From My Coffee Table to Yours: Celerie Kemble

Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with black and white interiors. The house that I had in my mid-twenties was all black and white with a few pops of color. This book by Celerie Kemble is a compilation of works by several different designers, all featuring black and white spaces. This book has been great inspiration for traditional, transitional and contemporary interiors alike. I always find myself wanting to stick by the tried-and-true classic style, which can also be paired with literally any color if black and white alone is too boring for you (although I personally don't see how the stark contrast of black and white could ever be considered boring). I say if you want to create some interiors that will have both drama and stand the test of time, go black and white.

Designing spaces you love to live in,

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Concept to Completion: The Preserve at Thomas Springs Contemporary Escape

Our clients Stacey & Brandon were building a beautiful custom home off of Thomas Springs road when Stacey approached us to furnish their home. They had invested a lot into their great landscaping and curb appeal, and now she had decided it was “time to make the inside look like the outside.” Similar to most of our clients, Brandon and Stacey are both busy professionals who love to entertain, but just don't have the time or desire to decorate their home. Stacey has a great sense of humor and flat told us at our first meeting that decorating is not her thing and if left up to her, likely nothing would get furnished. Also like many of our clients, they had recently started achieving new levels of success and were transitioning to a more luxurious lifestyle. This can be a tough transition to make when you think about where we all started from and how one day that Pottery Barn sofa seems great and the next day it seems like it’s not good enough. Thankfully, Stacey and Brandon were already noticing this and they felt like this home called for more attention to be paid to the décor and wanted nicer furnishings than most of what is out on the retail market.

This beautiful new custom home was a perfect blank slate just waiting to be space planned and properly furnished. Stacey had previously hired a designer to help her with an accent paint color and window coverings for the dining and living, and while the designer did a great job with these two things, Stacey was really looking for a turn-key solution that they were not able to offer. Since the work that had already been done was beautiful, we stuck with the same color palette of blues and whites with a gray neutral base.

We hope you enjoy these before and after photos of Stacey and Brandon’s home. It has been completely transformed into a peaceful oasis for relaxation and entertaining, and her bedroom is probably my favorite one that we have done so far. Stacey is a busy realtor that also offices out of the home so they were very ready to get the house furnished so that they could entertain both clients and friends, and just enjoy their home.

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Operation FINALLY HOME: The Barrett Family

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and Austin Police Officer Tammy Barrett has spent her life dedicated to serving her country and community. Born in England while her father was serving in the United States Air Force, they moved to Texas where her father completed an honorable career. The youngest of six children, Tammy grew up with a servant’s heart.

After graduating high school, Tammy served in the Army for 10 years with stations in Korea, Kansas, Texas and Germany. After her honorable discharge, she desired to continue serving her community, so she became a state trooper with the Georgia State Police Department. After a tragic automobile accident claimed the life of her brother, Tammy moved to Texas to be closer to family and served with the Austin Police Department for more than 10 years.

In August of 2018, Tammy and her fiancé, Cortney, rented ATVs to explore Lincoln National Forrest. What started as a day filled with adventure turned tragic when Tammy hit a deep rut in the road and lost control of her vehicle, which sped over a 45-foot cliff. After a four-and-a-half-hour rescue, Tammy was taken to a nearby hospital and was diagnosed with several injuries including a severely dislocated spine. Following a 14-hour spine surgery, Tammy remains paralyzed from the waist down and will likely be unable to walk again.

Despite her injuries, Tammy adopted the slogan “Attack the Day” and remains dedicated to her recovery.

Austin Cops for Charities along with Henley Homes and Operation FINALLY HOME are proud to provide Tammy and her family with a custom-built, mortgage-free home in the Austin area.

biography via Operation Finally Home


Your donation to Operation FINALLY HOME will help us furnish the mortgage-free home that will be provided to US Army and Austin PD veteran Tammy Barrett.


How We Got Involved

When it comes to things of the heart, all I can say is, “God is good!” I had been pondering for several months over which charity our firm should partner with to give back to our community in 2019. Our firm has done some things on-and-off in the past, such as renovating the recreation room at Safe Place through the Interior Design Society, giving food donations to the Helping Hands Ministry, having a home gathering to raise awareness and funds for The Refuge for DMST, and gathering funds for Hope for Minds. While we were proud to be able to be a part of these short-term charity events, at the time we were also expending all of the bandwidth our firm had to keep our heads above water and build the business. It occurred to me recently that now it was time to look out to the community to lend a helping hand in a bigger way.

I checked into several great organizations in town and discussed it with the staff, who told me that they were fine with any one of the organizations we had discussed, but I could tell that none of them really made their hearts sing. About a week or two after this discussion, I got a call from Gary Henley with Henley Homes. He asked me if I would be open to helping him with interior design and furnishings on a home being built for a local police officer who had been injured and left paralyzed. He barely made it through two sentences before I blurted out, “Count us in!” Those of you who know me know that I am very patriotic and love our country (4th of July is one of my favorite holidays if that tells you anything). I also have a special place in my heart for those who serve our country and communities. Tammy has done both of these things and so all I can say is, “What a warrior princess!” The icing on the cake was when my staff mirrored my excitement and enthusiasm about this cause as well. It is a perfect fit.