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September 9th, 2011 by Shannon Langham
The First Decade: 1971 – 1981
The story of Austin Countertops is rooted in the type of hard work and vision that defines the American dream. Coming from humble beginnings in small, hard-scrabble Texas towns both Ken and Kay Langham developed the faith, integrity and work ethic that formed the foundations of Austin Countertops.
The year was 1971, and Austin, Texas is a bustling college town with an active music scene and a diverse, unique population. As the news begins to spread about the beauty and laid-back lifestyle Austin offered, the Austin construction community begins to grow.
As young couple with a bustling family, Ken and Kay Langham were working hard to build their future. Ken had more than 10 years of experience in the construction industry in the Austin area, and Kay was busy working as a receptionist and bookkeeper for a local dentist, when they were presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. A local business, Floorcraft Plastics located on North Lamar Boulevard was for sale. Scraping up the funds, trusting in God and leaning on their faith, Ken and Kay purchased Floorcraft Plastics and began their journey as one of Austin’s best home-grown success stories.
Starting with just five employees the company began fabricating laminate countertops and within one year moved their operations to the current location in East Austin, on Bluff Bend Drive and renamed the business Austin Countertops.
The Texas economy continued to thrive and Central Texas began to grow. Ken and Kay were perfectly poised to offer builders a great product at a fair price. In addition to product and pricing, Austin Countertops also offered integrity, and a depth of customer service that became the basis of the company and the relationships their business was based on.
Austin Countertops grew rapidly in their first 10 years as word spread to builders about their reliability, craftsmanship and service.
June 17th, 2011 by Shannon Langham
Baby pink with mocha makes for a cheerful, retro, almost-edible combo.
By Leah Hennen, special to HGTV.com
Why it works: At the deeper end of the spectrum, intense raspberry creates a dramatic foil for rich, dark chocolate. Both are yummy — and deliciously playful. “The pink pops against that soft, warm background, and the brown brings out pink’s own warmth,” Eckstut says.
Variations: Lavender and brown is another candy-hued combo, while brown with rust or red are distinctly autumnal alternatives.
Easy idea: Edge a set of brown throw pillows with a band of pink ribbon, braided rope or fringe, or give them a graphic look with iron-on designs from a craft store, suggests Toronto color consultant Jane Lockhart, host of HGTV’s Get Color! and the author of Room Recipes: Cooking Up Style With Color.
June 15th, 2011 by Shannon Langham
Select color fearlessly. Make a bold, sophisticated statement in your home with unexpected color schemes.
- By Brian Patrick Flynn, Decor Demon for HGTV
June 7th, 2011 by Shannon Langham
I came across some great information on iPhone applications that you can use to help with everything from choosing paint colors to flooring design. Enjoy!
May 19th, 2011 by Shannon Langham
Having trouble with kitchen redecorating? Or perhaps you have just moved into another flat and simply don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing the kitchen design. Today we would like to show you 11 ways to go, meaning 11 inspiring ideas or take-odd suggestions in coming up with the desired interior theme. We went with a selection of diverse kitchens, in order to let you know there are a million of possibilities out there. Flashy colors versus classic ones, “crowded” kitchens and airy interiors, we took one of each, but only after being convinced there are no draw-backs in style or good taste. Please let us know if you found this post helpful and if you have any other kitchen design related suggestions, don’t hesitate to comment.
May 18th, 2011 by Shannon Langham
From Ikats to Chinoiserie, It’s Easy to Put a Twist on Indian and Asian Design
Next: Products that inspire a modern Asian and Indian look
May 17th, 2011 by Shannon Langham
What do you think?
So different – so cool….
Residence on the Coast of Japan: Villa Ronde
Villa Ronde is an impressive green-roofed residence designed by company Ciel Rouge and located in Japan. The round shape of this luxurious crib was chosen in order to take full advantage of the surrounding views. According to the architects, the residence “is thought as a wide free organic space in which rooms can be closed or in continuity to each other around a patio. The round shape is the best to cover the beautiful view around as well as to resist and glide in the strong typhoons winds. The building itself seems to grow from an hill in which air system circulate to ventilate permanently the house. Everything is thought for the best thermal natural ratio with a double facade for protecting from winds and sun, as well as the roof is covered by one foot of soil including a watering system”. Villa Ronde features an impressive swimming pool, a private museum, a beautiful terrace and a large guest area. Impressed?
May 16th, 2011 by Shannon Langham
The Lopez Island Residence is surrounded by as much inspiring nature as possible. Located – as its name states – on Lopez Island, Washington, the home cascades gently between the trees to offer a bold connection to nature. The structure of the house runs along a river close by. This allowed an orientation that offers both light and warmth and ensures beautiful views of the surroundings. An isolated master bedroom at the upper level sets a comfort standard in the middle of nature. The architects explain how the floor-plan was created: “The angle of the living wing corresponds to the bank and creates an embraced outdoor deck area. The house reaches out to the southeast path to the beach, to the gardens further to the east and most importantly to the west and northwest views of the water.” Needing for their creativity to run free, the inhabitants asked for a studio to help maintain the same dream lifestyle, so they received a generous space for both of them to share their artistic views. His and hers art spaces bring a much needed creative space to the almost perfect residence and the studio is connected to the house with the help of an arcade. Designed by David Vandervort Architects, the house features an impressive Tibetan prayer wheel that adds character and an Asian influence. This is the personalized modern island living we would love to see more of.
May 13th, 2011 by Shannon Langham
Choose One of These 8 Home Photos to Find Your Signature Look
How do you define your style? This is a question I ask every client, and I often get suprising answers. Most clients identify a particular style as their favorite, but their current interior says otherwise. Others give me a puzzled look and return the question to me, “What do you think is my style?” There are a number of ways to pinpoint your personal style, one easy way is to browse through images saved in your Houzz ideabooks.
Since I began writing for Houzz, I’ve directed potential clients to the site to create ideabooks that display their design aesthetic. I review them, find common threads throughout their chosen images and quickly move forward in designing a space they will love. What’s your design style? Take a look at these 8 white rooms to find out.
March 19th, 2011 by Shannon Langham
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