Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Before & After: Bathroom Remodel

The Wylie Bathroom remodel is complete!


Friday, November 14, 2008

More Construction!

The team began another ABRID Bathroom Remodel this week. We are removing the old fiberglass tub, and installing a beautiful tiled shower, with glass block enclosure. We are also adding a doorway to connect 2 bedrooms. Check back for photo updates daily!


The master bath project is moving along smoothly. Demolition has turned to construction!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I am a Finalist!

My design board was selected as a finalist in the Blogging Top Design Swarovski Challenge! This means that Margaret Russell of Elle Decor Magazine is viewing my work. I am so thrilled!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


My team began demolition on the Keller Master Bath Remodel. Everything went smoothly...no surprises...love it!

Monday, November 10, 2008


My local Chamber of Commerce has written a feature article about me in this month's news letter!
Spotlight on Member
Annilee Ramirez & ABR Interior Design Bring Style to Sachse
Annilee Ramirez has been working as a designer since 2003. After completing all of the requirements for licensing in 2007, Annilee received her Interior Design license from the State of Texas.
Although she was originally employed by Interior Designer Firms in Austin and Dallas, Annilee is now based in Sachse. Annilee officially started ABR Interior Design in January 2008.
After attending art school at UT Austin, I worked in the feature film and television industry in art departments and set decorating. After 5 years, I decide to venture into the real world, hoping to make more of an impact in my own community.
Annilee says, “I am truly inspired by my clients. Everyone has new ideas and presents new challenges to create great design. I can offer very personalized flexible design services. As an independent designer, I can work any way that my clients feel comfortable, without preconceived restrictions. I have met so many great local business owners. The Chamber has helped build my confidence as an independent business woman, by knowing that I am not alone!”

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Blogging Top Design - Swarovski Challenge

Of course, after following this season of Top Design, I entered their on-line competition. I had so much fun with my design! ---Drum Roll Please ---- my submission was selected for display on the Blogging Top Design site and the Surroundings site!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Custom Funky Chandelier

I just finished creating this custom chandelier. I found the pair of ugly, dirty green fixtures at a junk store downtown. Spray paint, some new wiring and a colorful mix of sparkley jewels was all it took to make this super funky, very original chandelier! I needed some more whimsy in my kitchen!
~New Custom Ceiling Medalion~

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Custom Lamp ~ Before and After

After reading Eddie Ross' blog today, I decided to post my custom lamp creation. It came from a movie set I worked on a long time ago. It was ugly, but I loved it! The shade is dupioni silk, and the base is brass and wood, so it was easy to update. I painted the base with spray paint, then added details with a brush. I used a very intense solution of water and Rit Dye in a regular spray bottle, and sprayed the shade. A little ribbon for accent, and Viola!
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it look's amazing!!!! thank you so much for sharing!! have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Shoe Design for Breast Cancer Awareness

My daughter, the princess Lola Sunshine, inspired my design for the Saks Fifth Avenue shoe decorating contest. We had so much fun! I'm not sure if I'll ever get all of the glitter out of my house!

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Dining By Design 2008

I attended DIFFA's kick-off cocktail party for Dining by Design last night, at the Hilton Anatole. What a fantastic event! The tablescapes were gorgeous, the food and drinks were delicious, and the DJ (Paul Paredes) was totally fun. I met some of the designers, and mingled with some of Dallas' most hip & fabulous. A night of inspiring design, great music and new friends-could a designer ask for more? I can't wait for next year...maybe I'll design a table!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

MTV Cribs

MTV called the studio yesterday! They found my website, and invited me to be featured on the show MTV Cribs! Unfortunately, the work they were interested in came from model homes, not from private residences so we couldn't make it happen. I certainly hope they call again!

Paint Colors?

The most common request I get is "I need to pick a paint color." Selecting a color that you like from a fan deck won't guarantee that the furnishings you select later will coordinate. The best way to tackle the decision, is to first find an inspiration piece, like a fabric, or a rug, or artwork. Then you can easily coordinate all of the other elements, and choose your colors. Taking the time to think through your project as a whole, and selecting an inspiration piece will make the project come together perfectly.

Keller Master Bath

Renovating this master bathroom centers around converting the unused jacuuzi tub into a large luxurious shower and turning the old shower into an extended closet. The natural light from the glass block window will shine through the privacy glass shower enclosure. Classic style white subway tile and bright chrome fixtures make a traditional, timeless statement.

Dallas Wedding

ABR as Wedding Planner!
The bride and groom are considering this beautiful park location for a romantic winter wedding. Simple Elegance is the theme for this sophisticated, athletic couple.

Austin Remodel

This traditional 1930's cottage is doubling it's square footage with a complete 2nd floor addition. Working within Austin's strict McMansion Ordinance, the finished home will maintain the character of the old neighborhood while becoming functional for the modern family.

Plano Kitchen Update

Plano Update--Emerging from the 1980's, this kitchen will be transformed into a timeless centerpiece for this Plano home. The earthy colors and natural materials bring a warmth and beauty to the space.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Nuance of Neutral

Neutrals almost always lean warm or cool, having undertones of reds or blues or yellows. Plain old beiges and boring old whites are actually fairly complex colors. Select neutrals with care!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


My goal when I work with a client is to involve them in each step of design. I want them to have a real feeling of ownership when the project is finished. Many designers still want that sense of mystery behind the design, but I feel like design should be about the person who inhabits it, not the designer's personal style.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Wow Factor

I get many requests for that "Wow Factor." It boils down to a focal point, an inspiration. Find your absolute favorite piece, be it art, fabric, wall paper, whatever. Find the spot where it looks best and build your room around it. Group similar items and select coordinating and complimentary colors to surround it. I promise your friends will say "Wow!"