Best of Houzz 2017 – Kansas City Interior Design

We are so pleased to be honored with the Houzz Best of Award in Design and Service for 2017. We continue to attribute our success to our wonderful clients we have worked with throughout the years! Check out the article from Houzz below on this special award.

Janine Terstriep in Lenexa, KS on Houzz

Houzz Announces Best Of Houzz 2017 Winners

January 17, 2017

Annual Survey and Analysis of Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users Reveals the Top-Rated Home Remodeling Professionals and Most Popular Home Designs

Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2017, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz from cabinetry or roofing pros to painters.

“We are so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Winners will be announced globally throughout the month.

To see the most popular designs: http://www.houzz.com/best-of-houzz-2017

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Kathy Ireland and Norwalk Furniture

Norwalk Furniture featured on Modern Living with kathy ireland®

We have sold Norwalk Furniture, a U.S. based custom furniture company that offers exciting designs and over 850 fabric and leathers, for more than 20 years and continue to experience stellar quality and pricing for our clients.

Watch, Caroline Hipple, President of Norwalk Furniture discussing the latest trends in home furnishings with Kathy Ireland on her show, Modern Living with kathy ireland®.

If you are interested in finding that special piece of furniture to set your room apart, contact us at 913-888-1388 today for all of your custom furniture needs.

Best of Houzz 2016 – Kansas City Interior Designer

Janine Terstriep/The Decorative Touch LTD of Lenexa KS
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Lenexa, KS, January 22, 2016 – The Decorative Touch LTD of Lenexa, KS has won “Best Of Design, and Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. “This full-service interior design firm” was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

We are thrilled to be awarded Best of Houzz…this is our 4th year running! It’s wonderful to be part of such a great resource. Houzz.com has transformed how we are communicating and educating our clients.
-Janine Terstriep, Owner/Interior Designer

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Janine Terstriep/Decorative Touch LTD, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Color of the Year

2016 Color of the Year – Kansas City Interior Designer

Happy New Year!

We’re celebrating another fantastic year filled with helping our clients and community with interior design to make their spaces more inviting and beautiful.We’re excited to share with you the 2016 Color(s)of the Year and some visual inspirations to incorporate them into your own design whether it be a full room design overhaul or just a few touches to here and there.Color of the Year

All the buzz has been around Pantone’s Rose Quartz 13-1520 and Serenity 15-3919. That’s right, for the first time they are blending two shades as the official 2016 Pantone Color of the Year. These two colors embrace a balance between the opposing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue. According to Pantone, the two colors reflect “a connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace”. Don’t worry this isn’t the old Wedgewood blue or rose of the 80’s… this has a delicate touch to the tone, and beautiful in a bedroom, nursery, or office. We always enjoy seeing what Pantone has in store for us each year.  ENJOY your colorful life!

Here are some room inspirations:

If you aren’t as adventurous to commit to a full room of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Sherwin-Williams has their own take on this year’s tone. According to their website, “a hue symbolic of new beginnings, Alabaster (SW 7008), is Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year.” This neutral tone evokes its own sense of calm and stability with a “less is more” visual relief.

Here are some ideas on where to use Alabaster in your home:

Whether you’re willing try Pantone’s warm opposites are start with the blank slate as offered up by Sherwin-Williams, we can help you navigate landscape.

Call us today for an appointment at: 913-888-1388.

We’re Back Blogging, and Better Than Ever

After an extended hiatus from blogging, we’re back with a slew of new ideas, experiences, and expert design tips we cannot wait to share with you!

With our award-winning interior design expertise showcased on our blog we will keep you on trend with the latest styles that fit your budget and lifestyle. Decorative Touch, LTD is known for full-service interior design services but we’re here to help with minor updating, large-scale remodeling, new construction, or even if you are just wanting to add a few great pieces of furniture. When it comes to interior design or home improvement, you are in the right hands. We call Kansas City home, but love working with clients near and far and drawing inspiration from everywhere in between. Previously we’ve featured simple tips for beginning daunting remodels, mixing eclectic design styles with ease, and how to incorporate style designs into your real life spaces. You can expect even more expert advice, inspirations and a growing portfolio of our real projects to come.

houzzWe hope you’ll stay for a while and check out all we have to offer. For our latest projects, visit us on Houzz.com.

Don’t miss our upcoming features on holiday décor, the new 2016 ‘Color of the Year’ and some of our recent featured projects.

Janine Terstriep Interior Designer

Janine Terstriep with The Decorative Touch Ltd of Lenexa, KS Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

Lenexa,KS, February 4, 2014 – The Decorative Touch Ltd of Lenexa, KS has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The full service interior design resource was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Best of HouzzThe Decorative Touch philosophy is “experience matters, put your home in our hands”…together, we can create something beautiful.

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Janine Terstriep of The Decorative Touch Ltd among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Janine Terstriep, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

Find The Decorate Touch LTD at http://www.decorativetouchltd.com/

Follow The Decorative Touch Ltd on Houzz at http://www.houzz.com/pro/janine1961/janine-terstriepthe-decorative-touch-ltd

About Janine Terstriep with The Decorative Touch Ltd

With over 28 years of experience in the interior design field, Janine has a distinguished reputation. She has 2 adult children, a sweet golden doodle puppy, and loves living in Lenexa, KS. Her career has been tremendously rewarding, and she is forever grateful for her wonderful clients! For more information, visit: www.decorativetouchltd.com

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit: www.houzz.com

Kitchen Remodel

What goes into a kitchen remodel project?

It seems like I am finding clients asking a lot of questions about remodeling kitchens these days. We have recently completed a wonderful large kitchen remodel. So, I wanted to share with my readers some photos, just to give a perspective of how the process of a high end kitchen develops over the course of several months.

First we determine whats “wrong” in the existing Kitchen space.

  • Are the appliances worn out?
  • Are the cabinets out-dated and need “face lift”, or do they need to be replaced?
  • Is the layout right for a good working kitchen?
  • Have you simply out grown your kitchen and do you need more storage?

Its also very important to know what your home is worth, and what is the appropriate amount to spend on a kitchen remodel for you. According to the Remodeling Magazine cost vs value report 2011-2012, minor kitchen remodel is hitting a 72.1% return on investment. Minor remodel may mean replacing cabinet door fronts, hardware, countertops, and appliances… spending approximately $20,000.

A large kitchen remodel includes replacing most everything in the kitchen. Cabinets, hardware, appliances, countertops, backsplash, lighting, and more. Those are typically over $50,000 and return is approximately 50% on investment.

You will see the progression from beginning to end in the following photos…

A kitchen remodel really is a PROCESS! And being without a kitchen space for several months is very difficult… However, the end result is completely worth it!!!

I hope you enjoy these photos!

Contractor : Jim Luke Remodeling
Cabinets:  Bella Kitchens

outdoor living space

What Are Homeowners Really Looking For in Home Design?

When choosing a home what features and amenities are most important to you? Each prospective buyer has a different set of wants and needs but there are obvious trends in home design that appeal to many buyers. Recently released home survey reports show that kitchen amenities, bathroom features, outdoor spaces, and energy efficient upgrades are at the top of most buyers’ lists.

outdoor living space

Photo: Jeff Garland via Houzz.com

Analyzing the data more closely we find:

  • 65% of respondents report that overall living space and the layout of the home is important.
  • Nine out of ten buyers were willing to pay more for a home with energy efficient amenities that would permanently decrease utility bills.
  • Buyers are seeking storage options and organization. They want linen closets in bathrooms, a walk in pantry in the kitchen, a dedicated laundry room, and garage storage.
  • Kitchens and bathrooms continue the trend of being high on buyers’ priority lists. Respondents report wanting a fully equipped kitchen with plenty of cupboard and counter space and a nicely appointed master bathroom.
  • Outdoor features ranked high on the survey results as well. Buyers are seeking homes with outdoor living spaces such as large yards, patios, and decks that provide additional living space.
kitchen design 1

Photo: Phillip Mueller via Houzz.com

The home design experts with The Decorative Touch can help bring your design dreams to life and ensure upgrades will improve the likelihood of a future sale. Contact us to learn how partnering with an interior designer here in Lenexa, KS will lead to a home you love both inside and out.