Weekly Design Tips

Did You Know Lights Have A Temperature?

Being An Interior Designer, I always get that one question from everyone….


It’s a lot easier than you think. Interior Designers use a number of principals which fall into the psychological category of our profession. We use feeling and emotion to design spaces for our clients. We do this through our knowledge of scale, color, and even lighting. Lighting is one of the the most Important, in my option. Having the right lighting can make or break a room. This is one of the main reasons why most of my clients have a problem making their spaces look identical to their Pinterest inspiration photo. There isn’t just one temperature or color that everyone has as a “Go To”. It all depends on how the clients want the room to feel or look.

This is a very complex topic. There are even specialty interior designers who focus just on lighting.

This article by Life Hacker will help have a better understanding of lighting temperatures. Here are a few examples of how lighting and change a room.

This is an example of different lighting temperatures in one area.

This is an example of different lighting temperatures in one area.

The different in using different kelvins. Left: 3,000 K; Right: 2,500 K

The different in using different kelvins. Left: 3,000 K; Right: 2,500 K

TBH Top Bar Designs - San Antonio

A Night Out in SA

Bars, Restaurants, and Hotels….OH MY!!! Who doesn't love hospitality design? We’ve put together a list of the top three amazing bars in San Antonio . These bars are sure to make your San Antonio visit one to remember.

  1. Ocho @ Hotel Havana


If this article has you inspired feel free to let us know in the comment section!

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TBH Top Restaurant Designs - Austin

Eat Your Heart out Austin

I was told many years ago by an Austinite that you could literally eat at a different restaurant for breakfast, lunch, & dinner everyday for a full year, and you wouldn’t eat at the same restaurant twice. I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s true! Many of these little bistros & diners have some amazing designs. I put together a small list of my absolute favorite ones.

  1. Colleen’s Kitchen


How amazing are these? My husband & I have eaten at all three of these. Colleens being our absolute favorite. Their menu consist of southern comfort food. We rate it 5 stars & hope you will one day try it out.

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Skelly Home’s Office Space | Austin, Texas

When you take a glance at Skelly Home’s website, you think they’re an interior design firm based out of Austin. Surprisingly their a renovation and construction company who work closely with interior designers. Skelly Home is a great example of how women can do anything they set their mind too. CEO, Diana Skellenger, is a leader when it comes to women taking over the world. As stated on their website:

“As a female leader in the construction industry, Diana brings a special viewpoint that allows for her passion for quality renovation, teamwork and integrity to be integrated in every project.”

This is true is so many ways. Skelly Home stand out among the rest. Not just for their female power in control but for their quality of work and attendance to detail. This small, but large detail, sets them on top of the market and having the ability to connect and KEEP relationships with fellow industry partners.

One of the many projects that Skelly Home has completed is their personal office.

Just as their website and team has set them apart from other industry professionals so has their home base.

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It's a Tile Party

This year has been extremely crazy for Studio R & my personal life as well. My Fiance and I decided to downsize our lives. We felt we had too much “stuff” so we bought a tiny home! At first it felt like I was making a huge mistake, but after really thinking about it we knew it was the best decision we could have ever made! I knew I had to get rid of the majority of my samples. It was hard, but after giving many away to other designers, and sending some back to their original owners I felt a sense of relief. About a week ago I received an unexpected package in the mail and it made my day. Fireclay tile sent me a complete set of tiles. After getting rid of 1000’s of tile samples I didn’t need to start adding back to my collection, but I made an exception to keep them! Here are some samples of what Fireclay sent me.

  1. Hand Painted

2. Matte Glass

3. Brick

10 Stages Of Renovating Your Home

Today marks the end of week eight of our Carmel Park project. It feels right to update everyone, and give a little insight on what we’ve experienced during this process. Each project consists of a long checklist, a process, and stage placement. This not only makes my job fun, but challenging. I’m always up for a great challenge.

#1 - Demo 

My contractor calls Demo “Play Time”. Not only is this the messiest, but also the most important. The Contractor will carefully ( While still having fun ) remove & start the renovation process. Much of the debris will be relocated to a dumpster. Figuring out what walls are load barring is very important. Figuring out which walls are will help you frame, or take away from the area the client is wanting remodeled. Plumbing is also located during the demo process, and can be moved or removed depending on what the client wants. If your home needs to be completely re-wired, this is the perfect time to do so. You never want sheet rock put up first then re-wire the home. This will cause much confusion, and eventually cause conflicts between your tradesmen. ( We’re currently dealing with this now. It won’t happen again) If you’ve hired a seasoned contractor, he or she will know exactly what needs to be done without having to ask you 20 million questions before, during, and after the job. Getting a good contractor will save you thousands of dollars as well as thousands of headaches. You shouldn’t have to hover over your tradesmen as you’ve already done some extensive digging into their past work.

demo stage at our Carmel Park Lane remodel

demo stage at our Carmel Park Lane remodel

#2 - Framing 

Framing can be fun. Watching new walls appear where walls never existed can be the highlight of anyone’s day. During this process, you will find a clean slate awaiting the different tradesmen to come in, and work their magic. Before you know it you will see electrical wires dangling from the ceilings, and new outlets popping up all over the place. If your contractor screws up a measurement, it could cause other tradesmen to have difficulties completing their tasks. We can’t stress enough on vetting your contractors to make sure they know exactly what they’re doing. One inch off could cause an entire job to come crumbling down.

Framing at Carmel Park Lane Remodel

Framing at Carmel Park Lane Remodel

#3 - Mechanic

Mechanics are very important. You will want this process to flow smoothly to avoid major headaches, and possible fights between the tradesmen. It’s good to have each crew working on separate tasks on opposite ends of the renovation. Having two or more grown men bumping into each other causes problems you never want to experience. The last thing you want is two grown men trading blows with each other because one touched the others ass on accident. Time becomes very sensitive during this process. We stress again how important it is to have all of your tradesmen working hard to get the work done on time.

#4 - Finish out 

During the Finish Out stage, you will bring in a crew to put up sheet rock. This process is imporant because you don’t want another trades cutting into new sheet rock to finish their jobs. If you like drama, this is a step you shouldn’t worry about. If you want it to go smooth, be sure you make sure everyone is done with their jobs before sheet rock goes up. It’s important for Designers to walk the site every two days. Always ask for an update from each crew you’ve hired. The Tape & Bed process is long, and depending on the weather can take longer than anticipated. If you live in a humid climate be sure to give two weeks for sheet rock to be completed. Humid climates create moisture and dry-wall mud takes forever to dry.

#5 - Painting 

Painting comes after the walls have been taped & Bedded as well as textured. Painting can be easy, or it can become a pain in your ass. If you hire professional painters, they will take steps that will ensure you no paint ends up on floors, furniture, or even pets. Depending on the climate, and paint quality it could take up to three coats to fully cover the dry-wall.

#6 - Craftsman Pieces

Now painting is done it is safe to bring in all the finished products. From cabinets, lighting fixture and counter-tops. Everything should be ready to install. We don’t want to place these items in the space before paint. The last thing you want is paint splattered all over your new toys!


#7 - Hard selections 

Floors, tile and back-splash will be installed. This process is one of the most time consuming. All of these items can be installed at the same time. Some like to put in flooring first, and end with the back-splash. In reality, it doesn’t matter.


#8 - Final Touches

This allows the construction crew to make their final touch ups and fix any issues as needed. Paint, baseboard replacement, and grout cleaning are very important. This is also the time crews will clean the job site and make sure everything is perfect. A final walk through will follow.

#9 - Final Walk Through

The final walk through is by far the most important part of this process. Making sure every little detail is perfect before you bring the homeowners to their newly renovated sanctuary. Each tradesman should be present for this.

#10 - Install Day

  Install day is by far the most exciting day for any designer. There hasn’t been much hands on from the designer since the design stage was completed. This will give the designer, handy man, and cleaning crew the privilege to make sure everything is perfect. We as designers have the honor of putting together the finishing touches in the space.

Commission mural for Gina Roth’s,  Abode Design , Union Lamar Project.

Commission mural for Gina Roth’s, Abode Design, Union Lamar Project.

Old World < New World

Over the summer, we started working on a kitchen renovation for a client who was putting her home on the market.  The home was built in the mid-70's and was in need of a makeover. The client purchased the home about nine years ago. The distaste for their kitchen was very real. In reality, they hated it but never knew what they wanted to do with it. 


The kitchen was beyond the need for an update. The cabinets were barely hanging on for dear life and the paint seen better days. The client's style was more of an old world fantasy of a French chateau in the countryside, and couldn't bare the look of something little more modern.  We gathered many great ideas, and while the client still wasn't sold on a more modern kitchen, she understood the home was going to be sold, and she would be able to do what she wanted at the next houese. Our client was also on a budget, and knew she couldn't go overboard. We decided to us Ikea cabinets and hardware, reusing the exsisting appliances. We also chose a cheaper quartz counter top that allowed us to stay within her budget. While we didn't give our client the dream kitchen she always wanted, we created a space where the new homeowners can enjoy a clean, and more modern kitchen for years to come. 

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Just looking at the new kitchen you can see a MAJOR difference between the two.  Using light finishes and cooler metals, we were able to make this kitchen look young and fresh. The contrast between the white cabinets and duel counter tops make the space seem more upscale and comfortable. 

This Face lift has made the kitchen a place to enjoy a nice glass of red wine, while you gossip over a cheese board with your closest girlfriends!