feel.” – Laura Umansky, President and Creative Director

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Inspired Everywhere: Austin

From the masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona to the vibrant murals in my hometown of Houston, design inspiration is all around us. This is especially true in the eclectic capital of the Lone Star State!

A quick drive from Houston, Austin is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway and a dose of whimsical inspiration. On a recent trip with my husband, Michael, we hit some of our favorite spots and discovered some new places where we are sure to return.

In a city full of unique charm and plenty to see, here are some of the places I was inspired in Austin.

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Your Guide to the Amazing Drape

It is no secret that I am a BIG fan of drapery! My clients will tell you that they have had many a creative discussion about their need for window treatments and, specifically, beautiful, flowing, airy, drapery. From major statement drapery to quiet, more supporting elements, window coverings play a major role in the interior design of a room.

I have often had a homeowner say they are not interested in drapes or they fear blocking a beautiful view with fabric. My response: drapes have a powerful impact on the overall design of a room and, depending on the vision for the design, can either be a mere softening element or take center stage. With a handsome tie-back, they will never detract from your view. To use drapes to their full potential, here are a few factors to keep in mind.

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