HPD Architecture + Interior Blog

Holly Hall and Laura Davis podcast hosts

Welcome to the HPD Architecture blog. You’ll find the latest blog and podcasts listed here on topics ranging from choosing architecture as a career, to the sensitive restoration of historical landmarks – as well as advice for homeowners on home design, building, decor and maintenance.  Go on and subscribe so you don’t miss the next post!

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An American in Paris, Working to Save a 1,000-Year-Old Church

An American in Paris, Working to Save a 1,000-Year-Old Church

It's no secret that architects Laura Davis and Holly Hall of hpd architecture + interiors share a passion for architectural historic preservation, however the American idea of historic preservation pales in comparison to our European counterparts. With America only...

Spring Trends in Home Decor

Spring Trends in Home Decor

It’s springtime and if you’re like me, you’re all revved up and ready to freshen up your home—not only opening up those doors and windows, but also freshening up the energy, color and textures. There are some fun new trends coming along in home décor, and I’m excited...

From Tidying Up to Totally Organized

From Tidying Up to Totally Organized

If you subscribe to Netflix then you've probably heard of or watched the increasingly popular "HGTV-esque" television series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo released in January 2019. Each episode features families struggling with decluttering challenges and Marie...

Tips for Architecture Students and Emerging Professionals

Tips for Architecture Students and Emerging Professionals

Getting and Making the Most of Your First Architecture Job If you are an Emerging Professional, securing your first architecture job seems like a tough task. We've been there. We get it. The internship and first year design  job market is competitive, and you are...

17 Steps to Transform from Traditional to Contemporary Home Decor

17 Steps to Transform from Traditional to Contemporary Home Decor

Have you ever asked yourself any of the following questions: How can I make my house look more modern? How can I update my traditional home? How can I incorporate contemporary home design into my old house? If so, you are not alone. The traditional Dallas house built...

Renovation Road Blocks Your Home (or Future Home) May Be Hiding

Renovation Road Blocks Your Home (or Future Home) May Be Hiding

How do you know if a home is going to be easy to renovate? What secrets could your home (or future home) be hiding? Each time a new client approaches us with a home remodel or addition project, we do our research on that property. Homes have a funny way of hiding...

How to Declutter your Home and Restore your Joy

How to Declutter your Home and Restore your Joy

Do you feel like you are drowning in STUFF? Do your possessions stress you out instead of bringing you joy? It’s time to break down the steps for sorting, purging, donating, and organizing your things so you can sleep at night and restore your joy!Signs you need to...

The Alexander Mansion – A Home Restoration Love Story

The Alexander Mansion – A Home Restoration Love Story

Here's our story about how two architects discovered their home restoration labor of love over a cup of tea. It All Started with Tea A beautiful, stately, historic home in Dallas, Texas, called the Alexander Mansion, caught my eye in 2011.Alexander Mansion, built in...

When Do I Really Need an Architect?

When Do I Really Need an Architect?

Who do you call when you are about to start a home renovation project? A contractor? An interior designer? An architect? All three? In our podcast, 75: When Do I Really Need an Architect?, Holly and I share a checklist of questions and answers to effectively guide you...

Residential Architect vs. Commercial Architect

Residential Architect vs. Commercial Architect

The difference between a residential architect and a commercial architect My husband, Bob Davis is a commercial architect at HDR Architecture, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. And I am a residential architect. We met at Texas A&M University in 1994 and were in the same...