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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!


How to Build a Nursery

Congratulations! Adding a new member to your family is one of the most exciting events that will happen in your life. Whether it is an addition to your own or you are getting a room ready for grandkids or guests it’s important to create a space for an infant that is safe and conducive to all of their activities! Here’s a step-by-step guide to putting a room together for your little one:

  1. Start with a bare space. Take every item in the room out, clean the windows, wipe down the sills and the baseboards. If we aren’t doing anything to the walls then I like to clean any scuffs off with Magic Eraser or another wall cleaning product.
  2. Decide whether you want to decorate incorporating the baby’s sex or if you want to keep it gender neutral.
  3. Create an inspiration board with photos that include colors, furniture styles, shapes, patterns, and motifs that you enjoy. Look at blogs, magazines, and books – skip the retail catalogues, they don’t get personal enough.
  4. Step back from your inspiration board. What do you like about each picture?
  5. Decide on your crib ensemble first. (bumper pad, dust ruffle, sheets, etc.)
  6. Based on what you’ve decided already, pick out your furniture:  crib, chest, changing table, and rocker/glider. What other additional storage might you need? A toy chest? A hamper?
  7. Outfit the bedroom closet. There’s no need to be able to fit adult size clothing in there! Leave enough hanging space for onesies and other adorably tiny clothes! Install shelves with bins and other organizing tools for the remaining clothes, itty bitty accessories, and bulk diaper containers.
  8. Decide on the theme of your room! Do you want to pass on your love of animals to your child? Perhaps your passion for the stars and planets! Thinking about a more sophisticated space? Try an english garden theme or a sailing theme where you can create a backdrop that’s more subtle and bring the theme to life through bright accents.
  9. Add color to the walls. Pick out wallpaper or a paint color that will work with your theme. Think about thick horizontal stripes – they will add color and pattern without being overwhelming. If you want to use wallpaper, keep it to a minimum so the room doesn’t get too busy. Consider bold graphics for a more sophisticated nursery!
  10. Take a sample from the wallpaper or fabric that you’ve chosen when you make your baby registry.
  11. Decide on the style and fabric for your window treatments – you want to pick something out that will have longevity so that your child can use them as he or she grows. Also, you might want to incorporate blackout curtains, shutters, or layer the fabrics in the window to reduce light for your infant.
  12. Creating a room on a budget? Utilize other furniture from your house, attic, or a donated piece from a friend then paint it and change the knobs to give it a whole new life.
  13. Don’t forget your bathroom! Install a high faucet (they start at $150) so baby can bathe comfortably.
Think about your baby in the long term – Crib4Life is a crib that can expand into a bed as your child grows!


Submit Your Home or Office to be Featured on our Blog!

Houston’s Infamous Beer Can House. Of all the ways to decorate a house, this is one of them.  

The Gulf Coast is full of charm, innovation, and trend-bucking trailblazers and we bet you’re one of them! We are going to be featuring interesting homes and offices and we want your submissions. Show off your unique design style by submitting photos, videos, snail mail, or any other way you can get us your materials. Depending on the amount of submissions we will feature 1-2 incredible houses a month. Tune in to our new monthly blog series, Gulf Coast Compositions, to see real homes with real residents and all different kinds of style!

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR HOME FOR CONSIDERATION:

Submission can be made by sending photos, videos, or by USPS or other mail carrier. Please note, any personal information (Name, Email, Address, or other information deemed by Creative Touch Interiors or associated staff too personal to share) will not be published online. Outlined below are recommended guidelines for submission.

  • Photos: Please submit 5 – 15 photos to info@mycreativetouch.com, please include your name, your neighborhood, and city information. Please include a short paragraph about your photos.
  • Videos: Please submit videos no longer than 3 minutes to info@mycreativetouch.com. Please include a short paragraph about your video.
  • Snail mail: Please submit printed 5-15 printed photos. Please include a short paragraph about your photos.

Your submission does not guarantee your home or office will be featured on the site. All submissions will be carefully considered for publication.

We look forward to getting your submissions and can’t wait to feature our first home!


Cool It

The Stunning New Color Palette

Warm sundrenched colors graced the living room of a traditional home; golds, burgundy reds, and accents of navy created a formal space that was starting to seem dated. In the hot Houston summers, the family tended to steer clear of this room, even though they needed the space.

Outdated Layout

With three daughters (12, 8, and 4 years old) running the home everyday activities can get kind of raucous. The room needs to address all kinds of family needs including a formal living room, game nights, musical practice room, and entertaining space for both adult events and an annual slumber party for the girls and their friends.

Outdated Color Scheme

Whenever we design a room we put together our design board and build our layout for the room on AutoCAD. Take a look at these sumptuous steel blue neutrals paired with cool browns. Our layout for this room is going to take this square footage from faded to fabulous.

Living Room Floor Plan

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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 Study on the Study

A home office requires a couple of necessities:  desk, filing cabinet, chairs, good lighting, and a bookcase. Putting together a home office for the a music label mega-mogul is slightly more complicated because we had to incorporate guitars, microphones, a sound system, rock star mementos, a lounge area and a conference table. Oh yeah, and the desk, filing cabinet, chairs, lighting, and many, many bookcases.

Many, many bookcases

This study was actually two rooms divided up into several different living spaces by activity. A conference table was placed under the expansive views of the rolling hills of Austin, two flatscreen TVs (complete with video game hookup), our client’s desk, and a lounge area with enough space for partial band setup. Not to mention the motherboard of a KILLER sound system that ran through the entirety of the house. From the study closet, you can control the sound of any room in the entire house and the outdoors area.

 

You can see sweeping views of the Texas Hill Country from the conference table.

 

An overview of the study

 

The décor for the office was just as unique. Gold and platinum records hung from the walls by artists such as Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, and George Strait. Simple and heartfelt details were added to the shelves to provide surprising details to any onlookers.

Heartfelt details adorn the shelves!

Gold and Platinum records adorn the walls

I have to admit – it WAS difficult to restrain myself from hopping on Twitter when I picked up the Taylor Swift Tour Book which included intimate details about her travels, but you have to give me SOME credit…I was a complete professional.

The room turned out pretty great, if I do say so myself! BUT, you don’t get to see the finishing product yet – you have to wait until we do our official unveiling in January!

Taylor Swift, too!


Massive Move-In: Playroom

Jennifer and Jamie

Jennifer and Jamie take on the Playroom

Boxes

Where do we start??

A mountain of plush toys sat in a giant fuzzy pile – their oversized eyes begging me to jump into their midst and cuddle with all of them. (What?) After reliving my childhood for a moment, we set about organizing over 40 boxes of toys, games, DVDs, books, and more toys. Did I mention toys? A large cabinet designated for the TV, video games, DVD player, and accessories was quickly filled with all of its’ corresponding items.

The centerpiece of the room is a fun, whimsical piece of furniture that gives the user endless compositions; from a lounge chair with ottoman to a sectional sofa to a sofa bed. The endless possibilities allow the children to use their creative side – and the light weight of each piece gives opportunity to pillow forts any day of the week. The fun, energetic, and perefctly mismatched fabrics makes each piece unique and easily replaceable – IDEAL for the playroom.

Together, we created separate play spaces within the room for playing with doll houses, tea time, games, and story time. Complementary artwork, hand selected by Mom (who has a number of favorite artists she has commissioned) adorned the walls. Also, a large custom window seat is being created to play off of the wide color palette in the room.

How long it will stay gorgeous, organized, and pristine is an entirely different question…

Playroom

Pillow fort....ahoy!

Ahhhh....

Gorgeous and Organized