Enhancing The Interior Of Your Home With The Warmth Of Exterior Stone


Using stone (and I mean rugged natural outdoor stone) to enhance the interior of a home is one of those things that not everyone is willing to do simply because of the expense.  And, no doubt it can be pricey.  But, as they say – OMG! – what a difference a dollop of stone can make.  It creates such a unique personality and character to a space and adds instant warmth to any room .  This home is a Whitestone Model Home in San Antonio I designed and decorated with my friend and fellow designer, Diane, for a local design studio.  


We wanted the Hill Country vibe so common in San Antonio and chose to use as much natural stone as we were given the thumbs up by the builder to do.  Notice the warmth in this kitchen just by virtue of the stone.  Cool, huh?

Kitchen 3

The stone is also placed on the wall behind the cabinets, and used on the back splash down to the granite countertop.  This combination of granite, the natural stone and the staggered brick pattern in the slate floor creates a kitchen that is full of charm and interest. 

Coffee Bar

This little area above is a coffee bar with the granite counter top and distressed cabinets in a black finish for even more texture.  Isn’t it cute?

Cabinets and Vent-a-Hood


Entry Hall

We bordered this entrance to the kitchen with hardwood encasing the slate tile.  We had the tile placed at a 45 degree angle to add a twist in the detail.  Notice the slate pattern changes to the brick pattern in the kitchen.  The slate floor compliments all the natural stone beautifully.

Stone Entrance

This cool stone doorway is off the dining room.  I love the way the arch here mimic’s the arch behind it leading into the kitchen and allows just a peek at the stone in the kitchen as well.


In the dining room we designed a stone wall with a wine shelf to fit just inside the stone casing.   This gives the dining room a “stately” wine cellar feel which is, of course what we were shooting for. PS:  We had fun collecting all the wine bottles for display!  (They had to be empty in order to leave them here – but, no worries – they were “emptied” over an extended period of time – and some were given to us by friends and restaurants.)

Stone Dining Room Wall

So if you are in the market for a new home or in the throws of planning a remodel consider the use of stone.  Yes, it does cost you a penny or two (well, okay, more than that), but it’s one of those details that just can’t be beat.  When compiling your list of priorities for your home, maybe stone can replace some other detail you can live without.  It’s worth checking into and pricing out. I have found that so often it’s the things you don’t do that were on the “wish list” verses the things you opt to do that causes more regrets.  Is it your dream home?  Is it your once in a lifetime remodel?  Think it through……you might just find you can swing it after all.  And, personally, I think you will be very glad you did. 

Before And After: Good Bye Living Room – Hello Dining Room


Once upon a time I wanted a formal living room that would stay clean all the time and was off limits to my three kids.  With three small children I dreamed of having just one clean room that people could see when they walked through the front door.  A room I didn’t have to rush around straightening up – and would just look nice all the time.  Unfortunately, when I got that much prized room not only did the kids not play in there……no one did.  Adults and kids alike.  Yes, it was decorated, yes it was always clean, yes it ALWAYS looked nice….but NO ONE ever spent any time in there.  AT ALL!  I think I could count on one hand the number of times in a dozen years or so that friends and family actually sat in the space.  Aside from the couple of years we did our Christmas gifts in there it was hardly touched, the furniture hardly sat on.  So when my family began to grow I decided to flip the living room to the dining room, creating more space and elbow room for everyone, and turn the dining room into a smaller, cozier sitting room.  On a previous post I showed the transformation from the original dining room to my cozy “girlie” sitting room.  Today I’m going to show you the transformation of my original living room to my more spacious, functional dining room.


BEFORE: This Was My Clean, Decorated Living Room That No One Ever Set Foot In

Formal Living Before


BEFORE:  Another View Of My Formal Living Room – Clean And Perfect And Untouched

Formal Living-Before



AFTER:  After Realizing How Unnecessary And Unimportant Such A Room Was Anymore I Decided To Utilize The Space And Turn It Into The More Functional Dining Room Below.







Tradition Meets Modern Dining Room

What was once a completely dysfunctional, unused room in my house is now a spacious new dining room that accommodates my growing family nicely.  I combined a rather contemporary marble table and chairs with traditional fabrics and accessories to create an eclectic, transitional space.  Now my new dining room gets used regularly, my old dining room (which is now my “girlie” room) gets used regularly and I don’t have a wasted square foot in this entire house.  Makes much more sense.  Wouldn’t you say? 


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