The Jacksons were looking for a forever home in a small suburb of Waco. They loved the idea of having a house with a coastal feel, so we knew, living in central Texas, that we’d have our work cut out for us. The Jacksons were specifically looking for a home office, a layout that worked well for cooking and entertaining, and a comfortable guest room for when their friends and families visit.
the inspiration elements I used for the Jackson home
They wanted a home that reflected the simple, relaxed style of a coastal villa. I drew a lot of inspiration from the warm tones of natural wood combined with cool grays and subtle texture from materials like linen and stucco.
Objective | Open up the floor plan while keeping the living and dining rooms as clearly defined spaces
Designing a space with a style in mind doesn’t necessarily have to mean assigning it a “theme.”
What I mean is, if you love the feeling and architecture of a style like coastal villa, it can be achieved in the details without overdoing it. In this living room, I used light and airy white walls mixed with natural light, warm wood accents, and lots of plants to get the light and organic look of a coastal home.
We removed the carpet from the living room and replaced it with these new floors, which immediately lightened up the space. We also added a set of french doors that lead straight out to the front pergola space. I love the idea that this family could open them up on a beautiful day—which really makes that outdoor space feel like an extension of the living room.
This double-sided fireplace is one of my favorite features in this room. The fireplace combined with these two wide-arched doorways gives the feeling of an open floor plan, but with clearly defined living and dining spaces.
Objective | Update and brighten the room to give it an inviting and cozy feeling that’s perfect for hosting family meals
This room has the same wood beams as the living space, as well as the same flooring. The difference here is this parquet-style pattern under the table. More unexpected than a rug, this detail gives the room personality that differentiates it from the living room.
Another unexpected detail in this room is the chandelier. The roping detail gives the space a little coastal element that’s just enough.
We mirrored the same wooden mantel as we used in the living room in the dining room. Another fun detail of this fireplace is that these wood storage boxes are also double sided!
Objective | Double the size of the kitchen by opening it up and making the best use of available space
The original kitchen was choppy and dark. We reconfigured it to bring in lots of storage and additional counter space to cook and entertain.
The client really wanted an antique brick backsplash so we carried it from countertops to ceiling to make a bold statement. We kept the rest simple with white cabinetry and countertops. We did opt to keep the new oversized island a little different by tying it in with the beams rather than painting it white.
A designated separate spot to keep your coffee maker and coffee supplies is a really functional way to keep countertops feeling clear of clutter. Especially since, for many, this is an appliance that’s used daily.
The beams throughout the home helped achieve the villa look, and we used the same warm stain for the open shelving to ensure they didn’t detract from the brick backsplash.
Too much upper cabinetry could’ve felt heavy and overpowering with the additional texture of the brick, so we decided to outfit this oversized island and the additional cabinetry on the wall opposite of the oven and refrigerator with more than enough space to store.
Objective | Designate a workspace for the family that doesn’t feel completely separate from the rest of the gathering spaces
I love this little home office. The stain on the shiplap matches the stain on the beams throughout the home, and the antique doors mixed with stained shiplap gives it a masculine feel.
Of course we added a set of french doors in here as well. These also lead out to the outdoor space and flood the room with natural light.
Objective | Carve out a room that is multifunctional as a guest room, an extra work space, and a gameroom
This family has two grown children, and they appreciate having family game nights together, so having a designated room for that was a priority. However, they also wanted a space that could easily serve as a guest room.
Our solution for converting this space to a guest room was to incorporate a murphy bed. Since this room is in an upstairs loft-style area of the home, it ensures privacy for guests.
Objective | Create a bath that’s easily accessible for guests
The guest bathroom has really earthy tones to it with the cool grey cabinetry, sleek black hardware, and a warm brown wood detail along the back of the cabinets. The lighting fixtures on either side of the mirror in this bathroom added an interesting detail that sets it apart.
Objective | Transform the home’s style from a traditional ranch to a warm and inviting coastal villa
This home needed a full transformation on the exterior to give it the coastal villa feel. To start off, We painted the brick and siding a creamy white, used a cool grey trim, added hurricane shutters, planted some tropical landscape, and added a pergola with an outdoor living space.
This pergola played an important role in adding to the home’s new style. Building it on the front of the home added an interesting element to the exterior by drawing out the front elevation and helping it feel more 3 dimensional. It also gave the family a comfortable outdoor gathering area and helped to achieve the indoor/outdoor feeling you’d want in a coastal style house.
This home ended up being a perfect inviting space for this family of four to call home. I loved the idea of mixing in a coastal feeling for them, and I had so much fun finding unique ways to incorporate their style while keeping it subtle and functional. Welcome home, Jackson family!
Interview With Homeowner
Q: What is your favorite room in the house and why?
A: I’d have to say it’s the kitchen because it’s our most used room. It’s the room where everyone gathers. But I would say that probably my favorite design element in the kitchen would be all the brick. It’s just beautiful and really warms up the space. The biggest impact of the space is the massive island. I’ve always dreamed of having a big island and this one is huge!
Q: What is your favorite feature in the house and why?
A: The Murphy bed is one of our favorite features, partly because we had no idea how often it would get used! With family in town from all over the country this summer for our daughter’s wedding, it was put to good use very quickly! But then there’s the shiplap window barn door and all the antique doors...how in the world do you just pick one?
Q: How did you decide on the design of the house? What inspired the choice?
A: Hawaii is our happy place. We love the beach and we really love the ocean, but we live in Waco, Texas. I really wanted the home to have the same beach feel, really light and airy, but with a the rustic touch Joanna is so good at. I wanted the beachy feeling that was also warm and homey, and I loved how she combined the two.