Today we’re sharing another beautiful home, The 178th St Project.  This was a spec home we started that sold at framing to a wonderful family moving to the Des Moines area from Michigan. It is always fun to see how our design fits in with the homeowner’s personal aesthetic. This particular homeowner had impeccable taste and really trusted our team’s vision. We made a few minor tweaks and the overall product turned out so pretty. Check it out!

The Entry

In the entry the homeowner splurged on this gorgeous Ralph Lauren for Visual Comfort light fixture. We were big fans of this design change. We also installed a custom, powder-coated, iron rail for their switchback stairs with a low-pile, pattern carpet and stained her front door to match her exterior garage doors.


The Living Room

The living room is definitely the focal point of this house. The fireplace includes a natural stone from Centurion Stone of Iowa called FDL Manor and a gray stucco surround. We brought in darker, more modern touches with the black windows and light fixtures.


The Kitchen

We are always coming up with new designs and ideas for kitchens. While all-white is timeless, we design almost 75 kitchens are year so we can’t—and don’t want to—do white that in every single one. We found this stain color and started the design off that. To make more of a statement we added the stain on not only the island but around the hood too. The homeowner still wanted useable cabinet storage so she opted for frosted glass.


The Primary Bath

In this space we wanted to mix warm and cool tones. We painted the cabinets a creamy color called Natural Cream by Benjamin Moore and topped them with a quartz that mimics marble. We added in brass accents with the lighting, mirrors and hardware, but kept the walls and floors simple and white.


The Hall Bath

We kept this hall bathroom simple and sweet for the girls. We kept it clean, with warm brass, horiztonal shiplap and darker graphite floors.


The Bar

We love how fun this bar turned out. We painted the cabinets Downpipe by Farrow & Ball. This is one of our favorite colors—sometimes it leans dark gray, sometimes blue, and sometimes green. The brass and white oak offer the perfect amount of contrast with the rest of the design.



  • Kitchen: Marquis, Color: Ivory
  • Primary Bath: Natural Cream by Benjamin Moore
  • Hall Bath: Marquis, Color: Ivory
  • Bar: Downpipe by Farrow & Ball
  • Built-In’s: Marquis, Color: Ivory

Flooring & Tile:

  • Wood Flooring: Laguna, Color: Baha 
  • StairRunner: Shaw 105 Spun Wool
  • Hall Bath Floor: Florstar, Union, 12×24, Color: Graphite
  • Primary Bath Floor: Happy Floors, Sublime Glossy
  • Primary Shower Walls: Happy Floors, Sublime Glossy
  • Primary Shower Floor: Kate Lo Marble Penny Tile
  • Kitchen Backsplash: Midwest Tile MST Mallorca, 2.5″x8″, Color: White
  • Bar Floor: Florstar, Union, 12×24, Color: Graphite
  • Bar Backsplash: 3×6 Glossy White Subway Tile


  • Kitchen: Misterio
  • Hall Bath: Misterio
  • Primary Bath: Eclipse
  • Bar: Misterio

Paint & Stain:

  • Wall Color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
  • Trim Color: Paint Match Kitchen Cabinet
  • Living Room Beams: Stain Match to Wood Flooring
  • Mantle Surround: Smooth Stucco
  • Hood Vent: Stucco, Paint Match to Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
  • Primary Bath Cabinets: Natural Cream by Benjamin Moore
  • Primary Bath Floating Shelves: Whitewashed White Oak
  • Primary Bath Doors: Whitewashed White Oak
  • Lower Level Bar Floating Shelves: Whitewashed White Oak
  • Lower Level Bar Cabinets: Downpipe by Farrow & Ball