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Episode 05 - La Pequeña Colina

December 22, 2017

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


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.


Objective | Update the kitchen to give the Aguilars plenty of room for cooking family meals


Objective | Convert the garage into a comfortable master suite, creating a fourth bedroom in the home


Objective |  Give the family a great master bathroom with plenty of space


Objective | Give the original ranch style exterior a modern update to match the interior

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!


  1. What was your favorite room in the home?
    I loved the master bathroom because it’s just a really relaxing place.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.



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  • Suzanne Lomeli
    10:56 am, February 23, 2018
    What is the surface material used on the floors and shower walls in the master bath? Also, did you use Brizo for the shower faucet?
  • Suzanne Lomeli
    1:05 pm, February 22, 2018
    I absolutely love the Modern Mediterranean style of this home! Can you tell me what type of wood floors you used and which stain colors? I was wondering if this was white oak. I am also curious to know what type of wood you used for the bathroom and kitchen. Thank you!
  • Star Condis
    2:48 pm, February 18, 2018
    I would like to know where you got the bedspread
    • Katie White
      12:23 am, February 19, 2018
      I’m dying to know as well!!!! I’ve had my eye on it since December and I can’t figure out where it came from! Please let me know if you figured it out!!!
  • Jennifer Swank
    5:16 pm, February 15, 2018
    I love the master bathroom! Would you be able to tell what the name and color is of the tile on the floor and shower walls?
  • susan stiles
    10:06 pm, February 10, 2018
    we need help with our house in tn small and dated
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