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Carolyn & Javier

Carolyn and Javier recently got married and combined households, so our job was to find this newly blended family a home that would feel like “theirs”—not “his” or “hers.” To get there, it was important to make sure there was something for everyone: a gourmet kitchen for Carolyn, a spacious garage for Javier to work on his vintage cars, and a pool for the kids. Location was crucial, too: the newlyweds didn’t want their oldest daughter, Lindsey, to have to switch high schools. The couple looked at a lot of houses, and they eventually landed on a gorgeous home in the right neighborhood that Jonathan was able to renovate to check everyone’s boxes. After a bit of back and forth to balance design decisions with budget concerns, we’re excited to give Carolyn and Javier a place for their new family to put down roots.

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PBS14E10 Carolyn Javier

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wdt_ID Room Product Type STYLE Product Company Product Code/Sku
1 Kitchen Sink Farmhouse 3018, Ash Farmhouse 3018, Ash Native Trails NSK3018-A
2 Kitchen Pendant Lights Belleville, Old Bronze Belleville, Old Bronze Kichler 34702
3 Kitchen Barn Door Stone Barn Door, Sandstone Stone Barn Door, Sandstone Renin N/A
4 Kitchen Faucet Two Handle Widespread, Chrome Two Handle Widespread, Chrome Delta Faucet 2256 DST
5 Kitchen Pot Filler Traditional Wall Mount Pot Filler, Chrome Traditional Wall Mount Pot Filler, Chrome Delta Faucet 1177 LF
6 Kitchen Countertop Marrara Marrara Wilsonart Q4026
7 Kitchen Floor Tile Creekwood, Walnut Brook Creekwood, Walnut Brook American Olean CW98
8 Kitchen Roman Shade Classic Roman, Dorado White with Gray Band Classic Roman, Dorado White with Gray Band Smith & Noble 14661
9 Kitchen Hardware Newport Knob, Flat Black Newport Knob, Flat Black Emtek 86432
10 Kitchen Hardware Alexander Pull, Flat Black Alexander Pull, Flat Black Emtek 86479

Before & After


Carolyn was decidedly not a fan of the yellow oak details that originally filled this home. And it’s understandable: this classic early ’90s design choice didn’t age well. Fortunately, her daughter and new hubby were willing to put in some sweat equity to give their mom and wife what she wanted. The two worked together to demo the particularly offensive staircase railings to make way for this more modern look. What a bonding opportunity!


The fireplace was originally tucked into the corner, which took up valuable space—and just looked weird. Moving it was going to be pricey, but for Carolyn, it was a non-negotiable. Marriage is all about compromise, and that’s just what the couple did. Javier and Lindsey’s aforementioned work on the staircase gave Jonathan the time and budget to move the fireplace and give the newlyweds a proper cuddle nook.


This family plans on doing a lot of entertaining, so a modern, sleek, open-concept kitchen was a must-have. We painted the shaker-style cabinets a warm white to provide some contrast with the light gray Quartz countertops and concrete farmhouse sink. But it’s the fan-shaped, geometric, blue-hued tiling that really catches the eye and adds a fun pop of color and texture.

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Art director: Daniella Villamil
Construction lead: Dream Construction

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