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Decorative Touch Ltd Named Best of Houzz Again!

Janine  Terstriep of The Decorative Touch Ltd in Leawood, KS Awarded Best Of Houzz 2020 for Superior Service.

The Annual People’s Choice Award from the Houzz Community Highlights Home Remodeling and Design Professionals with Most Popular Designs and Top Ratings

Kansas City, USA – February 2020The Decorative Touch LTD of Leawood, KS has won a “Best Of Houzz” award for Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The 30-year old interior design firm was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2019. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2020” 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.

“This year’s Best Of Houzz awards go to an incredibly talented and service-oriented group of home remodeling and design professionals, and we’re proud to highlight the winners on the Houzz website and app,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “This award is particularly meaningful as it reflects the sentiment of the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community who are hiring home professionals for their projects across the U.S. and around the world.”

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, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit

2015 Color of the Year - Coral Reef

2015 Color of the Year is Coral Reef

Our clients always ask…what’s new…what’s the best new color to start using? We just received our latest “color of the year” notification… Thought you all might like to know what’s hot for 2015!

Coral Reef is the 2015 Color of the Year Says Sherwin Williams and Better Homes

Coral Reef SW-6606, a vivacious hue, is Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2015. Upbeat and optimistic, Coral Reef celebrates a time for renewal and is the perfect mélange of pink, orange and red that can be used to liven up any space. For Benjamin Moore fans, Coral Gables 2010-40 for all intents and purposes, is a dead ringer.


metallics interior design

Using Metallics in Traditional Interior Design

metallics interior designMetallic-inspired decor and home accessories are the number one design trend for 2013. Whether your home is decorated in a sleek, contemporary style, or features a traditional interior design, shiny furnishings and accessories add design details to make your room pop.

The use of metallic finishes such are showing up in a variety of room applications, including kitchen fixtures and furniture. Metallic fixtures appeal to homeowners who desire a warm, clean look to their home design. Combined with soft, neutral colors, these pieces accent a room without overwhelming the style. Introducing the punch of metallic finishes in luxurious fabrics draws visual interest, while drawing attention to other, more subtle design elements. Here are some design ideas to help you incorporate more bling into your Kansas City living space:

Push your design element by featuring metallic finishes on your ceiling. This is a good way to introduce reflective materials to your room without it competing with your other design choices.

  • Install ceiling tiles in a tin, copper, silver or gold finish.
  • Use metallic ceiling paint to highlight overhead architectural elements
  • Dress your walls in classic gold and cream patterned metallic wallpaper, for instant sophistication.
  • Look for window treatments featuring shots of metallic threads and embroidery.


When combined with traditional interior design elements, metallic finishes add glamour and a sense of luxury, bringing your room to life in inspiring new ways.

Decorative Touch exterior Space

Get Ready for Spring with Outdoor Design

For many Kansas City homeowners, back yard spaces have become extensions of their kitchen, dining, and family rooms. We are cooking and serving meals outside more often, and entertaining more in our outdoor living spaces.  It’s not hard to figure out why – it’s just relaxing to be outdoors.  Our customer wanted her outdoor area to feel just as wonderful as the interior of their home.  This gorgeous outdoor living area is right here in Kansas City.
Decorative Touch exterior Space
We created the perfect balance of elements in a welcoming outdoor space.   Seating and dining areas, cooking and prepping areas, and perks like an outdoor fireplace with comfortable furniture selected so that the interior kitchen and outdoor area came together as one inviting outdoor gathering area.
Decorative Touch Outdoor Kitchen Design
When working on your outdoor design, you’ll need to decide whether the outdoor kitchen will include running water, refrigeration, electric or gas cooktops and appliances, or not. If so, it can be placed anywhere you desire. Otherwise, locate your outdoor kitchen as close to your indoor kitchen as possible, to make running back and forth to the sink or fridge convenient. Consider the following in your outdoor design:

  • Countertops
  • Sun and wind protection
  • Power lines and trees
  • Decking surface and support
  • Dealing with smoke
  • Gas, electrical and water supply
  • Refrigerators and other appliances
  • Lighting

What luxuries do you want in your dream kitchen? A pizza oven? A wine cooler? Don’t forget traditional indoor conveniences such as a bar, microwave, and plenty of storage in your outdoor design. Bringing your kitchen experience outside allows you to enjoy the best of both indoor convenience and outdoor living.


Why hire a professional?

As a professional designer, I follow other professionals in the design industry’s blogs and articles on interior design.  One of my favorite writers is Maria Killam.  I follow Maria’s blog, as I respect her and much of what she has done in the design industry.

I feel she is right on target with her latest blog post on “How Do I Know What My Style Is?” I love this question from one of her readers…as it is one that I get from my clients as well.

Her answer is perfect, and well said… (I couldn’t say it better myself.) …there is a reason one hires a professional for advice in every category of their life.

When you are tackling the interior of your home there is no difference.  Mistakes are costly.  I value the experts who have invested in the time, energy and education to become experts in their field of study.  Interior designers are no different, and finding a good one, is a treasure.

Click here to read Maria’s blog post on the subject.