Houzz Announces Best Of Houzz 2017 Winners
Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2017, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz from cabinetry or roofing pros to painters.
“We are so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality."
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.
A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Winners will be announced globally throughout the month.
Aaron Duke, a young and buzzed-about designer, says in his design philosophy statement that “interior design should create an emotional response from all who enter the space.” But if that response is the wrong kind of gasp, with hands covering mouth, then chances are you’ve done something wrong. And you might want to consider a new designer, such as Duke.
Growing up, I wasn’t someone who knew what they wanted to be or do with their life. In fact, when I graduated from high school, I told my parents to save the money for college. I spent three summers touring the world as a performing member of the 17-time Drum Corps International (DCI) Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from Concord, California. I went on to teach several successful nationally competitive high school marching bands and color guards. During this time, I learned more about who I was and what I wanted to do.
When I was 24, I signed up for a couple of interior design classes. On the first day, I learned interior design was much more than I had ever thought it was. My professor, Rod Reed, explained that interior designers created every space that impacts our lives...
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In his own words: “People have a misconception that a designer is going to make them throw out their existing decor and start from scratch. This doesn’t have to be the case.”
Sandalwood elephants from India. Crystal flutes from your wedding. Your grandmother’s mirror from Murano. Mementos represent special moments and, with some ingenuity, can be woven into a fresh room design. “Many people want a home that tells their story and showcases heirlooms, collectibles and items of sentimental value,” Los Angeles interior designer Aaron B Duke says. The owner of his namesake company, Duke believes a new look doesn’t have to mean a loss of old memories.
Creating a lifestyle. Duke crafts a visual design story for his clients, drawing inspiration from art, fashion, history and travel. “It isn’t just about designing a room, it’s about creating a lifestyle,” he says. “The lifestyle images create a framework for the senses, and it’s here where I begin to layer architectural finishes, lighting design, furniture, fabrics, art and accessories.” This curated layering produces the lifestyle of homeowners’ dreams, Duke says.
A new beginning. Duke never thought he’d be an interior designer until he signed up for a design class on a whim at age 24. “I remember my professor started the class sharing that designers created not only homes but also hotels, restaurants, churches, offices and public buildings,” he says. “The lightbulb went off for me.” He realized that interior designers are storytellers who have an impact on every aspect of our lives.
Want to refresh your home but can’t part with your treasures?
Read on to learn how to blend them into your new room design.
1. Display Prized Possessions. If you have pieces that are significant to you, work with your designer to find a way to display them. For example, this home in West Hollywood is brimming with stories. “Each piece was carefully curated and together represent a lifetime of collecting one-of-a-kind pieces from around the world,” Duke says.
Many of the mementos are from a heralded design professional. “It is a timeline of his life,” Duke says. “I wanted to create vignettes of his treasures around the home.” He placed items in the bay window and on a large oval table, and turned a porcelain urn from a Paris flea market into a lamp.
2. Be Open to Placement Options. Although it’s good to display your prized possessions, don’t get too attached to the idea of placing them in a specific room or in a certain way. “You can always move furniture to other parts of your home and completely change the use and function,” Duke says.
A Nichols Canyon client wanted to keep her Italian leather sofa, but it was too expansive for her living room. “I split the large sectional into two pieces and placed the coffee table in the middle,” Duke says. “This not only provided plenty of seating for entertaining, but also a place for the client to lounge.”
3. Add Architectural Details. A new room design doesn’t necessarily mean you have to scrap your old furniture. “Find ways to highlight the interior architecture to make it feel as though those pieces of furniture were intended to be there,” Duke says.
A Pasadena client wanted to incorporate his dining set and sideboard into his new residence using a “New York in California” vibe. “Working within the confines of the existing furniture, we were able to create an elegant dining room by changing the environment around it,” Duke says. “I layered multiple pieces of crown molding to add interest, and designed wood paneling to showcase the hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper.”
Los Angeles Design Firm Aaron B Duke was featured in this spotlight on Houzz.com in August of this year.
The Agency is a full-service, luxury real estate brokerage and lifestyle company representing clients worldwide in a broad spectrum of classes, including single-family residential, new development, resort and hospitality, residential leasing and luxury vacation rentals.
The Agency was founded by Mauricio Umansky, who was recently recognized by The Wall Street Journal as the #3 top-producing real estate agent in the U.S., his father and business partner Eduardo Umansky, and design and architectural specialists Billy Rose (who was recently recognized by The Wall Street Journal as the #18 top-producing real estate agent in the U.S.) and Blair Chang, whose Rose + Chang team was named multiple times as one of the Top 100 U.S. real estate sales teams by The Wall Street Journal.
Sunday morning Aug 31, 2016 featured Los Angeles based interior design firm Aaron B Duke. The article discusses our processes, conceptualizing a project, biggest inspirations, our creative process, and our definition of luxury. I am excited that so many design industry reporters are enamoured with my business ethos. My legacy of personality and detail is reflected in every photo, every room and all the hard work is paying off. I love making the world a more beautiful place.
"Aaron B Duke is the principal designer behind one of the most exclusive luxury lifestyle design studios in Bel Air, California. Duke has created with a design vocabulary of classicism, textural, predominately neutral-hued palettes, sophistication, and timeless design solutions that have a league of high profile fans desiring working with him.
Duke defines his success in the design industry by creating a collaborative environment with the client, architects, contractors, and art consultants. This way every project is created with integrity and aesthetically compliments the architecture and the way of life for his clientele. I cannot agree more!" Read the full Conversation with Interior Designer Aaron B Duke on LifeMStyle.com
LIFEMSTYLE is an online resource designed to inspire others with achievable ways to live their best lifestyle.
LIFEMSTYLE provides its readers with the tools they need to inspire themselves to live their best life every day, in every way. Using the team’s collective resources as interior designers, graphic designers, web-developers and all-around enthusiasts of beautiful things, LIFEMSTYLE was created to share all of the experience, connections and knowledge the team has accumulated.
RECOGNIZED BY FRESHOME.COM!
"Freshome.com reviewed over 200 interior designers in LA and picked the top 19 based on multiple factors including their experience, customer satisfaction, responsiveness, and quality of work. We believe they are exceptional for designing fresh, welcoming interiors for homes and businesses."
Aaron B. Duke is delighted to have been selected to be one of this elite group of interior designers!
Aaron's firm manages complete interior design projects that collaborate with customers, architects, contractors, and art consultants. Customers have praised the interior design firm’s lead designer for his great taste and flawless organization.