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

 

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...

After
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.

After
After

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

After
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.

After
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:

V twins nursery before
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: A University Park Master Bath Revamped!

 

We're back with another fun remodel project!

When our clients first contacted us to complete a handful of remodel projects around their newly purchased University Park home, we couldn't wait to see what they had in store for us! When we first set eyes on the master bathroom, we knew it would be at the tip-top of our priority list! And with that priority list rapidly starting to grow, we assured our clients that we would do just enough to bring this bathroom up to date so that they would have enough left over to complete the rest of their home.

Here is the master bath before we got our anxious little hands on it...

UP Bath Before 1
UP Bath Before 1

Our initial thought was of course a free-standing tub, but we ultimately decided against it as we knew it would be a great place to cut cost without sacrificing style.

Here is the bathroom today!

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AWDH UP Master Bath After 1 copy
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AWDH UP Master Bath After 2

The basket weave border that caps the subway tile makes such a statement... and I love how it makes its appearance again on the shower floor. So pretty...

Here a couple photos of the vanities before the remodel...

UP Bath Before 3
UP Bath Before 3
UP Bath Before 4
UP Bath Before 4

And here they are post remodel...

AWDH UP Master Bath After 3 copy
AWDH UP Master Bath After 3 copy
AWDH UP Master Bath After 4 copy
AWDH UP Master Bath After 4 copy
AWDH UP Master Bath After 1 copy
AWDH UP Master Bath After 1 copy

We've been holding out for just the right project to utilize a herringbone floor! Oh, and those leucite sconces....yes please!!

Alli, who was the lead designer on this project, did such a great job revamping the space without going overboard...wouldn't you agree?!

*Due to client contracts, we decline to share sources*

Photos by Nate Rehlander of Nate Rehlander Photography.

 

Client Project Reveal: An 80's Kitchen Transformed

 

We are excited to be revealing the kitchen remodel that we told you about several weeks ago! If you follow us on Facebook, you know that we held an open house last week per the request of several neighbors who were anxious to see the finished product. As I mentioned in my last post, this project took place only one street away from the house that I grew up in...it seems that the neighborhood is just as friendly now as it was then! We had a great time at the open house, so thank you to those of you who came out and to our awesome clients who so willingly welcomed their new neighbors into their new home!

Now to the good stuff! Let's recap incase you missed our last post about this project....

This house was built in the early 80's, burned to the ground in 1988 and was immediatly rebuilt. And from what I understand, the previous owner was a single male who smoked in the house for a number of years causing the walls and trim to yellow. Our clients purchased the home about 3 months ago and immediately hired A Well Dressed Home to execute the remodel wich consisted of the following:

- a completely remodeled kitchen complete with a new layout, new cabinets and appliances

- repositioning of kitchen walls to allow for more square footage

- new hardwoods downstairs

- removing carpet and adding wood treads to stairs

- new carpet upstairs

- new paint throughout, including on outside trim (we used Kilz to eliminate the odor)

- new windows

- new lighting and door hardware

And to give you a better understanding of the transformation, we had our photographer position his shots from the same angle as the original photos. Here are the photos taken when the house was on the market...

McCormick Remodel 1
McCormick Remodel 1
McCormick Remodel 2
McCormick Remodel 2
McCormick Remodel 3
McCormick Remodel 3
McCormick Remodel 4
McCormick Remodel 4
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 3
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 1

The new kitchen layout allows plenty of space for a breakfast table and chairs. And the spacious island not only allows for work space, but it also contains cabinet doors on the sides and back of the isalnd for maximum storage.

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awdh McCormick Kitchen 4
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 5

Notice the far wall...the "before" photo shows the tiny built-in desk and wall of windows. We opted to remove the desk, push the wall out 3' into the back patio and replace the windows with french doors for easy access to the goreous back yard and pool.

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awdh McCormick Kitchen 2
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 6

Ahhhhh...gotta love that gorgeous marble backsplash!

Thanks again to Dana, who was the lead Designer on this job, to our awesome construction team and to our amazing clients! We hope you all enjoy your new home for years to come!

Photos by Nate Rehlander www.naterehlander.com

***Due to client contracts, we decline to share sources***

 

Client Project Reveal: Pearson Home Office

 

Happy New Year everyone!! I know, I know, we're half way through January already... But things have been busy, so this is our first post of 2014!

If you're a loyal reader on the blog, you know of the Pearson Home by now... We were fortunate enough to design their Living Room..... their daughter, Hadley's Room.... and their son, Reid's room. We also designed their home office as well, and we're excited to share that with you today.

This particular room was a challenge as it needed to fully function as an office, however it also needed to be tailored and sophisticated as it is right off of the entry, making it one of the first rooms that you see when entering the home.

Here are the "before" photos of the space...

Pearson Study Before 1
Pearson Study Before 1

Those mustard brick walls and tin ceiling were frightening to say the least. But we loved the stained glass and the leaded detail in the windows, so we really wanted that to shine.

Pearson Study Before 2
Pearson Study Before 2

Here is the Pearson's newly designed home office...

awdh Pearson Study after1
awdh Pearson Study after1

I still swoon over the metallic paint that we selected for the ceiling. I love how the sheen highlights the details in the tiles.

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awdh Pearson Study after2

We opted to give the brick walls a fresh coat of white paint allowing the windows and ceiling to take center stage. We also had the small built-in cabinet under the window redesigned into a credenza which houses all of their electronic components, files and supplies.

Such a cozy little ready nook...

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awdh Pearson Study after3

Thanks again to the Pearson's for allowing us to take over your home for so many months. We had such a blast working with you!

Photos by Nate Rehlander: www.naterehlander.com

 

Before & After: Stella's New Nursery!

 

When we moved into our new home, we decided to put each of the twins in their own room. Even though I loved having them share their "Gender Neutral Nursery" in our previous home, I knew that they would eventually need to have their own room. Annnnnnd, let's be honest....separating them sooner than later IS a great excuse to design 2 new nurseries! ;)

My budget only allowed me to do one nursery at a time, so I decided to start with Stella's as I already had a clear vision of exactly how I wanted her room to look. Oddly enough, before I had kids, I imagined that if I ever had a girl, I would design a super chic, glam and sophisticated nursery for her. But I felt like Stella's room needed to reflect her personality...she is very gentle and reserved (most of the time) and has the sweetest little personality, so I opted for a feminine design with a soft, sweet color palette. And as a nod to the style of our new home, I also decided to incorporate cottage-esque elements into the room.

Here is a photo of the space before we bought the house:

stella before
stella before

The. Room. Is. TINY!! 10ft x 10ft to be exact, so it doesn't allow for much furniture.

And as for the "cotatge-esque" element that I wanted to incorporate in the room.... well, I decided to add 8" horizontal wood planks to the walls for a farmhouse feel. It took me about 2 weekends to complete, but I'm proud to say that I did it ALL on my own (minus some touch up painting, which my husband took care of for me). I love the contrast it provides from the dark hardwood floors.

stella during copy
stella during copy

And although the room is still a WORK IN PROGRESS (hence empty frames on the wall, etc), I'm relieved to have at least one room in this house that is more than 50% complete! (And please excuse my amature photos, yikes!)

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AWDH stella 1
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AWDH stella 2
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AWDH stella 3
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AWDH stella 4

My favorite elements of the room are the planked walls and the washed out floral  fabrics... I'm really loving the beige pom-pom trim on the drapes as well! But I think Stella's favorite part of the room is the view!

stella window
stella window

I love the feel of this room so much that I ended up having additional pillows made to match the 2 in the crib so that when Stella transitions into a bed, she'll be able to keep all of the existing elements of the room. When the time comes, we will remove the glider from the corner of the room, slide the nightstand over to be under the window and replace the crib with a full bed.

And as a side note, the wall opposite the foot of the crib has a small antique dresser and mirror set that is about 100 years old. It was actually the same dresser that I had in my bedroom when I was a little girl, so I was excited to be able to use it in Stella's room. I didn't include a photo because it's not quite styled exactly how I want it yet, but hopefully I'll have a chance to do that soon.

 

Client Project Reveal: A Big Boy Bedroom

 

Whew! Things were mega busy around the Pearson home this summer! We recently revealed their Living Room Design as well as their daughter's Big Girl Room Design, and today we are excited to reveal their son, Reid's room!

We started with a fairly blank slate... the only thing we opted to keep were his two awesome antique twin beds. They were passed down through the family, so not only did they hold sentimental value, but we knew they would come in handy for any upcoming over night guests, etc.

Reids room before
Reids room before

We wanted to give Reid a classic design that he could grow into without having the room feel too sophisticated or stuffy.

Here is Reid's newly designed bedroom...

Reid 10
Reid 10

We added a crisp white paint to the walls along with a 36" bead board for added texture. We opted for a bold navy ceiling and topped it off with an industrial iron and rope light fixture.

Could you not just die for that navy and white campaign chest?! It is by far our favorite piece in this room!

Reid 2
Reid 2
Reid 3
Reid 3

How fun is the collegiate style font on those pillows?!

And he was beyond thrilled to have a desk in his room! Recognize the old school map from your elementary days?

Reid 4
Reid 4

A boy can never have too much storage for his toys!

Reid 5
Reid 5

Thanks again to the Pearson's for allowing us to take on this project! We hope that Reid continues to enjoy his room for many years to come!

Photos by Nate Rehlander: www.naterehlander.com

 

Client Project Reveal: Little Hadley's Room

 

Last week we revealed the Pearson's Living Room, and today we are excited to reveal their little girl's room! Miss Hadley is the cutest, but her room was quite the challenge as it is just under 10'x10'.... Literally the smallest room we have ever had the privledge of designing. Her Mom asked that we incorporate a full sized bed and, of course, fabrics that her little munchkin could grow into. We were up for the challenge!

Here is Hadley's Room Before:

hadley before
hadley before

And here is Hadley's newly designed room:

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2376

Seriously...could you die for that monogrammed headboard? We had it custom made and incorporated her mongram with the most perfect cursive font.

And hanging her drapes high and wide makes her window feel so much larger.

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2388

Fabric lined baskets provide hidden storage for her favorite books and stuffed animals.

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2397

Drum shades trimmed with dusty pink pom poms and a bedskirt decked in ruffles. LOVE.

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2410

And all topped off with a dainty crystal chandelier.

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2415

It's amazing how a lighter paint color can make a room feel that much bigger.

Thank you to the Pearsons for allowing us to take on this project! We can't wait until next week when we reveal their new Study!

Photos by Nate Rehlander: www.naterehlander.com

 

Client Project Reveal: Pearson Living Room

 

We are so excited to reveal this project to you all today! This 1920's Tudor home is nestled in a quiet little pocket of the ever-popular Lakewood neighborhood in Dallas. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a dining, study and kitchen. It embodies the original hardwoods throughout, as well as original doors and gorgeous stained glass windows. The Pearsons - the most adorable family of 4 - just moved to Dallas from out of state. They were ready for their new house to feel like a home and their first priority was the living room, which is the first room you see when you enter the home. They wanted ample seating, comfort, style and durabililty. It was essential to them for us to incorporate our signature style of light, bright fabrics and to accessorize with pieces that make the space feel sophisticated.

Here is a peek at what the living room looked like when the Pearsons first moved into their new home:

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lr before 2
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lr before

Here is the newly designed space:

Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room
Pearson Living Room

The neutral color palette not only lends a sense of calmness to the room, but it also also allows the enormous, colorful stained glass window to take center stage.

The plaid sofa pillows were the perfect dose of "preppy" and the Mary McDonald geometric print on the ottoman introduces just the right amount of modern.

Did you spy the Jonathan Adler sconces over the fireplace? The pairing of black and brass in this piece is to die for!

And incase you are wondering how in the world they are going to keep all of the furnishings spot free... Alli and I carefully selected fabrics that will stand up to absolutely any inevitable mess for the sofa, chair and bergere seat cushions. And the other fabrics, you ask? We had those treated by one of our fave companies here in Dallas.

We can't wait until next week when we get to reveal another design project we completed for the Pearsons!

***due to client design agreements, we are unable to share any sources for our designs***

Photos by Nate Rehlander: www.naterehlander.com

 

Client Project Reveal: Master Bedroom Retreat

 

Over the past year and a half I have mentioned this client's "forever home" project a handful of times... As previously mentioned, this home is a new construction and was completed about 3 months ago.

While I had the pleasure of selecting the furnishings for the Living Room and Master Bedroom on my own, I was lucky enough to be asked to "hand hold" throughout the construction process. In other words, my client felt confident in her vision of the home (she has ah-mazing taste!), but asked me to accompany her to the design meetings to help her make decisions on finishes such as flooring, wall tile, counter tops, etc to ensure that her selections corresponded with her vision.

The most exciting part of that particular process was the master bath and kitchen, hands down....you'll see why later in this post!

Ok, back to the Master... We had the furnishings installed about a month ago and finally had the chance to have it photographed yesterday. Here is the photo of the fireplace wall during the construction process....

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curry before mb

My client's aspiration was to have a monochromatic, serene, sophisticated master retreat where her and her husband could truly relax and unwind.

Here is the finished product...

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AWDH Curry MB5
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AWDH Curry MB6
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AWDH Curry MB2

I'm slightly obsessed with the cozy little sitting area by the fireplace. Oh, and the door to the right of the fireplace leads out to a private balcony, which they plan to make a breakfast area... I know, right?! The best part is that their master bedroom is on the second floor and has the most amazing tree top views!

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AWDH Curry MB1

And behind those french doors to the left of the sitting area is their master bath....

AWDH Curry Bath
AWDH Curry Bath

We haven't quite nailed down all of the accessories for the bath yet.....we are still on the hunt for a little gold table to put next to the tub for bath salts, etc. BUT we did recently find the most amazing grey tufted bench with lucite legs, which will settle against a long wall that leads to the walk in closets.

We are scheduled to have her living room photographed next week....so I'll give you a peek into her fabulous kitchen at that time. Think, GRAY cabinets! Yes, it's fabulous!

***Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share sources***

Photos by Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography.

 

Before & After: A Baby Boy's Nursery Reveal

 

When I posted little Miss K's "big girl" room reveal last month, I mentioned that she had a baby brother on the way and that I had the honor of designing his nursery. I'm happy to say that baby Dex has arrived and has settled quite nicely into his new room, and today I am excited to show it to you! Oh, and did I mention we only had about 6 weeks to pull the room together?!

Here is the room before the transformation:

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IMG_0957

The mommy to be wanted to keep a queen sized be in the nursery so that she could comfortably sleep in there with the baby when needed.

Her only other request was to have a cool, calming color palette so that the room would feel peaceful and serene.

And here is baby Dex's new nursery...

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1 AWDH Dex's Nursery

I chose to do a fun khaki and white stripe on the main wall and to paint the other three walls in a sea foam.

3 AWDH Dex's Nursery
3 AWDH Dex's Nursery

We had the headboard custom made to match the wall color and we used the same fabric on the crib bumper to keep everything cohesive.

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2 AWDH Dex's Nursery
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4 AWDH Dex's Nursery
5 AWDH Dex's Nursery
5 AWDH Dex's Nursery

I'm in love with the white owl garden stool...it was actually a HomeGoods find!

A great big thanks to my client for trusting me with her baby boy's nursery! This was a fun project!

**Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share any sources for the designs. Thank you for your understanding**

*Photos by Jay of Jay Davis Photography*

 

Before & After: A Little Girl's "Big Girl" Room Reveal

 

Remember when I teased you with this project sneak peek a couple of months ago? Well, I am excited to reveal it in it's entirety today! It's a fairly dramatic "before & after," which is always fun!

This family of 5....make that family of 6 (as of yesterday!!), resides in one of Dallas' most historic neighborhoods. They recently moved here from Denver and are excited to begin making this 1930's sprawling ranch style house their home. We started with their little girl's room, which was most likely the former owner's little boy's room as it was covered top to bottom with blue, blue and more blue.

Here are pictures of the space before the transformation:

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My client's desire was to have a room that her little girl could grow into... something fun and frilly, yet sophisticated and versatile.

And here is this lucky little girl's room now...

AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 1
AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 1

I adore the fresh white walls paired with the pink ceiling...I thought it was a bit unexpected.

And notice the black closet doors? Yes, they are the exact doors that I have in my house...right down to the added molding and the paint color (which you can read about HERE)...they add that touch of sophistication that we were looking for.

AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 3
AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 3

Most of you are aware of my love for symmetry, so we opted for 2 twin beds, so that little Miss K could accomodate over night guests... The headboards were custom made at an exagerated height of 70" to create a bit of drama.

AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 4
AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 4
AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 5
AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 5
AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room
AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room

Miss K is thrilled with her new big girl room....now if we could just get her to actually sleep in there instead of bunking with her brothers down the hall :-)

Oh, and as I mentioned, this family recently became a family of six....they welcomed their sweet baby boy yesterday! Congrats G family! And guess who had the pleasure of designing their baby boy's nursery?! Yep! Another super fun project for this family! I promise to have photos to you within the next couple of weeks!

**Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share any sources for the designs. Thank you for your understanding**

*Photos by Jay of Jay Davis Photography*

 

Before & After Dining Room Make Over Reveal

 

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving...I know I did, and I now have a waistline to prove it. Ugh. Anyhoo, it's back to the grind around here... and today I'm excited to finally show you this dining room project in its entirety! I was so lucky to have, yet again, extremely amazing clients who were so much fun to work with. I'm not sure how I get so lucky!

From the very beginning of this project, my client expressed that she wanted an inviting space with a pop of color... after working with her for only a few days, I began to realize that she desired a bit of a vintage feel, which I was really excited to incorporate into the design.

If you missed last week's post on the antique hutch that we used for the space, check it out HERE.

Below is the "before" picture of my client's dining room...

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V Dining Before 1

And here is the after...

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1 A Well Dressed Home Dining After
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5 A Well Dressed Home Dining After

We opted for 4 x-back chairs and a bench to help that side of the dining room feel more open to the adjoining living room.

Another shot of the dining area before the make over...

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V Dining Before 2

And after...

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10 A Well Dressed Home Dining Room After
11 A Well Dressed Home Dining Room After
11 A Well Dressed Home Dining Room After
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2 A Well Dressed Home Dining After

I loved styling the hutch...and we did so on a budget as everything on the shelves is from HomeGoods or was on sale!

Thanks for stopping by today... I can't wait to show you sneak peeks of a few of the projects I'm in the midst of right now! I promise to do so asap!!

Photos by Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography.

**Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share any sources for the designs. Thank you for your understanding**

 

Dreary Dining Hutch Painted to Perfection!

 

I'm headed out the door to have another project photographed this morning, but because I'm quite possibly THE most impatient human being on the planet (just ask my husband!!), I have decided that I can't wait to share a piece of this project with you...so I'm serving up a before & after of a dining hutch that we had refinished for the space.

I found the hutch at the ever fabulous Again & Again in the Dallas Design District. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the perfect fit for my client's dining room.

Hutch Before -A Well Dressed Home
Hutch Before -A Well Dressed Home

And here she is after a fresh coat of paint and a little accessory love.

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dining hutch After
Hutch After - A Well Dressed Home
Hutch After - A Well Dressed Home

Bright white, Robin's Egg Blue and a fantastic mix of metallics = perfection.

And don't you just love the ikat printed plates?! If you're lucky, you can find them at your local ZGallerie...on clearance!

 

Before & After: Dining Room Gone "Restoration Glam"

 

To say that I've been crazy busy since the end of my maternity leave is an understatement, which is why I'm so excited about today's post. It feels great to finally reveal one of my latest projects, and the best part is that there is a lot more to come over the next few weeks!

This particular Dining Room project was supposed to start last Spring, but my unexpected hospital bed rest with the twins kinda threw a wrench in those plans...ya think? Luckily my clients were in no hurry, so it was the first project on my list as soon as I was back in full swing.

Their desire was to have a tailored, Restoration Hardware-esque feel....something casual, but still formal enough for those special occasions.

Here is the Dining Room before the make over...

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Barber Dining Before

And here is the dining room today!

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A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 8
A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 4
A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 4
A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 6
A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 6
A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 3
A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 3
A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 2
A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 2
A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 1
A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 1

photos by Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography

A big thanks to Laura and Adam for being such awesome clients and to Jay of Jay Davis Photography for the awesome photos! I had so much fun working with y'all!

Don't forget to stay tuned for my next reveal!

**Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share any sources for the designs. Thank you for your understanding**

 

Before & After: An Online Design Board Transformation

 

I need to take a minute to brag on one of my Online Design Board clients... Several months ago, I submitted a Master Bedroom Online Design Board for my out-of-state clients, The Perrigo's. I was thrilled to recently receive an email from them with photos of the final transformation, and I'm excited to share those photos with you today!

Here is the "before" picture of their master:

Perrigo before
Perrigo before

Their Online Design Board purchase included the following:

a scaled furniture floor plan

an electronic design board, which included images of some of their suggested items to convey the ambiance of their design

a specifications list, which specified what items to purchase and where to purchase them  *Note: not all items on the specifications list are shown on the actual Design Board

Below is their Online Design Board....

Perrigo Master Bedroom Design Board
Perrigo Master Bedroom Design Board

And here is the final transformation!

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Perrigo Master After
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Perrigo Master After 2

*Out of respect to my paying clients, I decline to share specific sources for my designs*

What a difference! And what I love most is that they were not afraid to improvise... For example, the headboard suggested in the design was not offered with a fabric frame... the Perrigo's preferred to have the frame, so they found another bed, similar to the one I had suggested.

Perrigo Before & After 2
Perrigo Before & After 2

As if receiving pictures of the conversion wasn't enough...the email that accompanied the pictures made my night!

"Emily, Ta-da! We are finished! We absolutely LOVE it! You reached right into my head and came up with a plan that was exactly what I wanted, but I couldn't have told you this is what I wanted:)" - Erin Perrigo

They did an amazing job, don't you agree?! And this was just the first of a total of 3 boards that I will soon complete for them....I'm excited to see their Living Room and Entry Way come together within the next few months!

Stay tuned for more Online Design Board transformations...

 

A Tranquil Master Bedroom Makeover

 

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a sneak peek of a Master Bedroom Makeover that I worked on last Fall. I had the opportunity to photograph the room this weekend (forgive me - I didn't get as many pictures as I had hoped as this was not my finest hour using my SLR camera).

Anyhow, it was certainly a fun project as the homeowner, Jean, was very involved in selecting many of the items. She even topped off the room with a beautiful chandelier, which was found by her daughter, Jenny, for only $80 at Costco of all places! Can you believe it?!

As a reminder, here is Jean's bedroom pre-makeover:

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And here is her room today:

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We replaced the queen sized four poster bed with a king linen headboard/frame which was adorned with polished silver nail heads.   And the carpet was replaced with sand & finished oak wood floors by Southland Flooring and Remodels.

A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover
A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover
A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover
A Well Dressed Home Master Bedroom Makeover

And check out this glimpse of Jean's remodeled master bathroom (which she is responsible for designing all on her own!) Who doesn't love a chandelier in their master bath - or anywhere for that matter?!

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Here is what it looked like before the remodel:

Jean's Master Bath Before
Jean's Master Bath Before

I'm loving the brightened look of these rooms...very polished and serene! A love a good master bedroom makeover, don't you?

*Out of respect to my paying clients, I decline to share specific sources for my designs*