Episode 08 - The Plain Jane House January 22, 2018 Josh, Linn and their two boys moved to Waco so that Josh could pursue his master’s degree in music at Baylor University. The family of four wanted a home with a functional layout, a room where they could all hang out together, a lot of character throughout the home, and a space for Josh to work on his music. DESIGN ELEMENTS The inspiration materials I used to interpret the style of the family’s home The couple’s taste is a modern twist on the traditional style with antique and vintage-inspired pieces incorporated throughout. The home didn’t have many architectural elements in it naturally, so we added in some classic patterns and textures to give it interest. A color you’ll see carried throughout this home in different shades is blue. I wanted this whole space to feel calm, inspiring and relaxing. The most notable design elements were musically inspired, which gave the home personality and a story. KITCHEN Objective | Reconfigure the floorplan to allow for a more open kitchen The cabinets have a very traditional style to them, and the painted lower cabinets tie in the more moder element. We chose to paint the upper cabinetry white to keep the boldness of the blue from overpowering the kitchen. The pattern in the glass brings in a little bit of that architectural interest we were looking to add to the home. The finished product is good balance of both traditional and modern. The brass pendant lighting adds a modern element to the kitchen and tied in nicely with the hardware. Installing pendant lights above the island with the cased opening also helped to define the kitchen as its own, distinctive space in this open room. We reconfigured the space to open up the floor plan, making it easy for a family of four to all be in here enjoying baking or cooking together at once. On the island we made sure to install an island overhang for comfortable bar seating and plenty of storage. Warm details, like the vent hood, the brass pieces, and the antique doors leading to the music room and laundry room make the space feel finished. I love the details you find in these antique doors. LIVING ROOM Objective | Give the room an update that feels seamless from the kitchen to the living room The musical theme in this house is carried throughout little details and larger statement pieces. These gutted antique cellos and the antique “Pianos” sign brought personality to the room. I found both of these elements at Round Top Antiques Fair. The fireplace in this home has a really interesting location. It’s not centered on the wall, and it’s right next to the backdoor. Moving a fireplace can be pricey, so we had to work with what we had to stay in budget. To complete this look, we installed a detailed accent wall to finish things off. Previously the door to the garage was here and it drew attention to the fact the fireplace was off-center, so we relocated it. The pew, the mantel, the vent hood, the antique doors, and the cellos all have warm wood tones which brings both spaces together nicely. For a timeless mantel setup, we framed a page of sheet music and flanked it with some simple greenery and candlesticks. The marble fireplace surround gives the room a modern detail and a little extra texture. MUSIC ROOM Objective | Give Josh a quiet, inspiring space to practice his music and study An important wishlist item for the Lee family was having a music room for Josh, and the best thing about this space is that is actually has soundproof walls! He needed a space where he could play music as loudly as he needs to and not worry about waking up the kids at naptime. I wanted this room to be simple and serene—the kind of place where he could be creative without any distractions. BATHROOM Objective | Use the existing footprint to create a traditional style family bathroom We used a classic subway tile for the walls in the bathroom, but instead of just using one color, we created a striped design using grey and white. The end result was a really cool feature that made this bathroom really unique. We finished the space out with more modern elements, like the marble hexagon tile, black metal framed mirror, and the same brass hardware from the kitchen. DINING ROOM Objective | Maximize the small space and add architectural interest to the room The ceiling treatment in here added a great deal of architectural detail to the dining room. It gives this space a grand, traditional feel while creating a distinct focal point. The detail makes the room feel larger and draws your eye right up to it. We painted the room and the ceiling a light shade of blue, to make the trimwork and white wainscoting look even more dramatic. This pendant light fixture brings in the same brass that we used for fixtures and hardware throughout the home. It also works well to warm up all of the cool tones in the room. Drawing inspiration from the family’s love of music, I had the idea to frame some antique sheet music and use it as wall art. It was a really simple way to add a personal touch to the room that comes with a story. EXTERIOR Objective | Give the original ranch style exterior a modern update to match the interior Originally, the overgrown shrubs in front of the house combined with the light brown brick really made this home feel hidden. You could drive right past it and never notice it was there, so I wanted to find a way to draw it out and make it eye-catching. A creamy white coat of paint with some contrasting black shutters and new porch columns made the home feel polished. New, simple landscape finished the look. The exterior needed one final thing, and I love a bold door, so we brought the blue color from inside the house out to the front door. This modern twist provided a great focal point for the exterior and gave it personality. I get inspired when I get to infuse the family’s personality into a design, so this project was really rewarding from start to finish. I loved getting to create a space that was both functional and beautiful for them. Welcome home, Lee family! Interview With Homeowner Q: What was something that surprised you about the design process? A: We were surprised at how much attention was paid to what we wanted and were looking for. We were often asked for our thoughts and input on specific design choices, and even though we weren't able to see the final product until the reveal, it was nice to see how much energy and effort was put into making this a home for us. Q: What was the deciding factor that attracted you to choosing this home? A: The location and the price were probably the biggest factors; the size of the yard was also a big plus, and we liked that even though it has enough space for our growing family, it's not so big that we can hide from each other. We like doing life together as a family. Q: What is your favorite feature in the house, and why? A: The circular design on the dining room ceiling is probably our favorite design element. Aside from bringing a unique look to that room, it adds a sense of character and detail that is not often found in newer homes. Q: How did your home balance design and functionality? A: The openness of the living/dining/kitchen area allows for us to all be together whether we are preparing meals, eating, or playing. Everything is so connected and functional, and yet everything is so beautiful and tied together from a visual perspective. Q: Why did you apply to Fixer Upper? A: We had seen the show before we knew we were moving to Waco, and we liked a lot of the ideas and designs that we had seen. When we realized Waco was our destination, and knew we would be buying a house on a budget, we thought, "well, we might as well apply and see what happens!" Q: How did you decide on the design of the house? What inspired the choice? A: We both love older homes and a lot of the history and classic design elements that are found in them; things like moulding, chair rails, and trim. We like the things that show that thought and time went into putting the house together. At the same time, we needed practical, functional spaces. I think Magnolia did a great job of merging classic details into a somewhat modern look - it really works for us! Q: What was your favorite thing about the renovation process? A: Seeing our home revealed for the first time. It was really hard not to go by and see how everything was coming along. We got little details along the way as we talked through design elements, but finally being able to see how everything fit together and knowing that we could move into our new home was a great feeling. Q: Did you get the rest of the house renovated or just what was shown on the show? A: We also had cosmetic work done to the bedrooms and remodeled the master bathroom which was not shown on the show. They also updated the laundry and added a mudroom next to the kitchen. The master bathroom was styled very similarly to the bathroom that was shown, and in the bedrooms we got rid of the popcorn ceilings and added new carpet, paint, and trim. Q: How was your own personal style revealed in your home? A: One of the biggest things that we feel reflects our family are the music-related accents that were sprinkled throughout the house. There isn't a day that goes by that songs are not sung in this house, and it's fun to have our house reflect how much music is a part of our lives. The other is the classic-feeling design elements like the moulding and wainscoting that was added in the dining room; they really add some interest and character to our formerly "Plain Jane!"