Hi Margeaux Interiors Inc. – Margaret Presti and congratulations ,
We’re writing to let you know that you’ve been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of our Best of Houzz 2013 awards! You can read the full press release here.
Your work won in the Design category, as your portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2012. You can see your award-winning work in this “Best of” ideabook: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/6309580
Salvaged Materials Triumph as All-Stars of Sustainability
When you save manufacturing energy and have a beautifully crafted home to boot, it’s a win-win situation
My name is Bud Dietrich and I am an architect located in the Tampa Bay… More »
Many architects, builders and designers know that using salvaged materials for a new-home project is one of the most sustainable building practices available. Whether it’s old brick, old slate and tile roofing, wood structures and siding, or windows and doors, saving these materials from our landfills lets us all live a little more lightly on the land.From the intense heat required to bake the bricks to the power needed to drive the saws that cut the wood, home-building materials take vast amounts of energy to manufacture. So recapturing that energy and using it again and again means we burn less oil and gas, spewing less carbon into the atmosphere.While it’s good to be green, it’s a plus when we craft something beautiful at the same time. The depth of color, patina and richness of salvaged materials are also design factors that can make our homes truly wonderful.
From the brick walls to the slate roof and more, Mark Hickman used quite a bit of salvaged material in the construction of Hidden Manor, a new home in the Chicago suburbs. These salvaged materials give the home much of its “always been there” quality, and they’re coupled with new, energy-efficient glass windows and doors.
One of the nice aspects of reusing a salvaged material like Chicago brick is how each piece takes on its own personality. It’s as if each individual brick were carefully hand made by an artisan.
Salvaged materials aren’t just for the exterior. In the case of Hidden Manor, the salvaged Chicago brick was brought inside. And what’s the point of using brick and stone if you can’t express their solidity and massiveness? A simple splaying of the window’s rough opening does just that.
In addition to the structural materials of brick and stone, salvaged materials have been used for the interiors. For example, reclaimed boards were milled anew for the kitchen cabinets, creating a truly unique kitchen.
Architect Stuart Narofsky really enjoys incorporating salvaged lumber into his designs. His use of these reclaimed materials adds warmth to many of his modern designs. And Narofsky likes these materials left exposed, saving on the expense of paint and drywall.
For loft renovations, Narofsky will salvage lumber from nearby to incorporate in the finishes. Paneled walls and barn doors made of these materials will have the same appearance as the loft’s original wood framing while keeping the relocated material from a landfill.
Using salvaged doors, sinks, tubs and light fixtures is a great way to add character and style to your project while being greener, too. Salvage yards in just about every city provide almost every building component, from hardware to garden ornaments.
Lion Decor Makes Rooms Roar
Crown your home king of the neighborhood with elegant lion-themed furniture details, artwork, hardware and more
Fresh out of journalism school, I fell into decorating media and immediately… More »
I recently spent a week in Germany’s Bavaria region, where one of the dominant motifs is the lion — a central figure in the Bavarian coat of arms since the 1600s. I’ve always loved these kingly creatures, and all the statues, flags, porcelain figurines and other pieces bearing their likeness left me wondering why I’ve never made them part of my decor.Lions have a masculine appeal that’s balanced by their grace and regal elegance, and the combo lends a dash of uniquely exotic flavor. As I scheme about how to give my house a leonine lift, here are 10 starting points I’ll be considering.
1. Go funky. Sometimes all it takes is one key accent piece to set the tone for a space. The deep turquoise lion sculpture gives this room a totally whimsical spin and adds a flourish of color that revs up the neutral palette. Check out the claw-style feet on the chair, too — that kind of meticulous attention to detail is part of what makes good design great.
2. Go layered. Lions preen over this kitchen cooktop, from the upper and lower corbels on the range hood to the brass statuette right on the center ledge. One of these elements by itself might have gone unnoticed, but grouped together, they make an impact in an unobtrusive yet unforgettable way.
3. Go playful. From the Cowardly Lion to The Lion King, these beasts are woven throughout the crazy quilt of kids’ pop culture. This silhouette, cut from wallpaper, presides atop a library cabinet. A pair of candles wrapped in the same paper picks up the pattern.
4. Go primitive. Lions aren’t always about flowing manes and fierce golden eyes. A pair of roughly hewn sculptures in an otherwise sleek dining area provides an arresting contrast and captures the raw power of these animals.
5. Go subtle. As if the high-gloss Prussian blue paint weren’t enough of a knockout on this rehabbed dresser, the homeowner added one more decadent touch: small lion’s head drawer pulls, which lend a top note of panache and presence.
6. Go dignified. If you didn’t inherit a family schloss in the Alps, do the next best thing and fake it. The lion-shaped inset in this iron stair railing stakes a claim to a piece of old-world history — even if you’ve never traced your roots farther than the Seattle suburbs.
7. Go bold. Giant animal portraits tend to polarize people: You either love them or you don’t. Whichever side of the fence you fall on, there’s no denying that this full-front fellow dominates the corridor with a suitably regal air.
8. Go leggy. Why settle for a bland table base? A trio of lion’s paws on a side table shows your sassy side without being over the top.
9. Go natural. A concrete lion peeking from a planter gives this garden a touch of surprise. Backlit by the sun, it evokes the impression of its real-life counterpart basking in wild grasslands.
I am an interior designer with a passion for modern clean spaces and timeless… More »
Architectural Salvage Stakes a Claim
No need to hit the junkyard. Gorgeous salvage finds are now showing up in mainstream stores — and stylish interiors
There was a time when architectural salvage materials could be found for very little money, offering great savings along with a layer of uniqueness. Now that more architectural salvage yards are open to the public and more people appreciate the history and texture that architecturally salvaged materials bring to their homes, retailers are also offering salvage style at a premium. The appeal of salvaged materials is that they can be made to conform to any style, from traditional to modern. And there is still plenty of potential for savings and a special touch if you can think outside the box.
A salvaged door, perhaps from an office or a bygone era of residential building, would make quite a first impression. The weathered appeal of wood is inviting and warm.