Life of a Home: Dartmouth Paint | Centenary Framing

Our Centenary spec home is beginning to look like more than just an empty lot. The house is starting to take shape below these beautiful trees!   Our Dartmouth custom home is being painted! It's so exciting to see this house coming to life! Can't wait for final... Read more »

Lesson: Wainscoting and Paneling

We've had a few posts on panel modling (also frequently called "wood paneling") and based on some questions from clients we have decided to provide some more in-depth information. First, the difference between "panel molding" and "wainscoting." Wainscoting is a TYPE of... Read more »

Design Book of the Week: Lake | Flato Buildings and Landscapes

  Lake|Flato Buildings and Landscapes Thomas Fisher (Author), Oscar Riera Ojeda (Editor), Glenn Murcutt (Foreword) Lake|Flato is a San Antonio-based architecture firm that "believes in architecture that is rooted to its place, responds to the natural environment and merges with... Read more »

Design in Mind: Our favorite paneling…

We cannot get enough of this look. Wood paneling is slightly more modern when all the panel sections are equal in size. We've been seeing it a lot lately and we're marking up the plans to our Centenary spec home to determine which walls are the lucky ones! For the technical among... Read more »

Design in Mind: Quatrefoil

Last week in our office we had a discussion about "quatrefoil". Some said, "what is a quatrefoil?" and some said, "ooh quatrefoil!" Well, we're here to share our knowledge. Definition: Quatrefoil; In art, architecture and traditional Christian symbolism, the quatrefoil is a type of... Read more »

Life of a Home: Dartmouth

The countertops are in at our Dartmouth project! When nothing is painted or finished around them it is a little hard to visualize their full beauty, but you can see the lovely warm tones of the honed marble peeking through all the dust. We cannot wait to see them next to the painted... Read more »

Design Book of the Week: The Great American House, By Gil Schafer III

Gil Schafer III is an New York-based Architect who we have officially crowned the King of Classic. He deserves the crown for creating traditional spaces and new "old" homes that embody the beauty of yesterday while remaining fresh for today's modern family. As the subtitle... Read more »

Design in Mind: Spaces for the Men

Over at the "D pages" blog we saw a post entitled "A Single Man: Some Masculine Bedrooms for the Fellas" and we were inspired to think about what makes a design look masculine. It seems there are 3 elements of the masculine space: 1. Subdued color. Mostly gray/white/black/dark navy. 2.... Read more »

Coats Homes’ “One for One” Philosophy

At Coats Homes we have a "One for One" philosophy: for every home we build it is our goal to build or renovate a home for families in need, or, tear down a home that is a magnet for crime. This past Saturday we partnered with two organizations, Act Dallas and 2ndSaturday.org to tear down a... Read more »

The Friday 3.

The Friday 3. 1. Eye of the Day Garden Design Center in Carpinteria, CA. If you don't have amazing vessels in your garden (or a garden at all) this store and it's passion for pottery will leave you pining for pots. Really, pots. These are incredible. We are so in love... Read more »