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 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: 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!

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

Adams Kitchen After 1
Adams Kitchen After 1
Adams Kitchen After 4
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!

Southern Lady Cover
Southern Lady Cover
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Southern Lady 1
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Southern Lady 2
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Southern Lady 3
Southern Lady 4
Southern Lady 4
Southern Lady 5
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!

***We are unable to share sources due to client contracts***

Photos by: Nate Rehlander of www.naterehlander.com

 

A Peek at Our 1940's Farmhouse Renovation

 

The Hewett remodel is complete! Well, almost. It's about 90% complete...and then there's the punch list. Either way, I'm excited to show it to all of you...but I refuse to have it photographed until it's 110%, so for now I hope you'll be satisfied with a few sneak peek iPhone pics!

If this is the first you're reading about this renovation, you might want to start with THIS post on the history and original state of the home.

Since it's been a few months, here is a recap of what we were supposed to renovate:

1. Turn the guest bedroom behind the kitchen into the new master bedroom

2. Turn adjoining back garage into master bathroom

3. Rip out sunroom facing the back yard and turn into outdoor cabana

4. Put in a pool

Yeahhh....and here is the list of what we ended up adding because, well, "I'm going to do it eventually, we should just do it now and get it over with."

5. Sheet rock kitchen ceiling and add cedar beams

6. Lower kitchen serving bar to counter height...which led to ripping out existing White Carrara Marble and replacing with Calacatta Borghini (I die)

7. Which led to adding a farmhouse sink (I die, again)

8. Replace Pool Bath pedestal sink with custom cabinet and scraps of Calacatta Borghini (hey - had to get my monies worth!)

9. And while we're in there, why not slap some of that new Schumacher wallpaper up on the wall that I'm so in love with?!

10. Replace kids' bath pedestal sink with custom cabinet and salvaged White Carrara from the kitchen.

And that's that. For real. We're done. Until it's time to furnish the cabana, that is.

Ok, so here are a few sneak peeks...

Living Room BEFORE (when the house was on the market):

hewett lr before
hewett lr before

Living Room Sneak Peek:

awdh Hewett LR after
awdh Hewett LR after

There really isn't a "before" for the Master Bath as it used to be a single garage...so here is a photo of the back yard as well as the awkward single garage that was taken when the house was on the market:

hewett back yard before w details
hewett back yard before w details

Here is a sneak peek of my vanity.... and of course, my coveted ball & claw foot tub...

Hewett Bath Vanity
Hewett Bath Vanity

A little detail of the vanity...I knew I wanted the faucets to be mounted into the Calacatta from the get go...Love!

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12-9 hewett bath faucet detail

And before I show a sneak peek of the back yard, keep in mind, we're sooooo not done. We have additional landscaping, coach lights, fencing, etc to be installed. But you get the idea...

Again, the Before:

hewett back yard before
hewett back yard before

And the Sneak Peek:

Hewett back yard after 1
Hewett back yard after 1

I freaking love the fountains...and the picket fence...and the oval window. Ha!

I'm dying to show you the cabana, but it looks pretty sad right now...no furniture, no nothing. Oh well, hopefully we'll have it furnished by Spring.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

A 1970's Minibar Make Over

 

If you follow us on Facebook, you've likely seen the sneak peek of this Ft Worth project...but we had so much interest in it, we wanted to share a couple of "before's and after's" with you as well! We've all seen them... those 1970's/1980's wet bars that are so inconveniently placed smack dab in the middle of a living room. Nearly 40 years later, they can be more of an eye sore than they are functional.

We recently turned what was a huge living room wet bar into a storage closet for one of our Lake Highlands clients, but for this Ft Worth client who entertains regularly, we decided to have them give it a complete makeover.

Here is the wet bar before...

Brenner Before copy
Brenner Before copy

And here is the after...

awdh brenner after
awdh brenner after

In an effort to show the space off, we opted to remove the doors all together.

The upper cabinets house their fine stemware and are displayed on glass shelves with upper lighting.

We adore the glass backsplash...but I think my favorite part has to be the "X" detail on the cabinet fronts...so stylish and sophisticated. We also carried this detail to the other side of the room where we redesigned a wall of old built ins...it turned out beautiful. We'll be sure  to share those photos after the room is professionally photographed.

Brenner after 2
Brenner after 2

So what do you think? Have you ever done a minibar makeover?

Brenner Before After
Brenner Before After
 

Client Project Reveal: Feminine & Fabulous!

 

The title of this post says it all! We're excited to show you this fun little home office where one of our awesome clients gets to spend her days.

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awdh miller office 2

Blush Floral wall paper, white lacquered furniture and luxe designer fabrics.... Are you as envious of this space as we are?!

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awdh miller office 1

And that's not all! We had the liberty of designing their Living Room, Dining Room, Powder Room, Master Bedroom and Entry as well! Stay tuned for the reveals!

***We are unable to share sources due to client contracts***

Photos by: Nate Rehlander of www.naterehlander.com

 

The Countdown is On!

 

   The countdown to the Holidays is on! Did you know it can take 3 months to design, purchase and install a room? If you are even considering hiring a Designer to ensure that oh-so-perfect backdrop to your holiday gathering, the time is now!! Email us at design@awelldressedhome.com to get started!

 

Before & After: A Masculine Home Office

 

Two posts in one week?! Boom! I'm trying, y'all! Thanks to Dana & Alli for being the rock stars that they are, I'm hoping to be able to blog a bit more than usual.

If you follow us on Facebook, you've likely seen a few sneak peeks at this project... We were originally hired by this amazing couple to design a handful of rooms in their home. Once we completed those rooms, they contacted us to design their home office. Needless to say, we were thrilled to have the opportunity. Their only request was that the space have a masculine feel since it is primarily the husband's work space.

Here is what we were working with...

office before 1
office before 1

Although the space was large, the floors were a combination of carpet and travertine, which actually made the space feel small and choppy.

And the wall of built-ins in the photo below was not functional at all.

office before 2
office before 2

So we tore out the floors and replaced them with a 2 1/4" sand & finished hardwood, which also runs throughout a majority of the rest of the house. We also removed the built-ins from the one wall and built more functioning built-ins on the desk wall. We customized the bottom drawers to function as file drawers as well as a printing station.

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Office After 3

We selected a dramatic midnight blue for the walls as well as the resin animal heads (no, the skulls are not real) to keep with the masculine feel.

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Office after 2

Every man wants a tv in his man space,right? And I am head over heals for those Palecek lamps!

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office after 1

We really wanted to dress the window in something special, so we decided on this amazing F.Schumacher fabric for the custom shades. And don't you just love the contrasting navy piping on the seat cushion?!

We certainly hope our clients enjoy living in this space as much as we enjoyed designing it!

Phots by: Nate Rehlander naterehlander.com

 

Round 2 of Our 1940's Farmhouse Rennovation

 

Ohhh, where to begin... Remember this post from last year? If you haven't read it, then here it is in a nutshell. Essentially, my husband and I bought a house in a unique and heavily wooded little pocket of Dallas (think horse stables under the Dallas skyline). Although I felt the house had a lot of potential, I knew it would take a lot of work to turn it into what I had envisioned. So as soon as we moved in last August, we did a handful of remodel projects to satisfy my appetite until we were able to do the mackdaddy remodel that I had envisioned since the day I stepped foot in the door.

Here are a handful of random photos that will give you an idea of the projects we conquered after moving in last year...These are certainly not exciting "before & afters," but they are enough to give you an idea...

Original Front Exterior:

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AWDH new house front

The above photo was taken when we first bought the house...all of the noted items were completed. Here are a few random iphone photos of the house after completing these items...

House After
House After

As you can see, nothing major, just a few lipstick items. Here are a couple more random shots that I snapped at Easter. These give you a better feel for the amount of landscaping we had to do and they also allow you to see the shutters and a partial peek at the flower boxes beneath the current upstairs master bedroom window. Oh, and I know what you're thinking...heck yes those flowers in the flower boxes are fake! No shame in my game!

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Ok, moving on... remember these photos from the original blog post on this house?

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AWDH living kitchen plans

The above photo is the view from the front door and all of the items noted have been complete (except for the 2014 master suite...I'm getting there, I promise!).

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awdh front doors

And this is a view of the front doors from the kitchen... these items were also complete and the interior of these front doors were also painted gray.

One of the largest items at the tip top of our "to do's" when we first moved in was to rebuild the stairs. They. were. awful. Here are a couple of photos from when we first moved in... Notice one side of the stairs has an open railing and the other side has a solid wall? I knew I wanted to rip out that wall immediately as that would open the stairs to the front door and family room which is on the other side of the wall... Oh, and what was up with all of those random HVAC vents in the walls?? Ugh, what a mess. We also needed new balusters and newel posts STAT! Here are some construction photos to help you understand...

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And I can NOT believe I'm evening showing you the picture below of my house torn to shreds, baby passed out on couch and random mail thrown about..BUT it's the only pic I have in my phone that allows you a peek at the new staircase as well as the shiplap siding that we added to almost the entire downstairs.

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Please allow me to reiterate that my house is NEVER that messy. Never. Ugh.

Anyways, we definitely did some other things to the house, but nothing that really constitutes a "before & after." We bought some new furniture, hung drapes, completed Stella's nursery (although she IS about to get her big girl bed, so I'm about to change some things up in there...again, nothing major). Beckham is also about to move to his big boy bed, so I have put together a design for his room as well...hoping to have everything in before the holidays. As soon as I do, I'll share pics!

Ok, so on to the whole point of this post...although we were able to do some remodeling when we moved in last year, we actually bought this house with the "big picture" in mind. The big picture included the following in order of priority:

1. MASTER SUITE: Rip out the downstairs guest bedroom and adjoining odd storage garage and add a Master Suite (free-standing tub included, duh.)

2. OUTDOOR CABANA: Rip out the sunroom that looks out onto the back yard and replace with and outdoor living room, fireplace, etc. Who uses a sunroom these days anyways?? I was at a loss for what to do with it!

3. POOL: Add a straight-line pool just steps away from the outdoor cabana (this was something we figured we'd never end up doing, but we sure thought it was a good idea!)

Ok, so you know how I said the above list was in order of priority? Well, guess what went in 2 weeks ago? You guessed it, the pool. But don't worry, the more important Master Suite (specifically that free-standing tub) as well as the Outdoor Cabana, commences this week. Construction hasn't even started and I'm already over it.....Over. It.

So! I thought I'd share the floor plan that I put together to guide the Architect in the general direction that I wanted to go...

But first, let me share with you a couple of photos of the backyard that I took when we bought the house. Yes, our backyard looks tiny...and while it is on the smaller side, it was certainly large enough to accommodate the pool and a dog run.

Here is what we're working with, people...

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So that random storage garage (which has bugged the heck out of me for exactly 1 year and 6 days) will now be the Master Bathroom. The set of french doors immediately to the left of it will be replaced with two sets of french doors and that space will become the new Master Bedroom (it is currently the guest bedroom).

Do you see those two sets of french doors at the back of the photo? Behind the tree? All of that wall will be torn out and will become the Cabana.

And the pool...well, it's basically a long rectangle  situated smack dab in the middle of the yard.  I am MOST excited about the view of the pool from the Master Suite...and the freestanding tub. Have I mentioned the freestanding tub??

Ok, here is my layout...

Overall:

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Close up of Master:

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Oops! I just noticed I'm missing a sink in the bathroom. Oh well, you get the picture.

So here is my general inspiration for the following areas....

Master Bedroom: Leaning towards this color scheme as it has been carried through the rest of the house as well... These walls will be shiplapped, too.

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Master Inspiration 2

Master Bath: The first photo is pretty close to the general layout of the space...But do you see the window above the makeup vanity? I'm holding out for an oval window instead of a rectangular...we shall see...

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MB Inspiration 1

I am 100% committed to chrome wall mounted plumbing fixtures, shiplapped walls and that fabulous, decorative marble splash. Obsessed.

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MB Inspiration 3

Speaking of obsessed...I snapped a pic of this marble while I was out selecting for a client's kitchen last month. It-is-the-one.

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MB Ctops

Cabana Inspiration: this is one of my favorites as far as the overall feel...

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Cabana Inspiration

Pool: I have been VERY specific about the pool design, and I have thought long and hard about the details, so I'm really hoping we will be able to bring the vision to life.

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Pool Inspiration 3

Although we will certainly not have nearly this much yard around our pool, we do intened to install synthetic grass to ensure the fresh, green look all year-long. And because we are doing the grass right up to the coping which borders the pool, we were afraid that real grass would become problematic in regards to littering the pool water, etc.

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Pool Inspiration 1

I was also very specific about the fountains in the pool. We opted for 6 fountains, 3 on each side, which will come out from the coping. The idea is to have them look something like the fountains in this photo, although they will likely be a little more structured.

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garden pool

Here is a snap shot of the pool currently...

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pool now

The dimensions of thw water are 31'L x 12'w. I really wanted 3 steps on both ends as the end closer to the Cabana starts to get shade earlier than the end down by the Master Bath...this allows us an option to lounge in or out of the sun.

The depth goes from 3' to 4.5' and back to 3'.

You've probably noticed the proximity from the house to the pool. Like I said earlier, our yard is small, but we were able to get 7' from house to water, so I'm hoping it won't end up feeling like the house is on top of the pool.

I'll be sure to keep you all updated on the progress of it all! Thanks for taking the time to read my long-winded post! Happy Monday!!

 

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...

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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...

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UP Bath Before 3
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UP Bath Before 4

And here they are post remodel...

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AWDH UP Master Bath After 3 copy
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AWDH UP Master Bath After 4 copy
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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: Transforming an 80's Kitchen

 

I'm a little out of my element with this project update...I'm used to posting dramatic "before's & after's," but I really want to show you what we have going on with this project that happens to be at the "halfway point."

The client is a childhood friend who grew up on the street behind me. Her and her husband reached out to me a couple of months ago as they had recently purchased a house that needed a lot of work. The house happens to be in the same neighborhood we grew up in. I sepcifically remember this house as the family who lived there at the time had a son that was our age, and on July 4th weekend in the late 1980's, the house caught fire and burned to the ground. The house was immediatly rebuilt by the same family, who lived there for a short time after.

The most recent owner lived in the home for 25 years. He also smoked inside of the home for 25 years, which means we've had to do some major purging of floors and heavy painting with an odor eliminating paint. We also completly gutted the kitchen, and redesigned it to be more functional.

Here is a photo of the kitchen when the house was on the market:

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McCormick Remodel 2

What's interesting about this layout is that the wall of windows on the right side of the photo lends a view to the gorgeous back yard containing a huge patio which leads to a beautiful pool. But the patio was unnecissarily large, which had us feeling the need to push that wall out towards the patio and build in french doors to gain square footage and to allow access to the backyard from the kitchen.

The location of the appliances was also disfunctional, so we redesigned that as well. Here is a most recent photo of the space with the relocated wall, new french doors, hardwood floors, spacious island, a wall of new cabinetry, repositioned appliances and additional canned lights.

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McCormick remodel durning 1

Here is another before photo of the kitchen:

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McCormick Remodel 4

And here is a most recent shot from the same angle where you can really see where and why we pushed that wall out.

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McCormick Remodel during 4

Part of our goal is to lighten and brighten. Our client's desire is a bright, clean, functional kitchen. Here is a sneak peek of their counter top slabs:

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McCormick Slabs

And here is their awesome backsplash! We presented them with 4 options and they completely took us by surprise when they selected this one, but we are REALLY happy that they did!

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maccormick backsplash

We have about another month of construction before this project is complete, so we will definitely keep you updated on the finished product!

I also want to give a big shout out to Dana, the newest member of our design team, as she is the lead Designer on this project and is doing a fantastic job keeping everything on schedule!

 

Freshening Up for Spring + Design Promo!

 

I love redecoring my home in the Spring...even if it just means new sofa pillows or accessories around the living areas. It just feels like the right time to freshen things up a bit.

This Spring I have decided to add a fresh pop of color to the inside of our home (which is still a work in progress, so no pictures just yet!). I am, and probably always will be, a neutral, monochromatic kind of girl, but lately I can't keep from coveting anything and everything cobalt blue! I just love the fresh feel of it especially layered over crisp white walls (which I have plenty of in my house)!

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cobalt and white

Rather than bring in the color with fabrics, I've decided to bring it in with ceramics, glass and china. I love the idea of piling blue and white dishes on the white open shelving in our kitchen. I think it will look great with the white subway tile backdrop. And I can't wait to get my hands on some antique ginger jars such as these:

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ginger jars

I mean, seriously, this photo is everything to me. The champagne frames, ivory walls, distressed console table, weathered lamp bases and mounted horns....along with these gorgeous Chinese ginger jars...Love. It. And I also love the fact that it feels collected, which leads you to believe that each one of those jars was purchased on some exotic travel adventure.

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ginger jars on table

And speaking of fresheing up my home for Spring, we are offering another Online Design Board Promo to help YOU freshen up your home as well! $50 off when you book 1 Online Design Board by April 30th and $125 off when you book 2!

Here is one of our latest designs which we completed for a little girl's room last week. I love a sophisticated little girl's room!

Brooklyn Big Girl Room
Brooklyn Big Girl Room
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Brooklyn FP

Our Online Design Boards come complete with:

1. a scaled furniture floor plan

2. a mood board

3. a detailed specifications / shopping list

For more questions or to get started, email us at design@awelldressedhome.com. To see more, visit our Online Design Board Portfolio!

 

Advocate Magazine's 2014 Home Design Edition

 

If you live in the Dallas area you are most likely familiar with Advocate Magazine. They have publications in Preston Hollow, Lakewood, Lake Highlands and Oak Cliff, and I am flattered to be the featured Designer in this month's annual Home Design Edition in their Lake Highlands publication! The article is a Q&A about my life, business and perspective on design.

Advocate Article
Advocate Article

If you don't have access to a print copy, you can read the article online HERE.

Oh, and stay tuned for some fun project sneak peeks...we are in the middle of some really exciting projects and I know we'll be too impatient to wait until install to let you in on the fun!

 

Client Project Reveal: Kamback Kitchen Remodel

 

You know I looooove a good kitchen remodel. It is, after all, the heart of the home and where we spend so much of our time.

Like most of our clients, this homeowner wanted to rid their 1990's kitchen of the oak cabinets as well as the dated backsplash and counter tops. They longed for a clean, white, sophisticated space that they could feel proud of.

Here is the kitchen before the remodel:

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Kamback Kitchen Before 2

As you can see, their island offered little to no counter space.

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Kamback Kitchen Before
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kamback before 3

The upper cabinets almost looked dwarfed against the 8' window and the 4" tile backsplash and laminate counter tops had most certainly worn out their welcome.

And here is their kitchen after the remodel...

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Kamback Kitchen After 4

Notice the redesigned island complete with an additional 6 sq ft of counter space. We opted to add decorative feet and raised end panels to give it more of a furniture feel rather than a box that had been dropped in the middle of the kitchen.

The pot & pan drawers and bin pulls were a must as they will provide so much functionallity. And replacing the trash compactor with a trash drawer was a much more appealing option.

Oh, and the light fixture..... To. Die. For. I'm slightly obsessed.

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Kamback Kitchen After 2

Replacing all of the appliances afforded us the opportunity to add a more appealing wood hood, which makes such a huge difference.

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Kamback Kitchen After 3

The decorative backsplash accent over the cooktop compliments the gorgeous counter tops, which were also used in our last kitchen remodel.

And the upper glass front cabinets cannot be ignored. Not only to they add storage and provide a beautiful display, but they also help to balance the large window.

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Kamback Kitchen After 1

I am so happy for or client whose dream kitchen is finally a reality!

Photos by Nate Rehlander: www.naterehlander.com