Surprising Details

One Classy Baby! Putting a Sophisticated Nursery Together

One four year old girl loves her baby brother! Mom loves plaids and a vintage vibe so Creative Touch Interiors is going to put together a sophisticated nursery for this handsome little man. A new set of dark furniture can be tough to compliment with plaids – it’s important that the nursery look like it’s suited to a child and not old and stuffy like a man’s study. The solution is in the plaid:  use primary colors. Neutral walls allow the furniture and linens to take center stage. A vibrant red coverlet sets off the plaid pillows. Mom’s penchant for vintage has inspired a quest for the perfect accent; after speaking with a local artist we’ve picked out two vintage transportation posters that we are going to apply to the walls in paint. The colors on the artwork will be customized to match the palette of the room.

It’s important to keep big sister involved, too! Upon ripening to the young age of four she’s finally decided on her favorite colors – pink and lavender. Her nursery was originally blue and already has luxurious draperies so Peggy and her team will be utilizing their local artist to design a focal point in the inset archway that frames the bed; a stunning cherry blossom-like tree with pink and lavender flowers. The artist will also accent the iron headboard with pinks and lavenders to pull all of the colors together. The existing upscale bedding will be incorporated and new accent pillows will bring in the new colors. Since big sis is growing up so fast we are also adding a built-in desk for projects and homework! The project she is most excited about, though, is helping to take care of her new baby brother!

Once our project is complete we will post photos of these gorgeous rooms!

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Lawn Furniture for Literalists

Photo Courtesy of Ready Made Blog

I couldn’t help but spread the blog love on this post I saw at Ready Made. Incredible to think you can build a permanent seating fixture in your garden with some wooden stakes, plywood, soil and sod. If you build this at your home we’d like to hear about your experience! Also… we’d like to know what detergent you use to get the grass stains out of your clothes.


Julie Soefer

Julie Soefer has been the photographer for so many years at Creative Touch that she’s starting to blend in with the furniture. (Ok, no more interior design jokes, I promise!) Every home that Julie shoots for us there are a plethora of unbelievable photos. And no one has a better eye than Julie for details.

When Julie’s shots arrive in the office we pour over them to study every detail – the shafts of light, the curve of a chair foot, the depth of patterned fabric. So often, though, we end up using the photos that capture the entirety of the room. What happens to all those detail photos? Well, it means we get to feature her here!

Can’t get enough of Julie? We’ll be posting an interview here soon! Register to receive emails or sign up for our RSS feed today to stay in touch with Creative Touch! 


7 Bathroom Showcase

Earlier we featured our Mediterranean inspired home in Tanglewood and their fabulous Juicy Third Floor Spa! It’s no surprise that the third floor spa isn’t the only stunning bathroom in the home. Each room has its’ own personality and style – let’s explore the looks and trends in high-end bathrooms that makes this house such a showstopper!

Bathroom #1:  Powder Bath

The art deco glamour of Old Hollywood is captured in this stunning bathroom. The plaster faux finish walls was completed by Segreto Finishes and is set off by a unique Hotel ZaZa inspired glass mosaic framed mirror. The vanity was a pre-fabricated chest of drawers modified to be used as a sink vanity, the vanity was topped with black cosmic granite and a drop-in vessel sink with black mosaic metal studs. The masculinity of the dark colors and heavy materials is balanced off by the curvinlinear lines in the arches, lighting fixtures, and vanity.

Bathroom #2:  Pool Bath

The groin-vault ceiling elevates the stonework in the ceiling and frames the vanity out perfectly! The countertop is wall hung, framed out in wood and then covered with split faced Sienna Blend Stack Stone. The wall in inset with Oceania Tess Copper Tone Blend Mosaics; the details of which you can’t see the the photos, but there are pink and blue hues which are highlighted in the stone, glass, and iridescent mosaic! The blend of textures in the mosaic between the glass and rustic materials provided the pattern that the room needed to make it interesting. Also, note the gorgeous shadow from the curvaceous lantern along the wall.

Bathroom #3:  Master Bathroom

This stunning marble bathroom is decked in both Emperador Marble as well as a white marble.  Most marble comes with fissures, or baby cracks, in it so when you receive your piece of marble inspect it carefully for hairline fractures so that it won’t break over time. The gorgeous stand alone jet tub in the room is a fantastic choice as it will require less maintenance over time; water jets, by virtue of their design, can get mold buildup in the jets. The His and Hers bathroom is divided by a 2 person shower with intricately designed interior windows. (Unfortunately they were not installed yet during the time of this photo shoot!) Every feature of this bathroom is softly lit with carefully placed crystal lighting fixtures.

Bathroom #4: The Guest Bathroom

A blend of Alkusari Stone, Travertine, and Limestone are laid out in a beautiful blend in the backsplash and flooring of this bathroom. A mosaic ribbon in both of those locations brings a focal point lit by an inlaid sconce in the mirror. By drilling a hole in the mirror and installing the sconce inside of it we were able to take the mirror wall to wall to visually add space to the room. The frameless shower door is a great addition and also adds to the illusion of added space.

Bathroom #5: The Third Floor Spa

If you haven’t already checked out our Third Floor Spa inspired bathroom, you should check it out now; we had so much to share we devoted an entire entry to it!

Bathroom #6 and #7: The Girls’ Bathrooms

These little girls bathrooms pay homage to the innocence, purity, and sweetness of little girls! The Calacatta Marble floors are reflected in the mirror-front cabinets with pink crystal knobs. The pink hues on the walls are so feminine, light, and airy and pick up the watermelon inlaid mosaics in the sink backsplash. The closets are a girls’ dream with zebra carpeting with a custom-designed wardrobe! It almost makes me want to hand over my childhood Caboodles!


Janus et Cie

Janus et Cie

Any homeowner can be overwhelmed when they look at a bare room. Based on the room’s location and size in the home as well as the homeowner’s preference of activities can help to determine what furniture should go in the room as well as the arrangement. But what do you do when you move to the great outdoors? Walking out the backdoor of any home you don’t have a lot of structure to work inside of, but you can always start by asking what you do outside. If you have kids you probably have outdoor toys for which you will need storage. You might also be considering the possibility of entertaining – whether your guests are your children’s friends or your friends – you will need seating and a table. How do you create a durable area that will withstand the raucous play of children as well as create a visually impressive designscape for your adult friends? It’s all about incorporating statement pieces with functional ones; we encourage with you to mix and match to create the best furniture combination for you family! Pick up functional pieces at any big box store, but finding a statement piece to match? That’s our forte. We want you to check out furniture pieces by Janus et Cie. With weather like this we know you are inspired to work on your outdoors – here is some inspiration for you to start making your outdoor dreams come true!

Classic AND Durable!

Janus et Cie is a company that builds their furniture to compliment the natural lines and the artistry of the great outdoors. High quality and high value – these pieces will still be in style and last you for years to come.

Janus et Cie furniture in the Trellis Spa at the Houstonian
Janus et Cie furniture in the Tremont Hotel in Galveston

Juicy Third Floor Spa

What would you put in a 13,000 square foot house? Two Tanglewood homeowners decided that they wanted to dedicate the entirety of their third floor to a fitness room, spa, and JUICE BAR. The contemporary home is an entirely new build, start to finish. This floor in particular  is inspired by Santorini, the gorgeous island in Greece.  If you’ve never been, you should schedule your trip IMMEDIATELY (it’s fabulous!).

Yes, Santorini IS as beautiful as it looks.
The mirror was backlit to give a more glamourous feel

The spa bathroom itself is one of 7 bathrooms in the house, but the feel of this bathroom is cool and contemporary. A striking Siberia Blend glass mosaic tile by Oceanside was laid vertically for a modern look and set off with a modern vessel sink. The sink rests on a custom, 8cm crystallized glass countertop by Alkusari Stone.  If you are not familiar with industry standards you should know that 8cm is really thick for a countertop as you can see in the photograph to the right! The mirror was originally designed to be framed with espresso wood, but the glass tile was so sexy that we had to incorporate the LED backlights to enhance the glamour.

The arches and carpet in this room are reminiscent of Santorini.

Attached to the spa-bathroom is a fitness room, the colors in the carpet are Santorini inspired as well. The fitness room is attached to the juice bar, outfitted with a mini-fridge perfect for water, electrolytes, juice, or perhaps some wine from Santorini to enjoy out on the sundeck, also attached to the fitness room.

More from this house will be revealed soon! Stay tuned for the reveal of the rest of this gorgeous new home.

The juice bar!

A Side Project!

You might have noticed a little break in our postings! I really missed posting and telling you about all of the exciting things going on at the firm BUT…

I got married!

So I HAD to show you some photos because Creative Touch did the decor and they did a FABULOUS job. I am so lucky to work with such talented women. A big thank you to Peggy for her help collecting all of the items AND staying on budget. All of these photos are taken by amateurs with an amazing eye – thanks to my friends for letting me borrow them for this post!

My hubby and me!

Instead of cake, we went with pie. MMMmmmmmm......pie...

Gorgeous Centerpieces!