Simple Before & After

We are recovering from being out of town and getting little boys ready to start school but I wanted to pop in and share this simple update! This house I am working on is really a nice home but the wood builtins were dragging it down and dating it a bit.



And after, along with some extra board and batten over mantle and wood floors to match the rest of the downstairs…



PAINT CHANGES THINGS Y’ALL, if you don’t believe it you need to follow Whitney English on instagram..that girl is painting everything right now and lovin it! She even whitewashed the brick on her house. This home above (not Whitney’s home btw) has great brick around the firebox so we left it unpainted.  The color is BM Chelsea gray in full strength! We haven’t even finished this room or styled it and it already looks so much better and updated…I will be sure and share once the room is finished.

Blessing to all you mamas and families starting school this week and next.  I am now taking bookings for the fall.  Most (not all but spots are going fast) of Sept is full so email Leslie or I asap if you want to get on the fall schedule! email via

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  1. Looks great! Amazing what a lick of paint will do! Can wait to see the finished room.

  2. Love the gray! Would also like to know where those oversized lanterns are from…

  3. Lovely! You know I am a TOTAL believer in the power of paint!

  4. the lanterns are from the wisteria store in dallas..its awesome..on mockingbird near Love Field

  5. yep, the power of paint…and my new (old) house will need gallons, lol.

  6. Oh this post is killing me! I had a painter out last week to give me a quote on painting our wood built-ins. It only took me 6 years to decide to take the plunge and paint them. But, the quote was soooo high! I don’t know what to do now 🙁 Love how your client’s room looks. The board and batten over the mantel is brilliant.

  7. I was almost sad hearing that you were going to paint over all that wood, that is until I saw the after picture! Holy Cow! I LOVE the gray!

  8. brilliant! love! xo

  9. Love the color!!!! It’s looking great!


  10. Goodness me!! It looks fantastic now and that color you choose is yummy. Sure hope you show more photos of the rooms transformation!! You are very talented.

  11. Looks great! Love the transformation. Blessings for a wonderful school year ahead for your boys!!

  12. Awesome! What color are the walls? Can’t wait to see how it is furnished.

  13. the walls are BM revere pewter and the wood was done BM Chelsea gray..its no secret I love those colors!

  14. wow. That looks amazing!

  15. LOVE the gray!! I’m always amazed at what a tiny bit of paint can do!! Loving the lanterns as well! xo!

  16. It looks amazing!!! I love those shades of gray!!! xoxo

  17. Love the details over the mantle. My LR looks just like that…minus the pretty built-ins, board and batten, etc, etc. I DO, however, have a HUGE two story wall above the mantle. Do you have the measurements for that space above the mantle? I’d love to do something like that in our living room.

    Looks lovely!

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