A Classic French Gray Kitchen

THIS KITCHEN! It’s been a long time coming. I am so excited to share it. This kitchen was closed off, dated, but definitely well-loved. It was so exciting to open up the walls as much as possible and create a new space that could be just as loved!

I really enjoyed working with this sweet, sweet family! I got to design some built-in bunk beds (that I LOVED), a laundry room and a kitchen. I also got to see world’s cutest dance routine and answer a lot of questions about working with Fixer Upper. This kitchen will always be a special one for me.

Before pictures:

After Pictures:


(Love seeing little bits of Magnolia style in my clients’ homes ^^^^)

There are so many details in this kitchen that I love. We spent a long time on the plans and really poured a lot of attention into the details. Here are few of my favorite things about this kitchen:

  1. Stain/ paint combo – I love the warm stained paired with the Classic French gray. We also added character to the gray with a black rub on top of the paint. I love how beautiful these cabinets turned out.
  2. Those counter tops… they are stunning with those finishes.
  3. I love that the cabinets go to the ceiling – I love how grand that makes this kitchen come across.
  4. The brick accent on the island + the herringbone brick that we put in the entry as well.
  5. Okay okay.. I really just love everything in this kitchen :).

Coming up next is the laundry room!

Natural Master Bath

I was so inspired by April and her style. She is so talented and has done quite a few carpentry jobs her self. She told me one of her hobbies was wood working and showed me a few pieces she had made and from there it was so easy for me to be inspired by her and her home.

This master bath is full of natural materials and they all came together and layered so beautifully. The existing bathroom was a good layout and a great size space to work with but there were just a few things that needed some TLC. When I pulled the materials and finishes for this job I wanted to stay true to April, and her home. I started layering different types of natural stone and it just quickly came together. I couldn’t be more pleased with the smooth pebble, the travertine, and the marble accent all layered together. We stained the wood and painted the walls a peaceful, yet masterful color. The lines are clean and well-defined, leaving you with a peaceful, natural bathroom.

Before pictures:

After pictures:


That linen cabinet with the frosted glass is PERFECT. I love that thing!

So peaceful, so natural – just love it. Also please excuse my photography skills, they are a work in progress.

Happy 2017! I am loving catching up with completed jobs from 2016 and getting to share them with you guys. I have the best clients and I am so blessed. Thankful for each of you!


The Baker Kitchen

This is project I worked on a while back, like right after Presley was born and now she is 18 months! Ah! I’m so far behind, but it’s actually been so sweet and so rewarding to get to go back and see some beautiful finished projects, this being one of them! The Bakers bought this home and knew they were going to need to “love” it to really make it theirs. The first place to “love”, was the kitchen!

We tore down 2 walls to really open things up and added Lacey’s style to make it the perfect kitchen! I love this kitchen and I love Lacey’s style! A few things to note are her counter tops, cabinet colors, and the hardware. They really brought in her style, as well as made the space a highly functional, sophisticated space.

Here are the before pictures:

We removed the wall with the existing refrigerator on it which backed up to the living room and the wall that had the double oven wall unit.


Here are the after pictures:


Bye walls! Hello open, gorgeous kitchen!!


If you have any questions feel free to email me for paint colors etc. Those lower cabinets are PERFECT. Love that she was bold enough to go for the two-tone and to own that blue/ slate gray. It’s paired so beautifully with her hardware.

I am slowly but surely catching up over here! Got to shoot two other jobs this week as well. I am thankful for each of you and hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! Coming soon is a master bath full of natural materials – its stunning cannot wait to share!

Crisp & Clean Master Bath Reno

This project was one for the books that I got to see from beginning to end. When I first met with Teri she shared her vision with me and I had to the privilege to speak into and help bring her vision to life.

The pictures really speak for themselves.

Before pictures:


We added quite a bit of storage and were very thoughtful with every detail. We downsized and maximized where we needed and we ended up with beautiful, thoughtful storage solutions.

After pictures:


I couldn’t be happier about this outcome! I love that every corner was maximized even corners that were hidden by excess. One of my favorite things about this bathroom are the adjustable shelves with pull out drawers on top.

Flips: Merrimac

I have a long list of blog posts to catch up on – all jobs that I loved and would love to share with you! I keep thinking surely things will slow down a bit so I can get caught up on some blog stuff, but that is not the case. A blessing for sure, but also the struggle is real.

This is a fun flip we did in League City. Fun fact: while I was in labor I was also texting with the plumber regarding a massive gas leak. Good times…good times.

Thanks for being patient with me while I play catch up! And in the mean time here’s a flip we finished about 10 months ago (Presley is 10 months…thats the only reason I can remember when we did it 🙂 ).


There were other “before” rooms that I just couldn’t go in more than once because I was pregnant and this house made me nauseous. But you get the drift – dirty, neglected, dated, and a lot of “DIYs” gone wrong in this one.



This sweet little house had some good bones. Just needed someone to come along and see the potential. I chose to keep the inside warm to match the outside brick. Flips for me are COMPLETELY different from working with my clients. I honestly prefer working with my clients because I feel so much more free to create – because my inspiration is so clear to me. Whereas with a flip, I am not sure who is going to purchase that home so the challenge is keeping it neutral but tasteful with the hopes that anyone could walk into the home and see the blank canvas that we’ve created for them. We did sell this one a while back and my prayer is that the home owners fell in love with their new home, and really made it theirs.

Shout out to the Stanfield team! If you’re in Friendswood/ this side of Houston and you need a realtor, we highly suggest the Stanfields. Their whole team is unreal! We are so thankful for them! 

Open Kitchen Concept

I love this warm, rustic, transitional kitchen. When I first met with these clients their kitchen was cramped and closed off from their living room. We looked at several design options and they landed on a completely open concept. Which really was the best choice.

I love the materials and finishes they landed on, and I love that it is an extension of them. They really considered their family and how they function when they were re-designing this kitchen.

Here are some before pictures:

It was very closed in, and tight on all sides. The island was small and overall the kitchen design just did not function well. So we removed the wall on the left and created an open concept kitchen. This allowed us to expand the island but maintain at least 3′ walking space on all sides. 


Open Concept Kitchen:


I love the clear view from the living room to the kitchen! The paint colors are perfect and the finishes really accomplish the final product they were hoping for. We also did a little face lift for their formal sitting room – I adore those vintage prints on the wall! They were her grandmothers prints, to me there is nothing better. I love re-using what you already have, but finding a new fit in a different way. These vintage candelabras are another great example of re-using something for a different purpose, I love the greenery added to these. So pretty!

Transitional elements to note:

  • shaker style cabinet doors
  • The gray glass tile that we ran all the wall around the windows
  • The contrasting hardware on the cabinets
  • The light fixtures selected
  • Paint colors

My Time at Magnolia

I have decided to do this blog post because so many people ask and are interested in what it was like for me to work for HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

When I graduated from Baylor I needed a design job in Waco. I searched through all the design stores and I really couldn’t find anyone hiring. I had heard of “Magnolia” the store, but I was not aware that they would need or hire a designer. But I decided to apply anyways.

Long story short (after applying several times) Joanna interviewed me and I got the job. So right out of college I was hired to be Joanna’s “hands and feet”. Most people do not realize that Chip and Jojo built that company from the ground up. Literally. They put in countless hours, who knows how much stress, and all their hearts…that’s why it is what it is today. Their story starts long before I ever showed up one the scene.

If you have ever worked for a small company then you know it wasn’t long before I started wearing multiple hats. I think I wore every hat you could possibly wear for a business, except owner. I was a designer, office manager, books keeper, baby sitter, toilet cleaner, contractor, customer service rep,  personal assistant, and I even wrote a few news letters for the Villas. I am NOT claiming that I was the best at any of these things…but I got an opportunity and a taste for all of it!

Working for a family like the Gaines is really unique. They are exactly whom they appear to be on TV. In fact before they got the TV show Chip would always say that they needed one, because their lives were crazy (in a good way) and hilarious. Really there is never a dull moment…except the time I had to research insurance companies.

Joanna is devoted, talented, and smart. She is a tornado! When something needs to get done she gets it done. I remember when I was keeping up with the books she would have to come in behind me and do a clean up. Watching her knock that out like it was first grade math was so humbling for me, but again I learned. I also remember getting sonic shakes after a design meeting. Joanna always (not sometimes) sees an opportunity in a space that others miss. She can take anything and make it beautiful. Working around her was inspiring, and I really miss working for her!

I don’t think Chip’s brain ever turns off. I think he dreams up business ideas 24/7. A true entrepreneur, motivator, and he certainly doesn’t stop to take a breath either. He always used to tell us “kiddos” to work smart, not hard. That is definitely something that I have carried with me. There are two kinds of entrepreneurs: those that hit a wall and quit, and those that hit a wall and then find a solution. Chip is certainly the latter, there is no wall that he cannot get around.

All in all, I loved working for the Gaines family. I love their “babies” as Chip calls them, I loved them, and I love what I learned. I loved my co worker Kristen and all the time we spent trying to build systems and processes as we were going through them… constantly “putting the cart before the horse (Chip’s quote)”. It was hard work, it was fast, and full of moving parts and there was never a dull moment. I learned that creativity cannot be boxed, and I learned that pulling a permit is a night mare.

I left after they filmed the first episode of Fixer Upper. I am sure so much has changed since I left. For starters, there used to only be four of us that worked there! I know now that there are lots of incredibly talented employees that work for all sides of the business. It was hard to leave, but walking away with so much knowledge and experience is something that I will always remember and be thankful for.


Photo from http://www.magnoliahomes.net    

This is one of my all time favorites because I got to see the process from beginning to end. I don’t think anyone could have transformed this house quite like Joanna did. This house is through and through “Magnolia style”.

The Wood-Look Simplified

There are only one-million options and you only have a week to select the one for you, to get it done before the holidays…am I right? I totally understand and I have several clients in the same predicament as we speak.

Let me help you out:

Real wood floors: Real wood floors used to require a wood subfloor to nail the wood into. If you do not have existing real wood floors these could be extensive to install. Recently, they have made a solid wood floor that is a glue down, it is pretty expensive though. However, you can select the type of wood grain you like, the stain, and you will get that real wood warmth and sound.

Pros: They will feel, sound, and look like real wood! You can really customize them to your personal liking as far as finish and color go.

Cons: Wood is a soft, absorbent material. Every day wear and tear will be inevitable, and water damage will be irreversible. It would be hard to replace a few boards to match the existing floors since they were all finished at the same time.

Engineered wood floors: These are very similar to real wood floors however they are much more cost-effective. You will just need to “float” the slab or make sure the sub floor is perfectly level. Then, you glue these floors down. They look most like real wood because the top layer is real wood, it is just pre-finished.

Pros: It is wood, so you are getting  the real wood look with a bit more durability. There are one-million different options to choose from. They sound like wood floors when you walk on them. They are also easier to replace/ repair if there is damage than real wood floors.

Cons: They are still wood so you will see scratches and there can be water damage. However, the finish is more durable because is it “baked on” verses just being applied like a normal stain and poly.

Laminate wood-look floors: Laminate is actually a picture of wood. So they are not wood floors. They make a different sound when you walk on them. They can be glue down or they can be snap down floors.  You would still need to float the floors to make sure the sub surface is perfectly level.

Pros: Sky is the limit when it comes to the finish. You can get a vintage reclaimed barn wood look, or you can get a shiny, formal finish. Laminates also come in different colors as well. Laminate flooring is versatile and extremely cost effective. It is very difficult to scratch these floors. They are easy to replace if they are damaged without having to replace the entire floor.

Cons: Water is a huge threat to laminate floors. They will bubble with water damage. Some people do not like the “clicking” sound they make when you walk on them. Laminate is not an absorbent material so sound does bounce off these floors more than wood.

Linoleum wood-look floors: Not to be confused with laminate, linoleum is a rubbery material. They are glue down floors that are very water resistant. These floors are glued directly to the sub-floor. They also come in many different colors and finishes. Historically, they have been installed in mostly commercial spaces, but lately with the flooding they are being installed in residential spaces as well.

Pros: They are cost effective, very versatile, and durable floors. They do not make a “clicking” sound when you walk on them. They make some pretty incredible wood-look linoleum floors these days.

Cons: Because they are mostly used for commercial spaces they don’t feel as homey at first. They have a texture that some people are not fond of because it does not resemble wood to the touch.

Tile wood-look floors: Lastly, but not least are the ceramic tile floors that they have made to look like wood. This floor has all the benefits of a tile floor. It installs just like tile as well.

Pros: It is the most durable wood-look there is. They are also very versatile and allow for many different styles to implemented. They cannot be scratched, and water damage is also not an issue.

Cons: There is a grout line, they do not sound like wood floors, they will bounce sound around more than wood, and some may say they are not as comfortable to live on. 

There you have it! The fast, simplified version of the wood-look options.


Laminate floors

Fall Wreath: For the Non-DIY-ers

I am not a DIY-er. I really wish I was, but honestly I enjoy efficiency and being thrifty WAY too much. I bet some of you have discovered this about yourselves too, especially with Pinterest! I always have this internal conflict going on with my front door because I want a seasonal wreath, but I won’t to pay for one and I don’t want to pay to make one…


Anyways with that being said here is my solution:

  1. Find a wreath at a garage sale. It doesn’t matter if it has stuff on it. Mine did and I just took it all off – easy to do! Make sure the wreath you find is basic and can go for all seasons. I actually found mine in our garage when we moved in (oh how that fills my thrifty heart).
  2. Remove all the seasonal stuff already on there. So you should have a “naked” wreath at this point.
  3. Then, think MINIMAL! Go to Hobby Lobby and get whatever is seasonal. Get something that is on sale (when does Hobby Lobby not have a sale??) and very little. Guys it’s a wreath it’s not that big.


  • Look for textures too! For example, for my fall wreath I found a roll of thick, sweater-like material that covered a lot of ground! I was able to have extra as well. Texture makes a GREAT wreath.
  • Go by the dollar section at Target and grab a small chalk board – this makes a big difference and you can show off your chalk lettering (mine’s not that great, but I like the concept so I just go with it!).

4. Put it together and hang it up! Be proud you just saved yourself potentially $50 every season! Then each season make small changes: add some red at Christmas, hot glue in some yellow and green for spring, change the chalkboard out…etc. You just got a wreath for all seasons and maybe spent $10.


Note: I use hot glue to hold everything in place. It makes it really easy to change it out with the seasons. Also, I only used three stems in my wreath. Simplicity is key.


 I think the pumpkin spice latte I was sipping when I made this wreath was more expensive than the wreath! Oh, and it took me maybe ten minutes…the baby wasn’t even napping!

Amity Rise: Mother’s Day is Almost Here!

I love Mother’s Day – I love telling my mom thank you for all that she did for me (and still does). Really think about it…it’s crazy. Moms are super heroes.


This year I wanted to do something unique; something one of a kind for your sweet momma. I have been inspired lately by texture, and old world vibes which lead me to the “Rome Pottery”. We have it up in the shop (http://amityrise.com)! Get one to celebrate the super hero in your life – and put her favorite flower in it before you give it to her!

We do have a limited supply, so if you like it go for it!

In order to get it in time for Mother’s day (May, 10th), please order by May 5th by 5pm. Yes as always FREE SHIPPING too!

Introducing “Rome Pottery”:

photo copy 2 photo copy 3 FullSizeRenderLeft: “Vase Shape” Right: “Triangular Shape” photo

“Book Ends”

Be sure to specify which pieces you are wanting when you purchase.