Dull House to Dazzling Home | Season 4

Written by Jenny Marrs on . Posted in .

This was such a fun project! The Agnews are all about family and fun! Gayatri lives here with her two children. Together, they love to laugh, dance, cook and paint. One of the first things we noticed when we first visited was that their house did not represent the vibrant personality of this family at all. We wanted to give them a home where they could truly feel inspired to dance in the kitchen and hang out together on the back patio. I think we were able to deliver on that mission!

Exterior

BEFORE

This house felt disjointed and had too many elements that didn’t work together – stone, brick, and stucco. We wanted to soften the brick, so we added a German Schmear, covered the one section of old stucco with brick in order to tie it in with the rest of the house, and then added a mortar wash around the edges of the bricks. Dave made new shutters, which we painted green for a nice pop of color. He and Matt also installed a gorgeous copper roof over the bay window. The yard was trimmed down and cleaned up. Now the whole exterior is cohesive and elegant.

AFTER

SOURCES

Exterior Lights | Kichler

Front Door Hardware | Build

Front Door, Garage, and Shutter Paint Color | Sherwin Williams Habitat

Living Room

BEFORE

This had been the everything room complete with a large, imposing, dated fireplace that blocked off the kitchen. We took down the fireplace and opened up the flow between the two rooms. Then, we added mauve-colored built-ins and cabinets to match the dining room tones and the color of the stairs. This changed the focus of the room from the old fireplace to the new mural we commissioned for the center of the built-in. The mural was created by artist Buddy Whitlock in honor of Gayatri’s love of Arkansas, Bentonville and maps. 

For the entry, we took out the old handrail to create a more modern staircase. Dave was able to remove the existing wooden banister in one piece and use it as the pattern for a new one. The new metal handrail is simple and modern. We also removed the old carpet, painted the stairs a mauve tone and added new (lighter) hardwood flooring throughout the house. 

AFTER

SOURCES

Furniture & Art | Howse

Rug | Turkish Trunk

Stairway Sconce | Kichler

Living Room Fan | Kichler

Art | Buddy Whitlock

Living Room Built-In Hardware | Anthropologie

Wall Paint Color | Benjamin Moore White Dove

Stairs Paint Color | Farrow and Ball Dead Salmon

Built-In Paint Color | Farrow and Ball Dead Salmon

Kitchen

BEFORE

When Dave and I first came to look at the home, there was a colorful sign on the wall that said, “This Kitchen is Made for Dancing.” Gayatri mentioned that she and the kids often dance in the kitchen (which I love). But this area, with its dark cabinetry and drab tones didn’t match the family’s vibrant personality. I took inspiration from the colors that were in the Gayarti’s sign to give her a kitchen that is bright and happy. By swapping out the peninsula for an island, we were able to open up the area. We also added light-green-colored cabinetry and a geometric backsplash to coordinate with the new bright pink stove. I’m thrilled that she loved it and even named her new stove. Meet, Ophelia.   

AFTER

SOURCES

Cabinets | C&C Mill Works

Range | Ilve

Kitchen Sink & Faucet | Gerber

Kitchen Knobs | Amazon

Kitchen Pulls | Build

Island Pendants | Etsy

Backsplash Tile | Flooring America

Runner Rug | Turkish Trunk

Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color | Farrow and Ball French Grey

Office

BEFORE

This room had been completely underutilized. Gayatri had let the kids paint the walls and it just needed a major refresh. Since we were taking away the children’s’ existing artwork, I met up with the kids at our local children’s museum, Amazeum, so that they could create new art as a gift to their mom. Each one painted their own masterpiece and Dave built frames so we could hang their work on the wall of the new office. To elevate the space, we added wall moulding and beautiful Turkish rugs. 

AFTER

SOURCES

Light | CB2

Rug | Turkish Trunk

Wall Paint Color | Benjamin Moore White Dove

Moulding and Trim Paint Color | Farrow and Ball Pigeon

Dining Room

BEFORE

We got rid of the red that ruled the early 2000s! But we didn’t leave the room void of color. Instead, we opted to add a soft pop of color in an unexpected place – the ceiling. The wallpaper looks so pretty here, and it matches the color we chose for the built-ins to bring cohesion to the open concept space. 

AFTER

SOURCES

Wallpaper | Pepper Home

Dining Light Fixture | Graypants

Wall Paint Color | Farrow and Ball Blue Grey

Trim and Crown Paint Color | Benjamin Moore White Dove

Backyard

BEFORE

Dave did such a nice job with the back patio. The yard had the original brown deck from the 1990s and the house’s walls in the back were an old orange-ish brick and stucco combo. We carried the German schmear method to the back and added a new back door. Dave and the team took down the dated deck and replaced it with a new raised porch with large steps that gradually lead out to the rest of the yard. This way, the family can continue to enjoy the amazing view beyond their home and still have easy access for the kids to play in the backyard. Dave used a composite material called “cool deck” that doesn’t get hot in the sun. Now, the kids can enjoy being outside in their bare feet. For the railing, he used an aluminum material that won’t rust and will be maintenance-free for years.  

AFTER

Sources

Exterior Lights & Fan | Kichler