Client Project Reveal: Pearson Living Room

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.

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Before & After: Cantrell Kitchen Remodel Reveal

Cantrell Kitchen 4

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!!!)

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Before & After: A Baby Boy’s Nursery Reveal

dex's nursery

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?!

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Before & After: A Little Girl’s “Big Girl” Room Reveal

AWDH K Gressle Big Girl Room 4

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!

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Before & After: Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal!


On Friday, I shared with you a sneak peek of a recently completed master bedroom makeover…and today, I’m going to share with you the room in it’s entirety!  This particular client felt as though her & her husband’s master bedroom was dark and drab… She indicated that she wanted the look to be a sophisticated mix of cool neutrals with a touch of glam.

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Quick and Easy DIY Window Shade

AWDH Kitchen Window 2

After posting, “Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete,” I received several emails regarding the fabric shade over the kitchen sink. Most of you wanted to know where I purchased it, but truth be told, I made it!

A couple of months ago I was perusing through one of my favorite design blogs Emily is an incredibly talented Home Stylist with many crafty DIY ideas…but this one in particular really captured my attention, and I just knew I needed to try it myself!

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

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

DIY Fabric Shade in the making

I then folded the trimmed edges over the back of the shade and used fabric glue to secure them to the shade (use the glue to secure the edges only).

DIY Fabric Shade in the making

I allowed the glue to dry, rolled up the shade and installed it with exterior mounting brackets so that the shade would sit about an inch off of the wall…..

And here is the end result!!!

DIY Fabric Roller Shade

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

Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete!!!

AWDH kitchen 4

I am THRILLED to announce that our Kitchen Remodel is complete!

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

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

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

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Photo

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

Our Kitchen Before

Our Kitchen Before

Our Kitchen Before

And here is our kitchen today!

Our Kitchen Remodel

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

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

Our Kitchen Remodel

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

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

Our Kitchen Remodel

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

Trash Drawer, Wine Rack, Pot & Pan Drawers

We selected these satin nickel drawer pulls for the drawers…

Drawer Pulls

And this satin nickel hardware for the cabinet doors…

Cabinet Hardware

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


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