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Episode 03 - The Plain Gray Ranch

December 14, 2016

The Yeildings described their design style as traditional, but the home they chose was more ranch-style, so I wanted to find a way to blend both styles seamlessly. The original layout of the home was closed off, which is typical of the 1950s era when it was built. It was sectioned off with lots of unnecessary walls and dated design elements, like heart-patterned wallpaper and linoleum flooring. Spaces like the kitchen and master bathroom needed a complete update, while the family room, entryway and master bedroom only required cosmetic updates to add character. With the Yeildings’ love of entertaining, and their styles in mind, we created a house we hoped they’d be excited to call home.



Objective: Entertaining is the Yeildings’ favorite thing to do weekly, so it was important that the kitchen space also encompassed a dining space.


 Objective: To remove wall separating the living room from the kitchen, open up the floor plan and design a traditional space that the Yeildings would enjoy. 


 Objective: The master suite needed to be a retreat for the Yeildings to relax after a long day. They also needed a larger master bathroom with a tub and a shower.

interview with


Q. Your unique island with the built in booth was one of our favorites. How have you used this in your everyday life?

A.Yes, we love our island. We use it a lot, especially when we have company over since it doubles as a seating/dining room table. Everyone always comments on our Carrara marble!

Q. Was there anything about the house that you specifically asked for?

A.When we were looking at other houses, something we really wanted was a fireplace. So, I was pretty bummed when this house didn’t have one. When we walked in and saw the fireplace it was such a fun surprise.

Q. What was your favorite room in the house?

A. I love the kitchen, living, and dining area. It’s an open floor plan, so I guess that counts as one space. So much really great natural light comes in with the french doors. It feels really peaceful.

Q. Did you ask for any specific colors?

A.We really wanted the kitchen to be white. It turned out so well using the neutral color in our cabinets and fridge. Another one of my favorites was the backsplash in the kitchen. It was an honor to be able to fix up the Yeilding family’s very first home together. I hope entertaining friends becomes seamless in this new space, and the newly renovated master retreat is a peaceful place they can relax for years to come. 



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  • deborah mengle
    2:32 pm, November 13, 2017
    love your show and i love the magazine!!
  • Sandra Maki
    12:17 am, October 18, 2017
    I've been looking for a wire storage for unit like the one in the master bath in the house on season 4, episode 3, do you sell it at Magnolias?
  • Lyn
    9:57 am, September 24, 2017
    I noticed the questions on here aren't answered. Is there a page that lists all the information regarding the renovations by any chance? Would love to find out:
    - Paint info including brand of the master bathroom cabinets and diy steps if possible. Moving into new house with ugly dark wood factor cabinets. Thought I see green in the color used but your comments say blue. Must be my tv.
    - Beautiful leather/wood trim armchair and ottoman in family room.
    Thank-you so much!
  • Caitlin H.
    8:13 am, September 23, 2017
    What is the name of the paint color in the living room? That is the color I want to paint my living room! It is bright and cheerful and makes the room look bigger!
    • Nina
      12:50 am, October 18, 2017
      I am also looking to find out what the paint in the living room is . Not sure who this is going to but if anyone can provide me with the paint color, I would appreciate it. Thanks
  • Denise Gulick
    7:43 am, September 23, 2017
    Is this the episode that had the "faux" beams?? Who did you get them from?
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