It’s Move-in Time!!

This custom home I have been working on with builder Rona Milbauer and designer Julie Dodson is finally ready for move in.  These homeowners who have several homes wanted a turnkey job.  This is a walk through of the first stages of the furniture move and I will show you the finished product totally furnished with art and accessories in a couple of weeks.  Thanks Julie and Rona for letting me photograph in progress rather than at the end!!  I think it is fun to see the evolution.

The custom floors Rona designed created a wow factor immediately.  The entry tile was made to her specifications and imported to save cost.   Julie played off these fabulous floors, pulling their tones into the color scheme throughout the home.

Julie accomplished something casual yet glamorous for these home interiors. “The homeowner has the most fabulous purse collection on the planet, and to be honest, that was my inspiration for the  style.  I wanted the space to have a modern, casual and transitional feel to it.”  By adding soft pale purple-pink as an accent color, Julie softened the more masculine gray tones.

Using the main wall color of the home as a backdrop, we brought the floor border up to eye level by stenciling and glazing the walls a softer version of the entrance floors. I love the finish on the chairs from Mecox Gardens  (, and  I can’t wait to see how Julie accessorizes the rest of the room!  I did get a hint, though: she will be incorporating an antique mirror with some fab contemporary art.

 To the right of the entrance and across from the dining room, this living room is currently being used as a staging room.  Tying in with the dining room’s stencil, the same gray – Sherwin Williams 7673 –  was used for the walls and trim.  Without darkening the cabinets in this room, we enhanced them to lend a furniture feel.  The chosen hardware which looks like jewelry really gives them a sense of glamour.

In the powder bath, this hand-painted design mixes the grays used in other areas of the home with the copper colors of the sink, sconces and mirror. To bring in a bit of a Hollywood, we added a bit of copper leafing on the vanity.

The family room and kitchen area really showcases the sleek, transitional style that Julie was going for and gives ample seating for this family of 5.  She had the sofas custom made and upholstered in an indoor/outdoor velvet from Maria Flora at Allan Knight in Dallas, and the chairs are upholstered in an indoor/outdoor fabric as well from Link textiles.  I love the idea of using indoor/outdoor fabrics for the most lived-in areas – they can enjoy a beautiful look without the worry of having to be careful!!!!

The homeowners gave Rona complete creative control on all the tile and surfaces so she always worried ”will they like my selections?”  Well, Rona, hats off to you here.  It’s beautiful!!  After taking the homeowners to my studio, they fell in love with how the cabinet finishes can soften cabinetry, taking them from spray painted to an interesting custom look.  All the kitchen and den cabinets and paneling were treated with a bit of gray detailing to define the lines while pulling in the tile, granite and furnishings.

Julie has a talent for blending patterns, fabrics and texture, managing to give these rooms a sense of fun while still keeping the sleek, sophisticated vibe the parents wanted. For the clients’ two young girls, Julie wanted their rooms to represent them so the girls chose their color schemes and Julie ran from there!  I love all the fabric headboards and the designs on the carpet!!

You can see in this close-up of the drapes how the hot pink pom pom trim adds some whimsy, but stays in the contemporary style of the rest of the house.

For the boy’s room, a tailored look was chosen that will definitely grow with him in his teenage years.  The striped drapes pull together all the colors in the room.  I can’t wait to see the bedding!!!

I love how the tile and contemporary light fixture work great together in his bath!!

Rona’s favorite thing about being a builder is the ability to be creative – she envisions every home as a blank canvas with its own personality. “I love the challenge of figuring out what’s new, different and unique and incorporating those ideas into every project.” The use of tile paneling and mirrors in this master bathroom provides lots of light and interest, making the space feel larger.

Here are the creative gals now!!  The master bedroom is Julie’s favorite! She started with a fabric by Opuzen from Allan Knight in Dallas that caught her eye the minute she saw it – she used the material for the shams and duvet cover.  The draperies from ZR at George Cameron Nash are simply to die for too!

Look at the fabulous headboard for the master!  I can just imagine it with the drapes and fabrics, just  wonderful!!!

Even the laundry room has amazing surfaces that carry out the overall color scheme for the home.

Here is another fabric combination for a comfortable guest bedroom retreat.

I can’t wait to see this window treatment installed – the wonderful cornice pattern frames, not just the top, but the entire window, and the fabric drapes go on the inside!!  Thank you so much, Rona ( and Julie (, for the great sneak preview!! I know we all will be excited to see the final reveal of the rooms. I love working with you both!!

Join us next week for a feature on a home in Houston that I’ve been working on with New York designer, Celerie Kemble. As Lindsey one of Celerie’s designers would say—Cheers!! Hope everyone has a great week!!

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