“90s Boring” is how Kim Telfer, a residential designer in Dallas, describes the state of her family home when she bought it three years ago. Built in 1991 in Frisco, this home really did not have much going for it. Kim and her husband Andrew took on the challenge of turning drab into fab; to create a perfect place to raise their 4 year-old son, Jack and their furry friends Zozo and PooPaw. Their design aesthetic is decidedly modern with a few rustic elements and a strong focus on being a suitable gathering place for family and friends. Imperfections have never scared Kim off—she embraces wear and tear in her home and in fact welcomes them as reminders of good times with friends and family who are always in and out.
“There’s a real sense of accomplishment after each project is finished and knowing we did it as a team makes home that much sweeter.”
When Kim and her husband bought the house, it was a bit of a nightmare—read: dark and dingy walls, a severely overgrown exterior, and metallic bronze popcorn ceilings (yikes). But like every good renovation story, Kim looked past all of it and saw a diamond in the rough. The slow moving process has, at times, tested her patience as a career design professional, but has ultimately made her cherish their home more than she thought she ever would. From the fresh new color palettes, concrete inlay floors, and re-vamped kitchen, this space is now truly a thing to behold. Read on and view the whole space below!
Photography by Mia Blessinger.
Kim was born and raised in Texas, a self-identifying small town girl, who’s always loved design. “When I was a little girl, I would decorate my Barbie dream house top to bottom, but never really played with the Barbies. I went to college at Baylor University in Waco and studied interior design. I work at a residential design firm in Dallas. My mom always had a love of interior design and a great eye and was a big influence on me and my creativity.”
“I would say that I am drawn mostly to modern interiors and rustic, found pieces. I love anything natural wood, concrete and woven. And I’m lucky in that my husband and I share a very similar style, so we get along great when it comes to designing a space.
“I have been very intentional about the way we’ve designed our home and the pieces I’ve brought in. It’s more minimal than our last home, as I want it to feel very open, airy and calm. We host a lot of gatherings and the main goal of this home was for it to feel inviting and comfortable, for us and for our guests. I also don’t like anything that’s too precious, so we used a lot of hard-wearing fabrics including indoor/outdoor fabrics on furniture, so spills are never an issue. We really live here and have watermark rings on tables, dents and scratches. I don’t mind at all, to me it means we also have lots of great memories!”
“We had to gut every single thing in this house, except for the kitchen cabinet bases which got a fresh coat (more like several coats!) of white paint. We scraped the metallic bronze popcorn ceilings, replaced all the trim, painted every surface possible and put in concrete overlay floors. The exterior was even worse with overgrown plants that completely hid the house from the street. We painted the exterior brick and trim, Andrew built a new fence and we are slowly working on the landscaping. We also just finished up a guest bath renovation but still have many projects to check off our list. Next up is new windows and finishing up the kitchen reno.”
“The natural light is my favorite thing about our home. In our last house, we had very little light, and I really didn’t feel comfortable in the space at all. I crave natural light. One of the reasons we loved this house so much was because it was so light and bright, even though at the time we bought it, the walls were very dark and dingy. I could see the potential.”
“Most of the projects we’ve done in our home have been DIY. And by that, I mean I design and my husband builds. I never thought I’d be the DIY-type, because in my job, we get in and get it all done at once. This home renovation has been slow due to time and budget restraints and therefore sometimes exhausting. But I love tackling one project at a time and appreciating the process. I have loved working together with Andrew and am amazed at his level of craftsmanship. He just teaches himself how to do whatever we need to do and his skill set grows with each new challenge. There’s a real sense of accomplishment after each project is finished and knowing we did it as a team makes home that much sweeter.”