Blog Topics: Home Decor & Maintenance

home maintenance and interiors

After having your ideal home designed and built, then comes the fun part of decorating and maintaining your new or renovated casa. It’s easy to get swept away for hours on Pinterest and Houzz gathering ideas, but when it’s time to make decisions and order materials, the project gets real, real quick.

Ask anyone who has finished a home remodel project and they will tell you they had no idea how many finishes there were in a house. Most rooms require you to decide on flooring, paint colors, light fixtures, doorknobs, cabinet style, countertops, plumbing fixtures, tile… the list goes on and on.

If you do a little homework you can find quality, low maintenance finishes and fixtures for a variety of budgets and decor styles. You just need to know where to look. Whether you want to change from traditional to contemporary or select a new stone countertop that won’t stain at your next dinner party, we can offer you guidance that will make the decisions easier. Dallas architects, Laura and Holly of hpd architecture + interiors share tips on organizing, decorating, and maintaining your home. Don’t go it alone. We are here to help.

Decorating Trends Revealed at The Original Round Top Antiques Fair

Decorating Trends Revealed at The Original Round Top Antiques Fair

There’s something intoxicating about a treasure hunt. The thrill of the search and the victory of an amazing find can’t be beat. We recently lived vicariously through our colleague as she went on a treasure hunt of her own to find design trends hiding at The Original...

Behind the Scenes at Fixer Upper

Behind the Scenes at Fixer Upper

Updated November 2018 We admit it: we’re unrepentant Fixer Upper junkies. It’s as gratifying for us as it is for non-architect viewers to see rooms and houses take shape over just a few weeks. Because we’re curious, though, we decided to take a closer look at how our...

About Home Insulation

About Home Insulation

In honor of the infamous Polar Vortex weather phenomenon we are experiencing, let’s kick off our January blog post with talk about insulation! After spending a week over the Christmas holiday in a 100+ year old farm house in northern Indiana, I can vouch for the value...

Remodel Your Kitchen: What’s Your Kitchen Personality?

Remodel Your Kitchen: What’s Your Kitchen Personality?

Updated March 20, 2018 One of the first conversations we will have with you when you decide to remodel your kitchen is to learn about how you will use the space. It all boils down (pardon the pun) to your kitchen personality. Do you enjoy people and make socializing...

Solving the Room Identity Crisis

Solving the Room Identity Crisis

During a recent sit-down with a friend, I casually vented my frustration about my living room. I’m an architect, for goodness sake; I should be able to make every room in my house magazine-shoot ready, right? Instead, I have a dining room that morphs into a living...

Home Maintenance and the Weekend Warrior

Home Maintenance and the Weekend Warrior

I know you’ve done it. You’ve started a project around your house early Saturday morning with enthusiasm and purpose. Come Monday morning you’re tripping over paint cans and regret as you leave for work. How could 48 hours go so wrong? Whether it’s home improvement or...

Dallas Architect Loves Red and White Quilts

Dallas Architect Loves Red and White Quilts

Happy Valentines Day! Dallas Architect, Laura Davis, AIA couldn’t pass up sharing this architectural display of historic red and white quilts. In Dallas we’re dealing with record snow days, school closings, ice storms, and sleet-covered streets. What better way to...

Garlands and Lights and Trees, Oh My!

Garlands and Lights and Trees, Oh My!

Welcome to the holiday decorating season. If you haven’t already, the time has come to start fluffing your house in preparation for holiday traditions and celebrations. So what do we mean by fluffing? If you had your holiday decorations out before Halloween was over,...

Ways to Save On Your Electric Bill

Ways to Save On Your Electric Bill

Dallas Architects, Laura Davis and Larry Paschall share some ideas that might help you save not just on your summer electric bill, but throughout the year. “Shut the door! I’m not paying to air condition the whole neighborhood.” Does that ring a bell? Every since we...

Bringing the Indoors Out

Bringing the Indoors Out

Have fun bringing the indoors out.  Don't be afraid to combine traditional indoor elements with the outdoors. If you're entertaining a lot, don't be averse to using everyday indoor decor on your patio or deck.  It's a very inexpensive way to brighten up outdoor living...