Dream Maker: Dallas Style & Design Magazine Feature, Winter 2022
I am so excited to share my print feature that just came out in the Dallas Style & Design Magazine winter issue, featuring my latest remodel, the Savannah Project.
They titled the article Dream Maker (how apt is that?) and I could not be prouder of this project! Jeanne De Lathouder did an amazing job on the article and Holger Obenaus' photos are epic, as always.
Big thanks to everyone involved: Bryce, Daria and Amber are magic workers and made the photoshoot not only gorgeous, but fun, as well.
This full home remodel is located in the colorful North Texas suburb of Savannah. The homeowners and their two teenage children are a fun and vibrant family that has lived in their home for 14 years and felt they missed the right time to sell. So they decided to remodel instead and create something they truly adore. Boy, did we ever! It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but it's now a showstopper: updated, modern, and welcoming.
We're a long way from where we started. Check out two kitchen and bathroom "before" photos:
When we started, this 3,200-square-foot house featured a basic, builder-grade design. We changed every single surface, from paint, cabinets, and doors to lighting and stairs. The result feels thoughtful and inviting, the kind of place the works as well for a family night as a formal dinner.
I added ample storage in the kitchen with a new coffee bar, tall cabinets, and an extended island with cabinets tucked underneath. Elegant countertops are a durable quartz material with beautiful blue veining with a sleek waterfall edge on the eat-in island, which seats four. Two-tone cabinets in contrasting white and navy bring a crisp and sleek style to the room. I love the three pendant lights above the island and the on-trend white octagon tile backsplash. From the magazine feature:
“I always urge clients to go for a bold impact in each space...Giving contrast with color engages the eye and makes it more aesthetically pleasing. From there, you can layer texture to create a room that has dimension and impact. I love that the spaces flow with the cool and artistic vibe of the entire house.”
I play with blue hues and bold geometric shapes throughout the home, creating a contemporary, appealing look. In the dining room, find the look in the bold wallpaper and a stunning art piece from Christopher J. Miller. You'll find his abstract, mixed media work in multiple rooms. On the floor, we chose a design from Ren Collection Rugs.
The primary bathroom went from dark and dingy to cool and serene. We moved the doorway for the closet to enlarge the walk-in shower and added a large sculptural soaking tub for hours of peaceful reading and relaxation. The new cabinetry maximizes the storage space with the above counter cabinets in dark gray. Wouldn't you love to start your day here?
In the master suite, we created a restful, stylish retreat with new furniture, reupholstered bed and chairs, art from Christopher J. Miller, and rugs from Ren Collection.
"Bryce at Ren Collection Rugs was Becker’s rug artist, who, as she describes, “is not just a showroom manager but a master of rug design as well as customer service.” He worked with her throughout the process, from narrowing down the options to white-glove installation. “He feels your inspiration and expertly navigated me toward the rugs that would work best in the space within a budget,” she adds. “Bryce’s selections are perfection and tie in beautifully with this home. I believe having a great rug along with bold and unique art are the finishing touches to a room—the jewelry of your space.”
We replaced a dated bolster-style staircase with a sleek, linear rail system that modernizes the space and gives visual interest to the space. It creates a real wow factor and moved the space into this era.
The paint throughout the house is a soothing gray with a fresh white for the larger trim and new doors. Downstairs, we replaced all of the flooring with a durable and family-friendly luxury vinyl plank that is not only hard-working and waterproof but also beautiful.
The family room is anchored by a large fireplace with a new tile surround and art by Christopher J. Miller. We reupholstered the wingback chairs and anchored the space with another geometric rug from Ren Collection.
Upstairs we added whimsy and fun with the kids' areas, bedrooms, bathrooms, and game zone. The daughter is a pre-teen who wanted an upgraded, more sophisticated room – but not too grown-up. With the home remodel, the daughter decided to move to the former guest bedroom and maximize the unique architectural detail in her new room. She now has a makeup and glam area of her own!
In the kids' bathroom, we went with a simple white subway tile for the shower, and a hexagon tile with dark gray grout for a contrast of color on the floor. This matches the new cabinetry and fresh white quartz countertops.
The guest bedroom then got a whole new revamp and I am excited to hang one of my newest acrylic flow paint pieces as the centerpiece! I have really enjoyed playing with the new medium. I hope they enjoy the beauty of this multidimensional art piece for years to come. But y'all, I have to be honest, I seriously considered keeping this one – it is my favorite artwork to date! The accent wall in gold geometric shapes pairs nicely with the gold and deep blues in the room.
Now that we are complete on this dynamic remodel, the homeowners are moved back in and looking forward to hosting a house full of family for the holidays. My greatest pleasure is being able to make their dream space a reality. The home is now Pinterest-worthy!
Stay tuned for more exciting projects coming up. We are starting construction on the massage product retail and training center in Plano, Texas, as soon as permits are approved. What a cool space this is going to be!
Also, as the new Chair of the ASID Dallas Design Community, we have aligned with Habitat for Humanity of Collin County and are working to beautify their new eco-conscious shipping container development, Cotton Groves.