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.


How to Budget for Furnishings

By Terra McNutt

 

 

When you’re buying or building a new home, one of the first, most crucial steps in the process is creating a realistic budget. A common mistake is forgetting to set aside an adequate amount of funds for furnishings and décor. Here is our handy guide on how to budget for furnishings.

Every home design project is unique, so costs can vary depending on details like the home size and quality of selections. When decorating a high-end home, a common budgeting rule of thumb is to set aside anywhere from $35-$50 per sq.ft. to completely furnish your space.

Regardless of how you choose to decorate your home, there are some items homeowners often forget to budget for. As you create your furnishing budget, don’t forget the following:

  • Soft furnishings like pillows and draperies
  • Artwork
  • Shipping or delivery costs
  • Hallways and entry spaces
  • Interior design fees

It’s important to note that while every interior design firm charges a fee for their services, hiring an interior designer is a cost-saving measure in many ways. As design experts, we help our clients avoid costly mistakes and we will sit down with our clients in the first phase of their project to develop realistic budgets for each area in their home so that in the end there are no surprises.

If you’re looking for an interior designer to help guide you on how to budget for furnishing in your home, RI Studio would love to help. Our award-winning design team has extensive experience managing design-build projects and selecting furnishings for our clients’ homes. Contact us to learn more.


Mixing Design Styles

How to Merge Design Styles – 5 Helpful Tips
Many of my clients say decorating is difficult — especially when mixing two opposing styles. What if you have a modern style that favors clean lines, but your spouse likes the ruffles and distressed wood characteristic of French country décor? How do you blend family heirlooms and antiques with contemporary pieces? As an interior designer, I’m faced with this challenge daily. But mixing styles doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you follow these tried-and-true methods for merging design styles.

Limit Your Color Palette
Color is a powerful tool and can make items that otherwise wouldn’t match feel like they belong together. Using one color palette will unite everything in the space and marry varying styles.

Choose A Dominant Style
One reason why a space that combines two styles might feel like it’s clashing is because both styles carry an equal amount of weight in the design. Instead, choose one style to dominate the scheme and make the other secondary. I think 70/30 or 80/20 is a good ratio of primary to secondary styles.

Match Wood Tones
Matching wood tones is an easy way to make a space with several different styles feel cohesive. There are many different types of wood and a wide variety of stains. Choose just one for a space, like all oak or all white-washed, to attain a consistent look across furniture, flooring, cabinetry and accents.  

Highlight Unique Pieces
If you’re struggling to incorporate a piece into a design, stop trying to make it blend in and instead try embracing its uniqueness. Making the piece the focal point of the room will help it feel purposeful like it was specially selected to stand out in that space.

blending design styles

TRADITIONAL ANTIQUES WITH LIGHT AIRY TRANSITIONAL DECOR AND DETAILS 

Hire a Professional
Designing your home — especially if you’re building a new construction — can be a daunting task. That’s why interior designers exist. We make our clients’ lives easier by driving design decisions, managing the complex project and adding a creative touch to the finished interiors. RI Studio would be honored to help you with your next project and merge your design styles. We can’t wait to hear from you!


The Story of RI Studio – III

Part III | By Terra McNutt

This is the third in a three-part series. To read Part I, click here. To read Part II, click here.

Owning RI Studio is one of the greatest pleasures of my life, and we’re just getting started.

One of the most exciting aspects is seeing my style take hold in the Dallas design community. RI Studio designs are original and exclusive. Our clients aren’t the only ones who are noticing. We have been honored to have won a first and second place award in the ASID 2019 Legacy of Design competition. I’m excited to submit more of our designs in 2020 and beyond. To have the validation of the design industry recognize the impact of our firm’s work has helped reinforce that we are on the right track.

As I look to the future, I have big plans for the growth of RI Studio. We’ve seen this growth, both from new clients looking for full home renovations and previous clients looking for us to design their second or vacation homes. Another key piece to our plans is to expand our work with architects and custom home builders. I love working with these skilled professionals to create a holistic design — one that incorporates creative and exclusive design elements before construction even begins.

We’re always looking to improve how we service our clients at RI Studio. With that, we will soon be launching a new program exclusively for previous and existing clients to continue providing them white-glove services after their interior design projects and home renovations are complete.

In the meantime, I’m thrilled to announce a new blog series by RI Studio called “A Rendered Interior.” I get so many questions from clients and friends about interior design, and I want to give back to my community by sharing my expertise. Do you have a question for me about interior design or the construction process? Are you looking for design advice, decorating tips, or an insider’s perspective on new trends? Submit your questions to terra@ristudiodallas.com and I will answer them in future “A Rendered Interior” columns.

This new series touches on the heart of interior design: connection and community. I’m so grateful to work with dedicated builders, talented architects, and especially my thoughtful clients. Thank you for being part of my community; I can’t wait to serve you.

Signed, 

Terra 


The Story of RI Studio – II

Part II | By Terra McNutt

This is the second in a three-part series. To read Part I, click here.

Flashback to 2018: I had just left a prestigious Dallas design firm to create RI Studio. It was a brave choice, but I was confident my work was ready to stand on its own. I had a vision for what my own firm could become, and I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit.

One of the first things I did was hire a business manager who has a long career in homebuilding, marketing and finance — a perfect complement to my expertise in design, construction and project management. This outstanding partner happens to be my mother, Rhonda. It’s a comfort knowing my clients are served by someone I trust implicitly.

Our first month in business was exhilarating. We were overwhelmed with inquiries and new business sourced entirely from referrals. Without investing in any advertising, RI Studio was completely booked and stayed that way for the entire year. It was the most incredible feeling to know that I had built such a strong community of clients, architects and builders.

RI Studio First Year
I’m so thankful for how busy RI Studio was in our first year. This luxurious residential design was one of my favorite projects of the year.
RI Studio First Year
RI Studio is built on an aesthetic that is elevated and unique. This glamorous design is a perfect example.

Throughout the year we worked on a variety of projects, including several custom homes in the greater Dallas area. In the years since, RI Studio has continued to grow, and I couldn’t be more grateful or feel more blessed. We have big plans for the future of RI Studio, and we couldn’t have done it without some elbow grease and, most importantly, your help and support.

Signed, 

Terra 


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