Houston Designer Pushes Limits of Design

Houston native Blake Woods sees design as the basis for a homeowner´s general quality of life. ¨I believe that design has a profound impact on mood and purpose in environments,¨ said Woods, who has been an interior designer since 1992.

It is with that in mind that he pushes the limits of design with each new project. ¨I challenge my creativity with each project and encourage my clients to do the same at whatever level they choose,¨ he said. ¨I strive to develop lasting collaborative relationships based on trust and communication, to create residential and commercial spaces that enhance the quality of life.”

Woods founded Blake Woods Design in 2011 in Houston, Texas. Prior to that he owned Manchee Woods Design, also in Houston and was an owner, creative director and buyer for Manchee Woods Design´s retail interior design showroom, Modern Worth.

Before that, Woods was an associate principal with Ziegler Cooper Architects, of Houston, after working as an interior designer with Houston´s PGAL.

He holds a BFA in interior design, with a minor in industrial technology, from the University of North Texas and is a multiple ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Texas Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Award Winner, and a member of ASID.

Woods offers commercial, with a focus on hospitality and retail, and residential interior design services.

His work has been profiled in numerous publications, including Houston House & Home, Outsmart Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, Gloss, and Houston Design Resource.

An article in a 2010 issue of the Houston Chronicle featured Woods and his home, a 1947 bungalow in the Garden Oaks neighborhood. It reads in part, ¨Unafraid of color, Woods likes to use his personal space as a laboratory for ideas, another way to inspire his day job as an interior designer. He often uses trays — or ´little petri dishes,´ as he calls them — as a starting point. He builds eclectic collections, from paint chips and dried leaves to found objects and fabric samples, to experiment with color, texture and pattern.¨

When he isn´t engrossed in a design project, Woods hosts The Best Meal Ever Club  at his home in Garden Oaks, Texas. An article about the dinner club appeared in the Nov. 15, 2008 issue of The Houston Chronicle.