Hello, May! The last month of Spring is our favorite time of the year. School is almost out, Houston’s weather is still tolerable, drinks on the patio, the list goes on and on. Around the house, the annual round of Spring Cleaning has been completed. Now comes the fun: Updating your decor! If we are preparing to list a home, moving into a new place, or just grow tired of our current interiors, we often turn to local bloggers and interior designers. Here are a few designers we like to work with, draw inspiration from, and admire!
Caroline Bower Lawrence Designs
One of Circa Real Estate’s most beloved designer is Caroline Bower Lawrence. Houston-based designer Lawrence’s services range from consultations, restyling, or a complete refresh of the home or workplace. Her approach for each client is specifically curated to their budget and needs.
Caroline’s career began in Chicago, working as a buyer and merchandiser for large Fortune 500 companies. With a keen understanding of design, textiles, and commerce, Caroline’s career as a merchant took her all over the world. With international travel came a new love and appreciation for other cultures and their influences in style and design.
Circa Realtors® love working with Caroline for many reasons, including her knowledge in current trends within fashion and home decor. She has the ability to effortlessly mix higher end pieces, family heirlooms, and more affordable trendy pieces. The juxtaposition of mixing vintage or flea market finds with modern pieces is one of Caroline’s favorite home decor principles.
Caroline strives to seamlessly blend functionality and creativity to complement each client’s distinctive lifestyle. She prides herself on being able to work within all budgets as well. Caroline is located in the Heights and works with commercial, residential, and real estate.
La Dolce Vita
A frequently visited bookmark is the blog La Dolce Vita, brainchild of Houston-based designer Paloma Contreras. After Paloma launched her blog in 2007. her interior design business, Paloma Contreras Interior Design, followed. Her impeccable and unique style has landed Paloma’s design work in numerous publications, a spot on Elle Decor’s designer A-List, a book entitled Dream, Design, Live, and in early 2019, she opened a home decor boutique called Paloma & Co. in River Oaks.
Paloma and her business partner Devon Leidtke have been working together for the last few years at the design firm, where they discovered they share a passion for handmade items that tell a story. Says Paloma, “We are just cut from a very similar cloth. We have a really similar aesthetic and we are frequently on the same wavelength.” With Devon’s experience in retail and merchandising and a similar eye for design, the pair make quite a team.
Paloma’s modern take on traditional style features classic silhouettes and timeless looks with glamorous touches. While Paloma is still an active designer, her services come with a hefty price tag that aligns with her success. But do not fret, draw inspiration from Paloma’s blog, book, and Instagram. If you’re a Houston local, visit the new shop, Paloma & Co., on Bammel Lane, located in a restored cottage in the Creative Cottages complex. Another way to benefit from Paloma & Co,? Williams Sonoma recently announced their collaboration and the Paloma Contreras Collection is available now (shop here)!
JDee Classic Designs
Jacquelyn Talbert of JDee Classic Designs offers interior design, home staging, and fresh floral arrangements. The Houston-based designer can help transform your home, office, or event space. Jacquelyn prides herself on the ability to create interior and floral designs that reflect her clients’ unique look, current trends, and classic moods.
A thoughtful blend of modern and classic interior styles, JDee designs are simple, stunning and a true reflection of the clients. Jacquelyn works to get to know her clients and their needs, inspirations, and vision. If you are seeking simple guidance with changing up your decor, JDee Classic Designs can help. Jacquelyn can lend a hand in your redesign, working with pieces you already have.
The third branch of JDee Classic Designs is floral arrangements. Fresh flowers are a prominent part of Jacquelyn’s personal aesthetic, and she believes flowers are a breath of fresh air in any room or setting. Gorgeous centerpieces or a custom bouquet, JDee can assist with your dinner party, event, or special gift.
Jacquelyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, concentrating her studies in Interior Design, from Texas State University. She currently resides in Memorial with her family, after living in the Houston Heights for a number of years.
If you are simply seeking inspiration, a few of our favorite designs resources include:
- Houston designer and owner of Biscuit Home, Bailey Quinn McCarthy’s blog.
- A Piece of Toast, curated by two sisters in Dallas.
- Ashley Rose, Houston transplant and blogger behind Sugar & Cloth.
- Digital magazine domino.
- Apartment Therapy, lifestyle and interior design community.
Still need help? Stop by the Circa Real Estate office on 19th Street in the Heights!