Beyond Interior Design awaits excitingly for what 2020 will bring. We've already filled up the beginning of the year, which is a thrilling way to start the new decade. But before we push ahead, we'd like to spend time looking back on 2019 and showcase our work of the 2010s' final year.
This past year, we've had the unique opportunity to work on some amazing projects close to our Uptown office. We completely transformed one unit at the Renaissance at Turtle Creek, which was formally Texas traditional, through-and-through. We also redesigned a space for one of the penthouses at The Katy, taking advantage of its floor-to-ceiling windows and long, continuous space.
Residential building in Dallas has grown exponentially in the past several years, especially as the metroplex gained over 1 million new residents since 2010. Just because people are buying new-builds, though, doesn't mean they're perfect as-is. People still want to set their houses apart, creating spaces that represent them. We had the special opportunity to give a few new builds the interior makeover the new owners needed to feel represented by their home.
Over the past year, we've developed a blooming partnership with Grand Development and Clay Stapp + Co, creating a series of modern spec homes in Inwood Park with a flare of international influence. We're excited about what we've brought to the northwest Dallas neighborhood, and we look forward to our projects in 2020!
Don't be fooled, our jobs as interior designers don't constrain our abilities to transform only interior spaces. We redesigned outdoor areas in 2019, giving clients spaces where they could enjoy the Texas sun in style.
Thanks to all of our clients making this past year possible! We can't wait to get started on all our new projects in 2020.
Amy and her family had been living in their Plano home for over 25 years, and it came to the point where they were either going to buy a new house or remodel their current one. Amy and her husband made a beautiful life in this house. They raised three kids in it. It was truly their home.
So, they decided to stay and called us to bring their 1978 home into the 21st century.
Having lived in the house for so long, Amy knew exactly how she wanted to improve her space — open up the galley kitchen to the living room and dining room. She also wanted to give the 40-year-old home a makeover — update the style and give it a fresh, clean look that would last for decades to come. We took her suggestions and ran with them, giving her the space of her dreams in the home her family filled with memories.
The biggest task in the remodel was knocking down the wall that separated Amy’s kitchen from the surrounding primary spaces. Opening up that area brought in an incredible amount of light, which accentuated the white kitchen we designed for her.
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“There’s a moment where the backsplash wraps around the cabinets up to the ceiling and it meets the wood paneling on the adjacent wall. It’s a beautiful meeting of two contrasting materials. I just love it.” — ABBEY, Junior Designer at Beyond Interior Design
When we first entered the house (prior to the remodel), we saw two separate spaces — the dining room and living room — with an entry to the kitchen on your left. The removal of the kitchen wall changed those two adjoining spaces. With one large connected space, we had the opportunity to create a cohesive design that flowed throughout the home.
In previous blogs, we’ve talked about the domino effect (if you change one thing, it will often change another). With the kitchen and dining rooms open to the living room, we knew we’d need to update the stairs and fireplace to maintain a fluid aesthetic. To achieve this, we created a custom, sleek fireplace wall and slimmed down the finishings of the staircase.
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On a chilly winter's day, there are few reasons one would get out from under the comfort of the covers and brave the cold. Heading to one's favorite coffee shop and grabbing their favorite brew is one of those reasons. All coffee aficionados have their go-to cafes. Some people choose their spot based on coffee alone, others need a quality brew and vibe that fits them. For us, as you can imagine, the design of a coffee shop greatly impacts our experience. So, for this warming post, we'll share with you our favorite local, Dallas coffee shops where the brew and design make for a wonderful experience.
Popping out of the monotonous color-palette of Downtown Dallas is the vibrant blue-and-white-tiled coffee bar and market, Commissary. Trying to capture the beautiful Texas sky in an otherwise grey-toned city, artist Jorge Pardo designed the five-story building to incorporate over 27,000 blue-toned tiles, sourced from Guadalajara, that change in appearance based on the time of day. The meticulously thought-out design creates an energetic space, making it a great place for friends to grab a quick caffeine fix or for creatives to work and feel inspired!
DRINK OF CHOICE: Mocha Latte. Chocolate and coffee in one cup, mmmm.
There's nothing that doesn't impress about Brewed+Pressed (see what we did there?). Everything from their milks to their chocolate is house-made, which means the quality of their coffee and treats is unmatched. Using natural materials and colors, the space's modern, minimalistic design mirrors the coffee shop's organic purpose — which we absolutely love.
DRINK OF CHOICE: Honey Cinnamon Latte. Sweet, spice, and everything nice.
If you're looking for a classic French cafe, with an artistic, mid-century twist to it, Magnolia Sous Le Pont is the place to go. This is a coffee house that invites you to stay and leisurely enjoy your brew — honestly, you'll probably never want to leave. If you're a fan of artisanal coffee and unique creations, you'll love trying the various drink options Magnolia has to offer. Carve out some time and treat yourself to a chill afternoon at this one-of-a-kind cafe.
DRINK OF CHOICE: Lavender Latte or Matcha Latte — we couldn't choose one!
Based in San Antonio, Merit Coffee's popularity has grown exponentially in the past two years, allowing the Texas roaster to begin serving Dallas and Austin. Architect Michael Hsu (responsible for the design of Austin's Uchi, La Condesa, and Sway) designed the Deep Ellum location, turning the warehouse space into a modern, wood-toned cafe.
DRINK OF CHOICE: Batch brew. Keep it simple and fully enjoy.
In the heart of the Bishops Arts District lies SERVE, a healthy coffee house and eatery. In addition to serving unique and delicious brews, this go-to place for the southwest Dallas community offers acai bowls and scrumptious sandwiches and toast. The quaint, repurposed Dallas house has a white, curated interior with natural wood and black accents, two design features we absolutely love.
DRINK OF CHOICE: Honey lavender matcha latte. It's like our two favorite drinks from Sous Le Pont in one!
Now, after writing this post, we're going to have to excuse ourselves and take a latte break. We recommend you do the same!
In early 2018, a Dallas resident, feeling aligned with our international modern style, hired us to redesign her 2-bedroom Uptown condo. The client needed more than new furnishings — she wanted a full remodel. As a registered contractor with the city, Juliana reminded the Dallas modernista that we could project manage the construction work and see the design to completion. In the end, our client wished to use her friend who was a general contractor.
When a client offers to use their own contractor, we respect that decision. Hey — maybe if we like their work we'll consider putting them on our go-to list. Even if the torch is passed, we still like to collaborate with the GC to ensure the design gets implemented properly. In this particular project, we became concerned after not hearing from the GC, and, after scheduling an on-site visit with the client to check in on the work, we were disheartened by what we saw.
Among the many minute, but noticeable, design details the crew ignored, they also sourced the wrong materials for the bathroom and hadn't waterproofed the tub. (They also installed plumbing lines incorrectly, eventually causing the entire condo to flood.) We had to notify the client, and she was grateful we did. Eventually, she hired a different contractor to oversee the work, which only led to more unfortunate events. The new crew demolished items not on the demo list, including her newly remodeled fireplace and installed a water heater too small to heat the tub.
Our rightfully exhausted client has expressed her regret in hiring a third party to oversee her project. Honestly, we just empathize with her. No one should have to experience this worst-case-scenario. Our main focus now is figuring out how we can come in to get the project on track and give her the design she's been dreaming of for over a year.
Our client's story has compelled us to share with you the benefits of hiring an interior designer who can legally oversee the project from design to end-of-construction. It's imperative we clearly outline those perks so you can make an informed decision about what qualifications you'll look for when hiring someone to give you the home of your dreams.
Passing along a set of construction documents and specifications to a contractor acts like a real-life, high-stakes game of operator. To the initial communicator, the message is crystal clear, but one tiny misinterpretation can completely change the meaning. Maybe they decide to go with a slab of granite for your kitchen countertops instead of marble, or perhaps they choose a smaller, flat teal tile when we had meticulously researched and sourced a large, textured one. Small changes, big implications. Simply said, when the person who designed your interior is in charge of managing the project, you can rest assured there will be no misinterpretations of the design concept we both agreed was best for the space.
As the general contractor of a project, our goal is to follow every specification to the tee. With that said, all projects incur some unforeseen changes. For example, if we design custom kitchen cabinets that extend to the ceiling, but the area's building codes prohibit ceiling-high cabinetry, as the general contractor, we can implement a change with the overall design in mind. A contractor without our unique skill set and inherent knowledge of the concept will make decisions that could compromise the entire space.
As designers, our primary goal is to give our clients the space of their dreams — the space we designed for them and of which they energetically approved. To ensure this occurs, we select the best tradesman for each job. This might mean we're organizing the work of nearly 10 different subcontractors, but we're more than pleased to do that if we know the quality of their craft is supreme.
When we oversee a project, the buck stops with us. If something does happen to go wrong in the construction phase, our clients simply reach out to us and we're immediately on it. It surprises many interior designers that we take on this responsibility (and liability), but having grown up around construction and contractors, Juliana is just as passionate about overseeing a design to completion as she is about creating it.
It's common practice for general contractors to markup the cost of materials for a given job. For example, if the laundry room tile costs $5000, the contractor may apply a 20% markup, leaving the client with a $6000 bill. Because we're design professionals, suppliers often award us an industry discount, which we share with our clients. In other words, if our industry price is 20% less than retail, we split the $1000 discount with our client, saving them $500. Unlike the formally mentioned perks of hiring an interior designer who is also a GC, this practice may only be observed by Beyond Interior Design, but we thought it was worth mentioning (who doesn't enjoy exclusive discounts?!).
We still wholeheartedly believe and respect that, at the end of the day, you choose who manages your redesign. We simply want to guarantee our client's satisfaction. As cliche as that sounds, it's true.
In our previous Shop Talk, we highlighted a local, modern decor store, explaining how shops like Kasart are where you find those unique, eye-catching pieces for your interior design. We love our local businesses, but big-box home furnishing stores, like West Elm and CB2, have their benefits, too! In this edition, we'll discuss exactly what those benefits are.
When it's time to replace a large piece of furniture in your home (bed, sofa, dining table), it often means you'll also replace many of the space's supporting pieces – bedding, coffee tables, media stands, dining chairs, etc. This is usually the point where clients come to us, saying "I have to refurnish my place but have no idea what I'm doing. Can you help?" And of course we can! Nothing brings us more joy than helping people with their interior design projects (truly). But for those people who love to DIY or who may not have room for an interior designer in their budget, commercial home furnishing stores can be great places to start when updating one's space.
One of the best features stores like West Elm and CB2 have is their room or style photos. Because these stores sell everything from sofas to hanging mirrors, nearly all of the items featured in their photos are purchasable from their shop. These photos act as advertisements, showing people how great their space could look if they purchase the accompanying pieces, but they can also be helpful tools for those who want guidance in keeping design continuity in their space.
Another benefit of stores like CB2 and West Elm is they offer a diverse range of neutral styles, allowing them to appeal to a majority of modern design lovers. Are you one for minimalist luxe? Or perhaps mid-century is your cup of tea. Either way, the commercial modern furnishing store will have your style.
Need help finding your style, read our Four Styles of Modern Design blog!
Don't feel limited to just these shops. There are a handful of stores you can explore to find out which one best matches your budget and style.
And, in the end, if you feel stuck, an interior designer will always be there for you, so don't hesitate to reach out!
In the past decade, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has experienced massive growth, making it the fourth-largest metro area in the nation. Because of this growth, many neighborhoods have begun undergoing revitalization to support new residents and their culture. We've seen this with Lower Greenville, Deep Ellum, and the Bishop Arts District. Another neighborhood more recently experiencing changes is Inwood Park, and Beyond Interior Design has had a unique opportunity to breath new life into this neighborhood. Partnering up with Grand Development and Clay Stapp + Co, we've been able to bring modernity to the northwest Dallas community near Dallas Love Field.
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Furniture and decor stores like West Elm, Crate and Barrel, and IKEA dominate their market for a reason — they create attractive showrooms and catalogs that allow consumers to easily purchase their curated designs. All one simply needs to do is find a room they like through one of the store's "inspiration" sources, and they can purchase everything pictured, from the sofa and coffee table to the wall art and floor planter. These stores make it extremely convenient for people wanting a DIY interior makeover.
When it comes to designs for the individual, however, these brand-name stores fall short. They appeal to the masses, that's simply their nature. And that's ok because every piece in one's home doesn't have to be custom-made. In fact, incorporating a few unique, eye-catching pieces is all it takes to personalize a space.
Where do you find such items? Local shops.
Located in Dallas's Preston Hollow neighborhood, the curated modern art and decor store, Kasart, offers a variety of pieces sure to transform one's room. When customers shop here, they know they're receiving something special, as owner and interior designer Mariana Tagle only sources "items that are different and not easily accessible or too commercial."
The Peruvian designer moved to Dallas seven years ago, quickly making the modern aesthetic her market niche. Her professional background and travels around the world helped shape her cosmopolitan taste, and she wanted to share this with the Texas city. "In the past, Dallas had been built and decorated in a more traditional style," Mariana said. But she found clients to be extremely excited about "bringing contemporary life into their homes," and the success of her client consultations drove her to want more. So after six years of balancing a design business, her three children’s busy schedules, and waiting for the perfect location, Mariana opened her dream store, Kasart, in May 2019.
The inspiration behind Kasart was Mariana's desire to offer clients an opportunity to add a modern twist to any space. "I believe your home should be a place that brings you joy and nothing brings more joy than being surrounded by beauty. This doesn’t mean everything has to be modern but adding a few pieces can really elevate one's decor."
She carefully curates her collection, selecting pieces that are unique and full of personality. The art she brings in comes from "artists who are growing their presence so it’s a quality investment for the clients."
It's hard to find personality and uniqueness in your staple home and decor stores, which is why it's so important to branch out and visit your local shops like Kasart. We hope this Shop Talk has inspired you to do just that!
In our previous post, we discussed how to set a reasonable budget for your interior decor and furnishing project. For those of you seeking help on setting your remodel budget, you probably felt a little left out. Well, guess what — in Part II of How to Set Your Interior Design Budget, you’re our main focus!
Budgeting for a remodel is more complex than a refurnishing project simply because the cost of labor and materials aren't straightforward and readily available online. So we won't be helping you reach a reasonable number this week. Instead, we'll point out all the details that go into remodeling your space so you can see how each step of the process will affect your budget. Kitchens and bathrooms are typically the most costly and complicated, so those will be our main focus in this post, but we'll also cover general elements that apply to all jobs.
One of those common elements is the domino effect. For all projects, big or small, changing one thing often leads to changing something else. This could be out of necessity or for design continuity. The domino effect is often the most overlooked and costly part of a redesign. Therefore, it's always good to think about how one change will affect another element in that space or the spaces around it so you can budget appropriately.
People often get caught up in the cost of materials (cabinets, countertops, flooring), but the cost of labor greatly impacts a project's budget. When making any considerable changes to a property, numerous tradesmen will be brought in at different stages of the project (i.e. plumber, tile setter, carpenter, electrician, demolition team, etc.). To overlook the subcontractors and organize the project timeline, a general contractor is needed. Each trade will have labor costs on top of the materials, and a general contractor will apply an additional 10-30% upcharge for project management.
The factors that alter overall cost get even more detailed and specific depending on the project, so to help you see how those aspects (as well as the domino effect and labor) come into play, we'll break down every major element of a kitchen and bathroom remodel and expose the areas that'll greatly affect your budget.
The first question to ask yourself when it comes to cabinets is do you want custom or standard? Custom cabinets are exactly as they sound, they’re built custom to fit your space. Standard cabinets can vary in terms of height and setup (i.e. drawers, shelves, lazy susan), but the sizes are set. In wall-to-wall configurations, standard installations often require filler pieces to close the gaps created by the cabinets not being built specifically for that space. Hence why custom cabinets are preferred for a seamless design. If custom is your preferred route, budget anywhere from $15K to $100K, depending on craftsmanship and size of kitchen.
Cabinet finish also affects cost. Laminate and veneer come with a higher price tag, so people commonly choose paint. However, if selecting this option, you should also take into account the cost of hiring a painter, as cabinet installers usually don’t cover that service.
When it comes to countertops, people often assume marble is the top-shelf of stone materials. In reality, the type of stone matters less (in terms of cost) than appearance. For example, an exotic granite slab will have a higher price tag than a simple marble one.
If the kitchen you’re remodeling is open or you’d like to open it up to another room, you must take into account the surrounding space. Once the two (or more) areas are combined, so are all encompassing elements. For example, we were hired to redesign someone’s open-concept kitchen in their Dallas condo. However, updating just the kitchen and not addressing the outdated style of the dining and living rooms would’ve created a discontinuity in the great space. We ended up redesigning the entire area to promote a continuous aesthetic throughout the space. Therefore, if you’re planning on having an open layout by the end of your remodel, we’d recommend also budgeting for updates to the adjoining space(s).
If moving major appliances, like an electric range or refrigerator, an electrician will need to be brought on board. Electric ranges require a special 240V outlet, which will need to be professionally installed in the appliance's new location. Fridges, on the other hand, operate on standard 110/120V outlets, but a professional needs to ensure an outlet is in the right position and the power comes from its own circuit. A plumber will also need to be involved in moving the water line to accommodate the refrigerator’s water hook-up.
If you’re considering moving your sink or installing one in an island, this will also require the labor of a plumber. And when plumbing is affected, your walls (or flooring for the island) are too because your plumber will need to reconfigure the plumbing lines. So if you weren’t originally budgeting for drywall work or new floors, you might end up needing to. Can you see the domino effect at work here?
As mentioned earlier, the cost of stone countertops varies more on exoticness of the stone versus the material. The big thing you need to consider when replacing your bathroom countertop is whether or not they want to replace the cabinets as well. You may not mind your current cabinetry, but the question is do you like it enough to keep for years to come. It’s important to consider this because once the stone countertop is placed, the cabinets can’t easily be changed.
If you do decide to change your cabinets, good news! Unless you’re stretching your cabinets from wall-to-wall or have a very particular design in mind, you can use standard cabinets from places like Wayfair, Ikea, or Lowe's.
Changing your finishes, such as tub or shower hardware, isn’t as simple as it seems. The tub or shower system must match up with the valve placed by the plumbers, or you will have to install a new valve. In which case, a plumber’s services will be needed. Just as discussed in the kitchen section, if plumbing is affected, tile on the floor or walls most likely will be, too. The seemingly simple switch from silver finishes to brass is no longer so simple.
The first question you need to ask yourself when trying to budget for your shower/tub remodel is do you even want both? More and more people are opting out of having baths to make room for more luxurious showers. If you have the room and want both, the next question is do you want it built-in or have it stand alone? Often, people think stand-alones are more expensive because they see the big price tag on the tub itself. However, if you want a built-in, you must also consider the framing of the tub and materials around it, in addition to the construction and installation labor.
Showers are arguably more complex because everything is customized — the wall and floor materials, placement of shower system, glass or no glass, built-in shelf or seat. Every custom element requires a different trade. Of course, a plumber will need to be involved to install the shower system. A tile-setter will be responsible for wall and floor finishes. But before tile can be set, a concrete pourer must pour the concrete shower pan and waterproof it. A lot of trades for such a small space — we know!
Unlike other rooms throughout the house, there’s a larger variety of wall finishes used in bathrooms. Besides just paint and wallpaper, tiles, laminate, acrylic, and stone are all used in the high-moisture rooms. Here, the mode you select will affect your overall budget, depending on material and cost of labor to install (i.e. a tile-setter will accrue more hours than someone applying wallpaper).
If this sounds like a lot, that's because it is! Remodel projects are complex and involved, which is why it's so hard to accurately budget for them. Hopefully, though, after reading Part II of How to Set your Interior Design Budget, you feel enlightened and can confidentially approach your remodel budget with an informed perspective.
It's a true joy working with new clients, getting to learn their unique personalities and styles and designing specifically for them. Yet, there's something special about getting to work with return clients. We know their design style and what they like, but we also get to see how their preferences have slightly evolved based on how their lives have changed.
Project Northcrest came to us from our very first client. At the time, she'd always wanted a modern house, and that's exactly what we gave her. In 2016, her life had grown, as had her family and their needs, and she was looking for more space and a home closer to her kids' schools.
She brought us in the loop prior to them even searching for homes. She wasn't sure if they were going to build or buy but she knew we'd be brought in for the interior design work.
Three months after they purchased the house, she sent us an update that they'd bought a house and shared the photos with us. It was a beautiful family home, but was French Country through and through — this was NOT her style at all. But for her, the home was all about location, location, location. Everything else, she knew, could be customized to her taste. And it was.
We sourced the kitchen through Porcelanosa, with the custom-built cabinets done by Supreme Design of Dallas. The tile for the master bath also came from Porcelanosa, which gave the space a sleek, European modernity.
The first modernist homes began popping up in the early 1900s. These sleek, unornamented designs completely broke from the traditional, neoclassical style that dominated the landscape. It took decades— almost a century, in fact — for the modern design concept to be adopted on a broader scale. Now (at varying degrees), cities over the United States have seen a surge of modernist residences pop-up. What once was rare, bold, and avant-garde is now becoming common and almost cookie-cutter.
Which is leaving home-buyers wondering, "How do I make my modern home different from the rest?"
And what a valid question! We, designers who thrive in the modernist and mid-century space, love this wide-spread adoption, but we also believe homes should be unique to the owners who live in them. Hence, why we were so excited to be brought on to project Lontos.
When the young, Dallas couple purchased their first home, they couldn't have been happier with the exterior aesthetic. They knew, however, the townhome had been built for the masses — not for them. The new homeowners wanted to make the house their own, keeping the modern-style flowing throughout their space. They started researching interior designers, and that's when they found us.
To give the couple a home unique to them, we designed each room to have a bold, eye-catching element. For the living space, we painted a black accent wall, which contrasted against the surrounding white walls and warm furnishings. Each bedroom received a textured accent wall: one with wood-inspired, herringbone wallpaper and the other with diagonal coffering.
In the end, we turned their modern home into the modern home of their dreams. And while one wouldn't know it from the outside, the townhouse has been completely personalized to the ones who dwell there.
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