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When the couple bought the house, walls divided and enclosed each room. "We tore down walls and added all new trim, crown molding, casing and doors," Paulette says. Now their dining and living room has one great open layout.
The dining table is one of Paulette's biggest scores, given to her by a friend.
Chandelier: West Elm; dining chairs: Overstock.com; paint: Polar Star,Valspar
The kitchen was gutted and remodeled into a bright and open space. "Now it's one of our favorite rooms," Paulette says. "We handpicked everything, and it's the center of the house."
"We're always in here," Ryan adds. "So it was important for us to make it our own."
Paulette made the curtains above the kitchen sink from a Target shower curtain. "I looked for a cool pattern, and since the top of the curtain was already complete, all I had to do is cut it in half and adjust the length," she says.
Ryan calls the cabinets above the refrigerator "Paulette's graveyard." She says, "I've made mistakes in the past when I tried to step out of my comfort zone with color and pattern, only to quickly retire those items to my graveyard."
All of the kitchen appliances, including a double oven, a wine fridge, a microwave (on the other side of the island) and a commercial refrigerator and freezer, are from Frigidaire.
Pendant lighting: Lowe's
Glass doors from the great room lead into a new home office space, which had been a formal dining room.
The home office is next on their list of upgrades. Light gray, greens, whites and neutrals are Paulette's favorite colors and are found in this space and throughout the home. "I could roll around in sea-foam green," she says.
Desk, console, storage tower: Crate & Barrel; desk chair: Sam's Club; artwork: World Market; paint: Smoke Infusion, Valspar
Paulette and Ryan removed all the wood paneling, replaced the millwork (one unit used to serve as a gun rack), painted the mantel and fireplace surround a bright white, and used dark gray as a dramatic accent.
"We redesigned the bookshelves to have an inset cabinet door, much like our kitchen," Ryan says.
Lounge chairs: Crate & Barrel; lamp, wire side table, fireplace accessories: Dulce Consignment; brick paint: Stone Mason Gray, Valspar
"I believe her room turned out perfect for our perfect baby girl," Paulette says.
She swapped out the existing hardware on a Hemnes Ikea dresser with pretty pink ones found at Target. The "Ava" wall decal was custom ordered from Etsy, one of Paulette's favorite sites to shop for the nursery.
Paint: Sweet Leaf, Valspar
Paulette has her eyes on replacing their current bedding with the Soho collection from Natori. "It's glamorous, chic, relaxing, serene and textural, and I don't think I'll ever get tired or bored with the pattern," she says.
The master bedroom is one of their dog's favorite rooms. She enjoys sleeping almost every night on a bench from Dallas consignment shop Dulce.
Bed, nightstands, tall dresser: Bassett Furniture; lamps: Target; paint: Pewter Tray, Behr
Paulette's solution to Jade's unsightly litter box was to keep it out of sight with a door installed in a utility closet. "Unfortunately, it backfired on us because she is a 14-year-old ninny who loves the warmth and now spends all of her day hanging out in that warm room," Paulette says. "Now she only comes out in the evenings and when it's time to go to bed, with Mom and Dad of course!"
Here, you can see Jade exiting her room through a cat door in the pantry.
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