Sunday, March 20, 2011

Montgomery Plaza Condos

Today I went to my friends place at Montgomery Plaza. This was my first time to visit the condos in this building. Once I was inside I fell in love. They are absolutely beautiful!! I have been in this building when I was way younger with my mother back when it was the store Montgomery Wards and I did not expect the condos to be so awesome. It really inspired me and made me confident that you can take something old and boring and make it truly beautiful (and apparently very profitable). These condos have a super contemporary look which happens to be my favorite.  We spent the majority of the time at their pool of course, which is located on the roof of the third floor and also surprisingly awesome. Inside of the pool entry there is a media center that can be used by all. The condo is not big in size, but they seem to make the most of the space. They have a lot of features that make the space desirable to be a part of. The darker wood with the silver pulls and dropped lighting are eye catching. My favorite part of their condo was the window all the way up at the ceiling of the bathtub in the bathroom that looks out into the hallway. You can't see anything since it is so high but that feature which seems so simple was also inspiring. I really liked how their bathroom was set up in general.  These condos really inspired me because I got to see the before and after of this space. Pretty cool.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Beautiful Tables

    Last night I had dinner with my friend that happens to be a custom home builder. He told me that his friend that owns Plush Night Club in Dallas is thinking of opening a new club and wants him to design it. Of course this sparked my interest because (A) I LOVE Plush and (B) that is my the field of interior design that I want to go into.
   We started discussing focal points and he brought up that the place where people in restaurants is at the table (bars is at the bar usually), but no place really has memorable tables. So I decided that would be my blog this week.. awesome tables..

Bars and night club seem to spend a great deal of money on their entry and the bar area and even seating area but with the added element of an eye catching table it would bring a lot of excitment to the overall experience.
This will keep the space in the customers minds and they will be more willing to pick that establishment for future partying. People like to be in pretty spaces.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Vacation homes

      Owning your own beach house is a luxury that most people will never get to experience. However, renting one for a week or even a summer is something that can totally be done. 

     The designing of a beach home is proving to be pretty fun in the project that we are doing now. The options are endless and I am having a blast trying to incorperate all the things that I have learned and mix them with my personal vacation experience (thank you mommy) into an amazing vacation spot. While my mom never rented an entire house (after all, its usually just the two of us or we bring friends along), the condos/time shares that we have been to and then the tours of the newer more beautiful buildings have provided me with a lot of inspiration.. 

My favorite part of designing the beach house is all the windows!  Everything is more beautiful when you are able to pull in the sunny weather, the sound of the waves hitting the sand, the smells, all the sounds of people having fun. 

    The view is the most relaxing part and you def want to be able to experience it whether it be inside looking out, or right out on the sand itself. 
Beach houses that are meant for vacation homes seem to have a lot of big open space for the people to be able to interact with each other. I haven't found a lot of offices or large laundry rooms in these homes. The kitchens are usually small with just the bare essentials. Not a lot of work is suppose to be done while on vacation.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Energy Efficient Homes

With gas prices on the rise again, people are thinking about how to get the most for their money. In addition to that, going green is also developing a big market. Making your home energy efficient is a fairly easy way to cut heating and air costs and helping the enviroment. There are several ways in making your home energy efficient.
Install energy efficient windows in your home is good way to save on costs. It can make summer and winter life both more comfortable and would lower the electric bill. The windows reflect the sun rays in the summer giving your ac a break. There are so many different kinds of energy efficient windows that it should be easy to find one that goes with he style of the home.

Installing energy efficient doors is also a good idea when trying to conserve energy. There are also many different kinds of energy efficient doors made out of different materials such as wood steel and fiberglass. Proper installation of these products is a must to get the energy star rating. The even make energy efficient doggie doors. Making your home energy efficient doesn't have to be ugly or stressful. It can be fun and make your home not only beautiful but also less expensive.