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.

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...

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...

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...

20 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring

20 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring

The holidays and our New Year’s resolutions are distant memories. Spring Break is still a month away. It’s too cold to go outside, and we need a distraction from eating Girl Scout Cookies. So, let’s make the best of it and refresh your home for spring. By embracing...

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...