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!

If you are looking for design help on your next project contact us by clicking here. We would love to be part of your project and help you along the way.

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

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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It's a Tile Party

This year has been extremely crazy for Studio R & my personal life as well. My Fiance and I decided to downsize our lives. We felt we had too much “stuff” so we bought a tiny home! At first it felt like I was making a huge mistake, but after really thinking about it we knew it was the best decision we could have ever made! I knew I had to get rid of the majority of my samples. It was hard, but after giving many away to other designers, and sending some back to their original owners I felt a sense of relief. About a week ago I received an unexpected package in the mail and it made my day. Fireclay tile sent me a complete set of tiles. After getting rid of 1000’s of tile samples I didn’t need to start adding back to my collection, but I made an exception to keep them! Here are some samples of what Fireclay sent me.

  1. Hand Painted

2. Matte Glass

3. Brick

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!