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    Best of Houzz 2014

    February 4, 2014 – Cindy Aplanalp-Yates of Houston, TX has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2014 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  

    The “Best Of Houzz” award for 2014 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. 

    Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals.  

    Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of millions of monthly users, also known as “Houzzers".

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    Featured in 2013 Kitchen & Bath Magazine

    3 Page article and the cover featured designs by Cindy Aplanalp of By Design Interiors and Matt and Jenny Sneller with Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling

    Matt and Jenny Sneller with Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling along with Cindy Aplanalp-Yates of By Design Interiors created a home that could be described as a "Modern Mix in a Traditional Setting".  This kitchen and bathroom was featured on the cover as well as in a 3 page spread of the Kitchen & Bath Design News, November 2013.  Click here to see the entire article.  

    More great kitchen and bathroom ideas can be found in the Kitchen & Bathroom Design News Magazine.

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    2013 Houston's Best Prism Award

    3 Times winner for "Vintage Eclectic" project by Cindy Aplanalp and Gyphon Builders.

    - Remodeled Specialty Room
    - Private Residence Interior Design Specialty Room
    - Private Residence Interior Design Family Room

    Houston's Best Award Finalist:

    Private Residence Interior Design Bathroom Finalist

    Private Residence Interior Design Family Room Finalist

    Private Residence Interior Design Specialty Room Finalist

    Remodeled Bathroom under $50,000 Finalist with Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling

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    2013 Star Awards

    2013 Star Awards have been announced!  Best Specialty Room over $50K goes to a project by Gryphon Builders and Cindy Aplanalp of By Design Interiors!

    Photo compliments of Gryphon Builders

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    Houston Design Resource, Spring 2013

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    Houston Design Resource, Spring 2013

    By Design Interiors, Inc.
    Designer on Project: Cindy Aplanalp, ASID Allied
    Assistant Designers on Project: Amber Reddoch and Erika Barczak
    Photography by Brad Carr, bradforcarr.com

    "Just beyond the city lights sits a country estate on the rolling landscape of Magnolia, Texas. This estate styled home is witness to a long–term dream realized. the acreage was purchased years prior before a job transfer took the owners to London for several years. The longing for home became even stronger when they learned they would soon be grandparents for the first time!  A real family home where generations gather was the heart’s desire of this undertaking.

    Designing a home is challenging enough. There are millions of decisions and minute details that go into the building process, but designing and building a home from across an ocean offers additional challenges beyond differing time zones..."

    To read the rest of the article....click here!

  • "Best of Houzz" for 2013

    January 22, 2013 – Cindy Aplanalp-Yates of Houston, TX has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The very talented Cindy, was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

     The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals.  Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

    Check out my Houzz portfolio to see more.

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    Houston's Best - Prism Awards 2012

         In an award ceremony on October 6th, Cindy Aplanalp of By Design Interiors was presented with two GHBA Houston's Best Awards for residential design.  The Greater Houston Builders Association's prestigious "Houston's Best" Awards have been recognizing excellence and superior acheivement in the home building industry for more than 30 years. Formally the PRISM Awards, Houston's Best honors builders, remodelors, designers and sales professionals in the categories of People, Product and Promotion.

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    Out of the Ordinary Bathrooms

    One of my bathrooms is featured in the Home Portfolio for the vibrant colors.  Check out the website for my design and many other great bathrooms!

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    2012 GHBA Residential Design Excellence Award

    Featured in Greater Houston Builders Assocation Magazine, Issue September 2012

    Design by Cindy Aplanalp of By Design Interiors, David Patterson of DWP Architects, and Ted and Yvonne Cummins of Morning Star Builders.

    "Morning Star Builders has been named a 2012 Design Excellence Award winner by Residential Design + Build magazine. The annual awards program recognizes residential design and construction firms for excellence in the single-family custom home market.  The judges chose Morning Star Builders for its success at addressing challenges, design creativity and overall dedication to success and as proof of the firm’s unwavering quality as the nation’s housing market begins its slow recovery.  This award winning master bathroom features a barrel vaulted ceiling finished in exquisite glass mosaic tile, a digital shower controller with bedside remote, heated towel warmer, candle fireplace, air tub, furniture styled vanities and a TV hidden behind the mirror with two way glass," as quoted from the People & Places section of the GHBA magazine.

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    Grand Style in Cypress

    "Grand Style in Cypress"
    Houston House and Home

    October 2011

    Southern Living Showcase Home by Morning Star Builders celebrates rustic luxury

    Written by Chris Day
     Photography by Kolanowski Studio, Inc.

    "The mantra adopted by Morning Star Builders CEO Ted Cummins is "the difference is in the details." With one glance at the interiors of this custom home in Hidden Falls, the visitor knows that Cummins takes this mantra very seriously. This Tuscan-style villa is a 2011 Southern Living Showcase home in Hidden Falls, a gated community in Cypress, Texas and boasts over 5,000 square feet of gorgeous details, including a stucco/brick exterior with custom wrought iron accents. The intricately patterned bricks are just one of many recurring motifs that flow throughout the house."

    To read the rest of the article, click here.

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