Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day friend! Yes, I have been radio silent across all of my platforms including my blog since before Christmas! I have REALLY missed you guys and sharing with you! Things have been crazy!
All is well and my absence has been because we have had so many client projects going on since December that I haven’t had a chance to get my head above water until now. I wanted to share with you what I’ve been working on and some very exciting news about an amazing home design center that I have designed and curated that will be opening in a few weeks in my hometown in Lufkin, Texas!
I’m sharing more details (and sneak peeks) about Layered Home Design Center at the end of today’s post but long story short, I partnered with an existing flooring and tile store called Floors N More in my town to design the expansion of the existing store into a turnkey full service home design center that will now include furniture, home decor, a lighting showroom, tile and so much more. Our goal is to have everything under one roof for remodels and new home construction. If you’re in the East Texas area or you’re interested in following along with the amazing store transformation, you can keep up with Layered Home on Facebook here and Instagram here. Next week, we begin styling the store and I’ll be sharing how we’re styling and “layering” the store on the Layered platforms above. I would LOVE for you guys to follow along! 🙂
Before I share more about Layered, let’s jump into peeks at the other design projects I have been working since we last talked. Since October, I have taken on six new home construction projects and five whole home remodels. It’s been wild for sure! Out of all of my projects, the home that is furthest along is a beautiful two-story new construction project, which is loaded with fresh design ideas. This particular client has a passion and eye for architecture and it’s truly been so inspiring and such a joy collaborating with her.
Keep in mind that the exterior brick will be painted a beautiful off-white.
This stunning open six bedroom home is set on a golf course overlooking a gorgeous small lake/waterfall. My client wanted lots of tall windows and natural light flowing into the home in every room.
As you walk into the great room, the elegant kitchen steals the show!
There is still a lot to do as you can see but the kitchen is coming together beautifully! I am really so excited!
The kitchen cabinet paint color is a custom color I mixed for my clients, which turned out so pretty. I wish you could see this color in person.
My client wanted quartz on both the countertops and backsplash and I was so excited on the front end of this project when she told me her vision because I really love this sleek clean look.
As you look from the kitchen into the great room, you can see just how open and large this main great room space is. We decided to go with a simple straight fireplace to the ceiling and we had the mantle and surround custom made and it will be painted white.
The floors on the first floor will be concrete and the second floor is a really beautiful wide vinyl plank that is so beautiful in person. By the way, vinyl planks have really come such a long way! It is very hard to tell that this particular plank is vinyl because the coloring and texture is so good!
I’ll be sharing more of this amazing home as we get further along.
Next up is an incredible whole-home farmhouse remodel project that I have been SOOO lucky to design. The home is out in the country on acres and acres of beautiful rolling hills. The brick Tudor style home was built in the late 70’s and my clients wanted to not only update the exterior and interior of the home, but they also wanted to add a 1000 square foot (plus) master suite addition to the home.
Below are photos of the home before we started the whole home remodel.
If you want to see the tour of this home before the remodel, you can see it here.
This project has been a HUGE undertaking and the design work on the front end with the addition and opening up the main kitchen area took me weeks to design. The project is about 70% done and I have been so thrilled with the progress!
The biggest issue with the house on the exterior is that a Tudor style home just didn’t really fit the countryside of this beautiful land. My clients wanted a true modern farmhouse style feel and we immediately knew that we would paint the brick white. However, initially I was going to have the Tudor boards removed from the exterior before we painted the home but it’s tricky when you paint brick a solid color because all of the sudden you will have dead space because you’re taking away the texture and contrast that the brick brings. So by removing the Tudor boards, I realized that the windows would instantly appear much smaller. So we decided to paint the house white including the boards to add texture to the dead space.
So you can see, after we added the 1000 square foot plus master suite, we painted the house and the transformation blew me away!
Keep in mind that we will be adding almost black or dark gray rustic shutters on the windows.
Can you believe the difference?! Notice how the painted Tudor boards really add texture and architectural interest in filling what would have been dead space on the second floor. You can also now see the addition to the home, which is the far right window. That window is actually right in front on the master tub in the new master bedroom and bath suite.
Also as you look at the house now that it’s white, we have some balance issues on the exterior, so we will be adding three cypress trees in front of the brick wall at the entrance and shutters on the first floor windows, which will instantly solve the balance issues. 🙂
There is not a lot to share on the inside at this point since it’s all sheet rock but I can show you how we opened up the kitchen to a bathroom and hallway to create one really huge and long kitchen.
Originally, the kitchen was very small and narrow as you can see in the below before picture.
What you can’t see in the picture above is behind the where the photograph was shot was a bathroom and closed off hallway. We took out the bathroom and hallway to create one huge long kitchen.
On the right side on the space where the wall goes in about two feet will be a built-in banquette. The main kitchen area will begin with a huge island right under the large window.
We’re also doing some beautiful custom paint colors in this home that I’m really excited about. One of my favorite colors that I mixed is for this built-in wardrobe in the master bedroom. It’s a rich blue/gray/green that is so dreamy in person.
When this project is completed, this home will look brand new and so beautiful. I am really very proud of this project and the design work that has gone into this project. I can’t wait to share it all with you once we get further along.
Another home that I have been working on is this beautiful two story brick home that is starting to really come together.
I have been so lucky to work with this sweet family and I can’t wait to show you more once we get further along. Right now it’s pretty much sheet rock but in a couple weeks, I’ll have a lot more to share with you!
So jumping back to Layered Home, the design center that I have been working on for months, we’re still under construction but below is the before and after so far of the exterior transformation.
As you can see below, the before picture shows that the building is rustic large metal building.
We completely removed the metal overhang, removed and redesigned windows and stuccoed the front to create a modern and sleek look (the building will have a black flat awning with black modern farmhouse lights at the top):
If you look at the top of the building, you’ll see electrical for lights, which will be black modern farmhouse type lighting that will really add to the facade. Below is my design rendering of the exterior transformation.
The inside of the design center will have sections of styled areas “layered” with furniture, accessories, art and lighting that I have curated and brought in with several of the home lines that I like to use for my design clients. My goal was to basically create design inspiration on every wall and vignette area as customers walk through the design center. Having all of the accessories, art, furniture and lighting that I love to specify for my clients all under one roof will be so amazing for me and my community. In the coming months, we’ll be launching our website that people who are not in this area can order from!
Below are some sneak peeks of the progress inside the design center. Keep in mind everything is so dark in the images because all of the windows are boarded up.
The flooring in the store is GORGEOUS!! Can you believe it’s vinyl?!
Since I want the store to be inspiring at every corner, I incorporated some of the most beautiful paint colors for the vignette walls. Sherwin Williams Inkwell on this little wall is everything! Inkwell is such a stunning accent wall color.
We’re also doing some really stunning wall treatments throughout the store to show all of the design possibilities. This grid wall is one of my favorites!
We went to market for the design center back in January and all of the inventory has arrived and we start styling next week.
I can’t wait to share more with you guys in the coming weeks! In the meantime, we’re sharing daily updates that you can keep up with on our Layered Home Instagram page here and our Layered Home Facebook page here so you can see all of the sneak peeks!
Thanks for stopping by today friends! Stay tuned for lots of fun projects coming up!