Mom’s Coastal Farmhouse with a European Twist AKA Touch Gold Project

We’re so excited to share the Touch Gold Project with you. We’ve shared bits and pieces of this project in multiple posts, but this is the FULL REVEAL of all we’ve completed in the remodel. In this post, you’ll be able to shop all the finished spaces, see inspiration photos, and a video tour. This is my parent’s “Forever Home.” It had a great layout but was stuck in the ’80s. They moved in Feb 2018 and immediately began making it their own. 

If you’re new to the Farmhouse Living blog, mom and I blog together. We share our own homes, DIY projects, and home tours in the DFW. The Touch Gold Project is what we named mom’s home when we first begin remodeling, but now I think we should just call it’s ‘Mom’s Home’ because it’s so much more than a project 😉Mom’s name is Michelle, but I will continue to refer to her as mom in the blog lol



My mom has been decorating my entire life and she has always been “with the trends.” In the 90’s she had a pastel lavender and teal southwestern pattern couch. Let’s just say the woman is fully committed when a trend comes 😉With this being their FOREVER home, we wanted the foundation of the design to be classic: white walls and hardwood floors. We then got “trendy” or took design risks in things that are easy to swap out or could be painted.  Some things that would be easy to swap out that could be considered a trend include gold lighting and hardware. I hope gold sticks around though!


Objective: Create a gathering space that allows them to rest and recover every day. 

The living room is a cozy oasis that our family enjoys often. Most Sunday afternoons everyone heads to mom’s and this is our hangout spot. It’s bright & airy and also cozy & warm. She has slipcovered sofas that are dog and baby proof as the covers visit the washing machine quite often. She also has layered rugs and the top layer is thin enough to go in the washing machine when messes happen (which they do).

The most commonly asked question about the living room is what kind of stone is on the fireplace. Mom chose to go European with the German smear on the Austin Stone. If you’re taking on this look make sure to use white sand in the mortar. We used a reclaimed barn beam for a mantle and white concrete for the hearth for a more modern look. To the right of the fireplace, mom had my dad weld a box for firewood. We live in Texas, but the second we can call the season we’re in “Fall” my mom has a fire going so I wasn’t surprised she wanted a large portion of her wall dedicated to firewood. Scroll down to see the before.


 For even more details and before photos of the house head to our blog post dedicated to the Living Room.



Objective: Utilize the existing layout while giving the space a modern and functional update.

This kitchen was quite the transformation. The layout isn’t drastically different, but we did remove the peninsula between the breakfast nook and kitchen which really opened up the space. We had new cabinetry built and painted Sherwin Williams Pure White for main cabinets & Iron Ore for island. The hardware is from Pottery Barn and the Quartzite Counter Tops are Taj Mahal. 


 For even more details and before photos of the house head to our blog post dedicated to the Kitchen at the Touch Gold Project.


CABINET PAINT COLORS: Sherwin Williams Pure White for Main Cabinets & Iron Ore for Island.

The Quartzite Counter Tops are Taj Mahal. 

Appliances: Kucht 


 Objective: Combine the formal dining and formal living into one large place to gather


The table is 14ft and custom made. The hutch is a gorgeous vintage find refinished in Oxford by Vintage Market & Design.



What are some memories that you’ve gained in your new home?

We’ve already made memories in our home as Tyler was home from college this summer and Shelby and Andrew moved in while they renovate their new home. Even though my kids are grown it’s been nice to lay in bed after a long day and thank God for this season to have all my chicks in the nest. I’m thankful we have the room to do that. We’ve also hosted friends from Taiwan here on furlough as well as lots of other friends and family! Even though the pool needs an update, the waters still cool and wet and everyone’s enjoyed escaping the Texas heat!

Which room in the house do you use the most?

The kitchen is the most utilized space in our home. We are foodies and we love to eat and feed anyone who comes by. Our electrician has been here so much we’ve become friends and when he comes close to dinner we’ll even feed him! 😉

What’s your best tip when renovating/remodeling a home?

The biggest tip in renovating is to follow your instincts. Do NOT pay a contractor in full until you’re satisfied with the work. And if you’re not an unreasonable person and you things are unsatisfactory then be confident in firing your contractor and find a new one who will professionally complete the project. Take charge, it’s your home. Your investment and you do a favor to let people know when they need to be of excellence, if they’re not they might need to find another way to make a living. We all have gifts, not everyone is a brick mason or a painter. I’m a great cook but a terrible painter. Lol

What’s your next project?

I hope our next project will be the master bath! I’m ready for a spa like retreat and a place to take a hot bath!


We are thrilled to share the #TouchGoldProject with you! It’s been such a journey to create home here and we know it will continue to be a journey as a house become more lived in and curated. We’re excited to share more with you. 


You can take a full tour on our Style Me Pretty feature.  Also, featured on Home Bunch!



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  1. Hi! I just found your lovely blog!! Your beautiful side table with the twisty base keeps catching my eye!! Where did you find it? Thanks so much!!

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