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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!


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!


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!

Happy Holidays from Creative Touch!

This is a custom home replica we found at Rebecca Russell Cake Toppers

The holidays are busy and full of things to do; presents to purchase, relatives to see, rooms to clean, and meals to fix! At our office we work until the 11th hour, but when the time comes we know to shut off the computer, pour a glass of wine, and appreciate the wonderful people in our lives. Peggy is a non-stop go-getter whose dedication has built this wonderful company we’re all a part of! Jennifer’s keen eye can differentiate the slightest of color variations and her efforts to work with vendors can make miracles happen when we need them. Kendall’s quick skills on the computer enables a room to magically appear on-screen so clients can see the vision of our talented designers.

It’s not just the people around us who we appreciate, though – it’s our many loyal readers! Thank you for reading our blog, visiting our site, and being a part of our audience! To commemorate the holidays, we wanted to gift you some fun photos of stunning gingerbread houses (an edible home is still a home!) that we’ve found. Happy Holidays from Creative Touch Interiors and stick around to see our big reveal of our Austin house, new features in 2011, and all of our projects we’ve been busy little elves completing!

 

This adorable creation was found at Red Door Home

Click this photo to find instructions on how to create this Gingerbread Beach House!

Should we start making edible homes in 2011? Working with Artisan Cake Company sounds like a tasty future to us!


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!


Woot Woot! We’re on the radio!

Tune in to CNN 650 AM radio this Sunday at 1 p.m. to the “Your Home with Chris Kelso” show. Listen to Chris’ interview with Peggy Hull, owner, Creative Touch Interiors!