The James Reveal

The James Reveal

THE JAMES – The most challenging, yet rewarding build we’ve done yet. This house definitely pushed our Team outside of our comfort zone. As a company, we typically build and renovate homes with a more traditional design. The industrial vibes of The James was something “outside the box” for us and our city, but was SO much fun!

Growing up in Saint Louis, MO I had always dreamt of building something true to the roots of my hometown’s area. In Saint Louis you see LOTS of red brick. There’s something so beautiful about a brick home for me…it tells a story, resembles a history, and truly makes my heart happy. Here’s a shot of a house you would typically see in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri.

Common home found in downtown STL

Our build – The James

Now to the nitty gritty of The James 🙂 We really wanted to make sure that the industrial look of the exterior was carried throughout the interior of the home. We achieved this by using a laminate flooring that resembled distressed concrete floors and by leaving the rafters of the main floor exposed and spraying them black. Don’t be fooled thinking that exposing the ceilings is a cheaper route than drywalling. The amount of prep work, planning details, and black paint that the ceiling took in order to be done right was astronomical, but in our opinion…totally worth it!

Because the house is only 1,350 square feet we spent a lot of time mapping out what we wanted the floor plan of the house to be.  A mudroom is a “non-negotiable” for us, but in order to get that AND a main floor powder room, that meant we had to get a little creative with the space.  We saved some space by installing a wall mounted sink (linked below) in the bathroom instead of a traditional vanity – something that was a huge space safer and a great design element for the space! We also gave the second floor a “larger than life” bathroom that could be accessed from both the hallway and master bedroom. It’s complete with a stand alone tub (the best!), custom tiled shower, double vanity, and separate toilet room.

Because there is only one bathroom on the 2nd floor we wanted to make sure to give another space for “getting ready.”  The makeup room was a perfect solution and offers a private area for prep and getting dressed…a ladies dream 🙂 We took a risk on the palm tree vanity countertop, but felt it was a risk worth taking since it’s an easy swap if our buyer isn’t a fan.

We cannot thank the local businesses we collaborate with for staging enough!  Kirsten from Peach Poppy did 3 gorgeous pieces in the house…one is already pre-sold and the nightstands will be for sale once the house sells. If you have your heart set on them, move quick!  Her pieces sell fast for a reason 🙂 Erin from Kinder Surprise Antiques allows me to go to her barn and pick antiques she has that will match the design of each house.  She has an AMAZING selection and her pieces truly make our staging unique. Last, but certainly not least is Flooring Superstore.  They gave us the softest area rug I’ve ever felt to use in our living room staging, and I secretly want to steal it for our own house. Flooring Superstore has a goegrous selection of area rugs if you’re in the market. We have purchased all of our flooring from them for the last several years and have been highly impressed with the quality and customer service 🙂

We’ve linked lots of our favorite pieces from the house below. To get more links to the décor used, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter!



Photo taken by Scott Prokop Photography (


DESIGN DETAILS: (click the titles below to go to web address)

Master bedroom chandelier

Master ensuite sconces

Wall mounted sink

Dining room chandelier

Island pendants

Mudroom hooks

Makeup vanity mirror 

8×10 gray area rug – Flooring Superstore Saskatoon

All Antiques – Davidson Kinder Surprises

Painted armoire and nightstands – Peach Poppy Designs

All over wall color – Simply White (Benjamin Moore)

Ceiling color in master bedroom – Kendal Charcoal (Benjamin Moore)

Cabinetry – Superior Cabinets

Flooring – Flooring Superstore Saskatoon

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