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...

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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.

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Pearson Study Before 2

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

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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:

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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.

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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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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!

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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.

 

Our New (Old) 1940's "Farmhouse"

 

When we had the twins, 18 months ago, we quickly out grew our first home, which was in a charming little neighborhood near downtown Dallas, surrounded by trendy restaurants and bars within walking distance. While we were in no hurry to move, we realized that we would eventually need more room AND a better school district, so we started "looking" at other houses.

In our lackadaisical search for a new home, we were introduced to the most amazing, unique neighborhood. It was only a few miles from downtown Dallas and just so happened to be in an exemplary elementary school district. We loved that every house was totally unique and surrounded by enormous trees on winding streets. There are even horse stables in the neighborhood, and on most days you see a number of people riding their horses down neighborhood streets or through nearby parks.

To make a very long story short, I had seen one particular house in this neighborhood online several times. I referred to it as the "white farmhouse." I always dismissed it due to the number of quirky elements in the home, but it had a way of creeping its way back into our search.

Several months into our search, I opened an email from our real estate agent, Ty...he suggested we take a look at a certain house in our desired neighborhood. While he acknowledged that the home needed some work, he also pointed out that it was at a price point that would allow us to do a remodel.  Low and behold, I open the link in his email and up pops a photo of the "white farmhouse."

Later that day, while sitting in my office, Alli whips around from her desk and says to me, "Oh my gosh, Emily...I saw this house online last night.... and you HAVE to buy it. It's so charming." As she starts describing the house to me, I realize once again, it's the "white farmhouse!" Ugh!!!  I immediately called our realtor to set up a showing.

An hour later, Alli and I drove up to the house and as soon as I walked in the front doors, I knew it was the one. We immediately put in an offer and we now OWN that "white farmhouse!"

As fun and exciting as all of that seems, I do have a grand plan, and we have A LOT of work to do.

We've decided to break this down into 2 remodels:

REMODEL 1: started last month, has entailed rebuilding the main stair case, sheet rocking ceilings, replacing front doors, adding shutters, removing all of the awkward interior french doors, and essentially eliminating 90% of all of the quirky things that I SO hated about this house.

REMODEL 2: which we hope to start in late Spring, will entail turning an existing first floor guest bedroom and an adjacent storage garage at the back of the house into a grand master suite (bedroom & bath). The current master, which is upstairs, contains a tiny bathroom and a small shared closet, and is also right next to the kids' rooms.

Anyways, if you're still reading... :-) Below are a few of the seller's photos used when the house was on the market. Hopefully they will help you get a good feel for the house.

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Needless to say, we have A LOT of work to do. But I hope you are able to see the potential that I saw when we bought the home. The house already looks SO different from how it looks in these photos! I can't wait to show you what we've done!

Here are some of the changes that are taking place right now...

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AWDH new house front
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AWDH living kitchen plans
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awdh front doors

There is so much more to this house that you really can't see in the photos... It was originally built in 1940, but it was remodeled and added on to in 2005 and 2010. It contains the original interior doors AND the original glass door knobs, which I love. I also love that the secondary baths were remodeled using the black and white hexagon tiles to depict the style of the early 1900's.

What do you think about the kitchen? The open shelving was one of the things that scared me off from the house, but now I love it! The White Carrara countertops and subway tile help the kitchen feel bright and clean. (island from previous photos no longer exists - it was the seller's)

As far as furniture / decorating goes...We have put the kids in their own rooms and I have already designed and installed Stella's room. I am so excited to show it to you!

The Living Room has also been designed and was 90% installed last week, and the new kitchen tables and chairs should be here next month!

I'll be sure to keep you updated on all of the changes over the next several months! There will be A LOT of them!!

 

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:

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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: Baby Kate's Nursery

 

Well, I have officially been called out on my lack of posts lately (thanks, Julia - I'll try to post more, I swear)! The truth is, we - are - slammed. If August doesn't end up being the death of me, I'm not sure what will...but more on that next week. The great news is that we have several installs coming up, so we will have a lot to share!

Today we are stopping in to reveal Baby Kate's nursery. Kate was born in May......... actually, Kate was born 10 months after her Mom and Grandmother, who I've known for years, stopped by to meet my babies last July. I recall a mention of baby fever while Natalie, Kate's Mom, was rocking my little boy, Beckham.....so it was no surprise to me when I received an email several months later announcing her pregnancy and asking for us to design her nursery! :-) And I was thrilled to learn that she was pregnant with a girl!

The Momma to be took me by surprise with her requests for her baby girl's room.... While her style is generally very contemporary and minimalist, she was requesting soft pinks, ruffles and crystals! I was in heaven!

Here is baby Kate's nursery before:

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kate's nursery before1 copy
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kate's nursery before 2 copy

And here is Baby Kate's nursery today!

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A Well Dressed Home Nursery
A Well Dressed Home Kate's Nursery
A Well Dressed Home Kate's Nursery
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A Well Dressed Home Kate's
A Well Dressed Home Kate's Nursery
A Well Dressed Home Kate's Nursery

While I love everything about the room, I'd have to say I am head over heals in love with the crystal wall sconces and the butterfly mobile...so whimsical! baby Kate is sure to enjoy her luxe nursery for years to come!

We'll be back next week with more project updates!

Photos by: Nate Rehlander Photography

 

We're Growing!!

 

When I started this business almost 3 years ago, I had no intention of having a "team" of designers. It's not that I didn't want a team, I just didn't think I'd ever have a need for one. But at the end of 2012, it became evident that bringing aboard a second Design Consultant was the next natural step in this business venture. The fact is, I was finding myself either over committing to clients or turning them away...I felt like I was in a lose, lose situation.

So in January, I brought on Allison as a part time assistant and OH-my-goodness was she amazing! I no longer found myself working until 2am, and I finally had my weekends back!!!

The first few months of 2013 were very busy months for us and proved to be a sign of what was to come. So in April, I offered Allison a position as a full time Design Consultant. She has a passion for Design and entrepreneurship in her blood... But most importantly, she has proven to me that she is committed to the expansion, growth and success of this company. (oh, and she's a social media guru, so she's forcing me to get a Twitter acct as well as Instagram... yah, wish me luck )

Now that Allison has gotten a couple of months of training under her belt, it's time for us to start collaborating on designs. Our first project as a "team," is a 1920's Tudor home in a historic Dallas neighborhood. We are still in the preliminary stages of our design, but I'm really excited about the direction in which it's going....we'll be sure to keep you updated!

And needless to say, officing out of my home is no longer an option for many reasons...space, storage, kids, ya know - overall sanity... so we have recently moved into an office space close to downtown, and we are in the process of getting settled.

Oh, and business isn't the only thing growing around here... Beckham & Stella turned 1 last month and we celebrated with a "Sugar & Spice" themed party... The theme, of course, derives from each of their personalities :-)

Anyways, here are a few fun pics from their party...

The Sugar & Spice themed invites:

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sugar and spice invites

The paper sache was filled with red hots...

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sugar and spice invites 2

The decor:

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The gifts:

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Beckham's gift from us was a bounce house..... we are hoping it will help him get all of him energy out!

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Beckham in bounce house

And Stella's gift from us was her very own Lisa Vanderpump garden swing. (come on ladies, don't act like you don't indulge in some Real Housewives drama)

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lisa vanderpump swing

I bought the swing off of Etsy, painted it, and added flowers... Stella loves it!

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Stella in swing

And finally....the smash cakes:

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smash cake

Stella loved her cake!

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stella smash cake

Beckham, on the other hand, not so much :-)

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Beckham smash cake

Stay tuned for project updates in the next couple of weeks!

 

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 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....

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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: 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

 

Extreme Kitchen Makeover Sneak Peek!

 

Happy Monday! I have a fun, tiny little sneak peek of a kitchen project for you today. I seriously have no idea why I haven't mentioned this project until now, because it-is-MAJOR!

This client contacted me to remodel her kitchen over a year ago, so as soon as I was back from maternity leave, we set up a consult to discuss her wants, needs and vision..... it was then that I knew this project was going to be THE most insane transformation.

Here is a picture of the kitchen which was taken the day of her consultation:

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You've all seen this kitchen before....your typical 90's dark oak cabinets, awkward space above the upper cabinets that no one ever knows what to do with, etc.

After meeting with my client, I knew we were clearly on the same page. We wanted to brighten things up and add fresh, chic elements to space to really reflect the personalty of this fun, young couple.

As soon as the holidays were behind us, we began the demo and exactly 8 weeks later the kitchen was complete!

I am only able to share a small sneak peek today because I just haven't had time to get the space photographed, but I plan on doing so next week.

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Cantrell Kitchen sneak peek

I'm sure you are cursing me for sharing so little, but any more than this will surely be a spoiler.

You can at least gather the herringbone backsplash, painted white cabinets, grey walls, and the Silestone countertops... But there is more, so you'll just have to wait!

 

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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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*

 

Admit It, You're Just as Jealous as I Am...

 

Last year I posted these inspiration pics for a project I've been working on for a client's "forever home." The inspiration in these pics came from certain tidbits of finishes such as the floors, wall color, door color, etc as well as the grey painted kitchen cabinets with gold hardware/pendants. (oh yes, we opted for grey cabinets and gold hardware... in. love.) I must say, my client has great taste and truly knows what she wants, so when it came to making decisions on these types of finishes (flooring, countertops, etc), I was more of a hand holder/sounding board to help steer her in the right direction. We both knew what she wanted and that was a sophisticated, glamorous home that was also livable.

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Well, I'm excited to say that the home is complete and it is TO-DIE-FOR, and I'm suuuuuper jealous that it's my client moving in and not me!

Nothing has been photographed just yet, but I couldn't hold back from showing you this iPhone pic I snapped of her powder bath.

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Recognize the mirror? If you're a regular Horchow shopper, the answer is yes. BUT this is actually the frugal find that I posted about over a year ago! If you were to order this mirror from Horchow, it would cost you a cool $650 with shipping, but this beauty was purchased at SteinMart for less than $200 (after coupon)!!

Oh, and did I mention that I had the honor of designing her master bedroom and living room?! Last Thursday was actually install day for their Living Room (Happy Valentine's Day to me!!!). I was so excited, I couldn't wait to get everything in and accessorized so that I could do a big reveal for her and her husband... I'm hoping to have photographs posted in the next couple of weeks, but until then, this tiny nothing of an iPhone pic will have to do.

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I'm anxious to get her master bedroom installed...unfortunately,we're waiting on a few more pieces before we can do so, but I know the wait will be worth it!

On another note, the nursery that I mentioned in my last post is being photographed this week, so stay tuned for pics!

 

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*

 

Tackling the Infamous DIY Window Shade!

 

In my last 2 1/2 years of blogging, one of my most popular posts has been the Quick & Easy DIY Window Shade project inspired by the fabulous Emily Clark.  So when I opened my email yesterday morning to find that Miss Kristen of The LifeStyled Company had followed the tutorial for her munchkin's playroom, I knew I had to share with you!

I'm totally convinced that the DIY Window Shade is the easiest, most inexpensive way to add style to your bare windows! I am still enjoying the one I made for my newly remodeled kitchen over 2 years ago!

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AWDH Kitchen Window 2

Here are a few pics from Kristen's project...I'd say she nailed it!

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DIY window shade 1
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diy window shade2

Have you attempted the DIY Window Shade? If so, I'd love to see pics! If not, get the step by step tutorial HERE!

 

Welcome Aboard, Allison! + An Online Design Board Promo!

 

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays with family and friends! We are already slammin' and jammin' over here at A Well Dressed Home with lots of fun projects scheduled for 2013! So much so, that I finally came to the realization that I can no longer "do it all," and recently hired a fabulous Design Assistant!

Meet...Allison! (my sanity saver!)

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With a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, Allison is a driven, determined professional with a passion for Interior Design and an entrepreneurial spirit. (jackpot!!!)

So, what does this mean for you? More blog posts, accelerated email responses, and a speedier turn around time for Online Design Boards!

So, in celebration, we're offering $50 off all Online Design Boards booked in the month of January!

$50 January ODB Promo
$50 January ODB Promo

Your Online Design Board package includes:

- a scaled furniture floor plan for your space

- a design board illustrating your design

- a detailed specification list delineating where to buy the items specified

It's everything you need to execute the design!

It's a new year and the perfect time to give your home a fresh new look! Contact us at design@awelldressedhome.com to get started!

 

Happy Holidays from the Hewetts!

 

With only 4 days to spare, I am excited to say that I am officially ready for Christmas! Shopping is done, gifts are wrapped and piled under the tree, and Christmas cards have been dropped in the mail! What a relief! And the best part is that I am taking 2 full weeks off work to spend some quality time with the twins.

I'll be back in full swing on January 2nd, so until then I will leave you with a few photos of how we've been enjoying this holiday season...

Decking the halls...

hewett xmas tree
hewett xmas tree

Stuffing our stockings...

hewett stockings
hewett stockings

First Santa visit...

hewett Santa
hewett Santa

Family Photos by Sugar Photography...

Hewett Family 1
Hewett Family 1

Happy Holidays everyone!!

 

Sneak Peek: A Little Girl's "Big Girl" Room

 

I've been hard at work on Little Miss K's "big girl" room for several weeks now. We recently had the room painted, and the furniture and accessories should be installed next week! Eeeeek! I can hardly wait to show you the full design... But for now, here is a sneak peek of the room after it was painted... (excuse the iPhone pic!)

Big Girl Room Sneak Peek
Big Girl Room Sneak Peek

White walls, black doors and a dusty rose ceiling accented with drops of crystal and gold. Love, Love, Love!

Stay tuned for photos of the full design!

 

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...

V Dining Before 1
V Dining Before 1

And here is the after...

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

V Dining Before 2
V Dining Before 2

And after...

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

dining hutch After
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!

 

CRAVE Dallas - the ultimate guide to places women CRAVE in Dallas!

 

I am thrilled to be profiled in the second edition of CRAVE Dallas - The Urban Girl’s Manifesto... A book celebrating 100 of Dallas' most inspiring female entrepreneurs. I can't wait to meet all of the other ladies and learn about their businesses at tomorrow night's launch party!

CRAVE Dallas
CRAVE Dallas
CRAVE Dallas A Well Dressed Home
CRAVE Dallas A Well Dressed Home

For more on what CRAVE is all about click HERE.

I'll be back on Monday with more Befores & Afters!

 

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...

Barber Dining Before
Barber Dining Before

And here is the dining room today!

A Well Dressed Home Dining Room Make Over 8
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**