The Aguilar family originally lived in Puerto Rico before moving their family here to Waco. They’ve lived in the area for a few years now, but were ready to find a home where they could really settle in. The Aguilars have two kids, so they were in need of enough rooms for them, as well as plenty of space for hosting family and friends for years to come. Because of this home’s amazing price point, we had plenty of room in the budget to make all of the needed adjustments to turn this into their perfect forever home.
The inspiration materials I used to interpret the style of the family’s home
The Aguilars wanted to go for a modern Mediterranean, or “Moditerranean” (as we called it), feel, so I started by pulling from natural elements, like stone and wood, to bring in the Mediterranean style. From there, I added the modern look materials with clean, sleek details. To finish off the design, I worked in subtle textures throughout—like stucco, jute, the quartzite kitchen countertops and backsplash, and fresh greenery.
Objective | Create an impactful entrance into the home
I think of the entryway of a home sort of like a first impression. It’s the first thing your guests see when they’re welcomed in, so I like to make these spaces feel bold and full of character when I can. So, in this house, I used cement tile and wood planks and had them installed in an interesting pattern. I love the idea of mixed medium floors because they really give you the opportunity to bring in more colors, patterns, and textures than using one on its own.
DINING ROOM + LIVING ROOM
Objective | Extend and open up the main room in a way that makes the transition from the living and dining area to the kitchen feel like one gathering space.
To me, two of the most impactful things in the living and dining room are the floor arched length windows and the vaulted ceilings with wooden beams. By incorporating these two elements into a clean, open space, the whole room instantly feels like a major transformation.
This stonework on the fireplace brings in the same natural feeling to the interior of this home as it does on the exterior. We tied in the earthy tones of the Mediterranean style with the raw wood mantel and modernized the whole look with black window frames and black statement chandeliers.
The beams running across the ceiling accentuate the size of the space and draw your eye lengthwise, helping to make the room feel even bigger.
I love the arched windows throughout this space, and I didn’t want to hide them by hanging classic curtains. Instead, we decided to make them even more of a focal point by installing interior shutters that our cabinet maker, Marvin, made from white oak. This also helped to tie in the wood used in the kitchen cabinetry, keeping the whole space visually cohesive.
In order to create more space for the dining room and to make the home have a functional layout, we closed in some of the back patio space and added two sets of modern french doors that lead out to the backyard. When I think of the Mediterranean lifestyle, I think of seamless indoor-outdoor living, so these functional french doors were perfect.
Objective | Update the kitchen to give the Aguilars plenty of room for cooking family meals
We separated the dining room from the living room with two beautiful, antique partitions that match the warm stain of the rest of the wood in the home. The partitions create a cased opening effect and add a beautiful texture that makes for a dramatic entrance into the kitchen.
The countertop-to-ceiling quartzite backsplash in the kitchen catches your attention, but definitely doesn’t detract from the other design elements in the room. The subtle texture in the quartzite’s veining brings in that modern look we were going for without feeling too cold or sleek.
Warm wood lower drawers mixed with open shelving and white upper cabinetry was a combination that gave the space depth. Though this is a more modern design choice, it’s neutralized by the warm stain choice, the stucco vent hood and raw wood beam.
Because the design of the drawers have a beautiful design all on their own, I chose simple black pulls that would allow for the cabinets to be the main showstopper.
A simple well-mounted pot rack brings in some functionality while creating an interesting focal point in this kitchen. Our welder, Lonnie, made this custom for the home and it ended up being one of my favorite little details in this room. Your favorite cast iron skillet has a story to tell, and I love the idea of hanging it on display like this (and also not having to use important cabinet space to store pots).
Objective | Convert the garage into a comfortable master suite, creating a fourth bedroom in the home
Converting this garage into a master suite was Chip’s idea—and it was a good one! The Aguilars really wanted a four bedroom house, and although the original footprint only had three, it did have two garages, so with the Aguilars permission, we removed one garage and converted it into a comfortable sized master suite.
The first thing your eye is drawn to in the master bedroom is the stonework on the focal wall. I love the variation of colors in the stone and how it balances out the modern, black french doors and light fixtures. By tying this wall into the interior and exterior fireplace, this feature immediately takes away any feeling of it being a garage conversion, and makes it seem like this room has always been there.
I also love this antique door I found at an antique fair—I removed the doorknobs, turned it on its side and it was the perfect size headboard for a king bed, making it the perfect addition for the Aguilar’s master bedroom.
Objective | Give the family a great master bathroom with plenty of space
I wanted this bathroom the feel like a spa for Abdias and his wife, Yary. The shower in this master bath is a unique feature that really brings in the spa feeling by using teak wood, rather than tile.
The cool grey tones on the countertops and tiles, paired with the same warm wooden cabinetry we used in the kitchen, played into the spa feeling in this space. Plus black metal hardware, mirrors and light fixtures bring in the modern details from the rest of the house.
Objective | Give the original ranch style exterior a modern update to match the interior
This ranch style home was in need of some serious updates. To achieve the Moditerranean aesthetic on the exterior, we stuccoed over the original red brick and added in the warm wood tones of the shutters and the woodwork on the entry. When there’s a particular design style I’m aiming for, I usually like to balance it with an unexpected element, so it doesn’t feel too “themey.” For this house, that was the metal roof. I love how this brought in that modern flare in a subtle and unexpected way. For the trim, I went with a dark gray to help tie in the cool tones of the chimney’s stone.
I love the way the chimney transformation turned out! The colors in the stone are so natural that your eye really gets to focus on the shape of the chimney itself without it distracting from the overall look of the house.
Landscaping can very easily detract from the curb appeal of a house just by hiding it. We didn’t want any part of this exterior to be missed, so we removed the existing intrusive, overgrown bushes and planted some shorter plants and grasses that didn’t compete with the exterior.
Chip and I loved working with the Aguilars, and we had so much fun bringing their mixed style and vision to life. Moditerranean may be one of my new favorite styles! This couple has spent their lives taking care of others, so Chip and I were excited to make sure they were taken care of themselves. Welcome home, Aguilar family!
- What was your favorite room in the home?
I loved the master bathroom because it’s just a really relaxing place.
- Why did you choose this house over the other two you were shown?
With this house we had so much extra space to work with—like the double garage. That was really important to me. The other two houses didn’t have the extra space. The location was also a really important thing to me. We’re really close to everything here…the kids’ school, the grocery store and the interstate are all really close, so we’re in the center of everything.
- What is your favorite feature in the home?
The windows in the living room are my favorite feature. Without those, we wouldn’t see anything and there wouldn’t be any light. But they’re are just so pretty and we love them.