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Episode 07- The Mexia Major House

January 27, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Beachum raised their children in the same home for 27 years. With all of their children and grandchildren filling up their house for every Thanksgiving and Christmas, it became clear pretty quickly that they’d outgrown their space. We wanted to make this their dream home, but with their limited budget we only planned on doing a few spaces. As a gift from their son, Kelvin Jr., we were able to surprise the Beachums and renovate their entire home. 


Objective: Create an entryway that opens into the living room and dining space.


Objective:  Open up the kitchen for lots of storage and countertop space. Mrs. Beachum loves to cook! 


Objective: Build large cased openings that lead into the entryway and the kitchen, so that it feels open, but with clear definition of the separate spaces.


Objective: Put together a gathering space with plenty of room for holiday meals with family.


Objective: Design a neutral and comfortable space for the Beachum family to relax.

interview with


Q. What’s the story behind the “Nana’s kitchen” sign?

A. That’s the name that my grandchildren call me. I have two sons and a granddaughter. When they come visit they know Nana goes out of her way to cook big for the grandbabies.

Q. How is your style reflected throughout the home?

A. Considering I’ve never had a house with any color other than white or had a home with wood flooring, this has been a drastic change for me. I like the house because it’s country, but not too country. It has style and elegance down to every detail.

Q. What is your favorite room in the home?

A. Probably the kitchen — I adore the pot filler. I also love the view from the patio outside. It reminds me of my home that I recently departed from after 27 years.

Q. Did you keep the furniture that was used for the reveal?

A. Yes, we kept most of the furniture. Some of our favorites that we kept were the coffee table, gorgeous clock on the wall, and the beautiful displays in the entry way and bedroom. We also really love using the dinette table, china cabinet, and rocking chairs! 

We loved designing this space, but even more than that, we loved getting to know Mr. and Mrs. Beachum! It was a joy to work with them and to settle them into their forever house. We hope they’re happy here for many years to come.


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  • Betsy Roberts
    7:45 pm, November 18, 2017
    This one was one of my faves, loved how their son surprised them . That’s what I call showing your appreciation for raising a respectful young man !
  • Paige Frank
    7:28 pm, November 12, 2017
    What colors were used in
    Entry way, living room, and kitchen?
    In love with these colors. We will be painting our inside with this color scheme.
  • Abbie
    10:30 pm, November 4, 2017
    You guys are really great. I have been a fan, great style, love every project that you do.
  • Teresa
    5:30 am, November 3, 2017
    Beautiful! Can you tell me what the paint color in the bedroom is and the kitchen? Thank you,
  • Deanna S
    10:49 am, November 2, 2017
    What is the exterior paint color?
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