help make me the next trad home superstar

Hello my lovelies!

The year has started out with a bang and I am super super busy. Not that I am complaining. Being busy means I get to beautify so many more homes and enhance more lives. That makes this designer’s heart sing :-)

Unfortunately, The Naked Decorator has suffered a little bit with my posts down to one a week, but no matter how busy it gets, I will always be here to offer solid design tips and advice to my loyal subscribers.

Many of you know that I am always seeking opportunities to grow my brand and fulfill dreams that I have had for a long time for my career. When the opportunity to nominate myself to be one of the 2016 New Trad Design Superstars, I jumped at the chance.

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Traditional Home is looking for the next 10 up-and-coming designers who define today’s traditional design style. As a long time subscriber of Traditional Home Magazine, I have long been influenced and inspired by some of the amazing interiors that have graced their pages over the years.

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With each design I am a part of, I seek to bring in timeless and classical elements that are still fresh and fun for today.

I would love the opportunity to be one of Traditional Home’s top 10 up-and-coming designers and I need your help to accomplish this long time dream. Please head to our Facebook page and vote for us. Voting and nominations end on march 15th, and the chosen designers will be announced in the July/August 2016 issue of Traditional Home Magazine with a project showcased in the summer 2016 issue of TRADhome.

Please feel free to share this post. Every vote counts!

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Thanks so much!

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

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casa vilora interiors featured in houston house and home magazine

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It is always a great day when your hard work is recognized by a local Houston publication.

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Many of you are aware of my participation in The ASID Holiday Showhouse in December (You can take the room tour here if you missed that post). This was a great 12000sf house on Lake Woodlands that was completely renovated by Peterson Home Builders and every square inch decorated by 18 of Houston’s finest Designers.

This was my first time doing a showhouse, but I am happy to say that I got a lot of positive feedback on the bedroom and bathroom that I did. In fact, when the editor of the Houston House and Home Magazine and her art director walked into my room, she said with a smile on her face “this is my favorite room so far!” Imagine my excitement! two days later, I received an email from her asking if she can feature my space in the January 2016 issue of Houston House and Home Magazine. Ummmm, yes please :-)

So after completing the questionnaire to tell her a bit more about my space, I waited patiently to see what my space would look like in a magazine, and I was ecstatic to see it!. I still have not seen an actual magazine, just the online version which you can read here

Two other Designers were also featured in the article: Carla Aston and Crystal Reeves. These rooms were two of my favorites in the home as well, so I felt so blessed to be in such good company.

If you are local to Houston, pick up a free copy of Houston House and Home Magazine and check out our feature.

If you need help with a decorating project, we are still honoring our design rate for last year until January 31st, so now is the time to make the call.

Wishing You beauty and Inspiration!

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A Lighter Brighter Space To Lift Her Spirits

One of the greatest joys of what I do as an Interior Designer is seeing happy clients at the end of a design project. It is even more rewarding when the new space is done for someone who really needs some brightness in their world.

Veronica and Aunt Rosa

Veronica and Aunt Rosa

Recently my friend and realtor Linse Meadows approached me about doing a makeover for her Aunt Rosa. She wanted to do something special for her as  Christmas present because Aunt Rosa has gone through quite a bit with her health in recent years. She suffered a stroke a few years ago which left her paralyzed on one side of her body, and she has been in and out of the hospital, even being there over the Christmas holiday. Our goal was to enhance her life by improving her surroundings and making it easier for her to get around.

Veronica and Linse Meadows

Veronica and Linse Meadows

Aunt Rosa lives around an hour and a half from my design studio, but I was happy to take on this project. Linse has been a great supporter of my business and has referred a lot of business to me over the years. I agreed to accept significantly less than my normal rate with no product markups as my contribution to making the project happen for this kind thing she was doing for her aunt.

After meeting with Aunt Rosa and seeing the space first hand, my heart was moved to lighten and brighten the space to fit her personality. Despite her many health issues, Aunt Rosa is one of the happiest  people you will ever meet. She has a wonderful sense of humor, and I immediately felt like I had known her for years.

The existing space was dark and cave-like and the furniture was way too big for the room, but we had to keep them, so my challenge was to make things feel like they belong.

Here are the before shots of the space

BEFORE - THE LIVING ROOM

BEFORE – THE LIVING ROOM

This is the living room viewed from the front door. The leather sofa and chair had to stay in the room. Aunt Rosa needed the recliners to be able to put her feet up. They are very large for the room, but that’s what we had to work with.

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BEFORE

Notice that the windows are covered with temporary paper shades which made the room even darker. The room had great wood floors which I was really excited about although they needed a bit of work. That and painting were not quite in the budget, so whatever accents I brought into the space will have to detract from the work that was needed to the floors and the beige paint color on the walls

We also had to keep in mind that she is leasing the house and we therefore did not want to improve it too much

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BEFORE

The master bedroom was just a bed, dresser and one nightstand. It was as plain as vanilla and nothing like Aunt Rosa’s personality. She definitely needed a headboard to help her get out of bed. You will see soon how we addressed that.

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BEFORE

She also needed a seating area for when her home health aid was with her.

So here’s what I did for Aunt Rosa

AFTER - LIVING ROOM

AFTER – LIVING ROOM

So lighter and brighter is what we did!

I wanted to minimize the look of the sofas by bringing in bright colors, so I started with the area rug with its aqua, green, orange and yellow. I needed to keep the center of the room pretty open for reclining the sofa, so I used an oval ottoman instead of a heavy table. The lighter weight of the ottoman makes it easy to be pushed out of the way when she needs to recline.

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The media cabinet was chosen to complement the rug and so were the colorful pillows. The media cabinet will be getting a TV soon, but in the meantime I added a floral and some photos.

I was extremely happy to pull the temporary paper shades off the windows and added these semi-sheer curtain panels in white. They let so much light into the room

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I replaced the art in the room with ones that went with our color scheme and I also used 3 dimensional sculptural pieces as well

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One last one for the living room

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The master bedroom got a bit of a change too. The headboard had to have slats for her to grab onto to help her get out of bed. I chose this metal headboard which is just as beautiful as it is practical. It is also a great choice because it does not block light coming in from the awkwardly placed window behind the bed.

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The bedding includes some of Aunt Rosa’s favorite colors and adds a pop of color and interest in the room.

We finally got a seating area in the room – a chair for her when her home health aid keeps her company

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I also removed the temporary shades from the windows and added these semi-sheer grommeted panels. There is so much more light coming into the room

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We had to keep her temporary TV stand, but it is great that she now has a TV in her bedroom. We had only one nightstand, but moving the bookcase that was blocking a door in the living room to the bedroom, stands in as  a place to display her beloved family pictures.

She loves having a soft rug underfoot when she gets out of bed, and this geometric shag rug fits the bill.

We did a few things in the kitchen as well, but our budget didn’t quite stretch to  a complete overhaul.

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At the reveal, I got lots of hugs and thank you’s from Aunt Rosa. She loved everything and was so happy at how light and bright the new space is.

This is what her daughter wrote on my Facebook post

That is my mom and she is still in complete wow, she loves it…!! Thank y’all so much she hasn’t been this happy in a long time”

That just warmed my heart . I love being a part of moments like this.

If you are ever looking for a home in the Houston area, or selling a home, contact Linse Meadows for great personal service. Click here to visit her website

FOR SALE - 9994 KATY BROOK LN BROOKSHIRE TX 77423

FOR SALE – 9994 KATY BROOK LN BROOKSHIRE TX 77423

And speaking of great service from Linse: She just listed my home for sale, so if you are in the market for a gorgeous new home in the Katy area (Katy ISD), please check out my listing. Click here. I will post more about that later

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

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Room Tour: Transitional Living Room Makeover

Hello my lovelies!

Today I am excited to take you on a room tour of a recently completed space here in good old Katy TX.

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My client found me on Facebook and after meeting with her for the initial consultation, I quickly discovered that she was not terribly fond of her home the way it was. She informed me that her style is super contemporary, and her Katy suburban home was everything but.

It was very clear that she did not like the oil rubbed bronze finishes, beige tiles and oak cabinets she inherited from the previous owner. She had started to change out most of the light fixtures and cabinet hardware to brushed nickel finishes that were a bit more in keeping with her style. I think she was at the point where moving was on the table.

After sitting down with her and going over some ideas to contemporize her space, I discovered that her style was less contemporary and more transitional. She liked clean lines, silver and blue tones, but still like the warmth and familiarity of her collections

She had a few pieces that she wanted to keep, like the area rug, which was definitely more of a classic look than contemporary, and some family heirlooms that have been in her family for generations. The finishes in her home were definitely not going to change either, and they were definitely not classified as contemporary. So I had my work cut out for me, and I was willing to take on this great challenge.

Before I get to what I did in the space, let’s take a look at where the space started.

BEFORE - FIREPLACE WALL

BEFORE – FIREPLACE WALL

So this is the fireplace wall. What can I say about it……The architecture is great with the symmetry of the built-in bookcases. I like the sleek look of the TV, but the paint color had to go. She made a great effort in trying to match the rug, but it was just not the right shade of blue

BEFORE - THE WINDOW WALL

BEFORE – THE WINDOW WALL

I love the set of bay windows in the room, and the beautiful wood shutters. But this wall needed to be more of a focal point and definitely needed some softness.

BEFORE - THE OVERSIZED BROWN LEATHER SOFA

BEFORE – THE OVERSIZED BROWN LEATHER SOFA

My client loves this leather sofa. She loved it so much, she wanted to keep it. I had to put my foot down on this one; it had to go. It was just too large for the room. I was sure to take the precise measurements and find her a new one that was equally comfortable

BEFORE - THE ROOM

BEFORE – THE ROOM

This is the overall room. As you can see, it needed a bit of help

BEFORE - THE BREAKFAST ROOM

BEFORE – THE BREAKFAST ROOM

The breakfast room got a bit of a makeover too!

BEFORE - THE KITCHEN

BEFORE – THE KITCHEN

The kitchen cabinets got a paint job, but we didn’t do much else with the kitchen in this phase

BEFORE - THE RUG

BEFORE – THE RUG

The rug became the inspiration for the room’s color palette of blue and off white with an accent of burnt orange

So now that you have seen where we started, this is what we did to brighten her world

AFTER - THE FIREPLACE WALL

AFTER – THE FIREPLACE WALL

I started with painting the walls in a cool blue gray  – Sherwin Williams Silverplate. I then added grasscloth to the niches on either side of the fireplace. It is a subtle contrast that adds some warm texture to the room. Here is a closer look at one of the niches

AFTER - GRASSCLOTH WALLPAPERED NICHE

AFTER – GRASSCLOTH WALLPAPERED NICHE

Next to address the room’s focal wall

AFTER - THE WINDOW WALL

AFTER – THE WINDOW WALL

I chose this beautiful embroidered linen fabric in shades of blue to make these custom drapery panels. They accent the windows, add softness and a great focal point without covering the views to the pool and greenery right outside. I also added a small seating area for more conversation in the room.

AFTER - THE NEW LEATHER SOFA

AFTER – THE NEW LEATHER SOFA

So, I have to be honest. I am not  a huge fan of leather sofas and sectionals, but my client is one of the most practical people I know, and with a little girl in the home, she insisted on leather. Because I talked her into getting rid of the old one, we arrived at a compromise – the leather sofa had to fit the scale of the room, it had to be as tailored as possible, and we would need to add several pillows to break up the large expanse of leather. We decided on this one with a chaise lounge and it worked out very well. She also insisted on a recliner for hubby, and we chose this really tailored version in a fabric to complement the rug.

AFTER - FAMILY HEIRLOOM

AFTER – FAMILY HEIRLOOM

My client owned this piece of art that has been in their family for a long time. I got it reframed and prominently placed it above our new dresser. Some contemporary white ceramic jars and an orchid arrangement make this spot my favorite vignette in the room

AFTER - THE CUSTOM PILLOWS

AFTER – THE CUSTOM PILLOWS

The custom pillows were brought in to add comfort, but also to break up the look of the leather sofa for some softness. You can also see the breakfast room roman shades in the distance in one of my favorite fabrics

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We didn’t do very much in the kitchen except painting the oak cabinets in an off white color. It definitely freshened up the look of the kitchen

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The room from another angle.

AFTER - THE BREAKFAST ROOM

AFTER – THE BREAKFAST ROOM

The breakfast room got a bit of a freshening up as well. I added these custom roman shades and it too got a paint job

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AFTER

Close ups of the pillows

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So there you have it – the transitional makeover of this living room and breakfast area. My client was really happy with the way things came out. She loved the colors and just how comfy and cozy the new room felt. I am quite pleased with the results as well.

If you are in the Houston area and would love a makeover like this, feel free to give me a call. Even if you are far away, our eDesign service is available to you. Please visit our website for more details, and to see more of our work.

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

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