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French Antiques Go Modern

My dear aunt and uncle have lived in Dallas, Texas for decades and in this beautiful house when two of the kids were still at home. Now that they’ve been out of the house for awhile now, it was time that their home had some love.

They love to entertain and frequently host music clubs and other large groups. The space needed to be functional so that they could move furniture to focus on singers in the piano room or center in the living room or the perfect flow for a dinner party. The floors were replaced, walls moved and the decor was completely reimagined. My aunt is artistic and musical and has a love of antiques. In fact, she was an antiques dealer for years. Many of these precious pieces were the inspiration for our design. They wanted to display their prized pieces they have collected through the years but wanted a dose of modern elements – acrylic, pops of coral, bold patterns, lines and art.

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Wallpapered in leather, painted white cabinets, added granite, tiny so I added this sunburst mirror. Shelves for often used glasses and a display for the antique crystal decanters.

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Living Room
This formal space was the apex of our design. We had antique chairs reupholstered with bold fabric. The bold elements juxtaposed with the luxury of the blue silk window treatments designed to look like ball gowns. Her daughter, my cousin, is a wonderful painter and we begged and begged her to let us use a couple in the room.

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Kitchen
We painted the cabinets white, papered the walls with this gorgeous blue country toile and added a chocolate tortoise shell backsplash and new granite countertops with copper accents. The brick floors were original, worn down and absolutely perfect for our aesthetic. Country French is the name of the game in this room.

Family Room
We added a new silk rug, chocolate grasscloth walls, motorized shades, accessories and toile pillows to match the kitchen and a fabulous white French sofa.

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Bluegrass Americana

In order to decorate a house and tell a family’s story, it’s important to learn the family’s story. It is absolutely my favorite thing about my job. You people are fascinating. This family was so jam packed full of interesting, quirky and fun, I could hardly contain myself. She has a rich Cuban heritage with a side of sass. He is a banjo player in The Whiskey Gentry, a fabulous Atlanta-based bluegrass band. He is an artist whose drawings I hung wherever I could. One of them was of a beetle which became the inspiration for the amazing bug print fabric (I lurve that fabric). Family heirlooms and folk art were the basis of our design for this gorgeous Grant Park home. This was such a blast to do!

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Family Bungalow

My dear friends were contemplating a move. To move or stay, that was the question. What wasn’t a question was that their home was no longer working for them. The kids were old enough to keep toys to their designated spaces and the furniture had done it’s time. Hand-me-downs and the pieces from the bachelor days made it feel less than who they had become as a family and it was time for a reset.

While we did not increase their space, we made the space function and feel so much more like them that their love for their current home completely changed. We took the walls to neutral, making the room feel lighter, and played with fabrics and color to make it feel modern and fresh. My friend said, “It feels exactly like how I would decorate it…if I could decorate.” The best compliment! I don’t want to copy a room out of a magazine or off her Pinterest board. I want to create a place that feels like them on their best day. So, friends, welcome home!

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Apartment Turns Home

Design can be healing. This is another amazing project to share because the process was so special to myself and my client.

She had just experienced a very difficult life change and found herself in a new space. Her request? She wanted this new apartment to look NOTHING like her old place. She needed her apartment to be peaceful, calm, restful, and healing: she needed that apartment to become a home.

You know those design shows that have the “white box” challenges? That’s what walking into this apartment was like. White box with a white sofa. The apartment complex had a no-paint policy — so we had to work to think how the furniture and accessory choices could provide that warmth and peace she was seeking. She loved the beach, and the complex was located next to a lake, so our inspiration became water. It was a great symbol for the peace, calm, and healing she was hoping for in this design.

One of my favorite projects here is the shelving unit we created in her room. I took the inexpensive IKEA VITTSJÖ shelving unit and gave it a couple of coats of gold spray paint. This is such a simple DIY project – and the result is stunning, sophisticated, and adds the right amount of elegance to her bedroom.

With a blank page in a new chapter of life and a blank canvas of an apartment, I designed a space that was rich with color, metallics, and texture to reach our goal of warmth without the use of paint.

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Townhouse Transformation

My client recently retired and is now spending a lot of time at home. She decided she had worked hard her whole life and deserved to actually enjoy her home. Amen to that! We painted and refreshed each and every space for an entirely new feel. It felt so good for me, personally, to honor her working life by giving her a beautiful environment for her retirement years. Welcome Home!

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