Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category


Monday, March 28th, 2011


Concetto by CaesarStone is “a-one-of-a-kind hand made surface art created from semi-precious stone.”  As far as interior design goes, we just think it is brilliant.  It is available in 9 different stones/finishes and is very versitile.  It can go in homes from the very traditional to the very contemporary…it can even be lit from the underside, showing off its natural beauty even more.  For more on these incredible surfaces, contact us so that we can help you resourse it out of Austin, or visit  We would be glad to help!


Enkeboll Metallics.

Friday, March 25th, 2011


Enkeboll has some of the best architectural woodcarvings around for interior design.  They have every kind of wood trim and onlay available, and they are gorgeous.  Now, they have introduced a metallic line that is sure to catch your attention.  You can select from 9 lustrous finishes and from over 1,000 products, allowing for ultimate personalization of your home.

Beautiful Paper For The Wall…

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011


Wallpaper can add so much drama to a house, which is what interior designers strive to do.  It is a fantastic way to add a touch of whimsy or class to a space.  It can be less expensive than having a mural painted on an accent wall, and have just as dramatic of an effect.  With so many great papers to choose from, you are sure to find something that strikes a chord with you, and there are some amazing resources, such as Stockton Hicks Laffey here in Austin, that carry amazing lines ( “To The Trade”).


Sophia Pebble

Beautiful Wallpaper

Alexander Marchant – Decorative Hardware for the Home

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011


When it comes to exquisite hardware…jewelry for the home, really, Alexander Marchant is one of the best jewelers in Austin!  Their unique collections range from the traditional to the contemporary…with some whimsy thrown in for good measure.  Check them out at .  We are sure you will like what you see.

“Discerning homeowners, interior designers, architects and builders rely on Alexander Marchant for a one-of-a kind collection of high-end architectural hardware and distinctive lighting from leading manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe. Our experienced staff provides personalized design services and custom-designed hardware to meet the exact needs of commercial and residential projects.

We invite you to take a first-hand look at the vast array of international hardware manufacturers we carry, featuring the latest designs in the industry.

Alexander Marchant focuses on providing a broad range of hardware and lighting in countless styles, for use throughout a new construction remodel project. Our team can address each of your needs, from entry and interior sets, to cabinet and bath accessories, to hinges, doorstops, and distinctive lighting for any room.

Strong technical know-how and pragmatic solutions to difficult design dilemmas have become our trademark. We not only provide the more everyday hardware pieces, we work closely with you to address your specific needs, and deliver customized solutions for specific applications.

Our mission is going above and beyond the norm in providing exceptional customer service throughout any given project, and offering consistent and efficient communication to help you give any architectural project a unique character and style all its own.

The level of service you’ll find at Alexander Marchant is just as distinctive as the products. Each member of our staff has garnered a depth of experience in design, metal-and wood-working, and many other facets of construction and remodeling. In addition, our long-standing relationships with premiere architectural hardware and lighting manufacturers enable us to work closely with you to address each of your needs, down to the last detail. Exceeding clients’ expectations isn’t just a goal, it’s our mission. Every project, every day.”

Cabinet Hardware:

“We believe cabinet hardware should reflect a home’s character; much like a piece of jewelry does for its wearer. Our dozens of manufacturers offer styles and finishes, including the finest in cast metals, ceramics, beach glass, and hand-forged iron. These individualized touches will complement your warehouse loft, Italian villa, hill country farmhouse—any home, anywhere.”
Cabinet Pull Louis XVI Style
Bathroom Accessories:
“Bathroom accessories have to be carefully engineered, highly sophisticated collections suitable for the most discerning tastes. We offer styles ranging from simple clean lines to architecturally chic to period pieces—from towel holders to soap dispensers to wall sconces. We offer an array of price points to suit any budget.”
Custom Hardware:

“Our clients often seek a unique application or alteration to a piece of door or cabinet hardware. That’s where our expertise comes in, ensuring all dimensions and parts of the custom-designed piece will not only function correctly, but will also achieve your design goal and complete the desired look.

We also specialize in original hardware design, employing any casting method necessary to mold the look and feel you desire, including sand casting, “lost wax” method, and more. Please feel free to bring us your ideas. We’ll be happy to help you explore all of the possibilities.”
Door Hardware:

“We consider door hardware to be fine furnishings that capture the persona of your home or business. Before offering up design and product suggestions, we carefully consider both the aesthetic and functional requirements of your project.

Our hallmark level of customer service could not be possible without the support and loyalty of the many manufacturers we work with daily. Our close relationships with these manufacturers from around the globe enable us to offer materials and designs in door hardware that match home and bath accessories in look and style.”
Lever Empire Style
“The right lighting fixtures can bring drama and character to any room.  At Alexander Marchant, our relationships with exceptional lighting manufacturers throughout the U.S. and Europe enable us to help you bring unexpected possibilities to life in any room.  From overhead fixtures to sconces to outdoor lighting, we’re sure you’ll find both our selection and ideas very illuminating.”

Alpha Granite

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011


When it comes to granite and other natural stone countertops, Alpha Granite is a great resource that we at Colby Design trust.   Alpha Granite was formed in 2002, but their people have been in the industry for far longer, bringing a lot of expertise to every interior installation.

“Alpha Granite prides itself in producing high quality custom fabricated Stone and Natural Quartz Countertops. Located in Austin Texas, Alpha granite serves over a 100 mile radius fabricating and installing beautifully crafted kitchen and Bath room countertops.

Our mission to provide our customers with the highest quality workmanship and customer service. It is our commitment that we will see every job through until it is complete and our customer is satisfied. No stone will be left unturned until the job is done right.

Alpha Granite has its roots in the Warm Heart of Southern Africa, namely Zimbabwe where the well known Zimbabwe Black granite is quarried. Alpha Granite’s mother company has vested interests with Black Granite Quarries located in the Mutoko area of Zimbabwe where the majority of the Zimbabwe Black granite is extracted from the earth. It is this passion for natural stone that inspired the formation of Alpha Granite to provide fabrication of beautifully crafted finished natural stone products.

Alpha Granite was founded in 2002 in Austin Texas. From its day of inception Alpha Granite has grown exponentially by doing quality work and offering the best customer service. Serving a diverse customer base , Alpha Granite has been able to fabricate and install a wide variety of countertops for large production builders as well as custom builders, remodelers and individual home owners.

Alpha Granite offers not only Granite and Marble but Natural Quartz Products including Caesarstone and Cambria. These Natural Quartz surfaces are the leading brands in North America and offer customers an alternative surface that is maintenance free and backed by a 10 year warranty. By offering a broad spectrum of countertop surface materials we enable you, the customer, to make your choice under one roof.

Alpha Granite has a 15000 sq. foot facility housing a streamlined CNC Production Process. All your countertops are digitally templated using the latest digitizing equipment that enable us to map all the countertops. The Computer Aided Design Centre prepares all these drawings for the production process. Every job we produce is CUSTOM -always made to order, always using the finest natural stone and always made to each customers exact specifications.

Our friendly and experienced staff are there to help and guide you through this exciting process.”




For more from Alpha Granite, please visit their website at:

OCHRE Furniture…

Monday, March 21st, 2011


“The embodiment of contemporary, understated glamour, this is the hallmark of OCHRE.”  We have recently become acquainted with a furniture company out of New York and London called OCHRE.  Every piece from lighting to accessories is both beautiful and thoughtful…an interior designer’s dream line.  Check out some of our picks below.  For more from OCHRE, visit, or contact us…we would be glad to help!

“To the Trade…”

Serving in Style…

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011


Designer Michael Aram has some amazing home accessories and interior decor, all of which are very organically inspired.  Check out some of his designer serving bowls below.  They are elegant and artful…sure to wow your guests.  For more on his beautiful works for the home, visit

Black Orchid Bowl Large

Lemonwood Nut Bowl

Sona Vessel 12"

Maxwell Closet Classics…

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011


We all know that there can never be enough storage space in a home.  Interior Designers try very hard to maximize storage capabilities by utilizing every square inch possible.  We at Colby Design trust Maxwell Closet Classics, here in Austin, to help make closet spaces more functional.  Here is a photograph from Maxwell’s portfolio:


  • Closets are custom designed around your needs & preferences
  • Shelves, drawers, hanging areas can be adjusted.
  • Closet components contain finest furniture materials that wipe clean with a cloth.
  • Optional felt-lined jewelry tray organizes small accessories & is available with a lock.
  • Installation system leaves floor space open for vacuuming.
  • Many styles of handles to choose from

“Local & Family Owned Business – The majority of our materials are manufactured at our South Austin Plant, which means our systems are not pre-fabricated or shipped to us from out of state, which allows us to offer more competitive pricing then franchises.  Being centrally located in Texas allows us to serve Austin to San Antonio to Houston and surrounding areas with the same personal service that sets us apart.”

“Established Reputation – We have provided our organizational expertise, quality products and service to over 2000 satisfied Texas clients since 1997.”

“Professional Design Team– Our designers have over 20 years of experience and have received advanced design training. Their designs have been seen at AIA tours, TXCABA Parade of Homes, Austin Symphony show houses and many in the Hilton 555, and the Nakonah.”

“Experienced Installers – Our employees are experienced, trustworthy, and detail oriented.”

“Completely Customized – We are storage solution experts. We work with you to create a solution designed upon your personal selections that fit your needs and life style.”

“Quality Materials – In addition to many sturdy melamine finishes, we also offer custom stains and paints for designer closets and storage needs.”

“Lifetime Warranty – Our warranty covers your purchase for as long as you reside in your home.”

For more on Maxwell Closet Classics, visit them on the web at:

Modular Floorcoverings…

Monday, March 14th, 2011


Flor is a modular carpet flooring company.  In other words, you can purchase carpet tiles to be arranged in any pattern or color and arrange them however you want.  They have some newly inspired rugs, as well (see the orange cow rug below).  The great thing about modular carpet tiles is that if damage occurs, you can just replace the damaged piece, a great innovation in interior design.  They are commercial grade and are easily cleaned, and would look great in Austin’s lofts.





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Usona Home

Friday, March 4th, 2011


Check out this great 8 light hanging fixture by Usona Home.  You can make it fit your interior with great contemporary finishing options.  The outside can be either black or white lacquer or stainless steel.  The inside can be finished with gold leaf gilding or palladium leaf silvering.  However you choose to finish this hanging fixture, it is going to be a stunner.  Contact us at Colby Design for more info on how to get this light hanging in your home. 

For more from Usona Home, visit