Backyard Love Affair – Top Five Tips For Designing An Outdoor Space

More Americans are showing their love for the great outdoors with their homes according to the American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey.  AIA surveyed architects nationwide to discover home preferences. “In the last few years, outdoor living spaces have become the new ‘great room’ in terms of must-have items…

Iconic American Design Styles – Part 3

In the past two posts we’ve covered two of the most iconic American design elements found in homes starting from the 18th century all the way to homes today. Different elements have been taken from different styles across the globe and integrated to modern styles today. Many of those elements…

Interior Design Ideas – Incorporating Feng Shui Part I

We all want a home that looks beautiful - but it must also feel right. A home with personal energy flows well from room to room, with each room offering it’s own personality.By learning the principles of Feng Shui, a Chinese system of harmonizing environments and elements - you can…

Game on: Four Easy Game Room Design Tips

Whether your game room is a place to entertain, display media or 'play games' and just relax - we've got some do-it-yourself tips to optimizing a space for this purpose. Interior design is about creating comfortable, beautiful and functional spaces. First, make it relaxing:  Pay attention to color, specifically -…

Entertaining Exteriors

Custom designed outdoor living spaces are not just a hit in Texas, they're growing in popularity all over the country. Exterior design trends over the last few years include outdoor kitchens and eating areas, luxurious sitting areas with fireplaces or fire pits, stand-alone bars and other arrangements, too that are…

Furniture Design Spotlight: Marge Carson

At J. Douglas Designs, we are proud to carry and spotlight high-end furniture by California-based Marge Carson. Founded in 1947, they are one of the world’s leading privately-held wood and upholstery manufacturers. We especially appreciate the variety of styles Marge Carson offers with 14 different collections - Borghese, Chateau Chaumont,…

Enjoying Your Outdoor Living Space During the Winter

You put some serious time and effort into creating a perfect living space to relax in during the spring and summer, and while you may not get many to go outdoors as the temperatures drop, there are still ways you can enjoy your outdoor living quarters in cold weather. Here…

Work-It While Working From Home

More and more people are working from home these days and finding it difficult to find the extra “office” space needed to do their job. Even more challenging is making it stylish and fit in with the rest of your home furnishings and interior design. There are a lot of…

Dining In For The Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner: family time together, cooking, eating and celebrating a special time of the year. For Americans - gathering for great food, family & fellowship is a tradition for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas - and other holidays during the Fall months each year. And certainly, most…
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