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):

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hewett lr before

Living Room Sneak Peek:

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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:

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hewett back yard before w details

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

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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:

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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...

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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?!

awdh miller office 1
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.

Office After 3
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.

Office after 2
Office after 2

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

office after 1
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...

MB Inspiration 1
MB Inspiration 1

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

MB Inspiration 3
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.

MB Ctops
MB Ctops

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

Cabana Inspiration
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.

Pool Inspiration 1
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...

UP Bath Before 1
UP Bath Before 1

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

Here is the bathroom today!

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

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

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

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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 Reveal: An 80's Kitchen Transformed

 

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

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

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

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

- repositioning of kitchen walls to allow for more square footage

- new hardwoods downstairs

- removing carpet and adding wood treads to stairs

- new carpet upstairs

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

- new windows

- new lighting and door hardware

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

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

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

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awdh McCormick Kitchen 4
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 5

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

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awdh McCormick Kitchen 2
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 6

Ahhhhh...gotta love that gorgeous marble backsplash!

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

Photos by Nate Rehlander www.naterehlander.com

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

 

Client Project: 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
Brooklyn FP
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.

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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

 

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

 

Our Biggest Online Design Board Promotion Yet!!

 

While we realize that today isn't Black Friday, it is the Friday BEFORE Black Friday and we are getting the holiday savings started a little early with our biggest Online Design Board promotion yet!

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black friday promo

That's right! Book 1 Online Design Board for a total of $50 off or 2 Online Design Boards for a total of $125 off!

An Online Design Board is the fastest & most inexpensive way to have your space designed. We start by collecting the following:

- photos of your existing space

- dimensioins of your existing space

- 3-4 inspiration photos

Once we receive all of the necessary info, we begin working on your design which includes the following:

- a scaled furniture floor plan

- a mood board consiting of the specified items (as shown below)

- a specificattions list or "shopping" list including detailed guidelines to help you pull your space together. (all items sourced through online retailers available accross the US)

In the last 2 years alone, we have submitted over 200 Online Design Boards.....here are a few of our most recent!

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Whether it's for the holidays or a house warming, an Online Design Board makes the perfect gift!

Feel free to contact us with any questions! We look forward to designing your space!

 

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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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.

 

Client Project Reveal: A Big Boy Bedroom

 

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

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

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Reids room before

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

Here is Reid's newly designed bedroom...

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Reid 10

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

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

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Reid 3

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

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

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Reid 4

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

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Reid 5

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

Photos by Nate Rehlander: www.naterehlander.com

 

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: Little Hadley's Room

 

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

Here is Hadley's Room Before:

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hadley before

And here is Hadley's newly designed room:

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

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

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AWDH Pearson-Bedroom_2388

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

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

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And all topped off with a dainty crystal chandelier.

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

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

Photos by Nate Rehlander: www.naterehlander.com

 

Client Project Reveal: Pearson Living Room

 

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

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

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Here is the newly designed space:

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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

 

Online Design Board Promo!

 

The Holidays are right around the corner, so we figured we'd pop in and offer $50 off any Online Design Boards booked between September 18th and October 18th! Just in time to perfectly style your home for all of your holiday guests!

Our Online Designs include 3 items.....

1. a scaled furniture floor plan of your space

2. a mood board featuring a composistion of photos of the items that we suggest for your design

3. a specifications sheet / shopping list of what to buy and where to buy it (all suggested pieces are available via online retailers)

We have submitted over 50 Online Design Boards this year alone, but here are just a few examples!

AWDH ODB Kellogg Living Room Online Design Board by AWDH
AWDH ODB Kellogg Living Room Online Design Board by AWDH
AWDH ODB Horling Living Room ODB
AWDH ODB Horling Living Room ODB
AWDH ODB MillerMasterBedroomODB
AWDH ODB MillerMasterBedroomODB
AWDH ODB Szczerbiak Living Room ODB
AWDH ODB Szczerbiak Living Room ODB

For questions or inquiries about our Online Design Boards, please email us at design@awelldressedhome.com