If you didn’t get a chance to read about the wounded warrior project I’m involved with through ReMax Realtors and The Texas Sentinels Foundation you can click here to see our deserving veteran, Erich Ellis.

There you can read about his story and get a glimpse of the house plans.

While we had hoped to have him in the house by Christmas – as it turns out, due to weather delays and volunteer vendor availability, it is now going to be January before we have everything ready for him to move in.  But, as we all know, time flies by and it’ll be here before you know it!

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I showed you the exterior plans on my last blog post so I thought I’d share the interior color selections this time.  Since Erich is a 29 year old single guy (well, actually he now currently has a girlfriend) I wanted to gear the house to a more “masculine” vibe so I decided to go with the current popular color scheme using various shades of “greige”.   I had already selected the paint colors above to be the basic color scheme throughout – all by Sherwin Williams – so I was ecstatic when they volunteered to donate it all!  (Thank you Ashlynn Bourque and Jason Jones!!)  The generosity of people never ceases to amaze me!  Though the rooms will have varying shades of greige – all the trim (provided by BMC) – will remain SW7005 Pure White for continuity and a clean, sharp contrast.

The builder, Michael Cannady of Precision Builders, decided to go with stained concrete throughout and we are fortunate enough to work with the Concrete Design Center and their supplier Artcrete on the stain color.  They had to use a ratio of 3 to 1 on their formula to get the color that I was looking for (as noted above) and I must say it turned out beautifully.  (The picture above is actually darker than it is in real life)

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I went with a shaker style for all the cabinets with the flat panel going everywhere except for the island.  Here I decided to go with the bead board look.  The kitchen cabinets are being donated by Trimline – another more than generous contribution.  For the kitchen upper and lower cabinets I went with a dark stain color called “Brackish”; on the island I decided on a paint grade wood and the Sherwin Williams color SW7019 Gauntlet Gray. 

Allied Stone offered to provide our kitchen countertop at no charge as well (I know – people are amazing!)  Thank you Lynn Deleon for all your help with this!  I selected their New Caledonia granite because it encompasses all the colors I’m working with.  

The Tile Sh0p was kind enough to donate all the tile we needed for the entire house.  Dare I say amazing again?   Thanks to the Dallas store manager, Michael Berberick!  He was wonderful to work with.  I decided to brighten up all the dark colors in the kitchen with a contrasting backsplash by using these soft white subway and accent tiles.  The picture frame molding around the cooktop will be done in a black pencil liner to compliment the dark countertop.  Overall I think the kitchen will have a rich, masculine look to it.

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In the master bathroom I’m continuing the greige theme with SW7015 Mindful Gray on the cabinets, the walls in SW7018 Dovetail and of course the SW7005 Pure White on the trim in keeping with the rest of the house.

I chose a large, soft white rectangular tile in a staggered brick pattern for the shower surround – with a picture frame design in the center using Tumbled Brookfield Diamond Accent tiles as a statement accent tile.  I repeated the diamond pattern on the shower floor.

KLZ Stone Supply kindly offered their beautiful Vintage granite – at no charge! – for the master countertops.  (Thanks Maggie Addison!) Works beautifully with my color scheme and is perfect for Erich’s home.   Mike Mendoza with Active Granite contributed the fabrication of the granite – at no charge!  I know, I know…..just amazing what people are willing to do!

Fresh and fun, but masculine just the same.

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And, finally in the guest bath I went with SW7016 Mindful Gray on the walls and SW7005 Pure White on both the cabinets and the trim. 

The counter top is a remnant donated by Mike Mendoza at Active Granite and once again he is donating the fabrication here as well.   With a son in the special forces he has a huge and tender heart for the marines and said if the company didn’t pay for it he would pay for it himself.  Now that’s a patriot and a standup guy! 

The Tile Shop once again donated the tile for the guest bath.  Just as in the kitchen and in the master I softened the surround with a soft white subway tile.   Simple, yet affective.

My heart is so touched by the kindness of so many and I can’t express my appreciation in words to say how grateful I am to each and every one of them.

I’ll be posting furnishings and accessories soon and sharing more of the kindness and willingness of so many to help show their appreciation to Erich for his service and sacrifice.

It’s coming along slowly, but surely, and I just can’t wait to get our boy in his new home!

Happy Decorating!


  1. Marc Gleeman
    December 1, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Your amazing talent coupled with such a loving and connecting heart will make this project just like every other project that you have taken on…..a MASTERPIECE!

  2. December 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks, Marc!! That’s so sweet! And, to think – you were my first client over thirty years ago!

  3. susan#appeasedmom
    December 2, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Great job! You are so amazing to take this on!!!

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