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2009 Winner of Houston’s Best:

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Remodeled Bathroom under $50,000 
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“A Cindy Aplanalp, ASID, allied, of By Design Interiors, Inc was recently honored with a ‘Houston’s Best’ award by the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Sales and Marketing Council. The Interior Designer received the award for ‘Best Bathroom Remodel under $50,000’ category.
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nThis bathroom transformation was inspired from the homeowner’s comment encouraging Cindy to design something that will ‘make my wife smile’. Taking hints from the wedding photos of the couple in Bali, Cindy transformed an outdated, uninspiring bath into a spa-like retreat for soothing the senses and calming the soul.”

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“Repurposed Space”

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Featured in Sept/Oct 2009 issue of Texas Home and Living

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by Larissa Caramanidis 

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“After moving from Florida to Kingwood, the client, a couple, realized a small home office area was never being used. The project began with the goal of taking the unused space and repurposing it into an “upscale man-pit” for the husband to relax and enjoy the wines he had been collecting on their travels.

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“For interior designers Peggy Fuller and Cindy Aplanalp, function must come first and the aesthetics can be layered in. If a project does not meet its intended purpose, it is not successful. Incorporating the couples love of Argentina, bottle count, display appeal, case storage, and the ability to maintain a 55-degree environment were all design considerations. Fuller and Aplanalp enlisted the help of William Ardon of AWP services to help with cooling, insulation, placement of the condenser, etc. Rudy Ardon contributed his expert carpentry skills and knack for creating storage solutions.”

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“The Designer Next Door”

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Featured in Homestead Magazine, Sept. ’09 

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By Larissa Caramanidis

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“Eclectic Style: 

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Most of us have some pieces of furniture that we like and want to use as we approach a design project. Additionally, the expense for starting from scratch can be a little overwhelming. Designer Cindy Aplanalp of By Design Interiors, Inc. decided to use an eclectic style when decorating her home. Utilizing in her design all the things she loves and has collected over time. As it applies to the world of design, eclectic style is a blend of furnishing from a mixture of sources and time periods. An eclectic room should feature pieces that have things in common to create harmony within the space; tying everything together by a shared theme or component. This is definitely not a hodgepodge or jumbled assortment of random items, rather a well planned and deliberate design style. 

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With furnishings that relate to each other in color, pattern, scale, texture, finish, and/or shape the eclectic design style is brought together. The color schemes used can be diverse, however, as a general rule, neutral colors are important both as a backdrop and for large furniture pieces. Perfect colors for this use include white, cream, gray, black, brown, taupe, and putty. In Cindy’s home, a “candlelight white” color is used on the walls and the window treatments in order to draw your attention to the other elements in the room.” 

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“The Secret Language of Interior Design”

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Featured Houston Design Resource, Issue I 2009

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By Larissa Caramanidis

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“Most of us are not familiar with the language of interior design. Words such as space planning, form, scale, and depth sound like a foreign language to anyone that is not a designer. However, “every one of us has experienced being in a place that just feels like ‘home’ from the moment we walked in. Although we may not be able to describe why, we know that it is comfortable, or inviting, or simply beautiful,” comments Peggy Fuller, ASID and licensed designer #3904, of By Design Interiors, Inc. 

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Given that your home is more than likely the principal investment of your lifetime; the expert advice of a designer is priceless when it comes to creating an exceptional interior. As a consumer, it is sensible to be informed about the products and services you are purchasing, and knowing the language associated with them is invaluable. It is the job of a designer’s to transform a client’s desires into a plan and define how it will be executed.”

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“Trust Me for Relocation”

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Featured in Houston Newcomer Guide, 2010

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By Cindy Aplanalp

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“Trust me, I’m a Designer…

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As a result of the popularity of many home improvement shows, Interior Design has become an area of interest to an increasing number of home owners. In contemplating your move to Houston, whether you want to build a custom home or purchase an existing, you may want to consider placing your trust in an Interior Designer to help you fashion a beautiful home.

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An Interior Designer knows how to coordinate color, space and objects to achieve your design goals. The designer you select will be able to assist you with everything from the blueprint stage to placing the last accessory. Enlisting the able assistance of an Interior Designer for your new home has several benefits. Working with a design professional early in the process can save you time, money, and grief by helping to create a cohesive vision for your space and eliminating costly mistakes.”

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Chairma Design Group
16535 Hollister Street, Suite G
Houston, Texas 77066

Email: info@chairma.com
Phone: 832-649-8656
Fax: 832-649-8948