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Episode 08 - The Straight '80s House

February 3, 2017

The Bufton family has a clean, traditional style, and the home they purchased matched up with that perfectly — other than the fact that I don’t think it had seen a single update since it was built. It was already beautiful and had a lot of curb appeal, but on the inside this home was dated and the floor plan was awkward. It focused on formal spaces the family didn’t need, and closed the kitchen off from the rest of the house. 


Objective: Design a space close to the playroom where Kristen and Brett can relax and hang out together.


Objective: Open the space up to the rest of the home and make room for a kid’s eat-in area, a small desk area and a large island.


Objective: Set aside an area where the Buftons can gather around the table together to share meals.


Objective: Create a space on the first floor where Kristen and Brett’s little girls can create and play.

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Q.   What was the overall process like as a client?

A.  It was seamless. We basically just had a design meeting, discussed our family’s style and Joanna took care of the rest!

Q.   Was there anything about the reveal that surprised you?

A.   The kitchen. We knew we wanted it opened to the rest of the house, and we knew it would look waaaay different, but we could’ve never envisioned such a beautiful multi-use space. It’s our favorite part of the home.

Q.   Did you get the rest of the house renovated, or just what was shown on the show?

A.    We actually got the rest of the house finished out, too. Magnolia did cosmetic updates like paint, trim and flooring in the rest of the rooms and bathrooms. 

Kristen, Brett and their beautiful family were easy to design a space for. I love their style and I think this will be a space they can continue to grow into for years to come. A good neighborhood, great schools and a house that finally feels like home. Thanks, Bufton family!



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  • Pat
    5:19 pm, November 19, 2017
    I am looking for a design sketch for the mantle. Any way I can get one?
  • robin seale
    7:16 pm, November 18, 2017
    where can the architectural salvage pieces like the one on the mantel and the one over the French doors in the dining room?
  • Edyta
    1:50 pm, October 5, 2017
    The house looks amazing! I love the open kitchen and the fireplace the most. Any chance I could see the floor plan? I am having thoubles imagining how the space 'connected' before and how the bedrooms and bathrooms fit. Thx!
  • Nicole
    8:18 am, September 10, 2017
    Hi There! Is there any way you can tell me which stain, brand/color you used for the fireplace mantle?
  • Natalie
    10:15 am, September 6, 2017
    I was also wondering where you purchased the island lights from or a brand, Thanks
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