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:

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

Something Special for YOU for the Holidays

Sherwin-Williams Poised Taupe

Sherwin Williams’ 2017 Color of the Year is the new neutral!

Sherwin-Williams is announcing Poised Taupe as the defining color of 2017. They explain this timeless neutral as a “modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool” and we couldn’t agree more! Poised Taupe is the perfect transition for the love of greys back to the warmth of those beiges. House Beautiful explains it as, “it’s like gray and brown had a baby”.

The best part about this color is that it will work well with your already existing grey color scheme and and brings to some new life to the warm hues of the approaching fall season.

Sherwin-Williams Poised Taupe


Sherwin-Williams Poised Taupe


Sherwin-Williams Poised Taupe



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.

Mixing Metals by House Beautiful - Kansas City Interior Designer

Mixing Metals in Your Home – Kansas City Interior Designer

Are you confused on how to make all your favorite hardware finishes to work together in your home?

We just completed a home where we mixed several metals including brushed gold, satin nickel, and even an oil rubbed bronze – and it looks fantastic! Stay tuned for new photos coming this fall of this gorgeous transitional home in Lenexa.

In the meantime, take a look at this article from House Beautiful on the way mixed metals can create harmony in any room.

10 Rooms That Prove You Can Mix Metals

Mixing Metals by House Beautiful - Kansas City Interior Designer

Mixed metals separated by height so they aren’t competing with one another and create a cohesive and complimentary look in the space

Norwalk Furniture Feature

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.



Houzz Names Decorative Touch “Best of 2013” in Design

best ofDecorative Touch Ltd. of Lenexa, KS has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, a notable online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The 28-year old interior design firm was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise Houzz’ readership.

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of  users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via Houzz platforms.

The honor enables Decorative Touch Ltd to place the trademarked Houzz seal on its website and blog.

Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles by design leaders, a community connected by social media tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals around the world.

Decorative Touch

3 Inspiring Rooms with Color

The beginning of a new year is a great time to step up the style in your house. Interior design in 2013 is all about using color to brighten up your home. If you’ve shied away from color in the past, now’s the time to step out of your comfort zone and discover how great it feels to have a room pop with color. Here are a few places to start.

  • A billiard room is already fun, so it’s a great place to play with color. Let the centerpiece of the room — the pool table — set the tone for everything from the walls to the carpet. Let the classic burgundy tabletop play stunningly into upholstered walls, stunning club chairs and patterned carpet.
  • When you gather around the table to enjoy a delicious meal, you want the atmosphere to match the occasion. In the dining room, create that warm feeling with rich golds and browns on Parisian chairs, an elegant mirror, a classic chandelier and hard-wood flooring. Balance out the room with a cooler shade of cream on the walls and window panels.
  • Another room where neutrals work well is the den, a room made for relaxation. Boost the subtlety of the color palate by using exciting patterns on the window panels, carpet and throw pillows.

To revamp your home’s style for the new year contact The Decorative Touch .


Olympic Design: Red

Olympic Design: Red

Have you been watching the Games? Have you felt the allure of Phelps? Are you mesmerized by Lochte? Did your heart go out to gymnast Jordyn Weiber? At The Decorative Touch, we’re proud of all our Olympians, and in honor of Team USA, we giving a few design ideas inspired by red, white and blue. In this blog, we’ll make sure to cover rooms that entice you with the color red. And in subsequent blogs, make sure to look out for both white and blue. And course, you can always leave a comment below to tell us how you are celebrating every win for the US.  Or continue the conversation on Facebook to let us know who you are rooting for. Go Team USA!

Olympic Design: Red

Olympic Design: Red



Olympic Design: Red

Olympic Design: Red

Olympic Design: Red

Olympic Design: Red

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