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AIA Homes Tour…October 1-2, 2011

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Don’t miss the American Institute of Architects’ Home Tour of the Bowman Residence this Saturday and Sunday.   The featured home is by Cornerstone Group Architects.  Here is what they have to say about the Bowman Residence:

“The driving impetus for this Tarrytown residence was centered around creating a green and sustainable home. The owner-Architect collaboration was unique for this project in that the client was also the builder with a keen desire to incorporate LEED-centric principles to the design process. The original home on the lot was deconstructed piece by piece, with 95% of the materials either reused or reclaimed. The home is designed around the existing trees with the challenge of expanding the views, yet creating privacy from the street. The plan pivots around a central open living core that opens to the more private south corner of the lot. The glazing is maximized but restrained to control heat gain. The residence incorporates numerous features like a 5,000-gallon rainwater collection system, shading features, energy-efficient systems, spray-foam insulation and a material palette that helped the project achieve a five-star rating with the Austin Energy Green Building program.”                                   -AIA website.

Interesting Planters For Your Home & Garden.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011


Seasonal Living is a fantastic resource on planters for your interior or your outdoor rooms.  They are interesting and add a touch of color for good measure.  We love that they come in many shapes and sizes, sure to fit most of your needs, and they carry many small stools/tables that compliment the fabulous planters.  Below are a few examples of some of the planters that Seasonal Living carries. 




“To The Trade”

If you are interested in visiting Seasonal Living on the web, go to  If you like what you see, give us a call and we will set up an appointment to visit their showroom.

Contemporary Furniture in Austin.

Friday, April 22nd, 2011


Scott + Cooner is a great resource for “all things contemporary.”  Their showrooms are beautiful, and they only show a small fraction of the number of lines that Scott + Cooner carries.

“With an intuitive devotion to function, line, color and balance, Scott + Cooner began as the brainchild of Lloyd Scott and Josy Cooner in May of 1995, when they set out to make the Southwest a more modern place. Today they have over 15,000 square feet of modern furniture showroom space in the Dallas Design District and Downtown Austin. Scott + Cooner represents 70+ lines of classic and contemporary furniture, the top modern lighting designs, and the most incredible European Kitchen Systems in the Southwest.

Drawing on their training in architecture and interior design respectively, they offer over 30 years of combined design experience. With their shared love of classic and modern European decor they have consistently expanded their Dallas Design Center Showroom to exhibit the best of world’s great space designers.

Lloyd and Josy are dedicated to supporting the worldwide design community. While individuals are welcome to peruse the showrooms in Dallas and Austin and avail themselves of Scott + Cooner’s expertise, Lloyd and Josy firmly believe in the value added by design professionals because experience has shown that the client ultimately benefits from the consistent perspective, taste and overall knowledge the designer adds to the task of designing functional, comfortable and pleasing interiors.”


For more on Scott+Cooner, visit them at:

Traditional, Transitional, & Contemporary Interior Design Showroom

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011


Walter Lee Culp Associates  is one of the premier interior design showrooms in Dallas.  Their product lines are some of the most beautiful and elegant lines available.  With everything from textiles to wall coverings, furniture,  lighting and accessories, Walter Lee Culp has your home covered.  Below are a few photographs from a fraction of their manufacturers. 

Larsen Fabrics



Dennis & Leen


For more from Walter Lee Culp Associates, visit

Harway Supply, Austin – Home Appliances

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011


When it comes to specifying our interior selections, we often rely on Harway Supply in Austin for our appliances.  They are both friendly and knowledgeable, and they carry all of the best product lines.

“At Harway Supply Inc., we believe that high expectations lead to exquisite kitchens. By combining a timeless aesthetic with a high performance design, our kitchens have the storage, ease of use, and personalized style that meet your family’s needs.  Let our experienced and professional staff firmly ground them.  Harway Supply’s combination of design and appliance expertise is a point of pride for us. Our sales staff attend classes and training sessions sponsored by the manufacturers we represent, allowing us to answer every question you may have and ensure that the products you’re buying meet your needs.

 As members of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the Texas Capital Area Builders Association, and the Custom Builder Council, we are equally as informed about the latest knowledge that we can pass on to you.  We provide dream elements—professional design and  appliances—for dream kitchens. Even the best chefs marvel at the planning that goes into each detail.   Beyond at-home chefs, Harway Supply extends its services to all corners of the industry. We welcome interior designers, contractors, builders, and architects to combine their design professionalism with our own. 

 We invite you to sit down with our sales professionals and discuss your vision. What do you need in terms of performance and style? What are your cooking needs?  Whatever your needs, we design to meet them.  Our knowledge will help you envision your new space.  Our trusted installers will complete your project, using the same care in your home as if it were their own.”

For more on Harway Supply, visit their website at:

In Your Space Collaborative Arts – More Than Paint

Thursday, April 7th, 2011


We first became acquainted with Mary Senders, owner of In Your Space Collaborative Arts, about 7 years ago and were immediately impressed with her professionalism and ability to take our schematic design and turn it into something beautiful.  If you are looking for the best in old world plaster, murals, or custom painted furniture, In Your Space is it. 

Front entry dome mural done for Colby Design

Study dome done for Colby Design

Dining room mural done for Colby Design

 Color Effects


Color Effects

“The In Your Space team has created award-winning custom wall finishes in both commercial and residential spaces. Combining centuries-old plaster techniques with modern materials and an artist’s flair for color composition, In Your Space helps to create spaces that are unique, timeless and inviting. 

 In Your Space works with luxury home builders, commercial contractors, interior designers, and directly with individual homeowners to make each finished product a reflection of the client’s personal taste and style.

Unlike process or technique faux finishing, our artists study architecture, design, and classical art to inspire the re-creation of authentic wall design. Each space is a blank canvas that is transformed into not merely textured walls, but a fully created atmosphere that is the backdrop for the design of
the space.”



Tromp L’oeils

Stone & Brick Effects


For more, visit

Specialty Glass for Great Interior Design.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011


Bendheim has been supplying architects, builders, interior designers, and home owners with innovative glass for over 80 years.  The application that we are most interested in is their architectural series.  These beautiful pieces of etched glass could look absolutely amazing in your Austin home as a partition, an architectural detail behind a mirror, a shower enclosure, a glass insert into a cabinet front…the possibilities are endless.  These durable surfaces resist finger prints and staining, and are sure to add interest into any interior.

Lighting – Bone Simple Design

Monday, April 4th, 2011


Chad Jacobs, a Texas native who received his degree in architecture here in Austin, began his lighting company out of “his interest in handcrafted design and his love of texture, unusual materials and the transformative power of light.”  Jacobs works with craftsmen to hand-make every light fixture and customize it to the client’s needs.  Although these lights seem contemporary, they are so simple in nature that they would add interest to the most traditional of interiors.  For more, visit


Interceramic Tile & Stone

Thursday, March 31st, 2011


When it comes to truly innovative and unique tile, Interceramic Tile & Stone, here in Austin, is our pick!  Colby Design has trusted their products for years, and we love how unique their line is.  Here is some eye-candy to persuade you into like-mindedness…

“Interceramic began operations in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1979 as a ceramic tile manufacturing company with the most innovative technology at the time. Today it is one of the largest ceramic tile manufacturers in North America with a total production capacity of approximately 450 million sq ft per year in nine facilities housed in four different manufacturing complexes: three in Chihuahua, Mexico and one in Garland, TX in the US.

With almost 30 years in the market, Interceramic has become a leader not only as a manufacturer, but also as distributor of ceramic tile, bathroom fixtures, setting materials and natural stone. To complement manufactured products, Interceramic also outsources approximately 70 million sq ft of floor and wall tile annually.

We go to the North American market through a unique franchised-store distribution system in Mexico comprised of 230 stores and 27 wholesale showroom and warehouse facilities plus 65 independent distributors in the US and Canada, also 2 stores with distribution center in Central America, one in Panama and the other in Guatemala, annual sales nearing the $500 million mark.

 Mission:  Exceed the expectations of our customers in the ceramic tile, natural stone and installation materials market by supplying the best quality products with the most innovative world class designs and by providing an excellent customer service through our efficient technology-driven distribution network and a highly capable and professional team with the sole purpose of enhancing and improving the life of our end consumer.

Vision:  To be simply the best in the world in our line of business. Be the leader in quality, innovation and service, always following our basic values of respect, loyalty, humility and honesty through a commitment to teamwork, communication and a high degree of responsibility always in the best interest of our customers.

At Interceramic, environmental issues are taken very seriously.  In the manufacturing process:

          • 100% of the water used in manufacturing is recycled
          • 100% of unfired tile is recycled
          • 90% of fired scrap is recycled
          • 15% of the heat from kilns is recycled
          • Tile products are manufactured using naturally occurring clays and minerals
          • The most advanced dust collection systems to create a modern reclamation process
          • Natural gas in the combustion processes in kilns, dryers and forklifts
          • Segregates and safety disposes of dangerous residues

Installation and use of Interceramic products:

          • Do not require solvent-based cleaners or sealers, offering important advantages for  

          • Offer easy maintenance with water-based materials
          • Prevent mold, mildew, fungal and bacterial growth if maintained with regular

          • Will not absorb VOC’s with chemicals from surrounding materials
          • Are not an original source of contaminants, due to the environmentally sensitive raw
          • Have a long life cycle that requires few replacements in the field, outlasting other”

 Interceramic also carries slabs for your interior design needs.  Visit them at

“In 2007, IMC became a wholly owned subsidiary of Interceramic, Inc. For over 27 years, IMC has provided the highest quality products and the most unique stones hand selected from over 47 countries. IMCInterceramic Marble Collection continues that tradition and pledges to you, our customer, the highest level of customer service.Natural stone is the oldest building material known to man. For thousands of years, natural stone withstood the test of time. Today, it is as popular as ever in both commercial and residential settings. Our homes are our retreats from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, our sanctuaries. We want to bring a bit of the outdoors in. Not only do we want to beautify our homes, but we also want to invest in materials that offer high performance with low maintenance that will last for many years while adding value to your home. Natural stone is the answer. Visit one of our showrooms today and let one of our trained and experienced sales staff assist you in the selection of natural stone for your next project.”

Decadent Pillows For Indoor Or Out…

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011


The Leonardo Pillow by Perennials is epic in size (23″ x 23″ only) and beauty.  This elegant pillow is certainly not your average “throw,” as it commands the attention that your interior deserves.  It’s quality is second to none, constructed from Perennials trademarked 100% solution-dyed acrylic technology and the artistry of HOLLAND & SHERRY.  This is a pillow that will take your (or your children’s) worst and still look great, as it is stain resistant.  Contact Colby Design if you are interested in these, or any other Perennials products.
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