A Grand Makeover Meets the Marrs | Season 5

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You know I always say your home should work for you in the season you’re in. Well Dayshawn and Laurie Powell are in a season of fun, adventure and dancing! The couple met through ballroom dancing where Dayshawn swept Laurie off her feet (literally and metaphorically), ha! They’ve been married for 6 years and have followed their sense of adventure across the country – from Nashville to L.A. and now to Rogers, Arkansas. Dayshawn and Laurie love this area because of its proximity to hiking, biking and Beaver Lake.

They love this house. The moment they walked through its front door, they knew it was THE ONE. The house is a great size for all the entertaining and cooking they love to do. AND the foyer and entry way make for a fabulous dance floor. The house just needed some updates to modernize it and make it fit more with their style.

Exterior

BEFORE

With its large front yard, long circular driveway, large portico and wide arches, the Powell house was already grand. We didn’t really need to make any drastic changes to the exterior. Instead, we chose to add a few well-placed touches outside that would update and upgrade the look of the house. Since the portico is front and center, we paid special attention to that area. We filled in the grooves and painted its columns, which made them look cleaner and more modern. Dave and his team did an amazing job adding wood paneling to the portico ceiling. It ties in the natural wood from the new front doors, and makes the entrance to the house look even more spectacular.  We also freshened up the landscaping and installed new lighting.

AFTER

SOURCES

Flag | Allegiance Flag Supply

Light Post | Kichler 

Plastering & Stucco | Martin’s Plastering & Stucco 

Landscaping | Ground Effects Landscaping 

Entry Room and Foyer

BEFORE

This foyer and entryway already had sweeping arches, gallery style art niches and vaulted ceilings. I commissioned an incredibly talented artist and friend, Buddy Whitlock, to create a large-scale abstract painting to serve as a striking focal point for the space. Dave handmade a large walnut table inspired by art deco design. Over the table, we hung a large golden candelabra-style chandelier, and we added rich pink velvet curtains to the windows. This space feels like an elegant boutique hotel entryway which is exactly what Laurie and Dayshawn were hoping for.

AFTER

SOURCES

Commissioned Artwork | Buddy Whitlock

Furniture | Howse

Foyer Light | Kichler

Flooring | Audacity Flooring

Wall Paint Color | Benjamin Moore Simply White

Living Room

BEFORE

The original living room was a large, mostly empty space with dark outdated flooring and an outdated fireplace. Large open spaces like this can sometimes leave people stuck not knowing how to fill it. My main trick is to create multiple gathering areas within a large space. That way, everyone can still be in the same room, but feel cozier. In this case, we created a small section off to the side where the couple can sit with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, reading a book or enjoy each other’s company. In the main part of the living room, we put a giant rug and a large comfy sectional that’s big enough to fit lots of friends. Plus, there’s still room for placing additional chairs on either side of the fireplace when they entertain. 

Since this room is so large, we knew it needed a statement piece. Dave added hand-carved wooden inserts to the huge fireplace mirror to give it an art deco look. We also smoothed out the stucco layers on the fireplace and added new marble-inspired quartz as a surround. Together, the new fireplace and mirror create a beautiful, modernized focal point for the room. We also changed out the flooring for a lighter wood tone throughout the house. The new flooring, lighter colored curtains and new light fixture make this room look brighter, more modern and more inviting.  In the background, you can also see we changed out the handrails that lead up to the loft.

AFTER

SOURCES

Furniture | Howse

Alcove Fan | Kichler 

Fireplace Marble | Verona Marble 

Wall Paint Color | Benjamin Moore Simply White

Stair Railing Paint Color | Farrow & Ball Off Black

Kitchen

BEFORE

Since Dayshawn and Laurie both love to cook and entertain, we wanted to give them a kitchen as fabulous as the rest of their house. Their original kitchen, while spacious, had low hanging cabinets, small appliances and an oddly placed island. We gutted the area and used the space more efficiently to give them a beautiful chef’s kitchen. The bold black cabinets and the base of the island paired with the gorgeous quartz with marble-inspired veining and movement create a gorgeous and sophisticated look. I love how the rounded edges of the island coordinate with the arches throughout the house. With its rounded, ridged corners and gold hardware, this island is definitely a statement. New high-end appliances and hanging golden light fixtures finish off the modern glam look of this kitchen.

AFTER

SOURCES

Appliances | Metro Appliances & More

Island Lights | Paphilly Furniture

Faucets | Gerber

Runner | Turkish Trunk

Countertops & Back Splash | Verona Marble

Countertop Fabricator | Gunn Granite

Cabinet Pulls | Amazon

Cabinet Knobs | Amazon

Dishwasher & Fridge | goTRG

Flooring | Audacity Flooring

Wall Paint Color | Benjamin Moore Simply White

Cabinet Paint Color | Farrow & Ball Off Black

Main Bedroom

BEFORE

Another huge room! Adding a feature wall behind the headboard centers the room and makes it look like a high-end hotel. We added this modern geometric shape wood paneling to give it an art deco feel. The fireplace in this room was green and stucco – very dated. We updated it with marble and a wood mantle to soften the look and make it cozier. We also removed the carpet and replaced it with the same flooring we used throughout the house. New paint, new curtains and new lighting brightened it all up!

AFTER

SOURCES

Furniture | Howse

Ceiling Light | Shades of Light

Flooring | Audacity Flooring

Wall Paint Color | Farrow & Ball Drop Cloth

Main Bathroom

BEFORE

Again, another big room! The original bathtub was up on a raised level where you had to climb a couple of steps and walk through an arch. We demoed that whole area and replaced it with a modern freestanding bathtub. Dayshawn and Laurie wanted to keep the size of the huge shower, but we updated it by removing the glass block surround, changing out the tile and replacing the hardware. The black and white colors we chose for the shower and flooring feel high-end even though the material was inexpensive. Now, with the high-gloss dark green cabinets and gold hardware, the bathroom feels like it belongs in an art deco boutique hotel.

AFTER

SOURCES

Mirrors | Amazon

Sconces | Kichler

Countertops | Verona Marble

Countertop Fabricator | Gunn Granite

Sink Faucets, Bath Faucets, & Shower Heads | Gerber

Runner | Turkish Trunk

Cabinet Knobs | Amazon

Cabinet Pulls | Amazon

Shower & Floor Tile | Daltile

Wall Paint Color | Benjamin Moore Simply White

Cabinet Paint Color | Benjamin Moore Essex