Project Reveal: Conroe Lake House: Before & After

I was approached by one of my favorite clients to help remodel and fully furnish a lake house they were about to purchase on Lake Conroe. This house was luxurious in its day but was dated. It was just begging for someone to make it pretty again. Starting with awesome bones and adding in a super talented team, I am thrilled to show you it’s transformation! Wyrick Residential Design did the plan design, Jameson Custom Homes did the remodel, Duckworth Interiors provided the construction selections and full interior, and IronPaws by Anthony Billingsley made all of the custom ironwork (Stairs and Wine Room). The beautiful after photos are brought to you by Grant Duckworth Photography.

These dream clients gave me FREE REIGN to do whatever I wanted to this lake house! Yep, you heard me. I mean any light fixture, tile, plumbing, paint, wallpaper, furniture, art, you name it. Didn’t even have to ask! So, needless to say, I had a LOT of fun on this project! Let’s start the tour…

The exterior…

Front Elevation: Before

Front Elevation: Before

Front Elevation: After

Front Elevation: After

The exterior really didn’t need much. We painted the brick, replaced the front doors and exterior lighting, added some shutters, and spruced up the landscaping.

Front Elevation: Before

Front Elevation: Before

It always amazes me what a fresh coat of paint can do!

Front Elevation: After

Front Elevation: After

Rear Elevation: Before

Rear Elevation: Before

In the back, we removed the balcony and added a huge covered patio, outdoor fireplace, metal roof accent, and gigantic windows to maximize that stunning view!

Rear Elevation: Before

Rear Elevation: Before

Pool: Before

Pool: Before

The gorgeous pool was already there but had a lanai around it. The home owners wanted the lanai taken down and afterwards I was SO surprised at how much closer the pool felt to the lake.

Pool: After

Pool: After

Let’s head inside and take a look at the old foyer! I told you, it was begging for someone to make it pretty again. It’s hard to see here but there is a step down from the foyer to the main living area. Because we wanted to make this all one level, the staircase had to be removed and rebuilt…

Foyer: Before

Foyer: Before

Doing so allowed us to bring in my childhood friend and very talented metal artisan, Anthony Billingsley (Iron Paws by Anthony Billingsley) to create a custom staircase that turned out to be such a stunning sight when you walk in the door!

Foyer: After

Foyer: After

I love that we got to remove the wall under the stairs to allow the staircase to float. As you can see, Anthony is extremely talented!

Foyer: After

Foyer: After

I don’t have a before picture of the next room, but opposite of the staircase was a formal dining room. My clients aren’t really formal kind of people and wanting to maximize the amount of bedrooms in the home, they decided to close this room in and make it a second master on the first floor. We also stole some space from the laundry room to add an en suite bath.

Foyer: Before (Entrance to formal dining on right)

Foyer: Before (Entrance to formal dining on right)

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

You guys, I just love this bedroom so much! We chose a natural grasscloth for the walls, Tommy Bahama banana leaf drapery, and some blue accents.

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Now let’s head into the main living area, there’s lots to see here! Here’s our casual dining area before…

Casual Dining: Before

Casual Dining: Before

I mean, such a transformation! So here we replaced the windows with a huge butted glass window. We dressed the window with an operable sheer drape for the occasional need to filter the sunlight. We added these great light fixtures and of course new flooring, trim and paint throughout the home.

Casual Dining: After

Casual Dining: After

Previously, there was an awkward brick fireplace where you see the built-in now. Removing the fireplace allowed for more storage, a dining serving area, and really lightened up the room.

Casual Dining: After

Casual Dining: After

Adjacent to the causal dining area is where I think you’ll see the biggest transformation! First of all, just to the right in the photo below was a second stair case which we eliminated. Also, notice the balcony above, where the upstairs game room overlooks the family room. I had to do lots of persuading but I finally convinced everyone involved to extend the second story all the way to the rear elevation. This achieved so many things… it closed off the game room so that all of the laughter, fun, and games being had on the second floor would no longer spill over onto the first floor. Entertaining in both areas could now happen simultaneously without interruption. It also added a lot of square footage to the second floor which we put to good use! This is a great example of why you need a designer in your corner, advocating on your behalf!

Family Room & Bar: Before

Family Room & Bar: Before

Family Room & Bar: After

Family Room & Bar: After

Family Room & Bar: After

Family Room & Bar: After

Family Room & Bar: After

Family Room & Bar: After

Family Room: After

Family Room: After

Here’s another view…

Family Room: Before

Family Room: Before

Family Room: After

Family Room: After

Family Room: After

Family Room: After

Let’s take a closer look at the bar reno that I’m sure you’re curious about. This was an L-shaped bar originally and the bar and second staircase really separated the family room from the kitchen and casual dining. By removing this and the staircase we were able to create an open living space. As I’ve gotten to know my clients, I’ve learned how important wine is to them and I really wanted to help create a special way to feature their collection and love of wine…

Bar: Before

Bar: Before

Bar: After

Bar: After

This is where Anthony’s artistry came into play again! I really wanted to create a focal point and “jewelry box” in the space and Anthony was able to bring that vision to life. I found an amazing glass tile for the back wall of the wine room and I find that it really draws your attention into the room. Anthony lined the walls with metal shelves for display. The wall on the right end features bottle storage, stem ware holders, undercounted wine coolers, and even back lighting!

Bar: After

Bar: After

Bar: After

Bar: After

The bar here is the perfect place for tastings and it’s always OPEN!

Let’s turn our attention to the kitchen! We really did a complete overhaul in here! We said bye bye to the fluorescent light box, we put in all new cabinets and appliances, countertops, and backsplash!

Kitchen: Before

Kitchen: Before

Kitchen: After

Kitchen: After

We relocated the cooktop to the back wall from the island. This allowed us to build this beautiful hood and give the kitchen a focal point. We also eliminated the fur down and took the cabinets to the ceiling. This fish scale back splash was just perfect for the lake house, so it was worth the splurge!

Kitchen: After

Kitchen: After

Notice we did need to remove the window there but the view was only of the garage! You can also see a peek of the brick fireplace in the casual dining that we removed…

Kitchen & Casual Dining: Before

Kitchen & Casual Dining: Before

We ended up changing the direction that the islands were facing before. Now they run parallel to the hood wall.

Kitchen & Casual Dining: After

Kitchen & Casual Dining: After

I really, really love lighting… so you can imagine how happy these 4 amazing island pendants make me!!! In Texas we say, “Go big or go home”, and I really like to put that into practice. I go big!

Kitchen & Casual Dining: After

Kitchen & Casual Dining: After

If you turn left before you get to the refrigerator you’ll come the a hallway that leads to the laundry room and powder bath. I don’t have before pics of either unfortunately. First up, the laundry room. I took a risk here and chose this blue for the cabinets but I just love how it turned out.

Laundry Room: After

Laundry Room: After

And here’s the powder… We added shiplap, a custom vanity, and some cute fixtures.

Powder: After

Powder: After

Before we head upstairs, we’ll check out the last space on the first floor, the master suite!

Master Bedroom: Before

Master Bedroom: Before

Here we added shiplap to the bed wall and the room got a coat of paint and new flooring. I really wanted a fabulous bed and this one was just perfect! The “lake house” pillow is by my friend and rock start business owner, Emily. You can go see her at The Neutral Nest in Tomball, TX.

Master Bedroom: After

Master Bedroom: After

When you need an accent table but want to keep things light, lucite is always a good choice…

Master Bedroom: After

Master Bedroom: After

Now let’s check out the en suite bath… granite, granite everywhere!

Master Bathroom: Before

Master Bathroom: Before

This shower was tiny, tiny!! So we decided to remove the tub and make a huge walk-in shower instead. I get asked this question a lot in terms of resale value, people always want my opinion on whether it’s okay to remove a master tub. I like to leave one bath tub in a home, primarily for bathing children. And in this case the pool also has a spa, so if relaxation and muscle therapy is needed it can be found there. In these cases, I don’t miss a tub. I think a prospective home buyer is going to use a shower the majority of the time and if they’ll be getting a large one, that’s a plus!

Master Bathroom: Before

Master Bathroom: Before

Master Bathroom: After

Master Bathroom: After

You’ll notice we squared up the sink walls… there was no reason for the angles, ha! New cabinets, fixtures and finishes here…

Master Bathroom: After

Master Bathroom: After

Let’s head upstairs where we have a game room, theatre, bunk room, 4 bedrooms, and 2 jack and jill baths.

Upstairs Landing: Before

Upstairs Landing: Before

We said bye bye to this niche… and hello to gorgeous railing, chandelier, and American flag!

Upstairs Landing: After

Upstairs Landing: After

When we decided to extend this second floor all the way to the windows we gained SO much space!

Gameroom: Before

Gameroom: Before

We did have to decrease the size of the windows but that was a small sacrifice for all of this! Look at all the fun that can be had up here without disturbing the party on the first floor! We have shuffleboard, air hockey, and a poker table that converts to a regular table when needed.

Gameroom: After

Gameroom: After

This vinyl wallpaper is super durable and adds such an element of FUN!

Gameroom: After

Gameroom: After

Let’s head into what was previously a study but we converted it into a bedroom…

Study: Before

Study: Before

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Most people tell me that this is their favorite bedroom and it’s not hard to see why! I used a vinyl wallpaper on the bed wall that has a wood texture and print, wall to wall seagrass carpet, and lots of navy and red.

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

We came up with names for all of the bedrooms and we lovingly refer to this one as the “pin-up room” because of these sun-bathing beauties!

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Here’s another one of the bedrooms…

Bedroom: Before

Bedroom: Before

This room features fish drapes, a “wave” pattern on the wallpaper, and a lime green rattan headboard!

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

The orange dresser is carved with fish as well! I just love the playful colors in this room.

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Another bedroom…

Bedroom: Before

Bedroom: Before

Most clients would look at wallpaper with pineapples on it and say, “Nope!” and wonder if I’m a little bit crazy! While it’s true, I am a little crazy, I can’t tell you how much it means to me when clients trust me even when my ideas sound a little out there! I LOVE how this room turned out and I LOVE the pineapples.

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

The last bedroom…

Bedroom: Before

Bedroom: Before

We went with a plaid wallpaper here, a rustic bed, and blue lacquered nightstands!

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

Bedroom: After

When you’re relaxing at the lake, do you want to be reminded that you should probably lift some weights or get your butt on a treadmill?! No! The answer is NO!

Gym: Before

Gym: Before

You’d rather lay on this gigantic sectional and watch a movie!

Theater: After

Theater: After

We painted the walls and ceilings in here navy and got the most comfy sectional ever! This also doubles as a place for kids to sleep.

Theater: After

Theater: After

Across from the theater is the most adorable bunk room ever. This was going to be a closet and right at the end my clients opted for a bunk room and I’m so glad they did!!

Bunk Room: After

Bunk Room: After

I love that everyone has a book light/night light and a curtain. The bunks are open underneath for suitcases that can be easily stowed. The anchors on the walls are easily removable decals.

Bunk Room: After

Bunk Room: After

I hope you enjoyed this home tour! This project was a long time in the making and a huge collaborative effort! Thank you to my team who helped me pull this off! What is your favorite aspect of this house?! Which bedroom is your favorite? We’d love to hear from you! If you missed the video of this house click here!

Where This Designer Goes: Florence Edition

You don’t have to know me very well to find out that I LOVE to travel!!! It’s what makes me come alive. Experiencing other cultures, studying the architecture, seeing the colors, patterns and textures, all provide incredible inspiration for my interior projects. If you appreciate beautiful things the way I do, then you care about all of the details. For instance, if I go to a restaurant, I don’t just hope the food is excellent, I hope the space is beautiful, I want ambience, I want the glasses and tableware to be thoughtfully selected. Some may call me an aficionado. Some may call me high-maintenance. Whatever your preference, I assure you, when I find a place that checks all of my boxes, it’s worth checking out. I’d like to start sharing with you my favorites of places. Let’s start in Florence, shall we? Arguably one of the greatest cities in the world! The husband and I recently celebrated 10 years of marriage with a trip to Italy and Florence was one of the stops. I revisited some old favorites and made some new ones as well. Enjoy!

First up, La Menagere…

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

La Menagere is a combination of so many incredible things… this is a bistro, restaurant, coffee shop, flower shop, boutique, bar, music venue, and feast for ALL of the senses!! It cannot be missed! Just see for yourself…

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

Can we just pause for a moment and admire my husband’s beautiful photography work??? I’m always amazed by him. He’ll frequently be walking, pause for a second, click a button, and keep walking. And then later I see the image he captured is something like this!!! Stunner.

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

The floral area…

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

All of the items on the shelf behind my cute husband are for sale…

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

Each course in the restaurant is a modest but delightful portion…

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

La Menagere, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

Of course I had to pick up a coffee mug for my collection here!

La Menagere, Via de' Ginori, 8, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy, www.lamenagere.it

Next, UB Firenze…

UB, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

UB, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

What an unexpected gem to stumble upon! This is truly one of the greatest antique shops I’ve ever been to. Not only do they have some really unique finds, but it’s displayed so lovingly.

UB, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

UB, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

Oh and not to mention, hands down, the largest offering of antique wallpapers I’ve ever seen!

UB, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

UB, Firenze, grant duckworth photography

UB, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

UB, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

Keep walking around because you’ll continue to notice new items with every passing.

UB, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

UB, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

UB, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

UB, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

I took home these adorable San Pellegrino glasses!

ub Firenze, 50123, Via dei Conti, 4, Firenze FI, Italy, www.ubfirenze.it

Now let’s hit up, Blood Brotherhood…

Blood Brotherhood, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

Blood Brotherhood, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

Pretty much my husband is always in the market for a tattoo and he wanted to get one to commemorate our 10 year anniversary. So, he found this place in Florence and we had one of the best tattoo experiences ever.

Blood Brotherhood, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

Blood Brotherhood, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

This was the most amazing tattoo and piercing studio I’ve ever been to! Everything was so beautifully displayed and their collection of books in which to pull art inspiration could keep you inthralled for hours.

Blood Brotherhood, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

Blood Brotherhood, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

If you get bored with the books, you can always pet these really weird cats that sleep on a light box.

Blood Brotherhood, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

Blood Brotherhood, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

I’ll prepare you, though, the cats would rather be left alone! HA!

Blood Brotherhood, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

Blood Brotherhood, Firenze, Kate’s iPhone

He decided on a tiny vestba with a roman numeral “X” under it. Cosma was the artist and she’s amazingly talented!

Blood Brotherhood, Via della Pergola, 37, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy, www.bloodbh.it

And finally, this Mineral Shop in Florence… So I got so distracted by the huge selection of minerals, geodes, fossils and jewelry that I forgot to get any other photos than the one below! They had an amazing selection, excellent customer service, and the minerals were displayed in beautiful cases and organized into apothecary style drawers. I was like a kid in a candy store. I didn’t leave empty handed!

Mineral Shop, Florence, Kate letting out her inner nerd!

Mineral Shop, Florence, Kate letting out her inner nerd!

Mineral Shop Florence, Via dei Servi, 120r, 50122 Firenze, Italy, I haven’t found a website for them.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these recommendations and I hope your travels bring you to Florence!

Project Reveal: Modern Coastal Interior Part II

This house is getting lots of LOVE on social media so it is my pleasure to give you guys an official tour via the blog! Because we truly got to be a part of every room in the house, we have A LOT to show you. We’re revealing it in 3 parts, the exterior and the interior parts I & II. We’ve already given a the tour of the exterior, so if you missed that click here and the Interior Part I, for that click here. Now let’s move on to the Interior Part II which will cover the upstairs and master suite.

Let me start by saying that this house was a huge collaboration and only turned out as fabulous as it did because so many talented people came together. The plan design was done by Wyrick Residential Design, it was built by Blakecraft Homes, the landscape and pool design was done by Smelek Design, and the beautiful photos you’re about to enjoy were captured by Grant Duckworth Photography. Duckworth Interiors provided the construction selections as well as the turn-key interior.

I’m going to start by taking you through the utility areas of the house. They’re a little less glamorous but they are so necessary!

When you come in from the garage, you’ll find this great little mudroom built-in, perfect for grabbing or stowing your last minute essentials. Come further down the hall and check out the adorable laundry room!

I just love the floors in here. I was nervous about using such a large tile in such a small room but was so pleased with the results. I also love the whimsical pineapple window treatment here, because, why not?

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Apron front sinks are amazing, so why not use them anywhere you can? Keep coming further down the hall and you’ll find the family room…

With windows and doors filling two of the walls, you’ve got amazing golf course and pool views. But what about when you want to watch a movie? No prob, we’ve got remote control window shades that allow you to go from a bright beautiful view to blackout in a few seconds.

This ottoman was one that the homeowners already had and we recovered it, making it unrecognizable and new again. Now check out this built-in and great accent lighting…

Bookcases really are an art form. We’ve styled them minimally here. Our homeowners will have room to add family photos and trinkets without it feeling cluttered.

Also off of the hallway is the staircase, let’s head upstairs… At the top of the landing, before you can really start to take in the game room, you’ve just got to stop and admire this piece of art. There’s also a hidden door on this wall, can you spot it?

The stairway and the upstairs game room have board and batten walls, which are just so much fun and immediately help the space feel more casual.

Go through the awesome barn doors and you’ll enter the lady of the house’s space! Being a very talented painter, she needed an in home art studio and this former art major was delighted to oblige!

Really, this pendant is everything! Sometimes, when I’m looking for something so specific, like a table of certain dimensions, with wheels and in colors that compliment our color scheme, I have to ask the hubs to just make it! Thankfully, Grant was able to easily build and finish this art table.

Again, apron front sinks are just the best!!! We’ve got a small refrigerator for drinks and snacks, so the artist can work for hours at a time and a sink for washing out those brushes. Now we’ll head back through the game room to see the secondary bedrooms…

On the way you’ll notice this cute vignette. I love this weathered chest and hanging rope light…

In the hallway between the bedrooms, you’ll find this adorable reading nook. I truly enjoy reading nooks… I was an avid reader as a child and would have been thrilled to use something like this!

In this bedroom, you’ll notice a custom made bunk bed wrapped in shiplap. The bookcase is a hidden door that makes another great hiding spot for a child.

Another guest bedroom…

And en suite bath. The tile in this bathroom makes me so happy! Who knew that turquoise herringbone and carrara marble fans would be such good friends?

I’ve saved the best for last. We’ll head back downstairs and wrap up this tour with the master suite…

I mean, how nice is this???

This wall color is just ever so slightly the perfect grey/green…

With bedding so luxurious…

And custom drapes with those remote control blackout shades again…

With this fluffy shag rug for your bare feet…

And a great spot for morning coffee and reading… who would want to leave this room??? Well, you haven’t seen the bathroom yet…

I love this arched alcove for the free-standing tub… We chose to only tile the back wall for added impact. This mosaic really ties all of the materials together!

We really considered every detail in this house from plumbing fixtures, tiles, lighting, hardware, furnishings and accessories.

I hope you can see that this was a labor of love and we LOVE what we do!!! Thanks for stopping by and make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss our next post!

Project Reveal: Modern Coastal Interior Part I

This house is getting lots of LOVE on social media so it is my pleasure to give you guys an official tour via the blog! Because we truly got to be a part of every room in the house, we have A LOT to show you. We’ll be revealing it in 3 parts, the exterior and the interior parts I & II. We’ve already given a the tour of the exterior, so if you missed that click here. Now let’s move on to the interior part I which will cover most of the first floor.

Let me start by saying that this house was a huge collaboration and only turned out as fabulous as it did because so many talented people came together. The plan design was done by Wyrick Residential Design, it was built by Blakecraft Homes, the landscape and pool design was done by Smelek Design, and the beautiful photos you’re about to enjoy were captured by Grant Duckworth Photography. Duckworth Interiors provided the construction selections as well as the turn-key interior.

Come on in…

When you first walk in this home, it’s truly so delightful you don’t know where to look first. After you finish getting over the AMAZING front doors you might look UP to appreciate just how large this foyer is!

When you look up, you will not be disappointed by the view!! This tray ceiling with painted v-groove and stained beams is just the backdrop for this elegantly industrial chandelier. If you love Edison bulbs, well, this one’s for you!

Next you might look to your left and see this great vignette. This art piece is one of my most favorites in the house. It just looked at me and said, “You must procure me for the modern coastal project!”

Turn right and you see the fully functioning study. The man of the house works from home and this study needed to be beautiful but really practical. He’s also an avid golfer and former golf pro so he really wanted a study to display trophies, prints and memorabilia from over the years. We’ve all seen the dated “golf study” so it was time for a fresh, non-stuffy take on it.

We move from the foyer to the family room…

In doing so, you have to walk past this amazing bookcase and you have to stop and admire it for a moment. This is typically a place (next to the fireplace) where people put a built-in. I’m a big fan of leaving some spaces for unique pieces of furniture. You have more flexibility with the space and usually end up with something more visually interesting.

Oh this family room… you just really feel like you’re on vacation in here. And who doesn’t want that???

Here you’ll notice a coffered ceiling. A simple shiplap clad fireplace. The firebox has a herringbone brick and the firebox surround is the same quartz material we used on the kitchen perimeter. Another great industrial light fixture.

In this little alcove that leads to the master suit, we’ve got an awesome art light and beautiful piece from the homeowners collection.

Our drapes are a slouchy linen.

The upholstery and pillows are all white and blue.

We have a seagrass rug layered with a cow hide and the tables are reminiscent of driftwood.

If you venture just past the built-in china cabinet, you might find a spot you don’t want to leave… the BAR!

Did I mention these homeowners like to have fun? Pour yourself a drink… there’s lots to choose from and check out the awesome groin vault and light fixture above. Run your hand across this really unique countertop, a leathered quartzite and admire the way the light sparkles in the antique mirror backsplash.

THE KITCHEN! Lots to see here, where to begin? When we went to the candy store, I mean the granite yard, the homeowners and I really fell in love with this island material, which is a quartzite called Sea Pearl. We searched high and low to find the material in the size, thickness and finish that we needed. This material inspired the island color, and the backsplash. In fact, we loved it so much, we wanted to give it a white backdrop in order for it to command the attention. Shiplap on the hood wall is friends with the shiplap on the fireplace. A gorgeous beam is set into the stucco hood.

Adjacent to the kitchen is the gorgeous dining room. I skipped the rug here on purpose. Don’t be afraid of these white chairs in the dining room… they’re actually outdoor fabric!

Imagine dining here and looking out onto that stunning view! Can we talk about these pendants for a second? I’m obsessed. They’re my favorite lights in the house!

To the left of the dining area, we have this awesome serving area with a special gift for the lady of the house. She had admired this photographer’s work (Gray Malin) for a long time and had always wanted to own one of his pieces. I conspired with her husband and daughter to select and purchase it with out her knowledge. The first time she saw it was on reveal day! I love getting to be a part of these special moments!

Just off the dining room the guests have easy access to this beautiful powder bath. This blue and metallic wallpaper is such a compliment for the concrete sink.

Besides the master suite, which I’ll show you in my next post, there is one guest bedroom down stairs and it’s so inviting!

I hope you enjoyed Part I of the interior tour! Leave us a note and let us know what you think! Please subscribe so you won’t miss out when we reveal Part II of this project!

Project Reveal: Modern Coastal Exterior

This house is getting lots of LOVE on social media so it is my pleasure to give you guys an official tour via the blog! Because we truly got to be a part of every room in the house, we have A LOT to show you. We’ll be revealing it in 3 parts, the exterior and the interior parts I & II. First up is the exterior!

Let me start by saying that this house was a huge collaboration and only turned out as fabulous as it did because so many talented people came together. The plan design was done by Wyrick Residential Design, it was built by Blakecraft Homes, the landscape and pool design was done by Smelek Design, and the beautiful photos you’re about to enjoy were captured by Grant Duckworth Photography. Duckworth Interiors provided the construction selections as well as the turn-key interior.

The homeowners and their 3 children actually lived in this neighborhood and played this golf course for many years. This hole on the golf course was always their favorite, so when they got the opportunity to purchase this lot, they jumped on it. This lot came with a very tired and out dated home that got demolished. The first time we visited the property, it was an empty lot. Today this home is a dream realized.

You’ll notice a nice mix of exterior materials… painted brick, stucco, and shake siding. You notice shingles and metal for the roofing. Bronze windows and front door provide a beautiful contrast to the white brick and stucco. The cedar accents and gas lanterns add so much warmth.

This back yard was really built around this incredible view. Beyond the pool, there’s a creek and beyond that the immaculate golf course. One gets the feeling that they are visiting a private resort rather than an individual’s home.

One element to the pool design that I really love were the steps going across the pool. Smelek Design was so clever to add these “lily pads”.

There’s plenty of room for entertaining and dining outside on this covered patio!

I hope you enjoyed our tour of the exterior! Leave us a note and let us know what you think! Please subscribe so you won’t miss out when we reveal the rest of this project!

Our turn-key process

Here’s a new video explaining our turn-key process, featuring the #moderncoastal project! This was such a fun project and we loved having our hand in it from an empty lot to completely furnished with drinks in the refrigerator! Shout out to one of my most favorite builders, Blakecraft Custom Builders and Wyrick Residential Design on the plan design. Real Content Solutions did an awesome job putting this video together for us, ENJOY!

Project Reveal: French Acadian Interior

Are you ready to see the inside of this beauty?!

Come on in... let me give you the tour.  Step into the foyer and you're greeted by the antique brick, reclaimed wood painted ceiling, and iron lantern.

Here's a better view of that ceiling.  Then turn to your right and you'll find a masculine study. 

Here's a better view of that ceiling.  Then turn to your right and you'll find a masculine study. 

We painted the trim and built-in a darker grey in this room and brought in some brass accent lighting by Circa.  

Love the French doors along the front of this house!

Just need to fill this decanter with some fancy bourbon! At least, that would be my choice! Turn to your left and step into the formal dining room.  You'll find a gorgeous chandelier, a subtle wallpaper and some fabulous custom drapery.

Between the formal dining and the kitchen sits this handy wine bar.  Compact and close for entertaining.  Notice the seeded glass on the cabinet doors and the antique mirror backsplash.

Come further into the house and you'll find the main living areas, family room, breakfast, sitting area and kitchen.  Let's look at the family room first.  The homeowners really did an incredible job sourcing so many architectural salvage items from Louisiana.  My favorite has to be these beams from an old barn. 

This fireplace design was something we came up with on the fly.  The builder called and need to tell the brick layers what to do.  I pulled out a sheet of paper and made a very crude sketch and texted a pic back to him.  I had never layered antique brick on top of painted brick and I'm so pleased with the way it turned out.

Here's a close up of the awesome fans we found to go on top of the beam!

And now we go to the kitchen... I really just can't even handle this kitchen.  I love everything about it.  We chose to paint the uppers the same color as the trim and the lowers are almost black!  These stunning floors you keep seeing are reclaimed heart pine the the homeowners also brought in from Louisiana.  I know... they're my favorite floors ever. AND my sweet husband got the chance to build the table for this family... so special!

Here's a close up... he's kind of a big deal, y'all.

More beautiful Circa lights...

A farmhouse sink, of course!

I love our cabinet hardware and backsplash... we splurged on the custom handmade tile from Architectural Design Resources.  Next we have the pantry...

So this gorgeous door had been sitting in the builder's garage for a long time.  I said, please can we put this on the pantry??? He agreed.  Since the home was custom, the builder could have the pantry opening framed to fit the door.

So this gorgeous door had been sitting in the builder's garage for a long time.  I said, please can we put this on the pantry??? He agreed.  Since the home was custom, the builder could have the pantry opening framed to fit the door.

Who wishes their pantry was this organized? ME!!!

Beyond the kitchen, there is a side entry to the home with awesome brick floors and a great built-in.

Keep going down this hallway and you'll find the laundry room.  I sure wouldn't mind doing laundry in this room!  Shiplap, a concrete countertop and adorable sconces.

We carried the antique brick floors all through this area...

Another great built-in across from the laundry room.

Now let's head to the master bedroom where you'll find an accent wall of navy grasscloth, a beautiful chandelier and a wall full of slouchy linen drapes.

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I find grasscloth to be one of those papers that never goes out of style and appropriate in almost any home.

And lighting is always the "jewelry for the outfit".

Now, head on into the master bathroom.  The homeowners wanted to carry the wood floors into the bathroom... I wasn't sure at first because I'd never done it but I think it was definitely the right call!  That allowed us to use this awesome cement tile under the tub and in the shower that otherwise, would've been too busy for such a large bathroom.

We used a beautiful grey on the cabinets that really compliments the gorgeous super calcatta slab on top.  Brushed gold faucets, sconces and hardware. 

We used a beautiful grey on the cabinets that really compliments the gorgeous super calcatta slab on top.  Brushed gold faucets, sconces and hardware. 

White on white claw foot tub and a metal framed shower...

Another first for me was to go sans tile behind the tub.  I really love the simplicity that gives.

Such a peaceful retreat.  I know you don't want to leave this room, but we have to.  Have a look at the guest bath...

More fun cement tile, a freestanding vanity and vessel sink.

We carried the floor tile into the shower.  I like to do this and eliminate the curb, it always makes a bathroom feel larger and makes the shower more accessible.  Another cute bathroom is for the homeowner's two small boys to share.

Light grey cabinets, a faucet that will be fun for them to use and industrial lighting and mirrors.

The homeowners opted to make a locker room style shower "wet room", with a shower head on each end, no doors, and tile on all the walls.  We designed this fun floor detail.

That's the end of our tour!  This house was so much fun to work on and I'm so glad I got to be apart of it.  Again, I had the privilege of collaborating with Wyrick Residential Design on plans, Blakecraft Homes on the build and Chip Gillespie on the photography.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  What's your favorite part?

Project Reveal: French Acadian Exterior

It's project reveal time!  I'm thrilled to share the photos with you of this French Acadian style home located in Kingwood, TX.  Hopefully you followed along with us on Instagram and Facebook to see the progress photos of this home using #frenchacadian.  If so, I'm sure you'll be excited to see the finished product!  Duckworth Interiors worked with the client and their builder, Blakecraft Homes, to make all of the construction selections.  The plan was designed by Wyrick Residential Design.  Since we've got so many great photos of this home, I've decided to break this project reveal into two parts.  Please enjoy these exterior photos photographed by Chip Gillespie!!

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We really agonized over which portions of the house to paint the brick vs. use antique brick and which accents to stain vs. paint french blue.  I'm really happy with the decisions we made!

The gas lanterns contribute to such a beautiful ambiance! 

The wood for the porch ceilings was an awesome find by the homeowners, reclaimed and brought over from Louisiana. 

Love the shape of these rafter tails... These little details add so much.  

An adorable side entry...

No southern home is complete without a magnolia tree!

Outdoor kitchens get so much use in the Houston area.   My clients are requesting lots of Green Eggs these days!

Back porch ready for sweet tea sippin'.

Mind if I hang out here?  This is a built-in dog bed, right???

Thanks for looking!  What's your favorite part???