Life of a Home: Dartmouth

Our Dartmouth project is in the final stretch...looking beautiful!      Inspired and in love with our job, Coats Homes Read more »

Design in Mind: Thinking Beyond the Boxwood

While it seems that inspiration for architecture and interiors abounds on the web, inspiration for landscape design is not as plentiful. We probably have 50 pictures of kitchens that we love...but only 5 front yards we love...sad. Until now. Enter, Nick McCullough, owner and operator of... Read more »

Design in Mind: The Turquoise Bath

Turquoise in the bathroom. Just lovely.                     Inspired and in love with our job, Coats Homes Read more »

Life of a Home: Centenary Ceiling Details

We're busy at work on our spec home over at 3548 Centenary. It's decision time on a few key interior features, including: ceiling details. We know in the main living area off of the kitchen we are going to have white beams on the ceiling. However, we are thinking thin, white beams... Read more »

Design in Mind: Alternatives to Subway Tile

We all love subway tile. But, in case you are tired: we're searching for alternatives. Let us know your favorite substitute. Below are some we've collected and love.  Alternative #1: Turn the subway. Make it go vertical and it's a whole new look.     ... Read more »

Design Book of the Week: Classic Homes of Los Angeles by Douglas Woods

One of our spec homes in the works, 3521 Colgate, will be a California Mediterranean (sometimes called Spanish Colonial) style home. Work will begin soon. Exciting! So, we have been leafing through all the California design books we can get our hands on lately. This one, Classic Homes... Read more »

Design in Mind: Refined Tribal

California Casual. French Country. Seaside Cottage Chic. Naming a homeowner's style is not a new practice. Naming one's style helps to guide choices throughout the home building process. We've recently named a potential client's style "refined tribal" and she fell in... Read more »

Lesson: Shiplap, Tongue & Groove: the paneling discussion continues…

Do you know the difference between "shiplap" and "tongue and groove" when it comes to exterior (or decorative) siding? We thought you might want to learn! We are slightly OBSESSED with this look and we're not alone. Using exterior siding indoors as a wall... Read more »

House Wish #1

I wish I had a house that looked like.... Southern Methodist University. Maybe build something like this beautiful house from Larry E. Boerder. It's over on a little street called Beverly Drive...       Boerder's Georgian masterpiece on left... Read more »

Life of a Home: Inspiration Reigns

Some clients prefer to be led through the design process. Some clients lead the design process. A good mix of both is fun--it can be thrilling to guide someone through the selections (and there are many). It's equally exciting when a client leads us. Like Christmas morning they... Read more »