Living La Vida Lokar

Rooms designed: Kitchen and Pantry Renovation; Butler’s Pantry/Formal Dining Room Conversion to Library; Living Room, Dining Room, Entry/Staircase, Patio, Study, Master Bedroom, 5 kid’s bedrooms.

Project Site: Newman Village, Frisco, TX

A ton of square footage doesn’t always mean function. This builder’s “spec” house had plenty of space for this large family of seven (plus three pups)- but it wasn’t working for their lifestyle and didn’t feel like “them”.

The Formal Dining Room was sitting empty and a never used butler’s pantry sat in the middle of the main floor. We converted these spaces to a functional Library where the kids can do homework and practice their instruments or Mom and Dad can just kick back and read a book in peace.

The enormous kitchen was completely gutted, including an uninspired pantry, which we opened up and added a “pass thru” window to the outdoor kitchen. The pantry is now a coffee bar and storage area. Column built-in refrigeration with rift cut white oak panel fronts are balanced by cabinetry-style pantry storage, flanking the cooktop. Open shelving keeps the kitchen feeling light and airy. All new professional appliances and a huge modern apron front sink makes cooking for a large family a breeze.

Organic yet modern furnishings throughout the home soften the strong lines of the contemporary finishes. Neutral tones with lots of texture complement the new kitchen and feature performance fabrics that can take daily wear and tear from an active household.

From the entry, to the study, out to the pool and patio, and throughout the bedrooms, black accents flow throughout the home and make it finally feel cohesive. All five kids provided input on how they wanted their bedrooms to reflect their interests and personalities, while Mom and Dad requested a soothing and relaxing palette for their Master Bedroom.

Upside, inside out, they’re now Living La Vida Lokar.

Lead Designer: Debbie Pratt
Kid’s Bedrooms Designed by Megan Fornes

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Wild On Park Lane, Highland Park Texas

Rooms designed: Whole House – Home office, living room, kitchen, bedrooms & baths

Location: Highland Park, Texas

She wanted to update the house to reflect her calm but contemporary style, he simply wanted his prized trophy mounts on display.

How do you blend Park Avenue and Out of Africa? It’s Wild on Park Lane! This project is all about the textures, including shimmery velvets mixed with organic weaves, complemented by the muted tones of the wall coverings and area rugs.  Accents of metal, in both polished and matte finishes balance the wilderness he brought home from the hunt-  we’re just wild on Park Lane, it’s a jungle out there. Project led by Debbie Pratt.

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New construction with global influence

Rooms designed: entryway, kitchen, living room and dining room

Location: Lakewood neighborhood, Dallas, Texas

Our clients were newlyweds. He has an artistic and international taste, while she is more reserved and traditional. Our job was to blend their styles in their newly constructed home in the Lakewood neighborhood of Dallas. Antique doors and reclaimed wood beams added a global vibe to the newness of the construction, while free spirited and tribal patterns dominated the fabric selections to create a cohesive and welcoming style.

Transcending tastes and times, we paired the eclectic collections with two new sofas and added some comfortable cane chairs for plenty of seating. In order to make use of the beautiful and authentic rugs collected during travels, we layered them on top of larger, natural material rugs to create defined spaces. Adding the authentic Indian swing in the family room delighted our clients, as their courtship began with hours of conversations together on it.

Finalizing the home’s details included using original art created by the Mister’s mother. The final touch was revealed as we completed the job when they shared news they were starting a family.

This project was led by Megan Fornes.

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From Builder BLAH to Home Sweet Home

Rooms designed: Whole house – Kitchen, dining room, living room, master bedroom, laundry room, outdoor living space, game room, media room, childrens’ rooms.

Location: Midway Hollow neighborhood of Dallas, TX

This house was newly built construction in the Midway Hollow neighborhood of Dallas. In addition to the generic finish selections included in the purchase, the actual construction had some deficiencies that the builder did not remedy. We were enlisted to address these details as well as to furnish the home in the style of this loving family.

Our team, led by Megan Fornes, learned how this family envisioned using the spaces of the home and re-imagined the identity of some of the rooms. The formal living room became the formal dining, the formal living because a casual gathering space. The seating area outside of the kitchen is now an excellent space for coffee and conversations amongst the four occupants of the home. The master bath entry was re-fitted and the suite furnished to provide a retreat for the parents at the end of a long day and allllll of the light fixtures in the main living areas were updated.

Using a neutral palette and organically inspired materials created a space that reflected the lifestyle and the aesthetics that the client desired: California living meets Texas hospitality.  The family of four (and Sailor, the dog) enjoy the light, bright, neutral palette their home welcomes them with every day.

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MASTER SUITE, KITCHEN & NURSERY

Rooms designed: Master suite, kitchen renovation & nursery

Location: University Park, Texas

Our clients loved the charm of their University Park historical home, but it needed modern updates. With a kitchen renovation and Master Suite addition, the home became more spacious. A cool color palette for the renovation made “this old house” feel fresh and new. Colorful accents in textiles and furnishings added personality and whimsy to the traditional architecture. Touches of happy colors flow into the nursery, where the arrival of twin girls made their dream home complete.

Contemporary kitchen and family room

Rooms designed: Living Room, kitchen design & renovation, and bathroom

Location: Keller, Texas

This highly traditional style home belongs to a hip, young couple whose style was anything but traditional. Their project included a kitchen design and full kitchen renovation that included a custom range hood and breaking the oversized island into two. One of the islands was designed opposite the range and intended for cooking and cleaning, including two dishwashers –  and the other island had an under-counter bar fridge, ice machine – and comfortable barstools for guests. Around the corner, but also included in the kitchen remodel was a custom coffee bar with a built in coffee and espresso maker for any time of the day. The kitchen materials were traditional, honoring the architecture of the home, while also welcoming the homeowners into a space that felt more like home than a castle.

The family room also received a makeover with a custom wood drop ceiling with a surrounding lighting cove that dropped behind the walls and the new art niches. The traditional corner fireplace was removed and replaced with a linear, contemporary fireplace design and brand new furnishings that reflected the modern vibe of this young couple.. The project was completed with a dramatic black and white powder bath update with brushed gold finishes. Led by Megan Fornes.

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Finishing Touches & Home Styling

Design service: Finishing touches

Location: Park Cities, Texas

This beautiful interior decorating project on Mockingbird Lane in the Park Cities, led by Megan Fornes, simply needed the finishing touches to bring the spaces to life. Adding dramatic paint, art, accessories and styling the spaces created a home this busy family of five love to return to day after day.

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Kid-friendly living & kitchen; Lakewood, Dallas

Rooms designed: Living Room & kitchen

Location: Lakewood, Dallas, Texas

This family had outgrown its former home but loved the neighborhood. In this new build, we focused on balance and precision for our client, who happened to be an engineer. Just like her world of exactness, we space planned and balanced the furniture placement with room for the kids to play. Durable textiles on the areas that take the most wear and tear, were paired with delicate patterns to soften the angles to make this home kid friendly and sophisticated for the parents, as well.

TRADING TUSCAN FOR TIMELESS IN PRESTON HOLLOW

Rooms designed: Whole house – Kitchen remodel, bath renovation, living room, dining room & all bedrooms

Location: Preston Hollow, Dallas, Texas

This home started with extremely traditional and heavy architectural details and finishes – it felt like a Tuscan Villa – only larger. Our team, led by Michelle Lynne & Debbie Pratt, created a light and bright renovation, including a full kitchen remodel and master bath remodel for the young family. Once the architectural and aesthetic details were decided upon, the project was finished out with custom and semi-custom furnishing, window treatments, art, and accessories throughout the space.

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Ecletic kitchen & bold living; Knox-Henderson, Dallas

Rooms designed: Whole house – Kitchen design, dining room, entryway, home office, bedroom & bath

Location: Knox-Henderson District, Dallas, TX

This new construction in the historic Knox-Henderson district of Dallas brings our client’s eclectic taste together with her husband’s more classic style. From the new kitchen design to the custom headboard, each person’s preferences were considered. How did we do it? Bright English florals were her favorite, so we added them to the mix, bringing traditional lines and finishes with bright and bold patterns and colors. If you look closely, you can see hints of Waco for this Baylor Alumni Couple.