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Texas House Call

What a fun week! Last September I started working with Mike & Christie on the renovation of their home via e-design. On Memorial Day, I flew down to their place in Texas for all the finishing touches and styling. Not only was it exciting to see all of the changes in real-life, but it was a total blessing to hang out with this sweet family, live the farm life for a few days, and decorate like crazy. What a privilege! Are you up for some pics? Oh good, because I have TONS!


Night one. Got to meet the farm animals on a beautiful evening, before the thunderstorms of the week rolled in (Ummm, WOW, Texas! Those thunderstorms!). We then walked through the house and made a list of everything we’d need to pick up the next day, on our designated “Shopping Day.” We made a pretty good list, but you should have seen the room that was waiting for me when I arrived. I’m kicking myself that I don’t have a picture. Christie had been working hard to fill an entire room with fun home decor, antiques, vintage finds, old books (my request), miles of jute, signs, trays, baskets, boxwood everything, etc. etc. ETC!!! I shopped from this room the entire week and sprinkled her finds all over the house. We ate some delicious ribs (Thanks Mike!), and headed off to bed to rest up for the big adventure.

Day two. Shopping day. We headed out with our list in hand, and made our first strategic stop, a darling shop in Denton called “Vintage Bleu.”



We found some total treasures here, and it was so much fun to meet the sweet shop owners, Thera & Debbie. Next stop? HomeGoods. I had quite a few things on the list for that stop, so I had my fingers crossed that we’d have good success…


Ya, I guess you could say we found a few things! (Ha!) 4 or 5 carts later, we were trying to squeeze it all into the car. 🙂


We loaded it all in, and had to take a lot of it out to reconfigure once we finished our other 2 stops. We all had bags and decor on our laps, but we made it home and unloaded!

Day 3 & 4 were similar: Diet Coke (check!), country music (check!), and DECORATING (yes, please!). I can’t wait to show you the result! Ready for some before & afters?


Here’s the fireplace wall in the living room, “before.” Working through e-design, we decided to do new stone, new built-ins that would go all the way to the ceiling, and shiplap over the fireplace. The clients also had the carpet removed and added gorgeous new hardwood floors.


Aaaand after. Can you even? I am so in love with this room. The windmill on the shiplap was a local find, and the perfect focal point for this space. The rug is from Ballard Designs, and blends the camel color of the sofa they already had with the gray wall color (Sherwin Williams “Repose Gray) just beautifully. The drapery panels (from Overstock, although they are no longer available in this length) were the perfect find to add interest at the window. All of these components were important foundational picks to support the final look and styling that was achieved this week. It’s so rewarding to see it all come together!


Here’s another view, looking back toward the sofa. The clients opted to forgo a coffee table, so their girls have more room to play and hang out. When I first suggested moving the sofa out and away from the back wall, Christie wasn’t so sure. Now she says she LOVES it, and I appreciate her trust! See that amazing antique pie hutch in the corner? Let’s take a closer look…


Christie found the pie safe at a local antique shop. It’s absolutely stunning in real life. Those copper tin inserts in the doors? Gorgeous! I moved it to the corner, angled it, and created a fun basket vignette on top. And the antique iron headboard on the wall? I’m in love! Perfect spot for a magnolia wreath, and don’t worry…Mike is an expert decor-hanger and that thing isn’t going anywhere. 🙂


This angle looks back toward the front door, the music room (formerly the formal dining room), and demonstrates how having one type of flooring throughout can really create a nice flow.


Ok, one more before pic of this area, because it’s just so much fun to see the progress.


And after. 🙂 What a difference!


Ok, let’s move into the kitchen! Here’s the before. The tile floors were then removed and replaced with hardwood, a new kitchen island and range hood was built, cabinets painted, backsplash & lighting added, and new granite countertops installed.


LOVE this farmhouse kitchen. Light, bright, and simple.


This little hutch area needed some love as well. The glass was removed from the upper doors, and replaced with square mesh chicken wire type material. (Does that sound like the professional term? You get the picture.) 🙂


Here’s the after. We also decided to make this the coffee bar area. So fun!


Here’s the before of the eat-in area. It was such a long wall, it needed something. Hmmm…SHIPLAP? Yes! Perfect place to add some interest with this favorite material. And a new light fixture for sure. In the window area to the right, we decided to create a “Keeping Room,” a cozy spot to gather, chat with whoever is cooking in the kitchen, or read. It’s become a favorite!




Here’s a close-up of the Keeping Room area.


Ok, another before shot. This wall houses the pantry door on the left, and the laundry room door on the right. The laundry room door was a nightmare, because when you opened it into the laundry room, you covered up the entire sink area, making it really inconvenient. Perfect spot for a barn door. And the client wanted a pantry door with a little more character.


So much more fun!




This open cabinet used to hold a wine rack, and we repurposed it to hold a cute plate rack, and some fun decor. The view out this window is just perfect. Wide open pasture.


Let’s go back to the entry. I don’t want you to miss this little welcoming spot. The rug is from Dash & Albert, and the amazing mirror is just an old window Christie found, and had a mirror added to the back. The lamps are from World Market, and their simple lines are just right.


We added some fun pillows and a striped throw to the chairs in the music room to add interest. The little mirrored table is a HomeGoods find.



This little vignette is found on top of the piano. Rustic, simple, farmhouse.


Ok! Let’s tour the bedrooms, shall we? This is the darling bedroom of the client’s two daughters. My sister, Julie (@signsofserendipity on Instagram), made the custom initials to go over the beds, the sweet lamp is from Hobby Lobby, and the ladder is from Magnolia Market! The ladder is everything in this room. It brings the warmth of the burlap bedskirts right up onto the wall. We had 18″ stripes added to the focal wall to create interest, and boy did it ever. I. Love. This room.


This is a guest room/sewing room, and was the room that held all of the fun decor all week. Needless to say, it was looking a bit disastrous a few days ago! It’s nice to see it looking like a bedroom again, and it’s all ready for guests.



This was my bedroom this week (and will forever be known as “Janna’s Room”, right Mike & Christie?). 😉 We had purchased the bulletin board for another area, but then decided it needed some cute stenciled words, and it would be the perfect focal point over the bed. That’s one of the things I love most about design, the unexpected things that happen along the way!


Aaaand the master bedroom. Neutral, with a pop of coral.



We created a cozy little seating area in the window, complete with a step-ladder repurposed as a table in the middle. One of my favorite things. So fun to think outside the box! And this gorgeous old mantel? Per. Fec. Tion.


The mirror is from Wayfair, and bounces light around the room so gloriously. Yep, GLORIOUSLY.


Oh! One room I almost forgot to include, the upstairs bonus room/play room. This room started out almost completely empty, except for a few toys, and the TV, but it almost became the biggest problem. Christie had been calling all over town to find a sofa that would work, that we could purchase right away (we wanted to see it complete before I left on Thursday night!). She was able to locate one, Mike picked it up, and when it arrived, it didn’t fit up the stairs. IT DIDN’T FIT UP THE STAIRS. No, no, no. We were not going to be detoured that easily. After all, we had the perfect rug, the perfect curtains, and the perfect pillows waiting upstairs, and we needed the perfect sofa to join the party. It just so happened that the sofa in the Keeping Room was very similar, but slightly smaller that the new sofa. The guys tried moving THAT one upstairs, and VOILA! It fit! Ok, it BARELY fit, the feet had to removed, the door had to be removed, but hey! It FIT!!! The new sofa is happily living in the Keeping Room, and the upstairs bonus room is complete.



This called for a celebratory Diet Coke, and Christie showed me how to apply some fun Jamberry nail wraps before I had to be on my way. (Hard to see, but these are a cute swiss cross pattern! Love!)


Thanks for having me, Mike & Christie. It was a blast, and your southern hospitality was amazing. We stayed up late, we got to hang 27,000 things on the wall, we ate delicious food, and we worked hard. We “might could” do this, and we “might could” do that. We endured crazy thunderstorms with even crazier rain, ate ribs without napkins, and I feel so blessed to have lived every single second of it. You guys are the best!

  • June 5, 2016 - 5:32 pm

    Britt - Amazing job! My husband and I are looking at painting our cabinets this summer. Could you give some insight as to how you turned the outdated cabinets into the fabulous farmhouse white-look? Also, what color/product was used? Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • June 5, 2016 - 11:36 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Britt! We had the cabinets professionally painted. Always a good idea with kitchen cabinets, since they get so much use. We matched the white to the client’s trim color. Hope that helps and good luck with your project! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2016 - 8:27 pm

    Dominique - Beautiful transformation. I can’t get enough of those before and after pictures!ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2016 - 9:11 pm

    Christie - You forgot about the squirrels. 😉ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2016 - 11:14 pm

    Carla Broyles - Beautiful job done. Lovely home and very cozy.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2016 - 11:35 pm

    Lisa whitley - Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing so many before and after pictures! Besides using Repose Gray in the family room, was it also used in the master bedroom and kitchen behind the cabinets? Also, where did the beautiful bedding in the master come from?
    Your work is amazing! I would love to have you out to sunny Florida to help me decorate my home!ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2016 - 12:21 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Lisa! Yes, Repose Gray was also used in the master and kitchen. The bedding is from Wayfair. And did you say sunny Florida? I’ll be right there! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2016 - 12:40 am

    Kristel - I keep coming back to drool over this beautiful home, you outdid yourself as usual. I can’t even choose a room as a favorite, they were all fantastic! If you don’t mind me asking, where are those pendants over the island from? We are relocating back to Dallas next weekend, and our new house needs lots of love.ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2016 - 5:07 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Kristel! Thank you so much. The pendants are from Lowe’s. 🙂 Best wishes as you make your big move!ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2016 - 1:31 am

    Jen - Such an AMAZING transformation! Beautiful. Glad you could make it to Texas! I’m in Houston. I love the granite you had put in the kitchen … do you remember what kind it was? Love following you on instagram! Inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2016 - 2:46 am

    Megan - Do you mind sharing where the kitchen pendant lights (lanterns over the island) came from? They are beautiful!!ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2016 - 5:06 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Megan! The pendants are from Lowe’s. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2016 - 5:59 am

    Mary Jo Lambert - I was wondering about the pantry door,is it a wholes new door ,or was the wood cut and glass replaced on the old door? I’m looking for something similar!
    I love your style ! And your sweet smile!ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2016 - 5:06 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Mary Jo! The client had the pantry door made by a local artisan. It’s a whole new door. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2016 - 1:48 pm

    Stacy - Amazing!!! Where did you get the pantry door? I can’t get enough of this transformation?
    Thanks for sharing…ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2016 - 5:05 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Stacy! The client had the pantry door custom made by a local artisan. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2016 - 2:15 pm

    Taunya Fermstad - So pretty! You are so talented. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2016 - 5:05 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Taunya!ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2016 - 2:16 pm

    Karen Culbreath - Beautiful work! You are a natural and clearly this is your God given talent. I’m in love with it all. Thanks for sharing! ?ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2016 - 5:05 pm

      yellowprairieint - Karen, you made my day! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2016 - 3:39 pm

    Marian - Oh Jana! Your work is just beautiful. I love everything you did to this house and it certainly reflects your Yellow Prairie brand. You’re so talented, and I’m glad that you’ve followed your dream. Now, come up to Canada and help a girl out!ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2016 - 5:04 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you Marian! And you know I’d come up if you’re serious! 🙂 #willtravelfordesignReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2016 - 4:14 pm

    Andrea Weber - You never cease to AMAZE me!! Can you please help me design our new home plan and come to Michigan and decorate it for me:) I’ll provide lots of Diet Coke, shopping, and a nice new clean palette for you to play with!!ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2016 - 5:43 pm

    Patty Simone - Love love love…. Do you know the name of the granite used?? Doing a project now and love it! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2016 - 11:34 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Patty! The granite is called “Colonial White.” 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2016 - 1:28 am

    Wendy - What in the world?!? I can’t believe how this tour just kept going and going and going! How amazing that you were able to do their whole house in such a short time! I love it all…just WOW! And I’m sure you are a precious house guest! An all around blessing for them and YOU! Nailed it!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2016 - 3:12 am

    Patty Simone - Thank you!!!!❤️ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2016 - 8:08 pm

    Debbi - Sheer PERFECTION!!!! Nothing could have been done any better than what I am looking at. Can’t pick a favorite…the whole house is…would luv to see the outside & baths…You are decorator supreme~~ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2016 - 12:51 pm

    Julie - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything you did! Your design style is so unique and eye-catching! 🙂

    Do you mind sharing where you got the pillows for family room couch and the pillows on the chairs in the music room? Thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2016 - 3:27 pm

    Whitney - I have looked for the island pendants at my local Lowes and online and can’t seem to find the match. Do you have more information on the lights?ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2016 - 3:27 am

    Shantele Lemmom - A beautiful home I love everything! Where did you find the 2 beds in the girls’ room? I would love to find one like them for my daughters bedroom when we transition to a big girl bed 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2016 - 3:34 am

    Kristi - Where did you find the chandelier that is over the kitchen table? I’m looking for something just like it!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2016 - 3:44 pm

    Pam Foster - I LOVED seeing everything you did to make this home so warm and inviting and light and bright! I love it. I just cannot say it enough! Beautiful.
    So fun to see the before and after! ! ! Amazing.
    And such fun to imagine you and Christie and Mike laughing and talking along the way!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2016 - 9:51 am

    Helen Woods - I just love the kitchen transformation and was wondering what sort of finish did the cupboard doors get are they gloss or matt.
    My husband is insisting we paint our doors with a gloss because its more durable and easier to clean (he never cleans the kitchen) .I’m so glad I’ve found your web site you’ve given me so much inspiration , my bank balance might not be glad but l am HelenReplyCancel

    • June 24, 2016 - 2:12 pm

      yellowprairieint - The finish on the cabinets is matte.?Best of luck to you on your project!ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2016 - 7:49 pm

    Tami - I love everything in this house. Could you please share with me where you got the sofa from or where to find something similar. Also, would you recommend an eggshell white, beige or stone color in a small space (with kids) :)?ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2016 - 6:37 pm

    kara - Hi! Found you through pinterest! Love the color of the stripes in “daughters” room. Do you mind sharing the colors of the stripes? Also–love your hair style!! Printing that off for future styles:)ReplyCancel

    • June 28, 2016 - 12:14 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Kara! The stripes are Sherwin Williams “Bright White” and “Repose Gray.” Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2016 - 3:19 pm

    allie - Oh my goodness girl, this is amazing! and you were busy!! Knowing what it takes to pull off a complete home makeover, I have no idea how you did that all in one trip. I am amazed! Looks awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2016 - 3:50 am

    Kellie - I’m in love!!! Where were the bar stools found?ReplyCancel

    • July 8, 2016 - 4:20 am

      yellowprairieint - Hi Kellie! The counter stools are from Pier 1.?ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2016 - 1:56 pm

    Donna - Ill repeat what someone else wrote love ,love .love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 2, 2016 - 9:28 pm

    Amanda W. - I am floored by the transformation! I love what you did to the place…..if only my house looked like that!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2016 - 4:55 pm

    Nancy - I was wondering where you are located. I live in Orlando fl. I would love for you to come and help me decorate my house. I think I just need it accessorize and done rearranging.ReplyCancel

    • August 7, 2016 - 5:40 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Nancy! I’m in Oregon. If you’d like info on my on-location services, just send me a quick email at, and I’ll get that out to you!😊ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2016 - 10:27 pm

    Jessica - Love love love all your work! Where did you get the chandelier over the farmhouse table at ?ReplyCancel

  • September 26, 2016 - 3:20 am

    Sherrell Ogletree - I LOVE this transformation! Where was the island purchased? It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!ReplyCancel

    • September 26, 2016 - 6:49 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Sherrell! The island was custom built by a local cabinet maker. 🙂 Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • October 29, 2016 - 2:46 pm

    Tina - I’m thinking about painting my kitchen cabinets. All of my trim is bright white. I would like my cabinets to be off white with a subtle brown glaze in the cracks. I don’t want a “country” look. I have an open floor plan, so my kitchen and family room are together. What’s the rule.ReplyCancel

  • November 27, 2016 - 8:55 pm

    Missy Knoble - Hi! I love the curtains in the living room and was wondering what the design is……You mentioned that they are from Overstock but not available in that length. I have searched Overstock but can’t find them. I love them and could live with it if they weren’t the exact right length…..could you tell me what the name of them is?

    Thank you so much!


  • February 14, 2017 - 3:45 am

    Jenny Roberts - I LOVE the girls’ room. Your designs are so inspiring…. Where could I find beds like those??ReplyCancel

    • February 14, 2017 - 7:23 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you so much! The homeowner had found these beds and repainted them before my arrival. 🙂 I’d suggest keeping an eye on Craigslist or local thrift shops! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • March 11, 2017 - 5:44 pm

    Beth - Wonderful transformation, where are the hardwood floors fromReplyCancel

    • March 14, 2017 - 5:19 pm

      yellowprairieint - Hi Beth! The hardwood floors were done by a local company, and sourced through the client. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2017 - 12:46 am

    Texas On Repeat » Yellow Prairie Interiors - […] been here to work with this sweet family several times now. You can see the original blog post here, and then last fall’s visit here. Let’s head inside and I’ll show you the other […]ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2017 - 8:18 pm

    Becky - I love the house especially the wall with the fireplace in the living room. Do you know what stone was used around the fireplace? Also, what color did you paint the shelves and stain the mantle? Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • September 14, 2017 - 3:12 pm

      yellowprairieint - The paint color on the built-ins is Sherwin Williams “Extra White”…and I’m seeing if we can dig up the rest of the info for you. This project was done awhile ago. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2018 - 5:01 am

    Rebecca - Beautiful living room transformation! Where did you find the black console table begin during the sofa? I love the feminine lines to it!ReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2018 - 6:14 pm

      yellowprairieint - Thank you! That was a table the client already had, and she updated it with a fresh new color! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • March 13, 2018 - 2:53 am

    Don’t mess with Texas » Yellow Prairie Interiors - […] If you’re new here, you can read about the first visit to style & decorate their home here, the next trip here, and another one here! 🙂 They scooped me up from the airport, and we jumped […]ReplyCancel