Working From Home

Working From Home

As a designer, I was beginning to see the dedicated home office space decline a little as technology allowed our clients to use their tablets or laptops anywhere in the house when they needed to do some occasional or extra work at home.  Often, if they had a study, it...
Living Large in a Small Space

Living Large in a Small Space

High rises and apartments are popping up like wildflowers in Houston, and whether you are purchasing or renting, you can and should make it your own, personalized space.  Although it may be smaller than you would like, or you are downsizing from a larger home, it...
2020 Vision for Interior Design

2020 Vision for Interior Design

2020 Vision for Interior Design As we begin 2020, perhaps I’m relating it to good vision, but I’m feeling it too.  For the start of this new decade, I’ve made my own actually “doable” resolutions, how about you?  Personally, I’m going to start clean and...
Picking the Perfect Performance Fabric

Picking the Perfect Performance Fabric

Picking the Perfect Performance Fabric It’s been almost nine years since I first wrote about performance fabrics and bringing them inside from their common use outdoors.  My blog back then was about Sunbrella and nanotech technology and how you could have kids, pets...
Remodel Or Build?

Remodel Or Build?

Remodel & Home Additions Design Trends for 2019 If you are about to remodel or build onto your house, here are some of the current trends to consider, whether working on your kitchen, bathroom, living space, laundry room, or outdoor area. Kitchens Everyone always...
Tub vs. Shower??

Tub vs. Shower??

Shower or Tub??? OK, it’s time for me to eat my words again, or maybe just issue a change in opinion about showers vs. tubs. Most people have a very definite preference, and when we are working on projects we have to determine those preferences. For resale, we always...
The End of Harvey

The End of Harvey

The End of Harvey This blog post is a follow-up to The YEAR of Harvey.Many of you have been so kind as to inquire about how and what we’ve been doing since Harvey. Thus, I feel the need to write the end of the Harvey story, even though I rarely post personally. We...
Furniture in Motion

Furniture in Motion

Furniture In Motion     Would you believe that over half of the furniture being produced today is equipped with motion capabilities? Even though I see so many options, I still find that surprising. However, when you think about how many items do have the...
What Will 2019 Bring to Interior Design?

What Will 2019 Bring to Interior Design?

  What Will 2019 Bring to Interior Design? Can you believe it is 2019 already?  I hope you enjoyed the holidays and family, but now that you have taken down the holiday decorations, is your home looking a little tired and needy? We all look for that fresh...
Ten Award Winning Holiday Tablescapes

Ten Award Winning Holiday Tablescapes

Ten Award Winning Holiday Tablescapes The holidays are stressful enough with finding the perfect gifts, decorating the house and cooking for a crowd, but when you add all of the fabulous Pinterest and Instagram posts, it is enough to make anyone feel inadequate. Well,...
Interior Design Inspiration from Valencia

Interior Design Inspiration from Valencia

Interior Design Inspiration from Valencia The invitation to visit Spain for a week to meet with manufacturers and learn about new products proved to be rewarding in many ways! Not only did we get to meet with a wide variety of vendors, as you will see from the photos,...
High Point Market (Fall 2018) – Trends

High Point Market (Fall 2018) – Trends

High Point Market (Fall 2018): Trends Continued The climate of our society today and our hectic lives, along with increasing technology, makes us yearn for simpler times and quiet comfort.  However, we still take advantage of technology that offers us products to make...
High Point Market (Fall 2018)

High Point Market (Fall 2018)

High Point (Fall 2018) It was an interesting and crazy start to High Point market this time, complicated by Hurricane Michael’s remnants. Connie heading off to High Point Market from the Design House showroom! Not the smoothest drive this year thanks to the hurricane....
Closet Lighting – How To Be Best Dressed!

Closet Lighting – How To Be Best Dressed!

Closet Lighting – How To Be Best Dressed! Do you get dressed before daylight to get to work on time? Does it look like something goes together until you get to work or an event and realize, to your embarrassment, that they don’t? Even in daylight hours, closets rarely...
The YEAR of Harvey

The YEAR of Harvey

The YEAR of Harvey It’s a year after Hurricane Harvey and I am still a nomad after forty years in our home, which we had remodeled.  First, we spent a month in a hotel room; then we were lucky enough to find an apartment with a six month lease, though unfortunately...

For Those Who Said Gray Was On the Way Out

For Those Who Said Gray Was On the Way Out Check out Pantone’s “In Praise of Gray!”  They say heading into autumn/winter 2019/20, they see grays as a key color for cars, paint, home textiles and interiors.  From the cool tones to the warm, light to...

New Innovative and Exciting Ways to Use Wallpaper

New Innovative and Exciting Ways to Use Wallpaper If you haven’t taken time to peruse today’s wallpapers, you are missing an opportunity to get the “creative juices” flowing! It is really a treat to see what is out there today and what you can do with it. There are...

Nautical Themed Decor for Summertime

Nautical Themed Decor for Summertime   Nothing makes a home feel “beachy” like furnishings that have a nautical touch. Stripes, knots, and seashells can make you taste that salty sea air, whether you’re decorating a beach house or a bedroom miles away from the...

“Singing the Blues” at High Point Market

“Singing the Blues” at High Point Market   The High Point Market, the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, takes place every six months, and the Spring 2015 exposition recently showcased the upcoming trends in the interior design industry. Let me...

Easy Tips to Get Your Home Summer Ready

June 21st marks the first day of summer, but for most children summer break just started.  Summertime is usually connected to outside activities like pools, parks, and family vacations, but who says your home can’t feel summery?  Follow one of more of the below easy...

2015 Hurricane Preparedness (Preparation “H”)

Hurricane Preparedness for your Houston Home   If you live in Houston, hurricane and flood preparedness is an all-year event. The recent storms in Texas caused some of the worst flooding in the Houston area since Hurricane Ike back in 2008. Now that hurricane...

Woman In Gold

Woman In Gold   Have you seen the recent film, Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds? It’s based on the true story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who fought the government of Austria to get back a Gustav Klimt painting stolen from her family...

Art, Design, and Catastrophe

Art, Design, and Catastrophe   As Houston sits submerged in water from the recent floods, I find myself snickering at pictures of fancy-shmancy party-goers in Venice falling into the Grand Canal during the 2015 Venice Biennale, one of the most important...

People Watching at Maison & Objet in Miami

People Watching at Maison & Objet in Miami   Last week, Connie and I went to Miami to attend Maison & Objet’s first show in the Americas. In case you didn’t know, Maison & Objet is a major French trade fair for interior design, one of the largest in...

Choosing Showroom Artwork

Choosing Showroom Artwork   As a designer here at Design House, choosing art for our showroom has been one of my favorite things to do. I was a painting major and it’s a dream come true to be around so much art every day. Just this week, an art vendor stopped by,...

Houston Arts & Culture: Sweeney Todd

Houston Arts & Culture: Sweeney Todd   One may think opera is all about plus size women wailing away in their Viking helmets, but it’s so much more. I like to think of it as the greatest expression of storytelling through music. I’ve often been told that...

Lighting Today in Interior Design

Lighting Today in Interior Design   Has lighting become confusing?  Don’t know what to look for as replacements?  Too many new choices?  And you may be frustrated by all the discontinued light bulbs!   No need to stress or hoard.  It’s just getting better!...

FABRIC HOUSE expanding; We are more than just Fabrics!

Fabric House in Houston has more than JUST Fabric! The physical expansion will house separate rooms for all our growing selections of wallcovering, trims and drapery hardware, giving these lines their own space from all the many fabrics.  Fabric House “houses”...

ASID Legacy of Design Awards

1st PLACE : DESIGN HOUSE for Best non-primary Residential Home!! The design team ( Connie LeFevre, Jennifer Renner, Amanda Lockhart, & Jin Lee Bang) were proud to accept another 1st place award, with all the creativity and fun challenges in designing the gorgeous...

So what will replace the 100 watt light bulb?

So what will replace the 100 watt light bulb?   So what will replace the 100 watt light bulb as of Jan. 1, 2012?  One option is the halogen A19 light.  This bulb is a 72 watt incandescent that has halogen technology.  Another option to get the same amount of...

Technology has improved fabrics!

Technology has improved fabrics!   white sofa and kids…you can have both now. With todays advancements in technology, we can now have chenille’s and woven fabrics for our outdoor spaces and luxurious and practical fabrics that can be cleaned with bleach. We have...

ADA Compliant Sconces; now Beautiful and Practical

ADA Compliant Sconces; now Beautiful and Practical   At Design House we are now offering amazing sconces that are not only simple, clean lined & beautiful, but also ADA compliant, so they can be used for residential narrow hallways and also for contract or...

Innovative and Sustainable Outdoor Furnishings

Innovative and Sustainable Outdoor Furnishings   Something fun and different I saw at market this year were some great “forward thinking” outdoor furnishings and decor. These eye-catching pieces were made with innovative materials, such as ceramics, metals,...

The color GREEN; as a Pigment and a Movement

The color GREEN; as a Pigment and a Movement   This is some interesting information recently read about GREEN as the color used to paint an enviromental movement. It automatically makes since that GREEN would be the pigment chosen for obvious reasons (nature) but...

What is the Future of Interior Design in Houston?

What is the Future of Interior Design in Houston?   The design culture in Houston is becoming EVEN more diversified, personalized, current, cutting edge, but still warm and inviting.  I don’t believe that other major Texas cities are that different, or for that...

What is the BIG difference in Paint Finishes?

What is the BIG difference in Paint Finishes?   After much deliberation, you finally select a paint color and then they want to know the finish! You probably all know about flat, eggshell and glossy finishes, but FYI there are some in between. Matte is between...

Intro about Design House, Inc.

With and eye for the unique, Connie LeFevre, ASID, RID and her company, Design House, Inc. are noted throughout the community. With fresh design ideas and a medley of different items all over the showroom it is not hard to figure out why the company is so successful. ...