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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.

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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:

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:

The Decorative Touch Clients Share Their Experiences

We know we have a great design reputation in the Kansas City area, but we figure you’d probably prefer hearing it from our clients than from us. Here’s what a couple of our clients had to say about working with The Decorative Touch, our Lenexa, KS interior design firm:

“Before I met Janine @ The Decorative Touch, I used to make so many costly decorating mistakes. Now, having been a customer for over 10 years, I am consistently impressed by Janine’s professionalism. I can trust that she has my best interests in mind, and I know we are making the right decisions for me.”
–Amy M.

“In this day and age, it’s hard to find a company you can trust. The Decorative Touch Ltd. was recommended to me by a friend, and now I know why – the quality of personal service I received was outstanding. Janine really listened to my needs. Now I am recommending her to my friends too!”
–Mary B.

Find us in the Exclusive Interiors Design Studio or give us a call at 913-888-1388 to find out about how we can help you with your Kansas City-area design needs.

Photo: Design by The Decorative Touch, Ltd.

Kind Words from Rockwood Builders

decorativetouch7As the owner of Rockwood Builders I have known and worked with Janine for 12 years. She does all my selections after I’ve completed a project. She has carte blanche when picking paint colors, carpet, tiles, light fixtures as well as exterior colors. When it is time for us to furnish a model home Janine also does all the staging of the house. Each and every experience I’ve had with Janine has been a complete pleasure. Not only is she easy to work with, she has the personality to go with it.

She always goes beyond the call of duty to make sure everything is perfect. Janine has a unique talent as she can envision the finished product when she is just starting on a house. As a builder, I see the house finished at blueprint stage and she sees it completely decorated as an interior designer. Each of my customers that has worked with Janine always tells me how great of an experience it was. Her attention to detail is impeccable and I  can’t say enough good things about her as a person or as a professional.


Richard Pfaff of Rockwood Builders

What’s So Great About Bamboo Anyway?

There are many Pros of bamboo flooring and very few Cons, so overall it can be said that bamboo floors are a definite choice for the environmentally-aware person who wants a floor that would last for decades. By taking a brief look into both sides of the coin, you can make up your mind if bamboo is the right type of floor for you.

Starting with the positives: since bamboo is not a tree but a rapidly growing plant, the ecological benefits of using it instead of regular wood are great. Forests are diminished with each year because of all the industries that cut massive amounts of trees for their production – floor manufacturing plays a big part in that. Bamboo replaces these needs with its unique characteristics and ease of cultivation, treatment and preservation.

A big misunderstanding is that bamboo floors are expensive. It’s quite the opposite, with the exception of hand-scraped models. Very inexpensive compared to traditional hardwood and stone floors, bamboo-made floor covers also require less maintenance care and their installation is straightforward. Bamboo floors can last a couple of decades if basic care is taken for their preservation. They are naturally resistant to infestation, moisture, dirt and weight load, and require just regular mop and sweep to keep at their best.

So far so good, but when it comes to negatives with bamboo floors, it’s mostly to do with buying, maintenance and life style, than its actual properties. To start with, a bamboo floor should not be exposed excessively to direct sun light, so depending on your location it may not be a practical solution for your home. Just like hardwood, although not nearly as much, bamboo should be kept dry and any water spills should be taken care of immediately to avoid swelling and twisting of the spot, which would lead to structural instability.

As you can see, most of the disadvantages of bamboo flooring are easily taken care of by careful planning and observation of the available brands. With proper maintenance and following a few basic rules, bamboo flooring is not only going to enhance the appeal and value of your home, but provide a solution that keeps its look and color for many years.

If you have bamboo flooring, what are your favorite features about it?