Spaces Designed was founded by Komal Sheth in 2006 with a commitment to creating beautiful, livable spaces that meet clients' aesthetic, functional, and economic goals while respecting the environment.
For more than 8 years, Komal has been creating beautiful spaces, some very fine examples of which are found right here in Austin. The ability to create an interior design scheme that combines timeless elegance with contemporary day-to-day living has elevated Spaces Designed to the forefront of Austin design. A slideshow of some of the work can be seen at www.spacesdesigned.com and represents the visual expression and realization of the clients' individual styles.
Komal brings her client's visions to life through her vast knowledge of aesthetics, space planning, design resources and collaboration with professional contractors, artisans and architects. She continually evaluates fresh, new products and ideas in green building and encourages and promotes the use of sustainable products explaining to her clients' the positive environmental benefits of sustainable products. Over the past several years she has gathered extensive resources for green interior design while establishing a strong network of trades-people, builders, and fabricators who share our vision.
As an added bonus, Komal is a licensed Realtor. Combining expertise in Interior Design with Real Estate, Komal works with clients to find the right house and transform it into the home of their dreams.
At Spaces Designed, design considerations are biased towards:
-Enhancing indoor environmental quality
-Using environmentally preferable products
-Minimizing non-renewable energy consumptio
-Optimizing operational and maintenance practices
"Incorporating sustainable products into a home is much easier and affordable than it used to be, thanks to innovative new products that continually enter the market. From furniture to paint, the options are almost unlimited" says Komal. "Whether it is something as fundamental as lighting, or a design element such as flooring or countertops, a green home will appear just as sophisticated and stylish as a home designed with non-sustainable, environmentally harmful products."
If you are looking to give back the environment without compromising aesthetics or your budget, here are some specific examples of sustainable products that are widely available in the market.
-Non-toxic adhesives and insulation
-Energy saving fluorescent light bulbs
-Low VOC paint to improve indoor air quality
-Home products made from organic cotton and ramie
-Carpet, rugs and furniture free of harsh chemical treatments
-Tile and countertops made from recycled glass and other materials
-Renewable flooring materials such as cork, bamboo or natural fiber
-Bamboo window shades offer a natural feel while providing sun protection
-Furniture and fabrics that use green products and/or manufacturing guidelines
-Salvaged wood products such as timbers and other products with recycled content
-Placement of doors and windows in the house to increase energy efficiency and flow of natural air.
-Landscaping with edible plants enhances the sense of community, while making positive use of the land.
-Adobe, native stone, rammed earth, sandwich panels, foam blocks, and straw bales as alternative construction materials
-Saving water by Planting natives and other drought-tolerant plants
-Using low-flow toilets, shower heads and faucet aerators
-Choosing water-efficient clothes washers and dishwashers