Greener Homes and Offices

Green building and design are both becoming increasingly important to nearly every home and business today. Between the energy savings, the healthier environment to live and work in, and the environmental impact, there’s a lot of positive benefits to going green. Many commercial offices have already begun making the switch to more eco-friendly materials; now […]

Umlauf Sculpture Garden

We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to do a private tour of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, as well as a tour of Umlauf’s home and studio.  Charles Umlauf was a noted 20th century American sculptor who dedicated his life to the art, as well as teaching his craft at the University of Texas. […]

Barkitecture Austin 2016

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with our friends at Pretty Kennels and are designing/building a dog house for Barkitecture.  This year the proceeds from the silent austin will benefit Austin Pets Alive!  We are honored to design and build a dog house one of our favorite local charities and of course support […]

Urbane Design on Houzz

Houzz is a website and online community that is all about architecture, interior design, landscape design and home improvement.  It is a great way to organize thoughts and ideas when beginning a new home project.  Urbane Design always encourages our clients and to sign up and communicate with us through the website.  Check us out […]

Featured Artist- Andrea McArdle

As many of you know I am obsessed with art and love to promote local artists.  It has been a while since I have featured a local artist, but we are back on a blogging spree and hope to feature many more in the near future.  Check out Andrea McArdle; she does everything from portraits […]

Quick Primer for Custom Built Homes

Are you considering building a custom home? It is a dream for most people and an exciting process; only most do not realize the thousands of decisions that go into the building process. It is extremely important to hire an interior designer to lessen the burden, pare down the selections, coordinate logistics of the build […]

Passe Design Trends In 2015

1. Inspirational Phrases. I am going to say they should have never been on trend. Let’s leave the “Live. Laugh. Learn.” jazz in the elementary school classrooms! 2. Chevron. It honestly could have been given a longer run, if it wasn’t so overused! I’ve seen can openers with the chevron pattern…enough, is enough! 3. Tumbled […]

10 Inexpensive Ways to Spruce Up Your Drab Kitchen

1. Paint. Choosing a lighter color for dark, outdated kitchen cabinets will instantly brighten a space and also make it appear larger in size. Light colors also reflect light and is great camoflage for scratches, dings and dents in old cabinetry. 2. Replace Cabinet Doors. That’s right- keep the cabinet box and replace the doors! […]

2014 Design Trends

As with fashion, home décor looks come and go. We are highlighting our top ten predictions for 2014 interior design trends. 1. Painted Cabinetry Painted cabinetry was hot in 2013 and will remain strong in 2014. From crisp white to rich jewel tones; kitchens will be finished with elaborate custom cabinetry, adorned with luminous brass […]

Feng Shui: Do’s and Don’ts in a Bathroom

The Chinese have a saying:  “A clean and beautiful bathroom is the key to health, peace and wealth.”  Your bathroom should be a retreat; a place where you can relax and pamper yourself. Do hang mirrors on the outside of the bathroom door if the bathroom happens to be in a wealth area (SE, E […]

Feng Shui: Do’s and Don’ts in a Kitchen

Food represents wealth therefore the kitchen is regarded as the source of general well-being.  If you prepare food in a kitchen with good feng shui the people who consume it will carry the benefits throughout the day. Do have a light and airy kitchen with little clutter. Don’t have the kitchen too close to the […]

10 Ways to Enhance a Foyer

A foyer or entryway is the entrance to your home.  This area of the home is often neglected and considered to act solely as a pass through space.  Careful design and decoration of the foyer is essential, as it gives your guests their first impressions about your home…and we all know that first impressions last […]

Working with an Interior Designer

Designers do more than make a room pretty!  Focusing on aesthetics such as wall colors, window treatments and fabric patterns are only scratching the surface of what we can add to your home.  We go beyond decorative concerns to ensure that your space feels harmonious at the core. What we do for you:  We envision, […]

Shop Urbane Launch

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new online store at http://shop.urbanedesignstudios.com/.  This significant milestone fully rounds out Urbane Design.  We can now provide you with a one-stop solution to all of your home good needs.  With 24 hour access, our goal is to make better use of your time and keep you […]

Announcing a Brand New World of Opportunity

Announcing a Brand New World of Opportunity A Letter To Our Clients We are proud to announce that we are changing our business name from Designer Showcase to Urbane Design. A step ahead of our growing market; we wanted an up-to-date brand which would reflect our innovative and chic design style, but most importantly one […]