I promised you I’d come back with more pix of my client’s new build and how we helped them take it from “OK, it’s done” to “Oh, wow, I’m in LOVE with my new home!” Today’s the day!

The spaces were good, but lacked personality and finishing.

I previously showed you the living room changes. Here’s the living room before and after, with a welcoming farmhouse decor united in shades of blue:

living room before dallas designer farmhouse living room

 Then we worked our magic in the media/playroom spaces. Before: builder beige rooms with, you know, furniture.

media room before dallas designer playroom before

Talking to my clients, I found they were huge Star Wars fans, so of course we used a lot of their collection to decorate.  (What is your passion? Could we work it into your decor? It could happen.)

dallas designer media room dallas designer playroom dallas designer star wars playroom

Next up! How did the vision for their Forever Home find expression elsewhere? Let me show you the dining room!

Before: the room had good bones and great light from large windows.

builder grade dining room before

But why settle for good when you can have WOW?

dallas designer dining room

Designer Tip #1 to take your home from builder to best? PAINT!

We chose dramatic grey walls for their impact and a white ceiling to truly feature the wood beams. The dark tone is not overwhelming because of the height of the room and abundant light. (Are you dying to use a deep, moody tone in your home? Let’s talk about it!)

dallas designer dining room

A sideboard is soooo useful for serving and for linen storage. The lamps not only have great style but their curves help offset all the strong angles.

We also switched out the builder chandelier for this beauty with delightful curves, distressed finish, and nod to vintage.

(BTW, have you ever tried plates for a decorative statement on your walls? It’s one of my favorite accessorizing tricks.)

dallas designer farmhouse kitchen

Lastly, the kitchen was wonderful but just needed a little POW.


Upgrading to these wood and iron lantern-look pendants perfectly finished out the already great kitchen. Add in few galvanized barstools and you’re ready for company!

dallas designer farmhouse kitchen

Are you in a new home that doesn’t feel like yours yet? I would love to help you! Let’s talk!

dallas designer courtney warren

Have some questions? No problem! I offer a complimentary, no-strings-attached phone call consultation.

Email me to book a call time–and let’s start making design fun!