A fresh approach to sophisticated

A fresh approach to sophisticated

A fresh approach to sophisticated

A fresh approach to sophisticated

A fresh approach to sophisticated

A fresh approach to sophisticated

A fresh approach to sophisticated

Category Archives: Home Improvement

The Seven Principles of Design

When we design a living space or a corporate work place, we’re always mindful of the clients’ goals. Do they want a peaceful environment? A respite from the hectic pace of life? Or do they desire a vibrant, energetic work place that inspires leadership and creativity?

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A Relaxing Retreat by BGI

There are seven principles of design. And all seven have to be incorporated into a room to make it flow. And guess what? Chances are your most comforting space – the place you feel most at ease – flows well and has colors that fit your personality. We all tend to shy away from harsh fluorescent lighting. It hurts the eyes and inhibits your mind. Yet some office spaces still use it!


A Vibrant Work Space by BGI.

Using the seven principles of design, we can create a warm and inviting space that fits your needs and personality. We can repurpose existing furniture or buy new pieces and implement a functional design flow.

But what exactly are the seven principles of design? They are rhythm, harmony, scale, proportion, balance, color and flow. Do you have all seven working together in your space?

Call us today at (214) 641-7897 for a consultation and we’ll design the space of your dreams!


It’s a Wrap!

Tours of the Village Park Eco Home are over, but don’t worry if you missed touring the home in person. Thanks to Michael Hunter Photography, we have stunning photographs of all the rooms to show you!

We were very honored to be the interior design firm for this project and really did not fully realize all that was in store for us! In the spirit of the project, we did extensive research on sustainable living and eco-friendly design, and sought out the finest materials and vendors to outfit the home. Needless to say, the design process was lengthy, but oh so rewarding!

Plus, the exceptional interest and almost immediate sale of the home is proof alone that sustainable living is more popular than ever. In fact, the home was under contract within two weeks of being on the market and was sold even before the public tours were over!

The new homeowners are preparing for their move into this high performance home that caught the attention of numerous media outlets, including D Home Magazine, The Dallas Morning News and Green Source DFW. And the buyers also chose to purchase virtually all the furnishings and artwork we used to outfit the home. Talk about move-in ready!

Here are a few of our favorite rooms and features.

The Study


Now one of our favorites, the study was initially our least favorite room in the house because it presented us with a tremendous design challenge. With a ceiling height of 17 feet and a small footprint, the room felt more like an elevator shaft than a study.

Our first design decision was to cut the space vertically by installing molding around the walls two-thirds the way up and installing a textural grasscloth wall covering  to the lower portion of the room. This created a warm and intimate environment, where the eye was no longer drawn straight to the ceiling, but rather to the beautiful wall covering.

Next, we selected a warm taupe for the portion of the room above the molding and painted the ceiling a dark “greige” to visually bring the ceiling height down. We furnished the room with a beautiful, geometric cowhide rug from Dallas Rugs,  contemporary but warm fabrics and furniture, and custom artwork sourced especially for the room to enhance the color palette with golden yellows.

The Dining Room


The dining room was actually constructed as a flex room – meaning the room does not have a designated use and can be changed to suit a family’s needs. Often located near the heart of the home, flex rooms offer tremendous versatility and can serve as a formal dining room, child’s play area, craft room or any other specialty room a homeowner desires. To further the room’s function, we added frosted, sliding barn doors to separate or open the room to the kitchen.

For the dining room itself, we chose an elegant, but informal and colorful design. The mix of the patterned teal side chairs and the solid teal end chairs create layering in the space, especially coupled with the bold teal ceiling. The walls were painted beige to ground the space and artwork from La Montage brings all of the elements together.

Oh, and did we mention the custom dining table from the Armored Frog was built from reclaimed ancient heart pine timber beams and flooring recovered from the old 1920 Micolas Textile Mill, in Opp, Alabama? It’s one of our favorite pieces in the house!

The Kitchen


From the white walls and cabinets to the bamboo countertops and contemporary glass pendant lighting, the kitchen radiates light and spaciousness. Glass subway tiles serve as the backsplash with an accent of organic leaf shaped glass tile over the cooktop.

Adding to its function, the island is a two-part system with one stationary section and one movable section which can serve as a serving or prep area or a breakfast or craft table. The movable section can even be relocated to the flex room if desired.

The Living Room


Like the rest of the house, the living room was designed with countless natural elements. The hardwood floors throughout the entire home were crafted from standing dead oak trees, milled as needed, from Wisconsin. Cork wall covering lines the backs of the built-in shelves adjacent to the fireplace and wood beams reclaimed from barns in the northern United States were mounted into the ceiling alcove

Wood projection tiles from the Jamie Beckwith Collection were installed above the fireplace mantle, making the television virtually disappear due to their shared dark hues. And a spectacular rustic, botanical arrangement by The Botanical Mix adds yet another natural element to the space, sitting center stage on the custom upholstered ottoman.

Want to see more? Visit us at Houzz for pictures of all the rooms and details!

Source of Images: Michael Hunter Photography

Village Park Eco Home Open for Tours

Whether you’re interested in home improvements, in the market for a new home or just love touring designer houses, the Village Park Eco Home is THE place to be this weekend!


The contemporary hill country style home was built to answer the question, “What’s next in high-performance home construction?” And the answers are cutting edge! Continue reading

A Luxurious Family Home: The Master Retreat

For most people, the master bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where we retreat at the end of the day: to relax and rejuvenate from all the day’s stressors and responsibilities. And that’s exactly why it’s essential that the room’s decor reflects the needs and personalities of those who reside in it.

We recently featured a grand living room we designed for clients desiring an elegant and family-friendly home. We were also fortunate enough to design their master retreat and, once again, luxury and practicality were the ultimate goals.

Read on for all the exciting changes we made! Continue reading

A Luxurious Family Home: The Living Room

Can luxury and practicality coexist in the same house? Absolutely!

Just because you’re at a stage in life when kids and pets rule the roost, doesn’t mean you have to live without style. Advances in technology have made many of today’s luxurious fabrics also washable and durable. And glamorous accents have always had the power to transform an ordinary space.

We recently worked with a wonderful family to create an elegant living room and master bedroom where cuddling with the kids and family dogs was paramount, but style was also important.

The Grand Living Room

Our goal was to create an elegant living room where family and friends could gather and be comfortable, while keeping the look transitional and fresh. Our clients’ existing sofa was in excellent condition, so naturally, they wished to use it in the room’s new design. They also owned a gorgeous grand piano that would be included in the room. Both pieces set the stage for the design plan and we selected a color palette to work beautifully with both.


This view of the grand piano shows the beautiful tones of the wood and the dramatic impact it gives to the space. We carefully blended the wood tones of the furniture we added to the room to create continuity, and added custom drapery and a hand-tufted wool rug in shades of cream and gold.


Custom, wood-trimmed armchairs were crafted with an elegant grey and beige pattern on the sides and backs only. And we created a photo gallery of their children that would be seen by all upon entering the house, telling visitors that this is a stylish, but never stuffy home. Our clients tell us this is their favorite room in their house!


We chose a beautiful console table in cream with a rich walnut burl inlay and graphic arc-motif  to add interest and an unexpected element to the space. Stacked artwork by artist Blakely Bering were custom made to bring the perfect shades of color into the room.


Finally, just the right amount of accessories were added to make the decor fresh and inviting. A leather tray with bowling pin vases adorns the cocktail table, while a cream-colored textured lamp and multi-hued vase add interest to the side table. Fresh flowers add life to the room.

What about you? What would you like in your dream living room? Post your reply below – we’d love to hear from you!

Check back soon for Part 2 of A Luxurious Family Home – The Master Retreat!