Ten Days Down

I’m working with clients wanting to update a home from a “Southwest Santa Fe” look, to a more “Texas modern meets rustic” decor. My clients had to move into another home during the renovations and therefore on a time crunch. In just ten days, we’ve done the following updates and almost finished!

Starting with the main room, we addressed the fireplace mantel and stone, ,floor tile, as well as the arch entertainment niches , furnishings, and cabinet stains.
I also suggested changing the lighter pine ceiling beams to a rich stain of espresso, changing the Southwest columns, lighting and overall furnishings.

The homeowners wanted tile floors again and chose the following selections. The larger tile is the main tile that will be the new tile in most of the house. The small sample is the granite they chose for the kitchen along with the linear backsplash:
The homeowners purchased a welcoming Fall palette of living room pillows from Pottery Barn:They will use these on their existing modern espresso leather sectional, along with new chairs & ottoman we’ve selected in neutral linens.

The homeowners loved the length of their existing dining table, especially for parties, but wanted an updated look.
We picked out a new family friendly farmhouse table, along with linen & nailhead chairs:
We stained the living room ceiling beams a deep espresso stain:
We also took out the original arches and added rustic wood lintels. The lintels will be stained like the beams. The windows will get new grass woven shades.

The old Colorado stone fireplace facade was replaced with a smaller stone , taking it up to the ceiling, and adding a mantel out of the stone:

The older Southwest columns were replaced with a more squared off rustic column:
The front door will be replaced with an updated style and the Southwest transom window above the door, will be changed out to a plain piece of glass.

Back in the dark master bathroom. We needed to bring in extra light and enlarge the existing space visually.
The stained glass came down

…and a new freestanding bathroom cabinet was built.

Originally, the old bathroom counters butted up to the existing tub. But we squared off the cabinet , making it freestanding and there will be a white freestanding tub under the window. The freestanding vanity will have a painted and glazed finish.

This hardworking subcontractor is there on Sunday.

Check back later as we progress through this fast remodel….I think we’ve gotten alot done in “ten days down”, dont’ you?

In other news, this week I was asked to interview as part of the Design team for HGTV’s Property Brothers. They will be shooting 13 episodes soon in the Austin area and the producers were in town this week, scouting Designers, Contractors, etc.. They normally shoot their episodes in Canada, but are venturing out to Austin. They conducted their interviews this past Thursday and still molding the Austin team. Not sure if I’ll be chosen, but it was an honor to be asked. How fun would the opportunity be?! Part of their production is doing home makeovers with a fast 4-5 wk. turnaround. They know I love, love remodels and hopefully if they’re still “scouting” me, they’ll see that in Texas we CAN get it done!

Ten days down and this project is almost done!
Have a great week,

4 thoughts on “Ten Days Down”

  1. I love the changes you made in this home especially the espresso stained beams and the new stone fireplace. I also love the gorgeous farmhouse table and chairs you picked.

    This place is going to be so beautiful once it's completed. Can't wait to see the finished product. Regarding your question to the brass curtain rods in my post, the article didn't mention the vendor at all. You can take a look at this link:


    I tried to look it up myself via Google but no success! Hope you find what you needed, Jeanette.

    Hope you had a fabulous weekend!


  2. Thx Sherry….the crew there has truly been amazing. The clients actually moved back into their house this wknd.! Can you believe?
    I just had Lasik surgery, so kinda hard to even view the computer well, so, don't know if i'll take pics of their completed house this wk. or maybe later in the week…..but the transformation turned out really nice and they're super happy….and that makes me smile :)!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top