My entryway makeover

Having an entryway is a dream come true. No really. When we were house searching 99% of the houses we looked out just opened straight into the living room. I've always wanted a grand entryway. I believe it sets the tone for the house, and you can take some design risks in an entryway space that you wouldn't normally take in the living room. So let's get into it. When we bought the house, the entry way was just a little sad. It was just a plain tan box. Tan paint, tan tile, and a cowboy light fixture. 

It wasn't the worst thing my eye's had ever seen. But it still was blah. The first thing to go was that light, obviously. When we bought the house my mom reminded me of a chandelier I had bought at an estate sale three years before. I had completely forgotten about it! But that is totally like me to buy a chandelier and hold on to it for years so I could eventually put it in my own house. I think I paid around $100 for it? Its super old. I can't figure out an exact age but i'm thinking it might even be pre-1900. It doesn't necessarily fit with the rest of my style but I honestly don't care. Its so so so pretty and I love seeing it when I walk in. Perfect example that you should buy things that make you happy and are special, and find a way to make it work later.

As you can see, I also hand painted this pattern using a stencil right away. When we moved in, we really don't have a whole lot of furniture as we were moving from an apartment so I just wanted one space to be "done." Corey thought I was crazy for spending hours painting a stencil a week after we moved in, but I was desperate for some decoration in the new house. I added a vintage sideboard and pretty much called it a day for awhile. 

I changed around the decor on the sideboard a few times over the next year, but no big changes. It got a huge facelift almost two years after moving in, once we decided to go big with new tile. Now some other things occurred with our floors, and if that hadn't happened, it probably would still be the same. I'll tell you that story another time. But we decided to go ahead and do new tile in the entryway. I really didn't absolutely hate the old tile. It was plain, but fine. But deep down I knew the space was screaming for something show stopping. Decided on this tile from Cle Tile actually was a pretty easy decision. I saw the tile in a kitchen in a design from Emily Henderson and knew that was my tile.

It definately was not cheap. But I knew the entryway needed some color so somehow I convinced Corey to let me go for it. When the contractors where installing it I knew I made the right decision. It is seriously so beautiful and makes me so happy every time I walk in the door. I knew I would probably have to paint over the spots and after the tile was done, it was obvious it was too busy with the spots. I just did plain white on the walls, added some bamboo shades, switched out the furniture and accessories, and DONE. 

Everything in the entryway except the tile and the shades is vintage, so sorry but I don't have sources for you! I haven't changed anything in here since this picture was taken, but I am thinking about adding some lighter colors to the accessories. Maybe some pink pastel or just something with some bright colors. 

And thats it! What do you think? Did I make the right decision with the tile? 

A Funky Eclectic Cottage

I'm back for a second round of finding cute houses for sale and showing you guys how I would decorate! I need to think of a clever title because that is a mouthful. If you don't know, I'm a real estate agent, so I get to see some cute houses in my house search for clients. A lot of my clients will see some funky houses and feel overwhelmed at the process of decorating or making it their own. Well if that is you, I'm here to help!

I spotted this cute cottage for sale in Oak Cliff and knew I needed to create a mood board. I hate how home staging always uses the same type of "glam" furniture. There is always a lot of mirrors and chrome furniture. Blah.

 

It's in the Elmwood neighborhood of Oak Cliff which is known for its cute cottages and beautiful greenbelt so I wanted to go all out with the interior and make it fun! It's definately a little bit glam, but in a good way!

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Here is how you can get the look!

1. PINK COUCH. enough said. I think more people need to go bold with their couches don't you?

2. Include some funky side chairs.

3. You need a soft luxurious moroccan rug for your feet.

4. anchor the living room with a natural wood coffee table

5. I'm obsessed with any art that features cows for some reason.

6. Go ahead and include a really fun and funky credenza.

7. Add in a that Target lamp that everyone and their mom owns now.

8. Love local gal Hayley Mitchell for fun colorful art.

9. Go with a  funky shape for the dining table.

10.  Add a classic but fun shape dining chair

11. Get a rug with some bright colors but a natural base.

12. Add in a fun starburst chandelier. 

And thats it! What do you guys think! PS this house is for sale so if you are in the market, or know someone who is in the market please shoot me an email!

 

*Molly Mathias is a REALTOR with Joe Atkins Realty in Texas

*This house is listed by Miriam Mier with William Davis Realty

A Cali Living Room in Dallas

A Few weeks ago I got an email from a new client asking for help with her family's living room. I didn't know exactly what to expect when I drove up for the first time to check out hte space, but as soon as I got a peek man oh man did I get excited. The "before" was a completely blank canvas with a dream fireplace,  plenty of natural light, insanely tall ceilings, beautiful molding and already perfectly white walls. It was really unfair how fun this was going to be.

The client wasn't married to anything in the current room. We are going to try and use the current jute rug and hope it's big enough. The credenza got nixed pretty quickly and we are going to try and move it to the dining room. Since it was pretty much empty though, we got to start from scratch! Being in the room we came up quickly with a plan for two couches facing each other, with some mid century chairs and possible some ottomans to really maximize seating. I liked the idea of the basket wall that the client had already started so we are planning on going big with that idea.

After talking with the client and realizing we were totally on the same page as far as design, we started pulling some inspiration images. 

Luckily she loves California Modern as much as I do, so obviously we pulled a lot of Emily Henderson and Amber Lewis for inspiration. 

Next up, mood boards! I pulled together all the elements we had talked about into a moodboard to really nail down all the main elements we wanted for the room.

So far the only big change from the mood board is that we are probably going to do a sectional instead of two couches at the request of client's husband. 

 We already have the credenza purchased and i've pulled a TON of accessories and art and can't wait to get my hands on that living room to style it out.

What do you guys think so far of the plan? I'll keep you updated as we go along!

The Ramsey House

My two favorite things: real estate and interior desing. Ok I also love pizza and netflix. I've been trying to figure out an organic way to combine real estate and interior design for a long time now. I never wanted to promote myself too much and for it to feel forced as I am a real estate agent, but I feel like the two go hand in hand. Because of my job I get to see cool awesome houses ALL THE TIME. Because my clients know I'm into design they always ask me what I would do when touring a home that needs a little love. Immediately I start talking about taking down walls, flooring choices, how to orient furniture, etc. My clients probably get sick of me sending them pictures of beautiful interiors to show how a house can come alive. 

Very recently I was helping a good friend look for homes when we went to coffee after touring some really cool homes in Oak Cliff. We immediately got out our phones and started pinning what we would do to the house. That got the ideas flowing and I came up with this blog series! The idea is I find cool houses that need a little love around DFW and then show you what I would do to it. Pretty simple, here we go.

 

This is the Ramsey House. Its in my FAVORITE Oak Cliff neighborhood Beckley Club Estates. Just think rolling hills, trees, and wild peacocks. The house felt like this secluded cabin on a hill so I wanted to go with that and do a modern rustic theme for the house. Lets get into it. 

I'm so in love with this living room. I love that it feels dramatic and yet comfy at the same time. I've never been much of a dark green person, but boy is this set up changing my mind. 

1. Couch from West Elm. Really digging the lines and green color on this couch.

2. Sconces to highlight the art and bring in some more light sources. I like the idea of keeping all the lighting black to bring the dramatics.

3. Love that dramatic vintage art print from Chairish.

4. Mid century rectangle wood coffee table

5. Modern black pendant/chandelier

6. Bring in some lightness with white mid century accent chairs

7. Mix of global pillows, leather, and pink accents.

8. I love a cowhide rug. It pretty much goes with any style and is a good budget option for a rug.

9. MCM credenza for across the sofa. 

10. Will the round mirror ever go out of style?

11. Bring in some white to tie in the white mcm chairs with a tall boy dresser for extra storage.

12. Get funky with a vintage weaving.

That table. That art. That pendant. Its all so so so so good.

1. Live Edge wood dining table. They key here is a natural feeling.

2. A classic Eames style chair

3. Simple natural fiber rug

4. Love the scale of this pendant

5. I'm buying this print for my own home I love it so much 

6. I love plant

1. This kitchen needs reclaimed wood cabinets. NEED

2. Open shelving is a must. Open shelving overfilled with neutral color ceramics

3. Beautiful concrete tiles from Cle Tile

4. Bring in some glam to the backsplash with these tiles from Cle

5. Pop of color with this over the sink light

6. A vintage inspired sink

7. Rustic bar stools

8. Leather hardware

9. Kitchen faucet

10. Always need some art in the kitchen

 

 

Molly Mathias is a Texas Realtor with Joe Atkins realty. License #0653293

Project Larkspur

You probably have seen a million pics of the house blasted all over my instgram, so I thought it's time to give it a property write up. 

This project actually started about four months ago when I sold this house to some investors. They gave the home some modern upgrades, and it ended up bonkers amazing. This ain't no boring flip ya'll!

This view is the formal living/dinging area. My goal was to make this cozy but not too formal. This is the room you can eat dinner everynight but also be a little fancier and have a cocktail on those scoop chairs. 

The dining set was a clutch find. I don't usually buy them because taking pictures and storing them is a bitch.  

The dresser was also kismet. I was picking up the lucite table from a guy from I buy stuff from occasionally and he said "hey do you need an dressers" UM YES. So thank you sir. I styled it out with vintage and accessories from Target, West Elm, and Home goods.

Those scoop chairs. Yes yes yes!

Still can't get over the colors in that painting. I got that at a thrift store the day before the shoot. I saw it and said yeah that will do. When I got in the space the colors just popped. Don't ever judge art by thrift store lighting is the moral of this story.

Now to the living room! I am freaking obsessed with this room. This is how we all wish our living room's looked. No TV. No messes. Just beautiful things.

There is not really a star in here. Everything is a statement piece. The schreiber dresser is so cool I can't even stand it. It's too cool for me. The art i've hoarded for three years and honestly kinda forgot about it. I dug it out to sell it but when I saw it again I knew it was too good to give up just yet. The spider leg table is so huge, I love how it's oval, most of them are just round. The sofa is from West Elm and was up until very recently my own sofa. The wicker chairs add just the right amount of softness to the room. We finished it out with some MM Vintage handmade pillows, vintage accessories, and stuff from Target, West Elm, and Home Goods

The sofa table was a lucky cragslist find! Shout out to you if you are reading this ;)

I kept it simple in the office. I had this MCM desk forever. For real, forever. Someone buy it. So cheap and good. I added some of my brother's art and some other fun accessories from target and some stuff borrowed from Paige Morse.

Let's take it to the bedroom shall we???

Now the bedroom was honestly kinda thrown together. I don't have extra mattresses laying around so we stacked up to air mattresses. I tied some yarn on a wooden rod and BOOM headboard. I used a wicker side table as a mattress and then added some white bedding, indigo, and MM Vintage handmade pillow. DONE AND DONE. It's pretty simple. and I like it that way

And there you have it! This project was amazing. It was super intimidating to put together a house from nothing in a week. But you know what, we did it! My goal was to make it pretty, but still livable. I wanted people to be able to see themselves in teh space while also making it pretty for a picture. I think the goal was accomplished and i'm ready for the next challenge!