Our 3 Favorite Colors from Magnolia Home Premium Paint Line

Photo Credit:  Kilz

Photo Credit: Kilz

Joanna Gaines has made her mark in the design world. Not only has she brought a new perspective to flipping homes for clients, She also took Waco by the horns and turned shacks into mansions. As much as I hate to admit it but “Jo” has really impressed me. Her DIY is to DIE for! . She started with the Silos in Waco with their store of chic farmhouse inspired decor and furniture, but shortly took over the Target housewares department with their steel house shaped structure that made it easy for anyone to see from the checkouts. Seems to be a success in which prompted her to spread like wildfire.

As we all were distracted by her cute decor, we never realized she was also taking over the paint industry with the well known Kilz brand.

Tucked away in the small (but powerful) hardware section, her striped paint cans catch the eyes of shoppers. With matte, eggshell, and satin finishes, all seem to be very basic, but when you look closer… you can tell these scream quality paints which Kilz is known for. As you look through the colors, Their names aren’t mainstream either. Silverado Sage to Vine Ripened Tomato this paint collection was meant to be burnt deep in your brain, which is why I had to write a blog about my 3 favorite colors.

  1. Green Undertones

I am always a sucker for a green undertone walls. It gives the room a calmer feeling and softens a the room well. Stem Sage would have to be my favorite in her “green” category.

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3. Blue Undertones

‘Together’, is a very brave shade of blue to use but it sure is beautiful. The mixture of navy and a deep gray is a color you should also have in your back pocket. Just in case the right moment shows it face.

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2. Gray Undertones

No one can go wrong with a nice gray. I LOVE working with a darker shade of gray. A moody room is totally in this year, and why not? Autumn Gray fits perfectly in a bedroom or study.

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I hope you enjoyed my take on the Magnolia Home paint line and my favorite colors. Joanna is doing great & that’s why she’s respected by many around the world. . You keep doing you Jo!

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Bachelor Needs

Bachelors are the best clients to date! They have open minds and free spirits. Everything has a high sophistication with a twist of juvenile adolescence. Large scale and deep colors are always the main elements found in a bachelor pad. Although, these spaces may be full of darkness and a Marvel posters here and there, at times they come out on top in the design world.

Here are a few of my favorites to date.

  1. The Bold and Beautiful

As humans, we love to proudly show off our heroes to the world. This beautiful living room with an over sized head shot of David is a perfect example. Bold and proud.

2. Minimal Statements

Keep things simple, but doing it with a bang is the bachelor way. This high contrast seating area is what we call “In Yo Face”!

3. Messy But Clean

Moving away from the dark side and more with the male version of the “messy bun” this bedroom says it all. Carefully picked art and layered decor makes for a fresh cozy space to end the day.

4. Just Because….

Placing things in your space just because you can keep that sense of personality to any interior. Here we go with a well put together space. The fresh floral and fur textiles make you think a female is in control. The surprise is, you see “gender” is not the rule of thumb here. The Skull abstract art makes for a plot twist of who actually lives here.

Every space is unique to the individual that is using it, which in return makes interiors amazing!

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Weekly Design Tips

Did You Know Lights Have A Temperature?

Being An Interior Designer, I always get that one question from everyone….


It’s a lot easier than you think. Interior Designers use a number of principals which fall into the psychological category of our profession. We use feeling and emotion to design spaces for our clients. We do this through our knowledge of scale, color, and even lighting. Lighting is one of the the most Important, in my option. Having the right lighting can make or break a room. This is one of the main reasons why most of my clients have a problem making their spaces look identical to their Pinterest inspiration photo. There isn’t just one temperature or color that everyone has as a “Go To”. It all depends on how the clients want the room to feel or look.

This is a very complex topic. There are even specialty interior designers who focus just on lighting.

This article by Life Hacker will help have a better understanding of lighting temperatures. Here are a few examples of how lighting and change a room.

This is an example of different lighting temperatures in one area.

This is an example of different lighting temperatures in one area.

The different in using different kelvins. Left: 3,000 K; Right: 2,500 K

The different in using different kelvins. Left: 3,000 K; Right: 2,500 K

Trending in 2019

In 2018 the colors and styles of furniture have seem to fit well in the 50’s with their pastel colors and classic design. 2019 is looking more in the direction of deeper and brighter colors, glass and more glass, along with ceramics from you mother’s house. Those nasty green and mustard yellows are fighting their way back in to our homes. Deeper jewel toned decor will be the front runners of all new designs according to Helena Barguet and Fabiana Faria, owners of New York City design shop Coming Soon..

“Pastels will take a back seat to deeper, darker jewel tones in 2019. Pastels have been so prevalent, and these days we’re seeing that richer colors are getting more interest when it comes to home accessories”

Seeing some fun deeper colors this year is just what we need. I feel people are getting tired of the cold, sterile white rooms. People want to show their personality in other ways in their clothing. We have found a few interiors of what we’re talking about!

Deeper Jeweled interiors

Color Glass Lighting

TBH Top Bar Designs - Austin

The Wild ATX

The ATX is full of unique bars and social hubs for any social butterfly. From low key speakeasies to up beat dance clubs. The night life is sure to be amazing no matter where you wonder off too.

  1. Garage Bar | 503 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701


If this post has you inspired then let us know how you feel in the comment section.

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Eat Your Heart out Austin

I was told many years ago by an Austinite that you could literally eat at a different restaurant for breakfast, lunch, & dinner everyday for a full year, and you wouldn’t eat at the same restaurant twice. I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s true! Many of these little bistros & diners have some amazing designs. I put together a small list of my absolute favorite ones.

  1. Colleen’s Kitchen


How amazing are these? My husband & I have eaten at all three of these. Colleens being our absolute favorite. Their menu consist of southern comfort food. We rate it 5 stars & hope you will one day try it out.

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Holy Dog Treats!!!

Having the title “Interior Designer” everyone around me thinks designing my own home is easy and probably looks like a museum….WRONG! It’s actually on of the hardest spaces for any designer to successfully complete. We’re our hardest clients with our endless ideas and indecisive mindset. We’re the very same people we hate to design for. PICKY PICKY PICKY!!! The absolute hardest part is if you have fur-babies. Designing for pets very challenging because wagging your tail doesn’t help make decisions. Our minds have developed an O.C.D mentality ( If we didn’t already have it ) where everything has to fit in it’s perfect spot, and is functional in the space.

Browsing the web for clients, I’ve found an online pet shop. Pets So Good is a pet designers heaven with muted colors and clean modern lines. Perfect for O.C.D and high modern pet lovers.

Here are few of our favorites from the site. Hope you all enjoy.


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3. DEAUVILLE (Available January 2019) | $400

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We all should have a wonderful Christmas including our Fur-Babies!

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Skelly Home’s Office Space | Austin, Texas

When you take a glance at Skelly Home’s website, you think they’re an interior design firm based out of Austin. Surprisingly their a renovation and construction company who work closely with interior designers. Skelly Home is a great example of how women can do anything they set their mind too. CEO, Diana Skellenger, is a leader when it comes to women taking over the world. As stated on their website:

“As a female leader in the construction industry, Diana brings a special viewpoint that allows for her passion for quality renovation, teamwork and integrity to be integrated in every project.”

This is true is so many ways. Skelly Home stand out among the rest. Not just for their female power in control but for their quality of work and attendance to detail. This small, but large detail, sets them on top of the market and having the ability to connect and KEEP relationships with fellow industry partners.

One of the many projects that Skelly Home has completed is their personal office.

Just as their website and team has set them apart from other industry professionals so has their home base.

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10 Stages Of Renovating Your Home

Today marks the end of week eight of our Carmel Park project. It feels right to update everyone, and give a little insight on what we’ve experienced during this process. Each project consists of a long checklist, a process, and stage placement. This not only makes my job fun, but challenging. I’m always up for a great challenge.

#1 - Demo 

My contractor calls Demo “Play Time”. Not only is this the messiest, but also the most important. The Contractor will carefully ( While still having fun ) remove & start the renovation process. Much of the debris will be relocated to a dumpster. Figuring out what walls are load barring is very important. Figuring out which walls are will help you frame, or take away from the area the client is wanting remodeled. Plumbing is also located during the demo process, and can be moved or removed depending on what the client wants. If your home needs to be completely re-wired, this is the perfect time to do so. You never want sheet rock put up first then re-wire the home. This will cause much confusion, and eventually cause conflicts between your tradesmen. ( We’re currently dealing with this now. It won’t happen again) If you’ve hired a seasoned contractor, he or she will know exactly what needs to be done without having to ask you 20 million questions before, during, and after the job. Getting a good contractor will save you thousands of dollars as well as thousands of headaches. You shouldn’t have to hover over your tradesmen as you’ve already done some extensive digging into their past work.

demo stage at our Carmel Park Lane remodel

demo stage at our Carmel Park Lane remodel

#2 - Framing 

Framing can be fun. Watching new walls appear where walls never existed can be the highlight of anyone’s day. During this process, you will find a clean slate awaiting the different tradesmen to come in, and work their magic. Before you know it you will see electrical wires dangling from the ceilings, and new outlets popping up all over the place. If your contractor screws up a measurement, it could cause other tradesmen to have difficulties completing their tasks. We can’t stress enough on vetting your contractors to make sure they know exactly what they’re doing. One inch off could cause an entire job to come crumbling down.

Framing at Carmel Park Lane Remodel

Framing at Carmel Park Lane Remodel

#3 - Mechanic

Mechanics are very important. You will want this process to flow smoothly to avoid major headaches, and possible fights between the tradesmen. It’s good to have each crew working on separate tasks on opposite ends of the renovation. Having two or more grown men bumping into each other causes problems you never want to experience. The last thing you want is two grown men trading blows with each other because one touched the others ass on accident. Time becomes very sensitive during this process. We stress again how important it is to have all of your tradesmen working hard to get the work done on time.

#4 - Finish out 

During the Finish Out stage, you will bring in a crew to put up sheet rock. This process is imporant because you don’t want another trades cutting into new sheet rock to finish their jobs. If you like drama, this is a step you shouldn’t worry about. If you want it to go smooth, be sure you make sure everyone is done with their jobs before sheet rock goes up. It’s important for Designers to walk the site every two days. Always ask for an update from each crew you’ve hired. The Tape & Bed process is long, and depending on the weather can take longer than anticipated. If you live in a humid climate be sure to give two weeks for sheet rock to be completed. Humid climates create moisture and dry-wall mud takes forever to dry.

#5 - Painting 

Painting comes after the walls have been taped & Bedded as well as textured. Painting can be easy, or it can become a pain in your ass. If you hire professional painters, they will take steps that will ensure you no paint ends up on floors, furniture, or even pets. Depending on the climate, and paint quality it could take up to three coats to fully cover the dry-wall.

#6 - Craftsman Pieces

Now painting is done it is safe to bring in all the finished products. From cabinets, lighting fixture and counter-tops. Everything should be ready to install. We don’t want to place these items in the space before paint. The last thing you want is paint splattered all over your new toys!


#7 - Hard selections 

Floors, tile and back-splash will be installed. This process is one of the most time consuming. All of these items can be installed at the same time. Some like to put in flooring first, and end with the back-splash. In reality, it doesn’t matter.


#8 - Final Touches

This allows the construction crew to make their final touch ups and fix any issues as needed. Paint, baseboard replacement, and grout cleaning are very important. This is also the time crews will clean the job site and make sure everything is perfect. A final walk through will follow.

#9 - Final Walk Through

The final walk through is by far the most important part of this process. Making sure every little detail is perfect before you bring the homeowners to their newly renovated sanctuary. Each tradesman should be present for this.

#10 - Install Day

  Install day is by far the most exciting day for any designer. There hasn’t been much hands on from the designer since the design stage was completed. This will give the designer, handy man, and cleaning crew the privilege to make sure everything is perfect. We as designers have the honor of putting together the finishing touches in the space.

Commission mural for Gina Roth’s,  Abode Design , Union Lamar Project.

Commission mural for Gina Roth’s, Abode Design, Union Lamar Project.

Old World < New World

Over the summer, we started working on a kitchen renovation for a client who was putting her home on the market.  The home was built in the mid-70's and was in need of a makeover. The client purchased the home about nine years ago. The distaste for their kitchen was very real. In reality, they hated it but never knew what they wanted to do with it. 


The kitchen was beyond the need for an update. The cabinets were barely hanging on for dear life and the paint seen better days. The client's style was more of an old world fantasy of a French chateau in the countryside, and couldn't bare the look of something little more modern.  We gathered many great ideas, and while the client still wasn't sold on a more modern kitchen, she understood the home was going to be sold, and she would be able to do what she wanted at the next houese. Our client was also on a budget, and knew she couldn't go overboard. We decided to us Ikea cabinets and hardware, reusing the exsisting appliances. We also chose a cheaper quartz counter top that allowed us to stay within her budget. While we didn't give our client the dream kitchen she always wanted, we created a space where the new homeowners can enjoy a clean, and more modern kitchen for years to come. 

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Just looking at the new kitchen you can see a MAJOR difference between the two.  Using light finishes and cooler metals, we were able to make this kitchen look young and fresh. The contrast between the white cabinets and duel counter tops make the space seem more upscale and comfortable. 

This Face lift has made the kitchen a place to enjoy a nice glass of red wine, while you gossip over a cheese board with your closest girlfriends!