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Well, here we are! The first Dexter & Plaid project reveal! The design business journey has certainly been a roller coaster but with absolutely no regrets. Now that I’m getting ready to share the first (of hopefully many) project with the world, I’m only more excited for what’s to come!

Full transparency, this client was taken on before I officially launched to ensure I had business right out the gate. I know, sounds a little too smart for me but I have my moments. The project consists of:

1. Office

2. Dining Room

3. Living Room

4. Half Bath

The house is a 3 bed, 1.5 bath craftsman bungalow in Orlando, Florida built in 1927 (a good year for homes, in my opinion). I like to think I was getting her ready for her centennial in a few years.

The homeowners were looking to add a cohesive feel between the rooms, especially these rooms as they all were all in sight of each other. This is their first home, so they had furniture from previous homes, hand-me-downs, etc. Basically, we sourced all new furniture for each space.

I am super proud of how all the rooms turned out and so are the homeowners, which is just a great feeling. However, the room I am most proud of is their new office so that’s the room we’re going to be highlighting this week! I will also share the half bath as we went for a moodier vibe in there and in the office.

The previous office set-up was standard but there was a lack of storage and proper functionality. Given the home’s age, the rooms lack a lot of storage and it’s something they needed more of. The room had an existing storage cabinet in it that we wanted to keep. So, the first thought was to add built ins to the space that we could merge with the cabinet to create a wall of storage.

Given the size of the room, I wanted to make sure we had ample open shelving to help keep the room feeling spacious. Then to make them feel more intentional we cased them in crown molding. This also helped make the lower cabinets, open shelving, and existing cabinet all feel as if they were one piece.

The final piece was adding a board and batten around the remaining walls to add interest and balance on the other walls. The home is on the traditional side so wanted to keep that theme consistent, so everything flowed nicely. Then we added similar molding to the molding around the shelves to tie everything together. Well, painting the shelving/cabinets and board and batten the same color helped too! Kendall Charcoal by Sherwin Williams is probably top 5 paint colors for me right now.

The cherry on top of this cake was adding the sconces above each shelf nook. That perfect back lighting for creating ambiance and for those Zoom calls! Now not only do they have a good-looking office, but they can display what they want and store away the rest.

+ To see the rest of the completed office photos, head here!


For the half bath, there was already so much charm that I just wanted to enhance it and make it feel fresh. So naturally we added more moody paint and Palmer Green by Benjamin Moore was the perfect choice!

We then put a fresh coat of white on the beadboard and now all the character and charm of this bathroom just POPS! Something about the chrome accents against the green just make me very happy. Also, can we just take a minute to appreciate the clawfoot tub?

Stay tuned next week for the reveal of the dining room!

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Thanks for being here,


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