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40 Exquisite Bathrooms From Around the World

We are so very pleased to be included with some amazing bathrooms from around world! This project was a part of a new addition for a Loch Lloyd home and the finishings were absolutely luxurious! Check out the article below and some of the other stunning bathrooms for your next design inspiration.

Featured in Houzz 40 Exquisite Bathrooms From Around the World

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

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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.

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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 .


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4 Things to Consider in the Kitchen

It’s inevitable; whether simply you and your family catching up after a busy day or a large group of friends over for a party, people tend to gather in the kitchen. So why settle for a boring, run-of-the-mill design? Here are some easy ways to step up the look of your kitchen.

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  • The pantry is often a cluttered, catch-all mess, but by taking a little time to use matching containers and keep things organized, you’ll want to leave the pantry door open to show off this beautiful space.
  • Remove some upper cabinet doors to create showcase space for your beautiful dishes, whether a group of matching antique mugs or stunning modern plates.
  • Get organized by painting over part of your pantry door with chalkboard paint to create a visible and easily accessible spot to keep notes and make grocery lists.
  • Granite countertops are a winner because of their classic look and durability. You can make them fit the style of your kitchen by using different cuts on the edges, like playing to a modern room with a straight edge.
  • Deep, oversized sinks work well in kitchens with limited counter space as you can keep dirty dishes and prep items out of the way until it’s time for cleanup.

For help creating a new interior design in your kitchen call The Decorative Touch  today!

Remodeling Ideas

Great Ideas for Kitchen Lighting

Although it can be an easy element to overlook, lighting sets the mood in a room. While there are many tried and true lighting options, consider taking a step back to consider more unique and impressive lighting options for your home.

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  • Over a kitchen island or large dining room table, nothing quite beats a chandelier. While the style options are endless, make sure to go with one that matches up nicely to the size of the island or table over which it will hang. You don’t want to keep any dinner guests in the dark!
  • Industrial lighting goes well with clean, utilitarian kitchens and really grabs your eye. Mount an industrial sconce on each side of your sink as functional statement pieces.
  • For the ultimate unique lighting experience, go vintage. Elegant and ornate pendants can beautifully highlight any room of the house

While lighting fixtures throughout your house don’t need to — and shouldn’t — all be exactly the same, ensure they work in harmony. If you have an open floorplan or certain rooms that naturally flow together, make sure fixtures line up and have similar styles.

Here at The Decorative Touch  we have been creating beautiful Kansas City interior design for nearly 30 years. Contact us today to start elevating your home’s style.

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