Project Southcrest: Before & After

We are beginning Phase 2 of one of our favorite projects to date. Project Southcrest has some stunning before and after images of Phase 1. I’m sharing a few here, and am continuing to update our social media and portfolio with more as they are edited.

Our client had been living in their Midway Hollow home for about a year when they called us. The house was new construction – and while it had a beautiful floor plan, it just didn’t showcase the style of the family that lived there. We made some small cosmetic changes to the actual design of the home, but most of the change came through new furniture that really reflected the family’s vibe.

Let’s start in the entry. Our client brought this demilune chest with her from their previous home, and while it fit the actual space between the doorways, it did not fit the style they had developed since making the purchase.

Project Southcrest Entry BEFORE

Our interior design process includes plenty of time to get to know our clients. We spend hours and hours reviewing client questionnaires, digging through loads of images with our clients – and just getting to KNOW them. This really helps us translate our clients’ tastes and preferences into furniture selections and the functionality of the home.

I know you can SEE the difference in the entry. But interior design or decorating is not just about the before and after. It is about the way the space makes you feel. The sophistication and level of detail in this space really describes  who our clients are – they are sophisticated, thoughtful, cool and fun, which is exactly how you feel when you’re standing here.

Entry design includes storage, lighting and a place to check your lipstick on the way out the door | ML Interiors Group, Dallas' premier resource for design on time and on budget. #SmartStylishFun

Entry design AFTER

But. Let’s not stop at the entry. Let’s take a look to the left of this gorgeous vignette and peek into the formal dining room.

This dining room space (below) was originally designed by the builder to be the formal living room. Look closely into the room just past the dining table and you’ll see two hanging light fixtures…pendants…chandeliers…whatever.  That room was too small to fit any more than four or six people around a table comfortably. An if you notice, there is a fireplace, so whomever was seated in front of it would be burning up while enjoying their meal because the space was so tight. The homeowners wanted us to confirm that switching the rooms worked – and then make it work for them.

Formal Living Room as a Formal Dining Room BEFORE

Project Southcrest Formal Dining BEFORE

Project Southcrest Formal Dining BEFORE

Looking past the gorgeous formal dining live edged table and oversized chandelier into the comfortable sitting room for after dinner drinks | Midway Hollow | Interior Design firm ML Interiors Group

Formal Living turned Dining Room AFTER

The switch worked. You can see the new, live edge dining table and updated sideboard really expresses a welcoming and organic style. What a change from the more traditional furniture they had before, right? (And look past the new formal dining room…no more hanging lights in the fireside room.) Plus, there is plenty of room to navigate around the table, which is much more fun than squeezing in and out of your seat for dinner. We love reviewing the before and after images of the interior design experience!

And finally, to the right of the entry vignette, is the kitchen eat in dining area. This is what it looked like before. The dining table fit the family comfortably, but was not to scale in this space. And while the shelving was a cool style, it cramped the space – especially because the kitchen is just beyond it and the height actually competed with the cabinetry when you entered the space.

Project Southcrest Kitchen Eat In BEFORE

Project Southcrest Kitchen Eat In BEFORE

We loved the art that was on the wall. It was stunning whenever you walked into the space, from whatever direction – and it reflected a time in our clients’ lives when they were living carefree on the beach in California. So we kept it exactly where it was. We just added a few other details.

Casual dining just off the kitchen is comfortable for the whole family | lace backed chairs, concrete dining table and gold brushed lighting is complemented by the original artwork | ML Interiors Group | Dallas Interior Design

Kitchen Eat In Dining AFTER

The table is six and a half feet wide with a concrete top. And those chairs? Extremely comfy for relaxing around the breakfast table with another cup of coffee.

Do you like what you’ve seen so far? There are more images on our portfolio – with more coming soon. And if you’re on Instagram, just search #ProjectSouthcrest.

The Mr. of the client duo paid us the best compliment. He said “I love coming home now, I walk in the door and just say AAAAHHHHH.”

And if you would like to discuss your own interior design or renovation project and “interview us”, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have years of experience creating happier and more efficient homes and begin our process with a (free) in studio Meet & Greet. Contact the team at ML Interiors Group today at 972-248-4733 or via the website contact form. We offer interior design services in all of DFW and beyond.

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