Home Buyers, you may need an interior designer as your realtor!

It’s a competitive market for buyers in Austin, Texas these days! This past August, over twice as many homes sold; 3,082 single-family homes in 2013 compared with 1,490 homes, in August 2010 . (http://www.inman.com/wire/austin-texas-housing-market-doubles-in-size/) With an average of over 158 people moving to Austin each and every day, single family homes are flying off the market at a rapid pace (http://www.realtyaustin.com/blog/how-to-keep-up-with-158-people-moving-to-austin-per-day.html). This all makes the city one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country. Buyers may face a quickly shrinking selection of homes as well as having to compromise on their wish list for upgrades to their home.

There are so many things to consider when buying a new home; but reconciling your wish list with what you’re willing to compromise in features of the home doesn’t have to be a negative.  Komal Sheth, lead interior designer at Spaces Designed, is also a realtor who has valuable experience and insight into who design and real estate. Her perspective on finding the right home for clients sets us apart from traditional realty companies. Komal looks at the big picture; past just the closing of a home buy into the likely renovation projects, into the resale of the home down the road.

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Above: after kitchen of the Kao Residence

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Above: before kitchen of the Kao Residence

When Komal works in the role of realtor, she often helps homebuyers select a fixer upper that has good bones and the most potential for a successful redesign. We can consult with outside sources such as contractors, architects, engineers, and material suppliers to get a comprehensive picture of what house is the best buy could with respect to the future remodel projects. Because our company has done so many remodels, our interior designers can also foresee many of the problems likely to occur during renovation.

Even if a homebuyer has to jump on a house that’s less than perfect in order to own property in Austin, Spaces Designed can walk them through each step of that. Remodeling a less than perfect property can provide the client with beautiful spaces far beyond their expectations for a new home. We are not just selling clients on the property. We can provide a new lifestyle that is tailored to the specific needs of each client. Have no fear, new home buyers! You may just need an interior designer as your realtor!

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Good Console

Our #interiordesigner, Komal, has to work to pull every #interiordesign scheme together into a cohesive composition. Selecting each furniture piece and accessory is part of what makes the whole process enjoyable. A good console table can finish off a space perfectly, be a feature piece in the room, or provide stylish, functional storage. These spaces below needed just the right feature piece to subtly compliment the other elements in the rooms.

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Here are some other “good consoles” from the New York Design Center that could be either show stoppers or subtle supporting roles in a design scheme.

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Cut a Rug!

There’s nothing like a well-chosen rug to pull an #interiordesign scheme together. A great area rug can help ground a space, bring out an accent color, or add pattern and texture to a design.

Here are some examples from our portfolio:

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Above: dining room in the Davenport Ranch Resisdence

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Above: little girl’s bedroom in the Istre Residence

Above: living room in the Touza Residence

Our interior designer, Komal, is always on the look out for great rug suppliers. She saw quite a few inspiring rugs at the New York Design Center when she visited recently!

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Selecting the right rug can really make all the difference in completing  a seamless design composition. So when in search of one, don’t give up. The perfect rug is out there!

Cool it!

We hope everybody’s staying cool today! This #ceilingfan from shop.spacesdesigned.com is seriously #sleek! Let us know what you think.

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Get Inspired!

Check out these designer bathrooms via House Beautiful. They are all very different, but one or two are sure to spark your imagination!

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This one’s one of our favorites: bold color, elegant accessories and stylish fixtures!

Before and After

What a difference a large-scale textile makes! This is the living room from one of our recently completed projects. See the before and after of the same living room with and without the rug and window treatment. Or interior designer used these two items to complete the room; adding luxury to the space and making it warm and inviting!facebook_6.5.2013

Striped Spaces

Using stripes to add visual interest to a space is a great interior design tool. For the kitchen in this Austin, TX residence our Interior Designer thought the stripes on the island would be a chance to infuse the room with a contemporary visual accent; and make the island a feature piece in the space.

Here are some other great examples of stripes as visual accents. Sometimes the stripes are loud and proud; and other times they play a quiet background role, becoming almost a neutral.

Eclectic Dining Room by Atlanta Architect Blount Architectural and Interior Design

Traditional Kitchen by Grandville Interior Designer Dwellings

Eclectic Living Room by Boise Interior Designer Judith Balis

Modern Spaces by Sacramento Interior Designer Kerrie L. Kelly

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Here are some striking striped textiles we love!

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