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: Relocating Assistance

Lights, Camera, Adjust!

Photo shoots are bittersweet. We love capturing the completed look of an interior design plan, but it also means a project is over. And the only thing we get more attached to than our interior designs is our clients!

We’ve also learned that photo shoots themselves aren’t all glamour and pizzazz. They’re an intricately planned, constantly changing, all day affair. Our respect for photographers and preparation time for a shoot have both grown exponentially over the years!

Before the day of the shoot even arrives, we must decide the interior design shots we want taken and share this information with the photographer so he can plan accordingly. Any props or accessories needed for the shoot must also be planned, acquired or purchased.


The day of the photo shoot begins with unpacking and setting up equipment. Next, it’s time to get the room interior design “magazine” ready. This means removing all personal items like photographs or collectibles, and even appliances if the room is a kitchen. Continue reading


Style 180: Kitchen & Dining

We recently gave you all the details of a living room design transformation we created when our clients moved into a high-rise condominium. With its contemporary architecture, the condominium was the complete opposite of their traditional interior design past and a style 180 was in order!

Today, we’ve got all the scoop on the streamlined kitchen and dining room design they also embraced with their new surroundings. They love their new home and we couldn’t be more excited for them!


We continued the soothing indigo and gray color scheme in the design plan and furniture design, making the open floor plan flow beautifully. Custom-made cobalt blue barstools with legs finished in white chocolate welcome guests to the kitchen, while simple pendant lights add understated elegance. Continue reading


BGI Receives Best of Houzz 2014 Design Awards

The year 2014 just keeps getting better! We are thrilled to announce Barbara Gilbert Interiors (BGI) has been honored with the “Best Of Houzz” award in Customer Satisfaction and Design for 2014 by Houzz, the leading online platform for home remodeling and interior design.

This is the third consecutive year our design firm has been recognized with the prestigious Houzz award, with achievements in Best Of Design and Customer Satisfaction in 2012 and Best of Design in 2013, and we couldn’t be prouder! Houzz is one of our favorite design sites and is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in interior design. Award recipients are chosen through an annual survey of more than 16 million monthly users from the Houzz community.

We know competition in the field of interior design is fierce, which is why we are so proud to be recognized for customer satisfaction and exceptional design. Both aspects of interior design are our top priorities!

A big THANK YOU to the Houzz community for this honor and, of course, our clients that make our designs possible! For more information on Houzz, visit www.houzz.com.

Remember we are a company with a conscience and when you work with us, you also contribute to changing lives. Barbara is passionate about travel, golf, and giving back! She’s involved in CASA of Collin county and Dwell with Dignity, an organization to help families get back on their feet. Dwell works with the Dallas interfaith housing coalition and family gateway, so that people who are homeless can enter a dormitory housing setting and participate in family life skills training. If they graduate from the program, they can be eligible for an apartment!

Connect with Barbara and her staff by visiting http://www.facebook.com/barbaragilbertinteriors



Style 180: The Living Room

As the years go by, our wardrobes change, our hairstyles change, even our taste in music and food changes. And thankfully, interior design is no different! How tiresome would it be to live with the same style furnishings and decor your entire life? Change is the spice of life!

We recently worked with clients, empty nesters, that wanted a change from their former surroundings. Their goal was to move into a high-rise condominium with less upkeep and a great view, but the architectural style of their new condominium was also a complete 180 from their traditional design past.

Our goal was to make this unfamiliar space feel like home while embracing the contemporary architecture and creating the perfect home for  entertaining family and friends. We love the finished look, but most importantly, so do our clients!

Here are all the details, beginning with the living room and its amazing views.

We began by creating a color palette using their favorite colors, indigo and gray, and designed a space plan for comfort and entertaining. We divided the large room into two separate sections: a formal sitting area with city skyline views and a less formal media area.


A warm, neutral grey sectional, blue armchair and two upholstered ottomans maximize comfortable seating in the home’s main living area and provide excellent viewing of the television and close proximity to the fireplace. A bamboo fiber rug anchors the arrangement.


Throw pillows and artful accents add pattern and life to the space while a steel blue, faux leather ottoman does double duty as a coffee table and extra seating when needed.


A contemporary media console with a distressed silver finish and interlocked ring hardware houses media components and serves as the perfect platform for large-scale artwork that draws out the accent colors.


Custom armchairs with detailed backs were crafted for the formal sitting area to create the perfect space for conversation and amazing views. We chose a geometric navy and white fabric and an oiled java finish for the wood to add unexpected details to the room. And adequate, yet close, spacing between the two sitting areas provides flow and encourages movement when entertaining.

Geometric furniture

A round side table echoes the geometric pattern of the chairs, adding continuity and further interest to the space.

Want to see more? Check back soon for our next blog post - Style 180: Kitchen and Dining!

Source of Images: Michael Hunter Photography


Make Your Home Your Haven

What’s your dream? Think of your home as a blank canvas. Now imagine it filled with all the things you love!

We can transform individual rooms, or infuse energy and light, with an entirely new theme that breathes life, love, peace and happiness into your space!

Blue Kitchen

Chances are your life is filled with activities, work obligations and family needs. Everyone’s busy with technology filled days and jam packed calendars! Now more than ever, today’s homeowner wants to come home to a space that’s calming and clean. We want soothing rooms and spa-like bathrooms – that luxury hotel feeling we had on a dream vacation. We want to feel as if we can escape in our own homes. Is your home a comforting enclave?

Modern Vanity

We design to your tastes and needs, not ours. Let us design that perfect, compelling getaway within your own home. When you enter your doors after a long, hectic day, you should feel a sigh of relief. Even in a house full of children, pets, activity, noise and life, we can create an oasis of solitude, whether it’s a simple reading space, spa room, man cave, library, music studio or even a bowling alley!


We will create and implement a design plan from concept to completion to include budgeting, furniture layout plans, color selection, furniture, rugs, accessories, window treatment procurement and installation. We also manage new home selections, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, collaborate with builders, contractors and architects working from blueprints to final move-in design.

Call us for a consultation! 214-641-7897

Source of images: Barbara Gilbert Interiors