Updated traditional style means a fresh, clean look

Decorating a home can imply lots of items: transforming your type, updating an artwork collection or seeking new colors and designs. What ever you do, Houston interior designer Janus Lazaris urges you to feel about type and purpose — and sustainability.

Lazaris, of Janus Design Team, was a speaker at a modern Access Layout function co-hosted by the Houston Style District and the Houston Chronicle. Her talk was on “From Classic to Transitional: Mixing Models to Make a Exceptional House.”

Whilst Houston’s architectural and design and style design has primarily been standard, shifts towards contemporary and present day models — or a hybrid referred to as “transitional” — are underway.

Here’s her consider on how to achieve it.

Classic v. Transitional

Layout design is in some cases tough to outline, but you know it when you see it. For instance, go to just about any home on the annual River Oaks Backyard garden Club Azalea Trail and it is likely to be traditional. You can count on plush furniture, wallpaper, lighting and artwork, but it can also be up to date to a additional modern design of conventional.

One particular of Lazaris’ clients favored conventional type, which integrated antiques, a herringbone pattern in wooden flooring, handcrafted Gracie wallpaper and hand-painted, gilded ceilings.

If you are finished with home furnishings and your close friends and family really don’t want it, think about consigning or donating it to regional nonprofits. Solutions incorporate:

Houston Household furniture Financial institution: 8220 Mosley and 295 Sawdust 713-842-9771 houstonfurniturebank.org

Habitat for Humanity ReStore: 6161 S. Loop East 713-643-1100 houstonhabitatrestore.com

Magpies and Peacocks: (Donate textiles) 908 Reside Oak 832-299-5609 magpiesandpeacocks.org

Blue Chook Circle: 615 W. Alabama 713-528-0470 thebluebirdcircle.com

The Guild Shop: 2009 Dunlavy 281-801-8055 theguildshop.org

The colour palette, finishes and detailing on furnishings and components all matter. Fewer ornamentation suggests you’re heading into transitional design. Feel of it as a fresher, cleaner consider on conventional.


When designers converse about levels, they are usually referring to the unique aspects in a place: rugs, household furniture, components, lights and artwork. Lazaris also details out that you can layer textures and kinds to make a place much more attention-grabbing.

When rooms are much more modern day or present day and minimalist, they can come to feel cold or stark. Layer in some rugs or include fabrics with additional texture — these types of as silk, wool or velvet — or use factors with cane or rattan panels, even seagrass window shades. Individuals layers of visual desire hold your home from feeling too “one take note.”

Mix it up

Maybe your dwelling and eating room are a lot more conventional. That doesn’t imply just about every room in the residence has to replicate that style. You can be extra present-day in a residence office environment, nostalgic in a visitor bed room, or whimsical in a craft area.

A person of Lazaris’ shoppers had extremely standard principal dwelling parts — and saved the enjoyable stuff for a craft room the place they like to be innovative. For her, Lazaris developed a mural of giant, multicolored florals that swirled about the place.

The very same goes for artwork. Change it up by placing a easy modern-day frame on a standard landscape or an embellished gilded body on an summary painting, Lazaris stated.

No matter what you do, though, make absolutely sure you have some original artwork in your property. If you’re heading to invest $500 on a piece of production artwork, use that revenue to have a regional artist paint some thing just for you, she stated.

Handle shortcomings

Lazaris noted that many earlier and new shoppers want to freshen up their households for the duration of the pandemic. They are home more and can see their home’s shortcomings. Or maybe they just know they need their properties to aid with new matters: they will need a residence workplace, a location to residence college, a purposeful gymnasium and, possibly, a cocktail bar in which they can chill out at the end of the working day.

One customer needed a property business and made use of a desk that her grandfather brought when he immigrated to the United States. “I can not imagine of a nicer way to commit your day than performing from this table,” Lazaris stated.

Keep what you like

Think of your residence as a journey to the beach, Lazaris explained. Do you dress in the swimsuit that tends to make you truly feel cute or the one particular that will make you truly feel unwanted fat? The solution is uncomplicated.

Maintain the factors that you like and the factors that make you come to feel excellent. The issues that don’t make you really feel fantastic? Get rid of them and really do not appear again.

So if you want to hold your grandmother’s desk or a piece of artwork you bought on your travels but you really do not know how to make it function, talk to a qualified for aid.

Be mindful of the ecosystem

For all of the new items Lazaris assists her shoppers purchase, some home furnishings receives thrown absent. As a substitute of sending items to a landfill, think about donating them to charity or sending them to a consignment shop.

“Some of your home furnishings will be with you for a extremely long time. If it has excellent structure, you can reupholster it or use it in a unique place,” Lazaris claimed. “I’m significant on sustainability. If your youngsters really don’t want your china cabinet, you can upcycle it. Paint it with significant-gloss paint and set new hardware on it.”

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