Here at Ourso Designs, we are aligned with making your vision a reality. We know what’s hot and what’s not. We specialize in making your spaces more efficient, paralleling your lifestyle, and creating the aesthetic you envisioned. Our services are geared toward you and what you want.
Part of being a good designer is putting aside your own likes and dislikes, and catering to the clients wants and needs. We are wizards at making your dream a reality. But today, we reveal who’s really behind the curtain. Here is a look at each of our designers individual style and personality. Get to know us!
RICHARD L. OURSO
Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer. Certified Aging in Place Specialist. 40 years in the industry. Principal.
Growing up in a full custom millwork shop, I always loved natural woods. We would manufacture cabinets, moldings, doors, windows, shutters, etc., out of the same quality wood. Stained wood cabinets are my preferred choice in most areas of the home. At this time the easiest way to achieve a beautiful kitchen is with white. Adding some color or stained wood to the contrasting island is a nice touch. Wall colors should be very neutral. If you want to add color, do so with fabrics or accessories that can be easily replaced as your taste changes.
I’m not a fan of doors, windows, or trim painted bright white, because it looks so generic. I prefer the look of the trim being darker than the walls.
I am a fan of rustic and reclaimed materials. They provide warmth & comfort like nothing else, and high quality wood grain veneers give a very sleek look. The use of quality natural materials, be it wood, stone, brick, or metal, is a safe bet.
LOGAN WHEELER RAMIREZ
Bachelor Interior Design. Louisiana State University, 2013. Designer.
“Since I was little I have always been fascinated with historical architecture. Maybe it was our proximity to the French Quarter, or our own beautiful downtown Baton Rouge. Through school I grew a great appreciation for the clean lines of the mid-century era and contemporary architecture. So ultimately, my personal style is a mash-up of the two. After all, most everything new is a precedent of the past. I love how sociology affects our built environment and fashion over time.
I love bold shapes and imagery, raw and natural materials, and I usually gravitate towards a black and white palette with accents of bold and rich colors. I love the intricacies of the old (like seen in the moldings) mixed with the clean lines of the contemporary furniture and fixtures.“
MADDI VAN PELT
Student of Interior Design, Louisiana State University. Designer.
“When it comes to kitchens, one thing I always find myself gravitating toward is multi-colored cabinets. I love the idea of having clean, white upper cabinets with colorful base cabinets, especially cooler toned colors like blues and greens so they can provide a nice contrast with the warm tone of wooden floors.
Also, usually I tend to stick to straight lines and right angles, but recently I have loved the idea of circular mirrors to add some curves to the space. I would put these all over my house!“
Student of Architecture, Louisiana State University. Draftsman/Designer.
“Coming from an architectural background, I tend to focus on built materials. I’m drawn to styles that are simple and put the materials on display, and interact well with natural light and the environment around them.
The materials that are really inspiring me currently are exposed concrete and unpainted wood. The way the organic and man-made materials interact creates a very calm sense of balance and the experience of being in these kinds of spaces can feel very serene.“
Bachelor Mass Communication. Louisiana State University, 2018. Marketing Coordinator.
“One book that influenced me a lot growing up was Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, so I’ve had this dream of living like a nomad for a while. I also recently met a few people who converted old vans into livable spaces. The idea really stuck with me because fitting everything you need in a space so small requires so much creativity. Every inch counts. I really like vans with wood paneling, multipurpose furniture, and colors that brighten up a dreary day on the move.”
The laundry room is easily the most forgettable room in the house, but definitely one of the most important. Readily, the design of your laundry room becomes an afterthought, out of site is out of mind. Anything can be thrown in there and forgotten behind closed doors. But in actuality, it really is a room that gets used more than regularly. So the question arises, “Why don’t we care more about the aesthetic and function of our laundry room?” Well, according to the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders), who conducted a national poll of home buyers to see what new trends and preferences are in the housing market, the second time home buyers find the laundry room to be the most essential feature when shopping for a house.
In this Ourso Designs project, she wanted a large laundry room that the kids could use for storage, to do homework, and to work on fun projects.
We may not be getting it right the first time, be we darn sure are getting it right the second! This may be attributed to the fact, that most second time home buyers are looking for a new home because they are growing out of their first.
Not every laundry room has a lot of space to work with, so functionality is the most important. The 2 most important features in a laundry room are having a surface to set or fold items on, and storage.
In this Ourso Design remodel of a smaller laundry room, we utilized the space by putting in a stack-able washer and dryer. This allowed for more surface area. We also added a slat walls, so that she could hang baskets and hooks for more storage.
If your space allows, other bonus features that are a great addition, but not necessary, include a sink, laundry basket storage, and hanging and drying space, craft areas, and ample counter top.
In conclusion, because we spend so much time in our laundry rooms after all, we want them to be efficient AND pretty!
In this Ourso Designs remodel of a laundry room we were able to take in some space from an adjoining room to expand the size of the room. Even in within a smaller footprint, we were able to include all the necessary features PLUS the bonus features!
If you’re remodeling a space and want to add something to draw the eye, look no further than a patterned ceiling. No, not a popcorn ceiling – thankfully, that trend has been out for a while. Patterned ceilings, created using tiles, wood, or striking wallpapers, are bringing new life to the long-neglected “fifth wall.” And, contrary to popular belief, adding pizzazz to your ceiling can make your space feel bigger and more inviting.
Want to get ahead of the curve by incorporating this trend? Think symmetrical. Anything added to the ceiling should follow the lines of the rest of the room and not detract from patterns or styles on walls or ceilings. Geometric shapes, like squares, triangles and hexagons, make it easier to line up pieces or rolls from different wallpapers, but don’t be afraid to experiment.
Wood definitely adds the wow factor, especially when arranged in a herringbone pattern like in the picture above. However, if you want to make an easier and more cost-effective addition to a room, consider a patterned wallpaper. The rooms pictured below use geometric patterns and nature-inspired motifs to create refined and even charming spaces.
A great way to get an old world or shabby chic feel in a room is by adding patterned tiles. Tin tiles are still incredibly popular, especially in homes with dropped ceilings, but you could incorporate tiles with clean lines and edges for a more modern or refined look.
Patterned ceilings can work in pretty much any palette, as long as the color is harmonious with the rest of your decorating scheme. If you want more tips specifically about incorporating color, check out our other post on ceiling colors.
We wanted to take some time to recognize one of the greatest American architects to ever live, Frank Lloyd Wright. You might have heard of him before, but not everyone knows he was, and continues to be, one of the most important American architects.
Born in Richland, Wisconsin in 1867, and dying in 1959 at the age of 91, Wright’s fame reached its peak in the early 1920s. His Usonian homes, as well as his large public work projects, made Wright a household name.
With influences as eclectic as Beethoven and Japanese art, Wright managed to create cohesive, uniform spaces and buildings that all worked with, instead of against, the nature around them. This philosophy of architecture which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world provided the tenants for the “organic architecture” movement. Today, any building’s shape or function that mimics nature is categorized as organic.
One of Wright’s most famous residential creations is his Fallingwater house in southwestern Pennsylvania, seen above. The levels of the house juxtapose each other, creating visual interest without disturbing the surrounding nature.
Those same juxtaposed linear levels are often seen in modern design, in everything from buildings’ exterior structure to the furniture within. You are kidding yourself if you think a building with an organic shape does not catch your eye and make you want to go inside.
Wright’s legacy continues to influence modern design. He changed both the ways we live and build.
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
Plato said that 2,500 years ago. In 2014 we urge you to shed your fears of innovative lighting solutions and bold light and lamp design; 2014 will be the year of the stylish LED.
hanging LED overhead light
We are always speccing lights for clients here at Ourso Designs, and lately we have been captivated by the lights over at Lightology.
this one mimics the classic light bulb shape, the LED bulb is actually inside
We have been encouraging clients to consider LED lights due to their energy efficiency, long lifetimes, and most importantly, their flexibility in design. You will notice that all of the lights we are showcasing in todays blog are radically different designs, and they all use LED lights. At Lightology’s website, you can even order a custom LED soft strip.
in all shapes and sizes
One of the most interesting part of LED lighting is that the design is not focused centrally around the bulb. The design itself becomes to key feature, while the lights are worked into it.
spinning to infinity
Some of these lights can be pricy, however. This next one is on sale at $111,995!
a costly mobius strip
a space odyssey oddity
These are just some of the awesome designs from Lightology’s website. If you haven’t made the jump to LED lighting yet, think about it. The technology is so flexible that you can find a light design that will fit into any floor plan or design scheme you can dream up.
The Future of Light
Lights have been designed around the light source itself for years. This won’t be happening in the future. You can see this fact reflected in the pictures of lamps and overhead lights above: having a large, roundish bulb attached somewhere to the light being designed is no longer necessary. Now the lights fit into the design, not the other way around; function doesn’t have such a stranglehold on form these days, at least when it comes to light design.