Lisa Goe Roberts: Form and Function

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Always one to look for a challenge, Lisa Goe Robers is helping her Houston-based clientele enjoy their newly designed space that is both livable and luxurious.

Thanks for joining us, Lisa. Tell us a little bit about how you got started in interior design.

You never know that you can be an interior designer, but ever since I was a child, I loved painting, making floral arrangements, sewing curtains, and arranging the furniture around our house. When I realized that interior design was not only my passion, but a potential career, I threw myself in and have been living and working in a great experience for the past seven years.

Texas is consumed with the idea of being the biggest.  How do you try to incorporate the Texas lifestyle into your designs? How do you try and limit it?

We are, and I prefer larger statement pieces that make an impact. Ones that make you say “wow!” when you walk into a room!  Not every piece needs to be a focal point, but needs to be special and fit just right. Sometimes that’s big, and other times it’s more subtle.

 

Describe some of your most challenging spaces. Would a unique layout always benefit the designer by expanding their ability to be creative? Or could it limit your options?

Open floor plans! They are much more common these days, and they can sometimes be challenging to work with and require that I invest more creativity and thought in order to make them spectacular. I’ve learned that being  able to show my client the room layout in my 2D/3D design program makes the process much easier to envision.  Designing a room with a unique layout can be challenging, but believe me, it’s also a lot of fun!

Clients do seem consumed with the idea of flow. How are your designs patterned to help the occupant feel that the space is stress-free? 

I try to limit the clutter and use clean and airy color palettes create a peaceful and stress-free environment. Furniture that not only looks good, but feels just as good is also very important when designing a room.

Area rugs, our specialty, are versatile. Texas homes and businesses have open spaces with traditional hardwood floors. Explain how you tend to incorporate the rugs into your design. 

Area rugs are very important in designing an office or residence, and is a great way to add color, pattern, and warmth to a space. I use them all the time!

Do you have a type of area rug that you lean on most? Or is it a case-by-case basis?

Definitely depends on the functionality of the space.  There are various types of rugs that fit anyone’s needs. I love rugs with larger modern patterns.

Are there price limits when it comes to rugs?

Depending on the client, price is normally a factor. Some clients prefer rugs that can be replaced after several years, others would like something that is more of an investment that will stay around for generations.

Do you have any final words of design advice?

White and lighter colors are “in”, my best advice is to get all items professionally scotch guarded before using. You will be able to enjoy them more worry free.

Where can readers see your work, or make an appointment for consultation? 

They can reach me anytime at my Web site, www.TheLuxeDesigner.com

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Mission Accomplished

January 1, 2014

Surber_2013_MG_2272-2It was a drab scene. Outdated wallpaper, gold-colored fixtures and white carpet throughout. Add to that a less than appealing orange exterior brick and a tall arched exterior entry that served no purpose.“Oh, and a marble looking bathtub thing with a drain that sat behind the curve of the stairs for plants,” says the homeowner. “Ugly. My husband wanted no part of this house.”But she couldn’t get it out of her mind.They had done a fair amount of house hunting. But this one’s location was ideal, close to interstate access and just minutes from shopping. An avid golfer, she loved the fact that the house sat upon a large golf course lot with privacy from neighbors. “It had great high ceilings and large windows and the right amount of rooms that were a good size. I told my husband, ‘This is the house we’re buying. Just trust me.’ ”He did. And over the years, they’ve breathed new life into the place. It has been transformed, most recently with a complete overhaul to its exterior as well as a substantial kitchen remodel that opened up the space to the living areas. There have been updates to the living areas as well as a complete gutting and remodel of the master bathroom. And a new utility room, mudroom and powder bath now exist where the original garage used to be. They also added a new tandem garage and a charming outdoor eating area with television and fireplace and tile floors that have the look of wood. Double-sided curtains can be drawn for comfort and privacy.“Yeah, we’ve done a lot to the house,” says the homeowner who lives with her husband, young son and daughter, and two large Akita dogs, Grace and Sake, gentle giants who have the run of the place.

Architect Danie van Loggerenberg drew up the plans while K&C Classic homes took on the remodel.

Indeed, visitors to the neighborhood probably wouldn’t recognize it as the same house. These days, it pays homage to New Orleans style with an upper and lower porch, outfitted with wood ceilings, brick floor and wrought iron pillars and detailing. “People knock on our door all the time,” says the homeowner, originally from New Orleans. “I think they’re curious about it.”

The home has an air of comfort and light thanks to a mix of neutral textures accented with spikes of color. They brought in Houston designer Lisa Goe Roberts of The Luxe Designer to guide them through the process.

“They were looking to update their furniture to something more modern, whimsical and colorful to fit their personalities,” says Goe. A number of vendors were used for custom upholstered pieces, sticking to light colors to achieve a fresh, clean look.

A 17-foot wall above the dual fireplace in the living room and sitting area took on a unique look with a swirl design Goe sketched out and then had implemented in stucco. It’s a standout feature in the living area and one the homeowners now love. “We weren’t sure how it was going to turn out, so we had to put faith in that process!” laughs the homeowner. “But we love it. Now we don’t have this blank wall that seems to just go up and up and up!”

Part of the home’s charm is its clear-shot views from the front entry to the back of the house and golf course beyond. There are views from every room. “I just couldn’t find that anywhere else,” says the homeowner, who has played golf nearly her entire life. Trophies she has won line shelves in the couple’s downstairs study. “It’s nice to take my kids out there in the evenings,” she says.

The new kitchen, opened up to the living room, is family central. “It used to be so closed off from the rest of the house with only two doors on either side for entry,” she says. “We knocked down a wall and did things right.”

The space is stunning in detail with an exotic, yet tasteful marble serving as surface for a large island. Neutral Caesarstone counters below light cabinetry add to this sophisticated, sleek look. Overhead, ceiling tins in a pewter shade add architectural detail (American Tin Company), complemented by clear glass pendants. Thermador appliances serve this avid cook just fine. “I love my kitchen!” she says.

At one point, the homeowner thought the space needed a bit more color so Goe rounded up bar stools and replaced their fabric with a bright blue, easy to clean upholstery that adds a spike of color. (Bar stools by 4 Hands)

Especially nice is a butler’s pantry just off the kitchen that houses “all the stuff you don’t want to see in the kitchen,” says the homeowner. Basically, the coffee bar and other appliances, including another dishwasher and a low mounted microwave that is easily accessible to the children.

The step-down dining room just off the main entry is beautiful with linen draperies and simple yet sophisticated furniture. High wingback king and queen chairs by Bernhardt mix with other chairs in linen that were outfitted in Charleston House fabric on the back for a splash of color and pattern. The Restoration Hardware table completes the look with a Jonathan Adler chandelier hanging overhead.

Most impressive is the master bathroom that was gutted and treated to a whole new look with a major rearrangement of vanities, closets and a walk-through shower. The shower is nestled into a wall of windows that already had the advantage of privacy via a tall courtyard wall of ivy outside. “It has the feel of an outdoor shower,” says the homeowner.

A wall of silver glass tile exists on the shower’s other side, above a stunning bathtub by KIVA Kitchen & Bath. A whimsical chandelier hangs overhead. Sleek heat controlled floors provide the ultimate comfort on cold winter days.

Loving this house has been a family affair with the homeowner’s in-laws providing their touch. “My mother-in-law did the venetian plaster walls in a couple of the bathrooms,” says the homeowner. “And my father-in-law did the woodwork, making the shelves and other features in the new master bath closets.”

Indeed, her young son’s upstairs bedroom, connected to his sister’s by a mutual bathroom, boasts his grandfather’s touch too. “He made my son’s bedroom furniture,” she says. “And he just recently made a cute little built-in bench in my daughter’s room. She loves it.”

There is also a guest bedroom upstairs, and an eye-catching den/man cave with bar and adjoining balcony that overlooks the property, pool and golf course.

But perhaps the most cherished space upstairs is one that their son and daughter got to create — a whimsical playroom painted in a host of bold colors with a carpet of vibrant swirls underfoot. It used to be a simple small sewing room tucked into the top of the back staircase. But attic area was built out to make it a much larger space. Sleepovers are popular here.

“Our kids chose all the paint colors and carpet. It’s just the best space… it’s theirs to do with what they will. If it’s messy, it’s messy. If it’s clean, it’s clean. It’s their space to have fun in and it’s just been the best thing.

“People used to joke with me during this remodeling process because I kept saying I wanted a happy house and they would ask ‘What exactly do you mean, a happy house?’ I didn’t want it to be all white and I didn’t want it to be dark. I wanted a light house with accents of color. I think I got my happy house.”

top image caption: An artful fireplace wall was the brainchild of Lisa Goe Roberts of The Luxe Designer who had it fashioned from stucco. The living room has a clean lined, comfortable look with light colors and custom upholstery. Rug by Global Views.

Story by Cathy Gordon
Pictures by Bookwalter Photography
Architect DVL Custom Concepts, Danie Van Loggerenberg
Remodel K&C Classic Homes

A two-sided fireplace with clever sculpted wall above adds drama in the living room and adjoining sitting room with bar.

A two-sided fireplace with clever sculpted wall above adds drama in the living room and adjoining sitting room with bar.

A beautiful grand staircase in a stain mix of walnut, espresso and coffee matches the handsome scraped wood plank floors.

A beautiful grand staircase in a stain mix of walnut, espresso and coffee matches the handsome scraped wood plank floors.

This charmer got a complete makeover, inside and out. An exterior overhaul gave it the look of a New Orleans home.

This charmer got a complete makeover, inside and out. An exterior overhaul gave it the look of a New Orleans home.

A step-down from the front foyer leads to this dramatic dining room, outfitted in a clever mix of textures. A chandelier from Jonathan Adler hovers above the table. Chairs from Bernhardt sit at the table’s ends. A Charlestown House fabric was added to the backs of the other chairs, adding color and pattern.

A step-down from the front foyer leads to this dramatic dining room, outfitted in a clever mix of textures. A chandelier from Jonathan Adler hovers above the table. Chairs from Bernhardt sit at the table’s ends. A Charlestown House fabric was added to the backs of the other chairs, adding color and pattern.

A charming table made from recycled railroad ties adds a rustic feel and mixes well with light, comfy chairs. This eating area holds spectacular views of the backyard, pool and golf course.

A charming table made from recycled railroad ties adds a rustic feel and mixes well with light, comfy chairs. This eating area holds spectacular views of the backyard, pool and golf course.

The study reveals the family’s hobbies. Golf trophies line the shelves, testament to the woman of the house who has quite a history playing in college as well as tournaments over the years. The man of the house plays guitar, as does their daughter.

The study reveals the family’s hobbies. Golf trophies line the shelves, testament to the woman of the house who has quite a history playing in college as well as tournaments over the years. The man of the house plays guitar, as does their daughter.

Grace, one of the family’s two Akita dogs, looks perfectly at home in this cheerful kitchen. Light and bright cabinetry make the space sing. A tin tile design on the ceiling adds a unique architectural touch to this light-filled kitchen. Unusual striped and gray-toned marble covers the island. Bar stools from 4 Hands were topped in bright custom upholstery to add contrast and punctuate the space.

Grace, one of the family’s two Akita dogs, looks perfectly at home in this cheerful kitchen. Light and bright cabinetry make the space sing. A tin tile design on the ceiling adds a unique architectural touch to this light-filled kitchen. Unusual striped and gray-toned marble covers the island. Bar stools from 4 Hands were topped in bright custom upholstery to add contrast and punctuate the space.

Their young son’s room has a hip western theme with clever bedding and Trespassing sign on the wall. His grandfather made the furniture.

Their young son’s room has a hip western theme with clever bedding and Trespassing sign on the wall. His grandfather made the furniture.

The daughter’s bedroom is pretty in pink with a paper chandelier from IKEA that casts playful shadows on the wall.

The daughter’s bedroom is pretty in pink with a paper chandelier from IKEA that casts playful shadows on the wall.

A fun playroom in a mix of bright colors, fun angles and casino styled carpeting is a great getaway for the couple’s two children and their friends. A storage area over the garage was added on to an existing sewing room to achieve this play space. It is easily accessed from the top of a back staircase.

A fun playroom in a mix of bright colors, fun angles and casino styled carpeting is a great getaway for the couple’s two children and their friends. A storage area over the garage was added on to an existing sewing room to achieve this play space. It is easily accessed from the top of a back staircase.

A remodeled master bathroom shows off all the bells and whistles with a beautiful bathtub and walk-through shower. The space was reworked to add new closets and vanity areas. A courtyard with wall of ivy offers privacy to the space.

A remodeled master bathroom shows off all the bells and whistles with a beautiful bathtub and walk-through shower. The space was reworked to add new closets and vanity areas. A courtyard with wall of ivy offers privacy to the space.

In the master bedroom, beautiful large pendant lights hover above stylish nightstands, both from High Fashion Home. Rug from Global Views.

In the master bedroom, beautiful large pendant lights hover above stylish nightstands, both from High Fashion Home. Rug from Global Views.

Views of the pool also mean exceptional vistas of the golf course and beyond.

Views of the pool also mean exceptional vistas of the golf course and beyond.

An upstairs back balcony offers a great view of the golf course.

An upstairs back balcony offers a great view of the golf course.

The family added an outdoor kitchen/eating area when doing the remodel. The tile floor is stunning and looks like wood. Double-sided curtains can be closed for privacy and to insulate the space on cool nights.

The family added an outdoor kitchen/eating area when doing the remodel. The tile floor is stunning and looks like wood. Double-sided curtains can be closed for privacy and to insulate the space on cool nights.

 

Source: http://woodlandslifestylesandhomes.com/featured-homes/#more-13351

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