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From dark and dated to chic and modern. The team at Julianne’s gave me the kitchen of my dreams.

Updated: May 31, 2023

I catch myself staring at my kitchen sometimes.

For no reason. Just staring.

Because I can’t believe it’s mine.

After a three-month makeover that involved new cabinets, paint, quartz countertops, sinks, faucets, gorgeous lighting and the installation of a wine fridge and ice maker, I finally have the kitchen of my dreams and I have Julie Thomas and her design team at Julianne’s to thank.

Our home is about 23 years old, and while putting three kids through college, updating was never high on our list of priorities.

But when we finally decided to take the plunge, Julie was the first person we called.

She and her team of designers met with us at our home late last year to come up with a plan that would transform our dark and dated kitchen into one that is bright, chic and modern.

BEFORE: Don't judge. This was in 20 years ago. And don't even ask about these barstools.

And after...

Julianne’s team of designers work with clients on any size project, from an individual “room refresh” to complete home redesigns.

“We are currently taking an existing 1920’s farmhouse and rearranging the walls to provide our customer with a new on-suite master bedroom, large open concept living and kitchen and dining area,” Julie told Beneath the Surface News. “In contrast we have a client who has procured our services to work with an architectural firm to design their entire country retreat near Hico.”

The design team can manage entire projects from hiring contractors and working with loan officers to working with a client’s general contractor as a consultant.

Our project extended into the living room where the wood cabinets were painted into an exquisite black with gold pulls and the wet bar received a coat of black paint, glass fronts, new faucet and a gorgeous new light.

BEFORE: These living room cabinets were in desperate need of an update.

It's amazing what new fronts, a coat of black paint and gold knobs can do. I am obsessed with these mirrored tiles.

Once hidden behind dark cabinet doors, the wet bar now takes center stage after receiving new glass fronts, lighting and faucet.

We worked closely with Haley Mitchell who helped us select everything from wall paint and cabinet stain to lighting and fixtures.

We opted for a more involved plan that included Julie and her team hiring the contractors and managing the entire project.

Everyone – from painting and cabinetry to electrical and glass – were top notch.

The remodel officially began in mid-January and was mostly complete by the end of March, and as you can see, it’s absolutely stunning.

Click here for a full look at our makeover.

“Our work has grown organically through a passion to help people develop a space which provides individual comfort at the end of a hectic day or a space for entertaining family and friends,” Julie said. “I have always loved working with colors and textiles to create ‘happy spaces.’”

If you are building a new home, remodeling an existing one or simply need a refresher, let the expert design team at Julianne’s help create your very own happy space.

Fun fact: Julie and her team worked on Granbury’s Hotel Lucy, Tarleton’s Trogdon House and are now the lead design consultants for the renovation of the Long Hotel in Stephenville.


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