Stuck for Home Remodel Inspiration?

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Start with Art

If you’ve been putting off starting a home remodel or redecorating project because you have no idea where to begin, I’d be willing to bet a little inspiration would get your creative juices flowing. At a recent design industry event, I met Deanna Kienast, a Southlake, Texas artist. Deanna suggested we “start with art” when designing a room. Not just any art will do the trick, however. It should be a piece that is personally significant to you and your family.

As an example, the painting that you fell in love with on vacation is a perfect candidate to provide inspiration for updating a space. Just that one piece can improve your mood by bringing back wonderful memories of your summer escape. Allowing the rest of the decorating decisions to be built around your inspiration piece gives the room warmth and depth. On the other hand, if you leave art to the end of the design, finding that one special piece becomes a chore and more often than not you’ll end up compromising.

The key to finding that perfect inspiration piece is to have an emotional connection with it. For instance, during a recent visit to a stone yard, my client and I walked aisle after aisle looking at slabs for her kitchen. It wasn’t until we turned a corner and I heard, “Oooh, look at that!” A gorgeous piece of green marble literally took her breath away and she knew it was the one. She examined it closely and fell more in love with it the longer she stared at it. The green, gold, cream, and brown in the stone gave us the inspiration and guidance to select the finishes for the rest of the kitchen.

On a larger scale, this approach is also useful when working with an architect on a home or office remodel or addition. We often work with clients who will bring their favorite photos from magazines and websites. Occasionally they already have a piece of furniture or art that they love so we will use that as inspiration for the design. If you haven’t found your inspiration piece yet, just keep your eyes open. You’ll know it when you see it.

If you are an art lover, this post on Art Storage and Display might be of interest.



VP, Architect, hpd architecture + interiors
Laura Davis is a Texas and Colorado registered architect and interior designer, and a co-founder of hpd architecture + interiors. With a diverse portfolio spanning residential, commercial, retail, and historical projects, Laura’s heart lies with her specialty in Historic Preservation. She loves to revitalize older properties, cherishing their character and the stories they hold. Her true passion lies in understanding her clients deeply, uncovering their desires and motivations, and crafting designs that turn houses into cherished homes.

Laura Davis is a registered architect and interior designer in the state of Texas and Colorado, and a founding member of hpd architecture + interiors. Laura's extensive experience includes residential as well as commercial and retail projects.  She also has a particular interest in restoration, holding a certificate in Historic Preservation. She is energized by the character of older homes and the stories of those who have lived there. Responding to the needs of the current owner, while also honoring the personality of the original home is a delicate process to be enjoyed.

Laura Davis

Vice President, Architect, Interior Designer Principal , hpd architecture + interiors


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