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.

Cline Elementary Library

I am so so thankful and honored to have had the opportunity to help give Cline Elementary’s library a (much needed) face lift! I am not one to critic anyone else’s decor or design, but I think we can all agree it just needed some love!

I really enjoyed working with everyone at Cline. They were so kind, and very thoughtful about this library. I could really tell as a school they care about their kids and they are passionate that their kids are getting the best (no one told me to say that ūüôā ).

Here are some before pictures:

Sorry… worst pictures ever. But, you can get the idea – bright, electric green walls, dated book shelves, mis-matched woods, the classic rainbow carpet that just reads brown, and some FANTASTIC ceilings that just get lost and feel heavy.¬†

We have some good bones here- and some good starts. I love the color green for a learning space, however this green is electric and given in too high of a dose. But you will see that we re-used a similar green we just gave it a contained space Рjust enough. And those ceilings, I love those ceilings Рthey are warm and inviting. Really they are perfect for a library, however we needed to balance them out. We needed them to not feel heavy, but to feel warm.

After Pictures:


There was a lot of talk about this neutral wall color and if there would be enough color at the end of the job. By using the neutral on the walls we gave our selves a blank canvas, creating an easily updated library that we could pull in any color we wanted! We selected some great colors in our furniture, we tied in favorite book covers as wall art, we used metal letters that we painted for some depth and dimension, and we installed a new “Friendswood blue” carpet. We also kept that electric green – we just kept in the room where we needed it. Last, but not least I really enjoy the ceilings now that they don’t feel heavy, but they feel warm and they are certainly balanced well with all of the other decor and color in the space. Overall, such a fun job and think we accomplished our goal!

*Side note: I love the magnetic wall! The galvanized metal mixed with the wood ceilings is a win in my book!

Living Room Reno: Spanish Revival

I love working with Dana because I love her style. She is so fun and easy to work with, and she consistently picks things that speak to her. That is what gives a beautiful, over all harmonious concept.

I have always been a fan of Spanish Revival style so seeing this home come together has been so fun for me as a designer.

Before pictures:

You can see that we had some good shapes and bones to pull from for inspiration. We wanted to keep the bones, but pull the home into this century. There were a lot of structural changes that also had to take place including lifting the entire living room ¬†– the living room floor was lowered about a foot in true 70’s style. There was also a lot of head and heart ache in this job, but the out come was well worth it!

After Pictures:



From the new beautiful, over-sized travertine floors to the new French doors this project came together beautifully. One of my favorite features is the quartzite counter tops. They are stunning!

Dana has decorated the space perfectly in line with her Spanish Revival style. Remembering all the decisions and details is my favorite part after the job is over. As I look back through the space my eye catches each one of them and I am so satisfied. If you have done a remodel in your home then you know exactly what I am talking about!

Hope you’re inspired and enjoyed this Spanish Revival style. If you love this style and have questions on how we achieved this look, let me know!

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 РI 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

Presley’s Nursery

I had so much fun planning for Presley, and literally went round and round on what I wanted to do. I finally landed somewhere, somewhere simple and sweet. I love how her room turned out. It’s a bit vintage, eclectic, soft, with pops of color, and sweet as can be. I am sure it will continue to grow and change as she does!

A glimpse into Presley’s nursery:


My mom found this PERFECT bunny print at an antique shop.

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Fishing line + fake flowers + a stick from the back yard = favorite decor


These are drawers we demoed out of a flip house. I love the old antique hardware on them. I love its a piece of what we do as a family.


Vintage screen turned into display board. The key to this look is layers and texture.


Restoration Hardware bunny mobile…need I say more? Seriously everything in the store is perfect. So so sweet!


I went with the softest pink I could find for the walls. I did that intentionally because I knew I wanted to pull in a lot of other colors so I needed it to play as a neutral. I love the strong pops of color throughout her room.


Every mom knows this is just as practical as it is for looks – I think we go through at least five blankets a day!


I used pages from a children’s book to make a collage above her crib. I really like the vintage vibe and the color it brought into the room.

**Side note … I used a flat paint for the walls. Look how dreamy and creamy they are. I love them.**DSC_0167

My mom also found this book shelf for her – its unique and again I love the color it brings. I also love that it has a chalk board, cannot wait (actually I can totally wait) to see her little handwriting up there.


…..bunny lamp….. killing me. SO CUTE. This is another Restoration Hardware find.


Two very special things in her space are the dresser and the rocking chair. Both are family heirlooms and both are very special – so I am not going to refinish these pieces. I love how wood warms up a space – sometimes I miss wood grain (just saying).


I did paint this piece though, clearly. I love this pop of green, and did I mention I LOVE that bunny lamp!


The ribbon banner and the pennant were both made by two very talented friends of mine. The colors couldn’t have been more perfect for her space – I love them layered too!

This nursery was fun to create because I used things around the home that we already had. A lot of the items in her room are repurposed. This nursery is exactly what I hoped it would be, and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Hope you get inspired!¬†

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