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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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

 

Before & After: Cantrell Kitchen Remodel Reveal

 

I'm so excited to finally reveal the remodel that I posted about last week! A great big thank you to the home owner, Jamie, for giving me free reign on this design, and to her husband, Shawn, for saying to her, "It's whatever you want, babe..." during our initial consultation! (I swear he totally said that...and when he did, it was like the skies parted and the angels started singing.......ahhhhhhh!!!)

Ok, onward...

When I first stepped into the space, this is what I saw...

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Dark oak cabinets, a rust colored travertine floor and dated wall paper. And no offense to the builder, but what is up with that "serving bar?" It totally closes off the kitchen from the adjacent living room. And the counter top overhang was no more than 3", making it virtually impossible to comfortably incorporate barstools for dining.

And did I mention the miniature island in the center of the kitchen? You can't see it because it is blocked by the serving bar, but it was literally 2'x3' and offered zero work space.

Here is a "before" picture of the breakfast area...

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And another view of the kitchen from the breakfast area...

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And here is the new kitchen design from the very same angle...

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Cantrell Kitchen 6

My favorite part of this remodel has to be the custom island.

By removing the "serving bar," as well as the island, we were able to build a 10' x 5' custom island with built-in counter height dining and a freak load of storage. It's the perfect place for their boys to sit and do homework while Jamie prepares meals.

Removing the serving bar also allows the kitchen to feel more open to the living room (which also has a new design in the works, btw!)...I know that Jamie & Shawn will really enjoy this aspect of the kitchen when entertaining friends and family.

Below is a shot from the opposite end of the kitchen...

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Cantrell Kitchen 5

We replaced all of the cabinet fronts with paint grade wood and had all of the cabinets painted white.

We also added glass uppers, island pendants and additional canned lighting as well as the most beautiful taupe/grey solid surface counter top. We opted out of marble and granite as we wanted to keep the counter top free of pattern and movement.

The new wood floors were a must... We extended the existing living room floors into the kitchen to merge the space.

And of course, the herringbone pattern backsplash styled with fresh white subway tiles .... Love.

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Cantrell Kitchen 1

And finally, the breakfast area...

Custom drapes, woven shades and a lively graphic print rug.

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Cantrell Kitchen 4

Such a fun project! Can't wait to show you their living room remodel in the next several weeks!

***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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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.

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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
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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...

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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.

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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.

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AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 4
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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*

 

Quick and Easy DIY Window Shade

 

After posting, "Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete," I received several emails regarding the fabric shade over the kitchen sink. Most of you wanted to know where I purchased it, but truth be told, I made it! A couple of months ago I was perusing through one of my favorite design blogs emilyaclark.blogspot.com. Emily is an incredibly talented Home Stylist with many crafty DIY ideas...but this one in particular really captured my attention, and I just knew I needed to try it myself!

During the process of our kitchen remodel we decided to remove the previous shutter over the kitchen sink as it was hindering the amount of natural light we acquired. I still wanted some sort of a window covering for privacy, but I preferred something less obstructive and with a little more character. I knew this would be the perfect time to try out Emily's "Easy (and inexpensive) DIY Fabric Roller Shade."

So I purchased a roller shade from Home Depot for about $9 along with a yard of patterned fabric for about $12 and put myself to work! First, I cleared off a work space on my kitchen floor, unrolled the shade and placed the fabric underneath it. I then proceeded to trim the sides of the fabric to a width that is about 2" wider than the shade.

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DIY Fabric Shade 1

A great big thank you, once again, to the talented Emily Clark for inspiring me to take on this project! It was fun and easy, and I am thrilled with the end result!

 

Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete!!!

 

I am THRILLED to announce that our Kitchen Remodel is complete! As I mentioned in "Making His House Our Home," I originally assisted in designing this home 6 years ago when my husband, who was single at the time, elected to build a rustic style home where him and a couple of his roommates would live in "bachelorhood" for the next several years. Little did either one of us know, we would eventually end up getting married and living in the home together!

Soon after we got married we discussed possibly selling the home and building in a neighborhood with a better school district...but because we love the area and do not yet have kids, we decided to stay in the house for the next 3-4 years....I agreed, under one condition of course...that we do a total home make over!

For the last year or so I have been hard at work converting my husband's bachelor pad into a stylish, more sophisticated home for the two of us. Our latest and most substantial project was our kitchen remodel. In my recent post, "A Little Design Inspiration for Your Wednesday," I introduced a few of my ideas and inspiration photos. I have been dreaming of white kitchen cabinets, Absolute Black honed granite counter tops and a backsplash filled with White Carrara marble, similar to this kitchen....

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Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Photo

I am happy to finally have my dream kitchen become a reality! So with no further ado, here are the photos of our kitchen before....

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Kitchen Before 5

Our Kitchen Before

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Our Kitchen Before

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Kitchen Before 7

Our Kitchen Before

And here is our kitchen today!

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Our Kitchen Remodel

Not only did we paint our cabinets off white, we also added glass uppers to extend the cabinets to the ceiling (of course one of the upper lights went out right before I took the pictures...go figure). I am now on a mission to find the perfect decor for these fun little cabinets. I would love to incorporate the blue-ish turquoise color that used I in the adjacent living room...

We replaced the tiled counter tops with honed Absolute Black granite. I am pleased that I selected honed rather than polished as it gives it a more casual feel...

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Our Kitchen Remodel

The tile backsplash has been replaced with a 1/2" x 1/2" White Carrara marble which is polished, so when the under cabinet lighting hits it just right, it's as if it sparkles!

We removed the stained shutter over the kitchen window and replaced it with a fabric shade which was my Friday night D.I.Y project......I'll tell you more about it later this week!

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Our Kitchen Remodel

As you can see from the before pictures, this bar was about 12" taller before the remodel. We had it dropped to a more comfortable level and added a trash drawer (which I love!), 2 pot and pan drawers and wine storage...which in return added more counter top space. We also added 2 clear glass lantern pendant lights over the serving bar

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Kitchen After PS3

Trash Drawer, Wine Rack, Pot & Pan Drawers

We selected these satin nickel drawer pulls for the drawers...

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Kitchen After PS5

Drawer Pulls

And this satin nickel hardware for the cabinet doors...

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Kitchen After PS10

Cabinet Hardware

Thanks for visiting today...I will keep you updated on what I find for the glass uppers...I have a feeling that might turn into a huge project of it's own...!