What can you do with a limited budget, constraints on renovations, and only 1300 square feet? If you’re these two, it turns out, a lot! This dynamic duo, Hannah + Chayce Wilson, have built a successful design consultation and renovation business called Blank Slate Reno based in Dallas, Texas. After settling down early on in their 20s, they quickly realized they weren’t quite done being young and adventurous and wanted to reject the prescribed norms of what they felt like they were “supposed” to do. The pair decided to sell their home and most of the possessions to move to England on a whim to pursue higher education and travel—a LOT (13 countries in 25 days!). After returning stateside and establishing roots in Dallas, the couple decided to start a renovation/real estate business, something they are both infectiously passionate about. “To take something bland, forgettable, even disgusting and breathe life back into it to create, sometimes from the ground up, something entirely new, beautiful and lasting” is what truly drives them, both in real estate and in life!
We got a chance to chat with them about a recent favorite project of theirs: the Verde Valley Condo. This condo from the 1980s looked every bit its age and needed some serious imagination to flip it from a state of disrepair. With the constraint of the small space and not being able to touch the exterior of the home, they needed to get creative in order to be able to remodel the whole space and stay within a reasonable budget. The result is a modern Scandi-Minimalist dream with the signature Blank Slate touch, that highlights some awe-inspiring original details. Read on below for some delicious before + afters!
Photography by Hannah Wilson + Mia Blessinger.
“This particular space is an 80s condo that looked every bit its age. Although we’re not allowed to touch the exterior, we’ve completely gutted the inside and gave it a proper 2018 makeover. Our goal was to accentuate the natural lighting by painting the entire space (walls, ceilings, trim and doors) bright white, and then drop in some drama with contrasting black accent walls, hardware and cabinetry,” Hannah says. And of course, she adds, “the Blank Slate trademark of warming up a room with brass tones!” The space now emanates Scandi-minimalism with touches of boho and Mid-Century throughout.
Hannah explains that the couple’s goal here was a pretty straightforward one: “Modernize the home as well as highlight some of its architectural features such as the two fireplaces and spiral staircase”. They gave each a serious facelift that incredibly transformed the space.
When asked about the biggest challenges when renovating this older condo, she says “Surprisingly [*knocks on wood*] nothing too significant this time around. Due to the age of the home, just normal challenges such as leaks in certain areas, many of the walls not being very straight and old HVAC units needing a bit of reviving.”
The final result ended up just how they wanted—and it’s difficult for them to pick a favorite aspect about the home now. “We have many floor-to0-ceiling windows that flood the house with sunlight, so that’s a huge plus. We tried some different texture variations, such as painted brick, shiplap and our DIY Shou Sugi wall (a traditional Japanese method of wood preservation which involves charring cedar) which I’m absolutely OBSESSED with BTW. And THEN, there’s the spiral staircase, two wood burning fireplaces and skylights in the bathrooms…ugh, how can a girl be expected to pick?!”