Episode 07- The Mexia Major House January 27, 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Beachum raised their children in the same home for 27 years. With all of their children and grandchildren filling up their house for every Thanksgiving and Christmas, it became clear pretty quickly that they’d outgrown their space. We wanted to make this their dream home, but with their limited budget we only planned on doing a few spaces. As a gift from their son, Kelvin Jr., we were able to surprise the Beachums and renovate their entire home. ENTRY Objective: Create an entryway that opens into the living room and dining space. This entry leads you right into the main living space, but was painted a separate color to define it as its own separate space. KITCHEN Objective: Open up the kitchen for lots of storage and countertop space. Mrs. Beachum loves to cook! We added this arched built in above the stove that was unlike anything we’ve ever tried before. I love the way it ties in the arches in the main living space! It created the perfect nooks for dishes and cookbooks and makes the kitchen not only pretty, but also practical. The pedestal for the sink had the same antique look as the doors, but was actually a custom made piece stained to match the color of the antique doors. This wood stain warmed up all of the white cabinets and backsplash, and tied in the natural wood beam separating the dining room and kitchen. I found these doors in Mexia and fell in love how unique they are. They’re antiques, and the craftsmanship was beautifully done. We sanded them down, cleaned them up and used them as pantry doors. We carried the same flooring throughout the entirety of the main spaces so they flowed seamlessly from room to room. LIVING Objective: Build large cased openings that lead into the entryway and the kitchen, so that it feels open, but with clear definition of the separate spaces. Using cased openings instead of completely breaking down walls in the main spaces of the house was an easy way to add character and keep the individual rooms defined. Something a little different we did in this house was using bold colors in each different room. This blue shade in the living room gives the room its own personality. DINING Objective: Put together a gathering space with plenty of room for holiday meals with family. A family gathering space was at the top of the wish list for this family. In the original floor plan the dining area and the kitchen were actually flip flopped. But with the flow of the house, switching them made more sense. Clint built this table for the Beachums to gather around for holidays together. It turned out perfectly for this space, and the family loved it. MASTER SUITE Objective: Design a neutral and comfortable space for the Beachum family to relax. interview with HOMEOWNER Q. What’s the story behind the “Nana’s kitchen” sign? A. That’s the name that my grandchildren call me. I have two sons and a granddaughter. When they come visit they know Nana goes out of her way to cook big for the grandbabies. Q. How is your style reflected throughout the home? A. Considering I’ve never had a house with any color other than white or had a home with wood flooring, this has been a drastic change for me. I like the house because it’s country, but not too country. It has style and elegance down to every detail. Q. What is your favorite room in the home? A. Probably the kitchen — I adore the pot filler. I also love the view from the patio outside. It reminds me of my home that I recently departed from after 27 years. Q. Did you keep the furniture that was used for the reveal? A. Yes, we kept most of the furniture. Some of our favorites that we kept were the coffee table, gorgeous clock on the wall, and the beautiful displays in the entry way and bedroom. We also really love using the dinette table, china cabinet, and rocking chairs! We loved designing this space, but even more than that, we loved getting to know Mr. and Mrs. Beachum! It was a joy to work with them and to settle them into their forever house. We hope they’re happy here for many years to come.