MP STUDIO featured in the Houston Chronicle!

Our team was tapped to share our insights to the ever-present issue of what to do with a formal dining room space if you don't need one . . .

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Bring Home Your Vacation!

Its summer time and we’re dreaming about vacation! Escaping this Houston heat (or occasional hurricane) is sometimes a must. There is something magical about submerging yourself into a new environment and getting lost in its beauty.

Strapped on time or funds? A staycation and exploring your city could be a welcome break to clear your mind. Go for a walk in the park, take photos, open your eyes and take in the everyday beauty often overlooked. The key word is getting INSPIRED. We often get inspiration from posts on social media, especially Pinterest. Check out this color scheme that transports us to a suburb of France.

  MAJOR INSPIRATION BY: Overall Scheme from @DesignSeeds, Door Image from @myfrenchcountrygarden

MAJOR INSPIRATION BY: Overall Scheme from @DesignSeeds, Door Image from @myfrenchcountrygarden

 Here are some tips on incorporating these vacation vibes into your own home. 

-          Use your inspiration as a starting off point. Find a piece of art, rug, or drapery that combines all of your colors.

-          Distressing existing furnishings can transform mismatched furniture into a unified look.

-          Add interior plants to your space. Don’t have a green thumb? Check out the ZZ plant! It requires very little light and only required watering about once a month.

-          Souvenirs can be a great way to furnish your home with beautiful memorable accessories.

We are still blushing over our love of millennial pink......

Are you part of our club - the one where we still love pink? If so and you're struggling with how to keep it from being too 'pretty', then we have the solution you've been waiting for...

Pair millennial pink with caramel leather and rustic woods.  Sounds simple huh? Well it is and it's fool proof. Just take a look at our recent install in Orlando, Florida. Pink, cream, rustic wood, and rich leather is all you need to disguise and offset the overly 'pretty'!

More design options to consider pairing with blush:

  • black iron
  • brass metals
  • clean lined furniture
  • rich woods
  • cream linen
  • industrial touches (lighting maybe?)
  • and sisal/jute rugs

All of these will allow you to enjoy your pink for as long as you like!

DESIGN TIP TIME!

How to successfully install an eclectic gallery wall:

1.       Measure the size of the wall – length and height – be sure to take into account any furniture that may be below, if applicable.

2.       If you have access to a drawing program, like AutoCAD, you can draw your wall to scale and then input some generic sizes of art – until you like the overall pattern or design you’ve created. If you don’t have access to a drawing program, you can simply use sheets of paper in the sizes you like and arrange either on the floor or with painters tape on the wall itself, until you have a design you like.

a.       If you are planning to use a professional framing company, you can make your art any size you prefer, but if you are planning to frame yourself with retail frames, you’ll want to estimate your art in some standard sizes: 8x10, 11x17, 16x20, 18x24, 24x36, etc.

3.       It helps to start with one larger piece as the anchor art. In our case, we used the large oval art to act as center to our random collage on either side.

4.       Repeat unifying factors: bronze frames, square shapes, small vs. large, colorful art, sketches, colorful mats, framed vs. canvas, etc. If you look at our example – we repeated these elements on both sides until it felt balanced.

a.       Balance is something that does not have to mean symmetrical.

b.      You just need to make sure one side doesn’t feel lighter or heavier than the other side.

c.       Know that if it feels good for you, then it is a success!

5.       In this example, we used an art rod system from Pottery Barn and it added a great metal and rustic feel to our gallery, but without it, the gallery is still dynamic.

As long as you compile pieces you love, you should have an eclectic gallery wall you’ll enjoy looking at for a long time!

Getting to know designer Sierra Withers!

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We asked one of our top designers, Sierra Withers, a few questions to help you all get to know her...

  1. What is your biggest passion outside of interior design?   I think that interior design IS my biggest passion. Everywhere I go I notice the design of the spaces, in new restaurants, stores, etc. I am always looking for new ideas. I just don’t think I can every get away from it! 
  2. What is your favorite interior design trend right now? That metallics are coming back in a big way!
  3. What interior design trend do you wish would just go away? I am not a huge a fan of overly ornate design in homes. I feel like it makes a space just feel so heavy.
  4. What led you to interior design? I have always been interested in design. When I was touring colleges I had the chance to tour the architecture college at Kansas State University and felt that I finally had an opportunity to express my ideas through design. In the interior architecture program we were able to experience many different facets of design and I was able to realize why I love interior design so much. Designers get to help people have different reactions to a space with design.
  5. What would your dream job be if not in the interior field? Probably owning a ceramic store. My grandma had one when I was a kid and I loved painting and getting to help pour the molds for all of the different ceramics. I would still be able to do something creative and could help interesting kids into different forms of art.
  6. Tell us three things about yourself that make you YOU! My family influence and upbringing. My love of traveling/new experiences. My drive, to work hard and be successful and to also help our company be successful. 

Brittany Meeks Biddle Receives NCIDQ Certification

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MP STUDIO is pleased to announce that Brittany Meeks Biddle, RID, NCIDQ has recently passed the NCIDQ Examination and has earned her NCIDQ Certification. The NCIDQ Certification is the industry's recognized indicator of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer's commitment to the profession.

Brittany received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Voice from Belmont University and then went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from O’More College of Design in Nashville, TN. Her projects feature insightful and creative designs for single and multifamily living in addition to hospitality. Brittany’s approach to design is rooted in exploration. She strives to create a sense of place for clients that not only offers functionality, but serves as a source of inspiration. She believes that the best designs are reached when they are equally efficient and breath-taking, and she will work endlessly with clients to achieve this goal.

Bartz Ranch Project Showcase

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Take a tour of Bartz Ranch, a garden apartment community located in Round Rock, Texas. MP STUDIO provided interior design services for the leasing office, club house, business center, music studio and model unit. Take a look at the final product below!

MP STUDIO takes home 2 WINS and 1 Honorable Mention at ASID Ruby Awards 2017!

We are so thrilled to have been honored at this years 2017 ASID Ruby Awards. The American Society of Interior Designers, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, held their annual awards banquet this past weekend to celebrate the accomplishments of our peers in the industry. MP STUDIO took home the Best Multifamily Housing award for our work on Bartz Ranch in Round Rock, Texas and Best Interior Design of a Home under 3500 sq.ft. for our work on the 4117 model at Harmony in North Houston. Our 5128 model at Harmony took Honorable Mention for the same category.

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MP STUDIO Wins Awards with Shea Homes at the 2017 TAB Star Awards!

MP STUDIO is honored to have worked with Shea Homes Houston on model homes in Meridiana and Harmony and to take home 5 awards at the 2017 Texas Association of Builders STAR Awards for models we designed through both finishes specifications and merchandising. 

 Click on the images below to see them larger and in more detail!

Click on the images below to see them larger and in more detail!

Poston at the Park Project Showcase

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Here is our final photography of the MP STUDIO designed penthouse space at Poston at the Park! Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Poston offers spacious luxury condos with unmatched city views. 

Preserve at Baywood Project Showcase

Take a tour of The Preserve at Baywood, a luxury multi-family community located in Pasadena, Texas. MP STUDIO provided interior design services for the club house, business center, fitness center and model unit. Take a look at the final product below!

MP STUDIO Wins 2 Awards at the 2016 GHBA Prism Awards!

MP STUDIO is excited to announce our two big wins this year at the Greater Houston Builders Association Prism awards.  This is an amazing honor and we are so proud to represent our clients and win for Best Interior Merchandising of Model Homes in two price brackets.  Our team was also finalists for three other homes.  The winning and finalist models ranged in sq ft from 2100-3000. 

 

Q&A with our Director of Design & Production

Brittany Meeks Biddle, daughter of acclaimed Architect Don Meeks, proves that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. 

Q: What is your first memory of a situation where you knew you were interested in interior design?
A: Whenever we would drive through neighborhoods when I was younger (about 10 years old), my dad would teach me about the different design elements of each house and what made them one style over another. We soon made a game of this, and I would guess the style of whatever home we were driving by, be it English Tutor, French, Colonial, etc. I loved this game and grew fond of recognizing design details wherever I went.

Q: What influences you, aside from furniture and décor?
A: The surroundings of a space always influence my design direction. Nature, architecture, and culture play such significant roles into how the interior of a space will turn out. I believe that the interior design of a building should always relate to its architecture and function in a manner that is appealing to the people using it.

Q: What are your go to basics?
A: You can never go wrong with layering solid textures. The more texture the better! A mix of different solid colors also makes for an exciting look but does not become too busy.

Q: Favorite Room in the House?
A: My favorite room in the house is the kitchen. I feel that the kitchen should always be open and connected to a casual dining space. Kitchens are where everyone congregates, and if designed properly, make for a great entertaining space!