I am so excited to be part of Schumacher’s “Next Door” Series on Instagram Live with Tori Mellott Wednesday! If you would like to join us, login to Instagram and watch for us to go live on Schumacher’s Instagram (@schumacher1889) at 4PM Eastern/3PM Central. It’s sure to be entertaining!!
Denise McGaha Interiors
I am so excited to FINALLY share the story behind our recent bedroom, bath and closet remodel.
The next few posts are going to tell the story behind the McGaha Makeover of 2018. I try to do one project a year in our 20 year old home either because of necessity or design updates. If you followed along on Instagram, you saw the demo and the progress…….and then I never shared the reveal because we were waiting to see if it would be published. Luckily, Luxe Magazine loved the photos and it came out in the January 2019 issue. I was so happy to be in the national section and it made its way across all issues of Luxe. But this is the rest of the story. It’s a long one, so I want to tell it in several parts to let you know the transformation that occurred. And also share all of the AMAZING partners who played a big part in our makeover.
So here we go……..one July morning in 2017, we awoke to water puddling in our closet, which backs up to our shower. We could hear a hissing water sound, but until the plumber arrived and let us know a pipe had a leak, we didn’t know what that meant. My life was going a million miles an hour, and luckily we have two shower heads in the shower. So we capped the pipe and showered while looking at a wall covered with a trash bag. Oh – you thought our lives as designers were glamourous?? HA!!
I also need to preface this story with the fact that I couldn’t stop long enough to deal with our ugly, dated bathroom. I hated it every day I walked in and left as soon as I could to get out the door. I saw the leak as a path to finally being FORCED to stop long enough to remodel the bath. Sadly, that didn’t happen until the following April in 2018….a full 9 months later.
THE BEFORE’S – I seriously can’t believe I am showing these, but you need to know how soul crushing it can be to live in a less than beautiful space. Looking back at it now, I can’t believe we used this bath for 20 years without changing anything but a paint color over 12 years ago.
I had several big goals for the changes I wanted to make:
- Create a space that promoted health and wellness and a spa like environment
- Provide better cabinetry storage and reconfigure the cabinet and plumbing layout accordingly
- Keep a tub deck and install another undermounted tub. We both love taking baths, so a pretty free standing tub was out of the question as we use the tub deck as an additional seat in the bath.
- Get rid of two shower heads on the wall and add a rain head.
- Add a glassed in shower – we had a walk in shower for 20 years and I froze to death in the winter while showering. It also made the room small and the shower dark.
- Add wallpaper of my design to the space (I had a plan to create a space that was exciting and classic)
While we were at it, I decided our closet also needed a makeover. I can’t bring myself to show you what that looked like, but suffice it to say the space is challenging to use, at best. We made a plan to completely reconfigure the space and install a closet system. Here it is with all of our clothing removed. There was a floor safe that was full of water from the leak (oh the smell – ugh) and we also had seagrass carpet in the space. Are you getting the picture now……?
When embarking upon a project of this scale, I recommend the following::
- Plan to be out of your space for at least a month longer than your contractor suggests. There will always be challenges and delays that extend your timeline. You can count on it.
- Use this time to organize, purge and plan for a new organization of your space. We did a full closet clean out, organized our toiletries and makeup and bought new bath linens and bedding for our master suite.
- Be flexible. There were several items we had planned for that didn’t come to fruition. We had to change our design selection and pivot to a new plan. Its all part of the territory.
- Remodeling a home while living there can be super stressful. Trust me, we lived in our guest room and shared a single bath for 4 months. We got dressed each day in our living room/dining room, which was basically our closet. Nothing like waving to the contractors in your robe each morning. But I wouldn’t trade our new master bath for anything. It was worth the pain!!
In the next post, I will share the details of our partners and tips for making your bath a wellness retreat. I can’t tell you what a transformation this has been for Scott and I. Oh and I almost forgot the best part!! I wanted to surprise Scott with the design and not show him anything during the process, so I insisted that he not enter the construction zone until we could reveal it to him. And he complied. For four months, he didn’t set foot in our bedroom or bathroom. At the end of this blog series I am going to share the reveal video…….it’s probably my favorite project to date. So please leave comments and ask any questions you may have about our bath. It was the most transformative of my career. Can’t you tell by all of these ugly before pics I posted above!?!
Scott and I recently attended the 30th Annual ARTS Awards where I was honored and humbled to have been nominated in the Interior Design Category. I am not a stranger to this beautifully produced Awards ceremony as I have been a presenter, as well as being nominated in the Interior Designer Category for the past 3 years. I have never won this coveted award and the week leading up to the awards was quite hectic.
I managed to schedule a manicure and a blow out the day of the ceremony, but didn’t really have time to shop for a dress…..so I shopped my closet. I have always opted for a ballgown but this time, it was a ball skirt from 10 years ago and a draped jacket from last season. I actually felt comfortable and relaxed and honestly didn’t prepare a speech. Sitting at the table with my great friends from Currey & Co., I had a fun dinner and prepared for the ceremony to start.
I think you probably know where this story is going, but when our category was called and my name was called out as a winner, I was seriously stunned. I really was shocked and when I went on stage, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I thrust that coveted statue in the air and squealed with excitement.
What a wonderful honor to be recognized in my 18th year of business. I want to thank the judges, Sharon Davis, the ARTS Nomination Committee and this industry I call family. I am really so excited to have this recognition of my team and our firm because without them this wouldn’t be possible.
As always, having my loving and supportive husband by my side made it all the more special. Photos below by Beth Tilley Green for Currey & Co. – and a huge thanks to my Currey & Co family for all of their support and for hosting us at their table!!
Interior Designer – Denise McGaha, Denise McGaha Interiors
This week is Dallas Market as well as the Grand Opening of the new Currey & Co. showroom. Another exciting, event filled week and I am having a debut party of my own! The most exciting part is that my darling friend and artist Kelly O’Neal is doing a live painting demonstration and painting lampshades for my lamps that debuted with Currey & Co this season. IF you want original artwork on your lamps, please come to the event and purchase these one of a kind pieces. See below for all the details:
What: Denise McGaha for Currey & C0. Collection Debut
When: January 19th from 3-6pm
Where: Interior Home + Design Center, Suite 1D228
I always look back and can’t believe another year has gone by so fast. Honestly, it was a whirlwind on a career level and even more so personally. We moved my Mom and Stepdad in January to be closer to us this year and his health challenges even necessitated a SECOND move in December. So they moved twice in 10 months. We also remodeled our master bedroom and bath, garage and painted the exterior of our home from April – June this Spring. I can’t wait to share more about this project in the coming months and reveal the before and afters. I would say the word for 2018 was unsettled. Just when I thought everything was handled, I received another curveball and we were on the move again.
This rang true as well for my career as we took on more construction projects than ever in 2018. From new homes to remodels in Dallas, Fort Worth, Colleyville and Southlake and even a Lakehouse in East Texas. We also officially launched our fabric and wallpaper collection in April with Design Legacy and our lighting and furnishings collection with Currey & Co. in October. I spent many hours, both in my car and on an airplane. It has been a major year of bringing things to fruition and I couldn’t be more excited! And maybe a little tired. As a result, I started a new lifestyle this summer regarding my eating and it has saved my life! I have more energy than ever and feel much less exhausted after implementing the Plant Paradox plan by Dr. Gundry.
So here’s to a year of big changes, big challenges and big life. I would never say I sit on the sidelines, but sitting back this day and seeing all that has happened leaves me feeling extremely blessed and honored to be part of this life, this amazing design community and to have you along for the ride with me.
Needless to say it’s been a whirlwind of a year. I could not do everything without my amazing family support system and my DMI team. They literally keep me out of the ditch and moving forward to make it all look easy. Here are a few highlights from 2018 that I hope to never forget.
OUR DENISE MCGAHA FOR MATERIALS MARKETING COLLECTION OF FIREPLACE MANTELS::
BEING PART OF THE ROHL AUTH LUX GUILD AND PASSING THE BATON AT KBIS 2018::
SO MANY GREAT CLIENT INSTALLATIONS AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS::
WONDERFUL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ( there are many more but here are just a few)::
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS THAT MAKE ALL THE HARD WORK WORTH IT::
GREAT PRESS FOR OUR DESIGN WORK::
THE LAUNCH OF OUR DENISE MCGAHA FOR DESIGN LEGACY FABRIC AND WALLPAPER COLLECITON::
THE LAUNCH OF OUR DENISE MCGAHA FOR CURREY & CO. LIGHTING AND FURNITURE COLLECTION::
MOST IMPORTANTLY TIME WITH MOM AND FAMILY::
A FUN COLLABORATION WITH FRONTGATE::
And so much more!! As you can tell by this post and my Instagram Stories, it has been a busy, busy year. I saved my visual year in review there under my Highlights if you want to see more of what this year held. It’s also why my WORD OF THE YEAR for 2019 is BREATHE!!! I am hoping to remind myself to breathe and take in each momemt and to listen before the words rush out. I am working hard to meditate daily and slow my mental pace while my physical pace picks up. I hope you enjoyed this little walk down memory lane and am so grateful for my readers, clients and friends.
Here’s to 2019 and I can’t wait to share what’s next!!
I am headed to Atlanta today for Discover ADAC and Atlanta Thrift Studio for Dwell with Dignity!
Please join me on Thursday, September 27th for a panel where we will be discussing product development. I will be alongside the well-known licensing agent, Kate Verner & Associates. The talk is sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and will be moderated by my friend Elizabeth Ralls, the Editor in Chief of Atalanta Homes & Lifestyle.
What you need to know:
When: September 27th, 2018 @ 12PM
Where: Bell Cabinetry & Design Showroom, ADAC West | Suite B2B
Register for ADAC HERE!
I can’t wait to see you all this Thursday at ADAC!
We have so many exciting events coming up! The first one, this week, is What’s New, What’s Next at the New York Design Center. I will be a part of two events. The first is a panel discussion sponsored by Aspire Design & Home & Leftbank Art. I will be joining Glenn Gissler, Young Huh, Susan Jamieson, and Kim Radovich. We will be talking about how to work with clients and help them in the process of selecting artwork for their homes.
Here is what you need to know:
Leftbank Art Showroom, 609
200 Lexington Ave. New York, NY
Thursday, September 13th from 4:30-5:30 PM
The second event is a meet & greet at the Currey & Co. Showroom. Barry Goralnick and I will be there talking about our new lines with Currey & Co. I am so thrilled to be debuting my new collection with Currey & Co and I hope to see you there!
Here is what you need to know:
Meet Denise McGaha and Barry Goralnick
Currey & Company, Suite 506
September, 13th from 6:45-8:00 PM
RSVP Link: www.nydc.com/wnwn
We hope you can join us at these events!
It’s hard to believe September is here and Fall entertaining is on my list of things to plan!! I am so excited to share my vision for the tabletop vignette design I completed for Replacements, Ltd. – It was brought to life at High Point Market last Spring, complete with fabrics and wallpaper from my Design Legacy collection, gorgeous china and crystal from Replacements and even a vintage Waterford Crystal Chandelier. Nashville Rug Gallery, French Heritage, Weston Farms, and SRT Designs all played a big part!
Here is our design board we put together as our inspiration!
And here is our beautiful rendering done by Russell Melzer:
The best part about it all?? The fact that you can purchase all of this great tabletop beauty on Replacements, Ltd. website HERE. You will see all of the details from my table designs and stay tuned for something new I have up my sleeve for all of that Fall entertaining.
Photographer: Griffin Hart Davis