New Year, New Us!

Happy New Year, everyone! Wait...it's February...is it still acceptable to say happy new year?! Ha!

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Project Reveal: A Master Suite Addition

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We were sad to say goodbye to an amazing 2015, but we cannot wait to share so many exciting things to come in 2016! We want to start the year off right with an exciting project which we completed several months ago!

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Before & After: A Playroom Online Design Board Comes to Life!

Our Online Design Boards are a huge part of our business… They are a great option for those outside of the Dallas/Ft Worth area that are wanting the fresh, sophisticated look that A Well Dressed Home has to offer. And we love it when our Online Design clients execute our design down to the last detail, like this client did!

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Before & After: A Master Closet Make Over

When our client, Stacey, contacted us to make over her master closet, we were like, “ummm, yeahhh.” Who wouldn’t love to design a chic master closet?

When Stacey and her husband moved into their Dallas home, a spare bedroom next to the master bathroom had been opened up to create Stacey’s own private closet. Sounds fabulous, right? Well, it wasn’t…it needed help. It needed style. It needed life. But most of all, it needed function!

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Our “HGTV Moment”…

I'm excited to share a fun little video with you today, but to give you a full understanding of the video, it is important that I start by explaining something that we take great pride in…our design process…

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Our Farmhouse Renovation Reveal Part 5 – The Master Suite

Whoohoo! Part 5 of 5, y’all! Finally! I have to say, it is a relief to have this remodel done, rooms furnished/photographed and blog posts posted! Today’s reveal is of our master suite, which is really what started the domino effect of our entire remodel.

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Our Farmhouse Renovation Reveal Part 3 - The Living Room, Kitchen & Pool Bath

 

Once again, thank you all for your kind comments and emails regarding our renovation! If you are new to the blog, or this reveal, you can start from the beginning with Part 1 and Part 2. Ok, now that you've seen the front yard, back yard and pool cabana, it's time to move inside! Today I'm revealing the first rooms you see when you walk in the front door, which is the Living Room and Kitchen. I will then reveal the Pool Bath which is directly behind the Kitchen.

Let's start from the outside walking in.... As a reminder, here is the walkway to the front doors...

Hewett House Front After
Hewett House Front After

Immediately inside those doors is our Living Room and just beyond that is our kitchen. I LOVE that they are both so open to each other. It makes life with toddlers sooooo much easier!

Ok, so here is a shot of the Living Room when the house was on the market. This photo was taken from  just inside the front doors.

hewett LR Before
hewett LR Before

Here is a less distracting photo taken just after the previous owner moved out....

Hewett LR Before 1
Hewett LR Before 1

And here is our Living Room today...

Hewett LR After
Hewett LR After

I mean, where do I even begin? Ok, so one of the first things we did was sheet rock the ceilings. We remembered thinking those exposed beams were sooooo neat, but trust me, after moving in, we realized they weren't. So we added shiplap to the long stair wall (on the right) to create that farmhouse feel. (still need art for this wall)

We also removed the pendants in the living room and put in canned lights.

Here is an original shot of the Living Room from the kitchen...

Hewett LR Before
Hewett LR Before

And here it is today...

Hewett LR After
Hewett LR After

I still have quite a few things to do in that room...but again, will it ever be complete?? Probably not.

Ok, on to the kitchen... Here is a closer original shot from the Living Room...

Hewett Kitchen Before
Hewett Kitchen Before

And now...

Hewett Kitchen After
Hewett Kitchen After

I love this space! The first thing we did was we decided to put the kitchen table in the middle of the kitchen. The previous owners had their kitchen table all the way to the right in front of the french doors which lead to our back yard. We wanted to keep that space open. Plus, having a table in the middle of the kitchen made it feel more like a farmhouse.

We also removed those large white columns that sat on top of the serving bar (I hated those)... and we took the serving bar down to counter height. So much more kid friendly.

Oh, but there's more... see the photo below for another before shot... Notice how the fridge is shoved up against the pantry wall with no surrounding cabinetry? And the counter top microwave! Yikes! Everything in here looked so totally unfinished to me!

Hewett Kitchen Before
Hewett Kitchen Before

And after...

Hewett Kitchen After
Hewett Kitchen After

We moved the fridge as far to the left as we could go, which was only about 6", but that was enough to get it out from up against the wall. We also built-in the fridge and microwave.

We obviously sheet rocked this ceiling as well and added stained cedar beams and a fabulous gold and crystal chandelier!

Hewett Kitchen After
Hewett Kitchen After

Do you see the single door to the right of the 2 sets of french doors in the photo below? That door leads to the Cabana. Love that it's just off of the kitchen and living area.

Hewett Kitchen After
Hewett Kitchen After

When we first bought the house, I was convinced we would need to replace the open shelving with upper cabinets. But after living with it for a while, I fell in love with it...I'd totally do it again, too! Everyone always asks if my dishes get dusty... well, yes, they do, but only pieces such as serving dishes that aren't used on a regular basis. And at that point, wouldn't you rinse them before using anyways??

Hewett Kitchen After
Hewett Kitchen After

What I was likely most excited about in this kitchen was my new calacatta borghini marble counter tops...they are so gorgeous...like slabs of art. I love them!

And what's a farmhouse without a an apron sink?? I do looooove my apron sink. Maybe as much as my countertops!

Hewett Kitchen After
Hewett Kitchen After

Now on to our Pool Bath, which also serves as the Powder Room for all of our guests... Do you see the doorway/hallway on the right side of the back kitchen wall? That hallway contains the laundry room and the Pool Bath. Just beyond that is our new master suite (which I will post about next week).

Here is what the Pool Bath looked like, well, even before it became the pool bath. It was actually the guest bath as it was just outside of the former guest bedroom at the time we purchased the home.

Hewett Powder Before
Hewett Powder Before
Hewett Powder Before
Hewett Powder Before
Hewett Powder Before
Hewett Powder Before

While I loved the existing black & white hex tile floor, the room was lacking style. I felt like it was the perfect space to add a punch of pattern.

Here is the Pool Bath now...

Hewett Powder After
Hewett Powder After

Not only did we add pattern with wallpaper, but we also replaced the pedestal sink with a custom cabinet for added storage.

We did opt to keep the exiting mirror as it seems to be a vintage piece and I liked the warmth the wood frame added to the room.

Hewett Powder After
Hewett Powder After

One thing that bothered me the most about this bathroom was the fact that the stand-up shower was enclosed with a shower curtain. That was one of the first things that had to go....so we removed the shower curtain and installed a frameless shower surround.

Hewett Powder After
Hewett Powder After

So that's it for Part 3 of our renovation! I hope to have part 4 up early next week.....and don't worry, there are only 5 parts, so I won't be dragging this out too much longer! :-)

Stay tuned for Part 4, which will feature the kids' bedrooms!

Photos by Nate Rehlander naterehlander.com

 

Our Farmhouse Renovation Reveal Part 2 - The Cabana

 

Thank you all so much for all of your kind comments on Our Farmhouse Renovation Part 1! Today I am revealing our Cabana, which is about to get some serious use now that it has finally stopped raining here in Dallas!

As I mentioned in the last post, when we purchased the home there was a sunroom on the back side of the house that faced the back yard. What in the world was I going to do with a sun room? Unfortunately, after we moved in, it became the catch-all for random furniture pieces, rugs, kid's toys, etc. In other words, my worst nightmare.

It faced the back yard and since we were lacking space in the back yard, I decided to open up the room and make it an extension of the yard. Sort of an outdoor living room, if you will.

Here is a "before" photo from when we first bought the house...

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The sunroom is the room with the 2 sets of windows directly behind the tree. We ripped out the deck as well as the tree and opened up that entire wall of windows.

Here is a shot of the inside of the sunroon when the previous owners lived here. The windows on the left are the ones that you see directly behind the tree in the photo above.

sunroom before
sunroom before

Here is the transformation from sunroom to cabana...

Hewett Home
Hewett Home
Hewett Home
Hewett Home

I ended up purchasing the majority of the furniture from Ballard Designs and I've been really happy with it.

Hewett Home
Hewett Home

We added a beadboard ceiling, which I may end up painting at some point for a pop of color. I also plan on adding a couple of sconces on either side of the mirror...just need to find the right ones.

We added a fireplace, which we really look forward to using in the winter. I'm excited to decorate the mantel with Christmas decor for the Holidays as this is the only fireplace we have in the house.

Hewett Home
Hewett Home

So there you have it! From a completely unused space to a charming little extension of the back yard. What do you guys think?!

Photos by Nate Rehlander: naterehlander.com

 

Our Farmhouse Renovation Reveal Part 1 - Front & Back Yard

 

Ok, so the fact that I'm even sitting down to write this seems a bit misleading to me. Why? Because I feel like by revealing our renovation, which started last August, I'm sort of implying that our house is "done." (I can only imagine the laughs that my former roommates are getting from that comment) The truth is, any house that I live in will never be "done." I constantly find myself trying to evolve any previous design decisions....and I'll be honest, while its fun and exciting and my true passion...it can be exhausting. We're at a point where I've completed enough to be able to finally sit down and enjoy it. So with that being said, I've decided to reveal our house in it's "where we are now" state...and if when I make any meaningful or significant changes, I'll be sure to update you!

Now, if you are new to my blog and have no clue what I'm even talking about, start by reading this post, and then this one. It's fun to see how far we've come.

Essentially, my husband and I purchased a home in July of 2013 in an older Dallas neighborhood with a lot of character and charm, nearby horse stables and the occasional flock of peacocks. I kept a close eye on the home while it was on the market because I really saw the potential in it, but it needed a lot of TLC and I wasn't sure we were up for that kind of challenge at this point in our lives. We had 1-year-old twin babies and we are both certified workaholics, so where would we find the time to take on a remodel of this magnitude?

Well, the stars sort of aligned and we ended up buying the house. My head was spinning with ideas even before we bought the house, so the ONE FULL YEAR that we lived in the house before starting this remodel was BRUTAL. All I wanted was to feel settled in a home in which I saw so much potential.

Soooo...part 1 of this reveal will consist of the updated front exterior as well as the back yard.

Lets start with the front, shall we?! Here is the house when we first purchased, almost 2 years ago:

Hewett Front Before
Hewett Front Before

While I thought it lacked a bit of character, I knew it had the potential to be something charming. Here is the house now...

Hewett Home After
Hewett Home After

We added some landscaping, flower boxes under the windows (yes, those particular flowers are fake. I have no green thumb and no shame) We also added exterior shutters to most of the windows.

Here is another view...

Hewett Home
Hewett Home

But one of the biggest issues we had was that we had no overhang above the front doors, so when it rained, the doors would become soaked, which lead to leaks, wood rot, etc. See the original photo...

Hewett Front Before
Hewett Front Before

(Dang...those were some blue doors!) So we had this cute overhang built and we love it!

Hewett Home
Hewett Home

That's the extent of the front of the house. For now. I've already started talking to contractors about putting in a circle driveway due to the fact that our parking situation is terrible. I'll let you know if that ever pans out :-)

Now...on to the back yard...

I feel like I need to start by saying that my husband and I love to entertain. We love to have couples over for drinks, host Christmas parties, birthday parties, you name it. And we've both always wanted a pool. And even though this yard was small, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with it the first time I saw it! The layout of the house was so that if we made our backyard inviting enough, we could open all of the french doors throughout the back of the house and sort of enjoy the outdoors as a true living space. AND it was the perfect shape to incorporate a farmhouse style swimming pool which I have dreamed of for years!

Here is what the back yard looked like when we bought the house...

Hewett Backyard Before
Hewett Backyard Before

Ugh, I freaking hated that stupid garage! I was so happy to finally get rid of that thing!

Here is our backyard now!

Hewett Home
Hewett Home

Gosh, where do I even start. Ok, first of all, the terrible garage is gone and is now our master bathroom as the former master suite is upstairs and is now our guest suite.

So the oval window is our master bath and those 2 sets of french doors to the left of the oval window are our master bedroom french doors. I looooove that we can just roll out of bed, open the doors and jump into the pool! And speaking of the pool, we opted not to do a deep end...instead we did 3 steps at each end of the pool. So from the steps it goes to 3' deep, then 4' deep in the middle and back to 3' deep at the other end. We did this because we notice when we are in my parent's pool everyone congregates around the steps. We figured this would be a great way to really utilize the entire pool rather than just cram everyone into a shallow end.

Ok, back to the house - The 2 sets of french doors to the left of the master lead to our kitchen, which is amazing bc we can open all of those doors and entertain indoors and outdoors.

Here's another angle of the back yard...

Hewett Home
Hewett Home

See that little room there at the end of the pool? That used to be the sunroom...annnnnnd we don't use a sunroom. So we ripped out the former deck, tore out the sunroom french doors (which had actually been painted shut) and turned this space into what we refer to as the "Cabana." I can't wait to show you that space next week!!

This floor plan might be helpful for understanding the layout:

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Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 9.28.00 PM

Another shot of the yard...

Hewett Home
Hewett Home

If you're wondering how we keep our grass so green, we don't. It's synthetic. Love it. Wouldn't change it for the world. No, it doesn't get too terribly hot. Yes your dogs can go to the bathroom on it.

Can you see the cute little white picket fence? We added that to house the pool equipment and a dog run, so we prefer they use that area for the bathroom, but that doesn't always happen.

Hewett Home
Hewett Home

One thing that I really hated about the back yard was the terrible retaining wall and upper fence. Awful. But, we HAD to stop somewhere, I swear it was one thing after another, a freaking domino affect of, "oh we should add this, ok, let's do that." But the retaining wall and upper fence just killed me. And then the torrential Dallas down pour happened...and caused this...

retaining wall
retaining wall

BOOM! Mama's gettin' a new retaining wall and fence!

So what do you guys think of "where we are now?" It's been a looooong road, but I'm glad to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Photos by Nate Rehlander http: www.naterehlander.com

 

Before & After: A Stylish Handicap Accessible Master Bathroom Remodel

 

We love designing bathroom remodels....we've done several of them over the past few years, but this particular client had a challenge for us. They wanted to turn their original 1980's master bathroom, in what they have decided to be their "forever" home, into a spa-like retreat. Seems fairly reasonable, right? Except they also requested that their newly remodeled bath be handicap accessible.

The request took us by surprise only because our clients are in good health, however because they do plan for this to be their last home, they wanted to be prepared incase they are faced with any kind of handicap in the future. Smart move, don't you think?!

And while we did fulfil their request, they asked that we not include grab bars, etc in our design as those can be added later, if needed.

So here are a couple of photos of our client's master bathroom before demo day...

Before
Before
Before
Before

And here is their new master bathroom...

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After

The subway tile is from Ann Sacks and has the faintest blue/green border that we just fell in love with.

To offset the cost of the Ann Sacks wall tile, we opted for a less expensive floor tile consisting on a white hex with blue/green dots to coordinate with the wall tile.

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After

The pedestal sinks not only provide wheel chair access, but they are so charming with their turned legs and exposed chrome plumbing.

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After

The mirrors double as a medicine cabinet and the cabinet tower between the sinks provides additional storage for towels and toiletries.

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After

And let's not forget the closet that is now accessible through double pocket doors at the back of the bathroom.

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After

Another fun project in the books! Thank you again to our awesome clients for allowing Dana Bass and our Design Team to execute our vision. We know you will enjoy your new master bathroom for many years to come!

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources***

Photos by: Nate Rehlander www.naterehlander.com

 

Before & After: A Twin Girls Nursery Reaveal

 

Congratulations to our loyal client and friend on the birth of her twin girls earlier this week! We were so thrilled when she asked us to design their nursery and today we are excited to share it with you!

This project brought back so many memories of when I designed my twins' nursery almost 4 yrs ago! And like most twins, these two lucky girls are also sharing a nursery. Sharing means two of almost everything, therefore furniture placement is key!

What used to be a guest room, in this Lake Highlands home, is now the nursery. Here is what we started with:

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V twins nursery before
V Twins Nursery Before 2
V Twins Nursery Before 2

It is a decent sized room with gorgeous hardwood floors and a nice sized window, which makes for a great start!

And here is what our client's sweet little girls get to come home to...

We opted to create drama on the back wall with the adorable wall paper, which is adorned with colorful flowers, butterflies and grasshoppers.

Beautiful custom bumpers and crib skirts.

The oversized linen ties are to die for...so feminine and perfect for a little girl's room.

Thank you again to our client for trusting us and our vision. We can't wait to meet those sweet babies!

*** ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WERE TAKEN WHEN DESIGNING AND INSTALLING***

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources***

Photos by: Nate Rehlander www.naterehlander.com

 

Before & After: Living Room and Dining Room Make Over

 

We're so excited to share today's Living Room & Dining Room before & after! Both rooms are a part of the house where we recently completed a kitchen remodel, which we posted about a couple of weeks ago.

Let's start with the Living Room, shall we?! Here are a couple "before" photos.... lots of dark brown as well as a hidgepodge of accessories.

King LR Before 1
King LR Before 1
King LR Before 2
King LR Before 2

Our goal was to tone down, freshen up and maintain a comfortable, casual living space for the whole family to enjoy.

We added cabinet doors below the television with a fun "x" pattern to conceal the tv components. And although we didn't change the paint color on the walls, we did opt to cover the turquoise on the back of the built ins with a textured, neutral wallpaper.

King Book Case
King Book Case

Ahhhh...LOVE that faux croc ottoman...so chic, yet so practical for this family of 5!

Ok, now on to the Dining Room... Just like the Living Room, the Dining Room had a lot of heavy, brown pieces, and the table and chairs just weren't the right scale for the room.

King Dining Before
King Dining Before

We needed a single focal point/wow factor for this space, and boy did we find it in the antler & crystal chandelier! We also opted to remove much of the furniture from the room and replace the table and chairs with much more substantial pieces. And instead of replacing the buffet (on the right hand side of the photos), we actually had it refinished...we love saving money anywhere we can!

This project was so much fun! We are so thankful for our amazing clients and the fact that they trust us with their beautiful homes! Happy weekend everyone!

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources and/or materials used***

Photography by: Nate Rehlander Photography

 

Before & After: Kitchen Remodel with Maximized Seating

 

I've been meaning to share this dramatic transformation for a few weeks now. Alli and I met these amazing clients last Fall and fell in love with them and their sprawling Frisco home. They called on us to remodel their kitchen and to decorate their Living Room and Dining Room....so in an effort to prolong the drama, I'll be blogging about each room individually over the next week or two. You're welcome ;-) Let's start with the kitchen, shall we?

For a home of this size, the kitchen was lacking appropriate seating. This family of 5 loves to entertain and host dinners, so we needed to come up with a plan to gain seating.

King Kitchen Before
King Kitchen Before

I'll be honest...that hood might as well have reached out and slapped me in the face when I walked through the door...we needed to tone it down a bit.

Can you see the small counter top ledge/sitting area behind the settee in the above photo? It was meant to seat 2, but it felt like an afterthought and was completely non-functional.

King Kitchen Before 2
King Kitchen Before 2

The above  photo gives you a feel for the original travertine countertops and backsplash...they read very yellow in the space.

So after several weeks of blood sweat and tears, our client finally has a functional kitchen that they are excited about!

Look at all that counter space! And it goes without saying that we loooove the new custom faux crock counter stools...all eight of them! Stylish + kid friendly = perfection!

We reshaped the wood hood, which feels so much more chic. And besides the new counter tops, we added a subway back splash, new lighting, new plumbing and a boat load of storage under the seating area! The only thing we really kept was the wall color.

Here is a look from the sink area, which is allowing you a little peek at the Living Room.

Do you see those cabinets on the left at the end of the kitchen? Here is what that area used to look like...

King Kitchen Before 3
King Kitchen Before 3

The "mommy desk" wasn't functional for our client...she needed a place to store back packs and school related items, so we flipped the desk to the other side of the kitchen (as seen on the right side of the last remodeled kitchen photo) and we turned the original mommy desk into storage.

The new desk area provides so much more functional storage that was customized to our client's needs!

AWDH King before and after sneak peek
AWDH King before and after sneak peek

Stay tuned for the Living & Dining Room reveals!

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources and/or materials used***

Photography by: Nate Rehlander Photography

 

Before & After: Master Bathroom Remodel

 

When our sweet client (and long time blog follower) contacted us last Fall, she was more than eager to trade in her 1950's "pepto pink" master bath for a brighter and cleaner retreat. She craved a crisp, spa-like color palette and a feeling of feminine sophistication. (ummm, yes please!) As soon as I saw the bathroom, I was stunned. It was pink. I mean evvvvverything was pink. Pink floors, pink walls, pink countertops. Floor to ceiling, wall to wall, PINK!

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Blacha Master Bath Before1
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Blacha Master Bath Before 2
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Blacha Master Bath Before 3

Within seconds I knew we could turn this bathroom into something special! Here is the transformation!

As you can see, it's a small space, and because that's all our client needs, I wanted to keep the overall feeling clean and simple, but I definitely wanted to add a wow factor. That's when I brought in the heron wallpaper...I've wanted to use it for so long and I think this was the perfect project for it. It's so fun to add a whimsical element to a small space like this!

In an effort to gain more space in the shower and vanity area, we opted to removed the fir down. We also added a custom vanity, custom built-ins and a corner commode.

Believe it or not, this project was fairly budget friendly. We were cost conscious when it came to selecting the lighting and plumbing fixtures, and the wall and floor tile were extremely inexpensive as well. Because the space is small, we were able to use a marble remnant for the counter top, which helped save us a bit of money. We also opted to keep the original window shutter and the mirror, which received a new coat of paint.  The only real splurge was the wallpaper, which as totally worth it!

We sure hope our client enjoys her new bathroom for many years to come!

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources and/or materials used***

Photography by: Nate Rehlander Photography

 

Before & After: A Fresh New Kitchen with a Splash of Color

 

Remember me?! 2015 is CRAY-Z! In the best way possible! But the blog has unfortunately taken a back seat to all of our projects. For more frequent updates, follow us on Facebook! Anyways, just wanted to pop in to show you one of our latest projects... Our client lives in a newer suburban home with the quintessential dark cabinets, tumbled stone back splash and granite countertops. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of those things, of course, but it just wasn't meshing with her style. She and her husband wanted something fresh and bright with a pop of fun color that would tie in with the rest of their house, which is, by the way, literally dripping in vibrant shades of reds, golds and turquoise. Love!

Here is the kitchen before the remodel....

Adams Before 1
Adams Before 1

And after... We sure are loving that turquoise island!!!

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Adams Kitchen After 1
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Adams Kitchen After 4

We opted for a bronze penny tile on the back splash and quartz countertops with the most gorgeous gray and turquoise veining.

Below is a shot of the former breakfast area...

Adams Before 2
Adams Before 2

Not only did we paint the cabinets and walls throughout the kitchen, we also switched out the lights, added cabinet hardware and traded her breakfast room furniture for something a bit more playful (and kid friendly, of course!).

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5943 Bloomsbury Place

One last before shot of the kitchen...

Adams Before 4
Adams Before 4

And after...

5943 Bloomsbury Place
5943 Bloomsbury Place

Thanks again to this awesome family for trusting our Design Team with your home! We know you'll enjoy your new kitchen for many years to come!

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources specific to this project***

Photos by: Nate Rehlander of Nate Rehlander Photography

 

HELLO 2015!!!

 

Happy New Year everyone! 2015 is here and we couldn't be more excited to see what this year has in store for us! We are only a few days in and we already have some incredible projects lined up, and of course we plan to keep you updated on all of them!

What better way to say goodbye to 2014 than to recap some of our most popular posts. Thank you to our readers who keep coming back for more! For more regular project updates, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram!

Kamback Kitchen Remodel

(which was later featured on HouseBeautiful.com - somebody pinch us!)

Kamback Kitchen After 4
Kamback Kitchen After 4

University Park Bathroom Remodel

AWDH UP Master Bath After 2
AWDH UP Master Bath After 2

An 80's Kitchen Transformed

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awdh McCormick Kitchen 2
Hewett Bath Vanity
Hewett Bath Vanity

Thank you again to all of our clients for not only allowing us to tranform your homes, but for also allowing us to post photos for the World to see!

One last highlight of 2014 was that we were fortunate enough to be featured in the January/February edition of Southern Lady Magazine, which hit news stands just before the new year!

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Southern Lady Cover
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Southern Lady 1
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Southern Lady 3
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Southern Lady 5
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Southern Lady 6

Thank you, Southern Lady Mag for the awesome article!

Happy New Year everyone!!

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources***

 

Before & After: Merging a Ft. Worth Couple's Styles of Rustic and Refined

 

Many of you have asked to see more of the 1970's Minibar Make Over post from a couple of months ago, and we are finally ready to reveal the project in its entirety!

Our clients are a young couple that needed help combining their two different very styles in their new Ft Worth home. He favors a masculine, rustic look and she favors a more refined sophistication. We had so much fun coming up with a design to satisfy both of their needs!

Here is a before photo of their family room:

TV Bookshelf Before
TV Bookshelf Before

Here is the after:

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We needed this wall to feel more balanced, so we reconfigured the shelving in the built-in so that the television was on center. And a set of art lamps were installed above for accent lighting. We also replaced the existing floor tile with a 2 1/4" sand & finished hardwood.

Family Room Before 1
Family Room Before 1
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The style is kept clean and chic by going neutral in the overall space and adding classic patterns such as houndstooth and plaid. We loved this client's existing trunk so much that we opted to use it as a coffee table for that rustic touch. Isn't it lovely?!

Now for the living room... Here is a before:

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Here is the after...

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Again, we replaced the parquet floors with sand & finish hardwood. We opted for neutral colors and classic patterns. We also love using wallpaper to create depth and texture, so we installed a beautiful dark gray Schumacher sisal wallpaper on the back wall of the built-ins. Love!

And don't forget the 1970's style wetbar that is in the formal living room. Can I just say that it is completely gratifying when a non-functioning and outdated space is give new life in a stylish form?!

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Bar Before
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Nook Before
Nook Before

Little finishing touches were added here and there throughout the house.

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Here is a custom made valance to complete the kitchen nook.

And new bedding for the master bedroom, of course!

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Alli was the lead designer on this project and never ceases to do an amazing job. She successfully incorporated the different preferences of the couple's styles and tied both together cohesively. Thank you to our lovely clients for this fun opportunity and for allowing us to help you love your new home!

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Photos by: Nate Rehlander of www.naterehlander.com