Window Dilemma Resolved

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My client’s window dilemma was not only resolved but the look improved.

The problem:  Operational Roman shades had literally shredded from exposure to the sun.  With an investment in two other custom tall window panel treatments with upper borders out of the same silk fabric, my client did not want to start over from scratch.

Our solution:  We scoured Kravet’s extensive line of faux raw silk fabric offerings to find a near-exact color and texture match.  The faux silk would hold up better in the sun, especially when lined with a blackout, protective lining.  We took advantage of the update opportunity to make the new Romans stationary, providing a consistent, crisper and more perfect look.  With pleated shades for privacy hidden behind the Romans, there was no need for dangling cords to tempt playful grandchildren.

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Staging: A Fresh Set of Eyes

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A universal “staging truth”:  sometimes all it takes is a fresh set of eyes.  We can’t see our own stuff.

This Southlake home required only minor tweaking:  removal of some time-stamped window treatments, some fresh paint here and there, a bit of de-cluttering and repositioning and very limited art and accessory rental.  That’s all:  to go quickly under contract.

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Butler’s: Boring to Breathtaking

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This ordinary Butler’s with Tropical Brown countertops, 4″ backsplash and with an obviously fabricated edge was made extraordinary with the triple punch of new limestone floors, “select” Taj Mahal countertops and Walker Zanger’s Tilt Grey Smoke Ottoman mosaic tile adding both color and interesting pattern to the backsplash.

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A Bath with “Allure”

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Somehow, 15 years ago, tile countertops made sense on bathroom countertops?  Not sure why.  They are hard to clean and “busy”.  This client took advantage of “leftovers”, i.e. a remnant of Allure quartzite from my fabricator’s yard to spruce up her pool bath.  With a clean quartzite top, a new undermounted rectangular sink, a taller faucet, and new limestone floors, this 17-year old bathroom looks brand new again.

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Tasteful Window Dressing

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What makes this window exceptional?

  • For starters, this master bedroom window faces south and a busy street, so the first order of business was to install Low E glass with sound reduction.
  • Shutters with 4.5″ louvers, hidden tilt and no horizontal rails provide a clean look and provide the option for letting in the most daylight and providing the least obstructed view of the outdoors when opened.
  • Side windows were uncovered, letting in more light and visually enlarging the room.
  • Simple, tall faux-linen panels raise the eye to capitalize on the room’s high ceiling.
  • The simple antique pewter drapery hardware is combined with a mica knotted ball finial to add a textural touch.
  • The fabric was custom selected to coordinate with the inviting bed linens.
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Casual Dining Elevated

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Already this was a fabulous spot for casual dining, with an incredibly lush view out the bay window, an inviting stone fireplace and enviable trim and beams.  We made the space even better with new limestone floors and by lowering the breakfast bar top so the room was no longer isolated from the kitchen.  The oversize custom copper-top table allows the large family to enjoy the space and lively conversation.

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The Importance of Color and Floors When Selling A Home

The sellers had the foresight to know that to sell at competitive pricing, dated wallpaper needed to come down in the dining room, all walls needed a fresh coat of neutral paint, but most importantly, they needed to focus on flooring.  A patchwork of carpet in the dining room, living room and on the stairs combined with a timestamped honey-gold stain on the entry and hallway hardwoods, broke up and visually shrunk what is in reality a very large connected space, the first space buyers see when they come through the front door.

We added new nail down hardwood in the dining, living and on the stairs and refinished the wood that was already there.  By combining ebony with weathered oak in a magical combination, we were able to create a new color:  a rich, dark brown with just the slightest hint of grey, that did not go overly black.

We created a beautiful canvas for the new homeowners to make the home their own.  Kudos to them for making sophisticated and inviting selections.

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