RI STUDIO 2021 Goals

2021 Goals

The New Year is almost here, and we are so excited to share our plans for 2021 with you all. This time last year, we had no idea what was in store for us. Now that we have been living in almost a full year of uncertainty and anxiety, it is time to take matters into our own hands. Let’s start making those plans for a bigger and better year. Here we go!

2021 Goals

FLIP THE SCRIPT

We are teaming up with RI Custom Homes to create our very first property flip. This project will be a labor of love between mine and my husband’s company to work together and provide a one-of-a-kind home experience. We are currently looking at properties that could be our brainchild in North Dallas area. We’ve been keeping a close watch on this location full of homes with great structure that need a little updating. Our focus will be adding modern amenities that are energy-efficient with interiors designed to the T.

SEE A NEED, FILL A NEED

Lately, we have seen many California natives make Prosper, Texas, their new home. The path of growth has made the area a prime destination for many who are looking to keep their elevated lifestyle at a more reasonable price point. While homes are going up like crazy, furnishing availability is minimal or extremely overpriced. To add an extra layer of service to not just my interior design clients but to the surrounding area, we plan on opening our very own retail location. This will be a cozy storefront with a vignette or two and a studio in the back. We will feature those little touches of home décor, as well as custom furniture and rugs for everyone to enjoy fine furnishings in their new homes. We can’t wait to bring custom and one-of-a-kind home décor at an affordable price to the city of Prosper.

GIVING IS ALWAYS IN SEASON

As an interior designer, I am given the privilege of bringing people home to a place of their very own. The feeling that comes with giving that to an individual or a family cannot be put into words. To give back to our community, RI Studio will be teaming up with local family support organizations and networks that help transition children into safe and stable homes. Designing a room for a child with their furniture and their belongings to make their day brighter would significantly impact their outlook on life. Witnessing their reaction would truly be something to behold. If you know of any organizations or a family in need, please share those stories with us to provide the gift of home to those who truly need it.

No matter how 2021 unfolds, we can rest assured that we have our own plans. These goals will help us conquer the days ahead. We hope you all have a happy and safe New Year. Let’s make 2021 the best year yet!

Ask Terra Column

Ask Terra Column

QUESTION:
I bought these chairs at Round Top for my home, but I am not sure how to decorate around them. My home interiors are very 90’s, and I am trying to figure out a way to bring everything up to date. Do you have any suggestions for a rug and accessories? Appreciate your expertise.
– Amy Bullock

ASK TERRA TIPS

Welcome to December, everyone! I hope this new season has brought you some much-needed family time and a chance to find some peace in the comfort and safety of your home. If you are in the mood or starting to notice some areas of your house that need a little sprucing up before the holiday guests arrive, we have some tips to help you on your way. Inspiration from your favorite catalog or scenes from your social media feed can be great starting points. If you want to make the space cohesive, it’s best to seek professional guidance from those who know interiors inside and out. We are here for you.

We look forward to all of our Ask Terra questions, and this one was perfect to include for the holiday season. Welcoming your guests into your home is a treat, especially when your interiors wrap them in a warm and inviting hug. This can be done with a variety of design elements, but one in particular for the purpose of this blog are chairs.

SIMPLE DETAILS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE

Chairs options can vary depending on the size, shape, color, and upholstery of the piece. Pairs of chairs also play a more significant part in the layout of a space and can help designate sight-lines within the room. We were working off the photos provided above with the idea that we needed to bring everything up to date. This upgrade would seamlessly blend the new Round Top chairs as grounding points and offer a new and improved living space for the family. To do this, I suggested moving the ottoman towards the fireplace. This would allow it to serve as a coffee table or footrest for that central area. The ottoman is also sturdy enough to handle a large serving tray. A natural wood tone would bring in the darker wall tones and banister color to tie each of those elements together.

To amplify the comfortability factor, I suggested adding two small drink tables to flank the chairs’ sides. Side tables provide an added layer of luxury and comfort. Their ease and openness to be quickly and easily relocated to any part of the room. They also invite your cocktail to take a seat next to you.

An area rug is a cozy way to ground larger pieces of furniture. The rug will also help with sound control and blanket the space in an extra level of relaxation. I genuinely love a layered look as it brings visual interest to a room. With the plaid chairs, a solid white hair or hide layered on a natural grass rug would be a picture-perfect scene.

UPGRADED & UNIFIED

Impactful interiors are also about editing your design elements so that everything has room to shine. I suggested removing the faux greenery and replacing it with something fresh. Plenty of leafy plants could be incorporated on the ottoman tray and the mantle. This would help to sprinkle that natural feel throughout the room. To update the “Old World” feel in the living room niche, I advised replacing the large arrangement. Something like lanterns to house candles or taller candlesticks. These flickers of a new world design scheme would help tie the room together without being too drastic for the rest of the home’s interiors.

A piece of art is the icing on the cake for a unified look. I suggested placing an art piece in the back of the white wood built-in. Something with a black background would help draw the eye and give some visual contrast against the white wood. It is all about balance my friends.

There you have it. A couple of adjustments can leave a beautiful and memorable aesthetic for you and your loved ones to indulge in during your holiday festivities. If you have a one-of-a-kind piece you are trying to feature and incorporate into your interiors, connect with us. We would love to create your very own work of art in a reimaged space that is new and improved and ready to be enjoyed.

Vickery Place Project

A Vickery Place Vision

Where has the year gone? Many of us have had to get creative in our daily rituals that would otherwise hum along without much thought. 2020 has definetely brought its share of obstacles. All things considered, we all will continue to grow and learn from every curve ball life throws at us. Taking on those dips as opportunities to be creative and make the most of our situations can help improve our overall outlook on life. There is plenty of work to be done in the remaining months of this crazy year. With that said, we are doing an end of summer round-up of our latest company updates. For this particular post, we want to walk you through our latest project in the Vickery Place area of Dallas. This full redesign brought its own challenges that we were able to navigate with our creative interior design solutions.

RESPECTED REPUTATION

Vickery Place has a highly respected reputation. The area is known for its rich architecture and historic aesthetic. When the conversation began, we were presented with particular guidelines that the home design had to fit within. Collaboration would be a crucial part of this puzzle. We made sure to keep that line of communication open not only with the client but with the the architectural review committee. The committee would also need to be involved in almost every detail of the home renovation. We partnered with RI Custom Homes and together we were able to provide a full home redesign. The outcome included architectural drawings, interiors, and exterior selections. The concept behind this design was to bring the home to an elevated modern scene by tactfully utilizing technology. This way we could incorporate the landscape into the home while interlacing the historical architectural standards of the neighborhood.

BRING THE OUTSIDE – IN

In order to bring the outside in, we installed panoramic sliding doors that would reveal the reach of the space to the outdoor living room. This extension of the floorplan to the exterior of the house brings a fresh indoor-outdoor California vibe. It not only makes the sense of the room more profound but also speaks to the modern feel of the home and how our spaces do not always need four walls.

ELEVATE AND INVIGORATE

In the master bathroom, modern lighting elevates the scene of a carwash shower set up that would invigorate and awaken your idea of pampering. A sprinkle of modern fixtures throughout the home give it that extra freshness but still kept the integrity of the home’s historical roots with their craftsman-like design.

Design trends and particular home styling can depict a more historic time. These details give a window to a time portal of integrity and timelessness. A piece of history that brought some creative problem solving were the windows of the home. They were especially tricky because the architectural guides mandated that the window mullions be maintained. Our client initially requested we find a way to have them removed but as we continued the conversation process, we were able to apply alternative design solutions. The stairway placement and the open concept floor plan supported an astounding openness. This gave a grand and contemporary vibe tied into historic nuances. By working with the architectural style of the home we were able to embody and celebrate the classical days with something that would be memorable and timeless.

Ask Terra Column

QUESTION:
“I’ve seen lots of home offices with wallpaper. I do like wallpaper, but I wonder if it’s just a trend…what are your thoughts?” – Jacqueline Tomsic

Things have changed on the home front this year. Our homes have now become our office, daycare, entertaining venue and more. No matter the year or what it holds for you, the different seasons of life will continue to change. This continuous change calls for something to ground us, where we can focus and be productive. Careful selections that inspire productivity and speak to you and your family’s needs can help you celebrate your otherwise everyday office nook in a whole new way. No run of the mill, cookie cutter layout or design will function and work for you the same way a personalized and thoughtful office space will. To flex with the ebb and flow of everyday life, making your workspace a flexible and blend able part of your home will help make it function and appeal seamlessly to reinforce your focused mindset in a sound and comfortable home office.

ASK TERRA TIPS

1. YOUR WORK AREA

Incorporating closed storage is a must to alleviate any extraneous office products you don’t need readily available. An added bonus for storage would be to include uppers for ample amounts of additional storage. Everything has a home, and these pieces will help alleviate clutter on your main workspace area. If you have a particular door or drawer style, make sure to keep the same style for all to maintain order and ease of use. Also, adding hardware always makes your cabinetry look more polished and sophisticated. When it comes to the center portion of your home office design, open up the center portion where you will be seated or standing if you utilize a standing desk option. The open space will encourage you to stretch out and let those innovative, problem-solving thoughts fly. You can also add in a couple of floating shelves in a wood tone or accent color for even more sleek storage. Don’t forget to consider the backdrop to your think tank. Do you need something subtle and deep in color or something livelier with an intricate pattern

2. THE BACKDROP TO YOUR HOME OFFICE

For this home office, we chose violet grasscloth. It brings subtle color and texture to activate and energize the mind for the moments that call us to be tactful and engaged.

3. MAKE IT BOLD

If you have more of a bold look in mind, you can also try a remove-able wallpaper that is easy to take down if you want to switch things up later. This is a space we designed with a green patterned wallpaper backsplash. Nuances of each element tie the design together to create a cohesive look that is upscale and makes an impact.

Home Office Mood Board

The haven of your home office of course is your desk. The place where your keyboard strokes and mouse clicks make things happen! Make sure your selected work surface is hard and smooth. A stone top is an option but not completely necessary on a desk space. You could even consider quartz, quartzite or granite. Any of these selections would bring that extra level of executive substance.

Living Lavishly

Lavish and Luxurious

10 Luxurious Upgrades You Need in Your Home
As an interior designer for the high-end residential market, I’m constantly incorporating the most sophisticated elements into my design work so my clients can truly relax in a home that feels elevated and refined. Though these pieces can be pricey, I believe they are indulgences that are well worth the money. Which of these 10 lavish and luxurious design elements catch your attention?

Quartz Countertops

Lavish and Luxurious Upgrades

The milky-white look of this quartz countertop is timeless, making quartz surfaces the ultimate investment in luxury. I installed this matchbook waterfall on my client’s kitchen island and they couldn’t be more thrilled with the final look.

A Spa-Like Bathroom

Living lavish with a spa like bathroom

Enjoying a day at the hotel spa from the comfort of home? Nothing will make you feel like you’re living in a hotel more than a luxe bathroom complete with a soaker tub, walk-in shower, custom cabinetry, and a large vanity to arrange jewelry and perfumes. RI Studio designed this master bathroom to be a spa-like retreat for the homeowners.

Custom Cabinetry

Luxurious cabinets

Though they’re more expensive than prefabricated cabinets, custom cabinetry is worth the investment. Each cabinet will fit your space and tastes perfectly and to provide storage that is both practical and chic, like in this laundry room. Design by RI Studio.

Custom Fireplace Details

Custom fireplace is now a luxury

What was once a necessity has now become a luxury. Fireplaces instantly add a feeling of coziness to a space. They can also be incredibly luxurious, especially when completed with custom details like this hand-painted tile. Design by RI Studio. 

A Show-Stopping Chandelier

Lavish chandelier

Chandeliers are beautiful and dramatic — a lavish statement any home can benefit from. While most homes feature a chandelier in the dining room, RI Studio selected this modern linear chandelier that balances the iron details in the space and creates balance to the elongated dining table beneath.

Commissioned Artwork

Custom artwork is an added luxury

Art serves so many purposes: it adds beauty to your home, can serve as a good financial investment, and can reflect your personality and style. We always seek out original or commissioned art for our clients to ensure their home is truly one of a kind. Design by RI Studio.

A Custom Front Door

Custom front door brings instant luxury to the front facade of your home

Instantly add curb appeal to your home with a custom front door. RI Studio designed this door to have three-times the wow factor: it’s round, geometric and a deep, luxurious brown. It looks just as beautiful on the exterior!

A Wine Room

Luxurious wine room

A wine room is a perfect way to show off your wine collection. Specialty wine storage allows you to protect the bottles while showcasing them. Design by RI Studio.

A Grand Piano

Lavish grand piano

Musical instruments are works of art and craftsmanship and will always be a lavish addition to the home. Whether you’re a skilled pianist or a dedicated admirer, a grand piano can be a focal point in your family’s homes for generations. Design by RI Studio.

A Gym

Lavish and Luxurious Gym Setting

Fitness enthusiasts will delight at having a dedicated space in their home for a gym. These spaces may be expensive, between the protective rubber flooring, soundproofing for the walls and the gym equipment itself, but you can’t put a price on good health. Design by RI Studio.

RI Studio Terra McNutt

The Story of RI Studio – I

Part I | By Terra McNutt

Dear readers, 

Welcome to RI Studio – where authentic design meets elevated interiors. It is my hope that you will feel at home within these pages. I hope you will also find the RI Studio blog to be a valuable resource for you and for all of your interior design and design-build needs. With more than a decade of experience in the industry and multiple award-winning projects, I have a deep well of information and expertise that I am delighted to share with you. First, a little more background information on how RI Studio came to be and how we cater to our clients’ needs from dirt to drapes. 

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. It’s in my blood and in my DNA. My childhood was spent accompanying my Dad, a seasoned homebuilder, to job sites. This exposure to construction sites has helped shape my deep love for architecture. So much so that it led me to pursue a minor in architecture at Texas Tech University while also realizing my true passion and majoring in interior design. 

Founding RI Studio in 2018 was never a matter of “if,” but “when.” Before that could happen, I knew I wanted to spend the first few stages of my career sharpening my skills. This would require me to establish my reputation, and build a network of strong industry partners. I spent the past decade designing at renowned firms like Hawkins-Welwood Homes, Traci Connell Interiors, and Lucas/Eilers Design Associates. My experience with these firms helped me build my technical skills and hone in on my aesthetic. 

I believe that interior design is a reflection of us as people. Great design should be an extension of a client’s lifestyle. It should take into account how people live, work, and entertain. Those are the moments that life is all about, and interior design helps facilitate and nurture those moments. The “RI” in RI Studio stands for “rendered interiors”. We have an eye for architectural detail and can envision every project fully with the precise finishes and furnishings. This provides our clients with the confidence to know that our clear vision will result in a design that is creative, innovative, and uniquely theirs. 

The first two years of our story have been full of tremendous growth. We have also been humbled by the number of industry awards and accolades. The greatest gift we’ve come across so far is the number of happy clients whom we’ve grown to cherish. We’ve become known as the firm that creates designs that are exclusive, elevated, and a little bit unexpected. Whether our clients are homeowners or home builders, each new project is an opportunity to surprise and delight my clients and my own sense of wonderment for rendering beautiful interiors. 

Each project is individualistic; no two ideas are ever repeated. This is the crux of the RI Studio tagline: “Rendered Interiors. Exclusive Designs.” 

Welcome to RI Studio. Welcome home. 

Signed, 

Terra