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Formal Living Room with Tall White Paneled FireplaceHello friends! I suggest you grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine and settle in for a bit because this is going to be a long post! Many of you have been asking for more pictures of our current home since we started remodeling it two years ago! I am super excited to share our house with you today (finally!). What could motivate me to get all of the finishing details complete and done? Selling it, of course! Yep, you heard right. The Stoegbauers are on the move again! We listed our house this past weekend and received several offers quickly. We are now under contract and will be moving in January after the holidays. I’m so thankful I get to decorate for Christmas one last time here before we move on! A super cute family bought our home, and the day we signed the contract, they also welcomed their third baby!

Furry White Ottomans in Formal Living RoomIf you don’t know about our passion for real estate, let me give you a little background. Before I started this crazy TomKat blogging journey nearly eight years ago, I was a Realtor and owned a real estate company with my mom. For 8 years, we ran a highly successful residential resale brokerage and enjoyed the incredible market. During those years, my husband was working for the homebuilder, D.R. Horton Homes as a sales agent and then sales manager/broker. These were the days when builders held lotteries for home buyers to have the privilege of purchasing a home in their community (insane, right?). In those rapidly rising value years, we bought and sold 10+ homes ourselves, some that we lived in and some that we remodeled and flipped. We were moving every 4 months – a year. The market was so lucrative and silly us, we thought it would last forever. Fast forward to 2008, when the market completely crashed. We were stuck with two custom remodeled homes to sell that were valued at or below what we had paid for them before putting in the funds to remodel them. Ouch!

Light Pink Roses Peonies in Vase on Coffee TableWe were lucky to be able to sell them and not have to short sell or foreclose and keep our high credit rating. I know so many people who were in tough situations and finally now able to get back into the housing market. It was horrible for everyone. I quit real estate to stay home with my littles, which is when The TomKat Studio was born. For the past 8 years, while both my husband and I started our own new businesses (his still real estate, mine blogging!), we have also been back in the housing market, but at a slow and steady pace. We have been purchasing the best deals we can find, with the most potential, then remodeling them and staying for 2 years, to avoid capital gains taxes on the profit. So here we are, at two years, so it’s time to find the next house that needs our love!

Collage Wall with Family PhotosI am super excited to share our home with you today because friends… this one is special. It is truly the first home that I feel is ME and represents the style that I truly love! It’s completely updated with attention to every little detail carefully selected by my husband and I. We sold our last home nearly fully furnished, which let me start from scratch with this gray, white and black color palette. Hooray! So here we go…

Formal Living Room with Crystal Chandelier FireplaceFormal Living Room
When you walk in the front door, you are greeted with soaring ceiling and a super tall fireplace. This room has the “wow” factor and we knew we could make it something spectacular. I found some fireplace inspiration online and our contractor took it from there. The flooring we used throughout the bottom floor and bathrooms is a wood-look tile that is a brown and gray mix. We adding a little fun by laying it in a herringbone pattern in the lower areas and then a regular lay in the rest of the house. The key to making wood-look tile look amazing is having it laid with as little grout lines as possible, so it appears more like real wood. This flooring is amazing and we would use it again for sure. For the fireplace surround, we used a small marble herringbone pattern to mimic the floor and then used white quartz (that matches the kitchen/bathrooms) on the the pop out of the fireplace. We painted the entire house in a light gray. It took me forever to decide on lighting for the formal areas, but ended up splurging on this gorgeous (HUGE) crystal chandelier, along with small versions for the entry and above the dining room table.

Fireplace Before and After

Entry Way Foyer with Mirror

Formal Dining Room with Wood Look Tile and Crystal Chandeliers Dining Room
In the dining room, we added a focal wall of white wood paneling (which I later learned is called board + batten) and it’s gorgeous! We literally use this wall for shoots on a weekly basis. I was struggling with what to put on this giant wall, and the paneling makes it beautiful and functional. With the big window and west sun, shooting in the space is ideal.

Formal Living and Dining with Crystal Chandeliers Wood Look Floors

Crystal Chandeliers

Dining Room Before and After

White Powder Room with Pedestal Sink and Moroccan Wall TilePowder Room
This little bathroom got a big makeover! This powder room is located near the formal living and dining rooms in the front of the house. It looks even better in person. I would love to take credit for the idea of taking this tile pattern all the way up the wall, but my contractor suggested it and boy, was he right! The tile glimmers from the reflection of the lights in this space. I told my husband that we needed this new rectangular pedestal sink and matching toilet. He wasn’t convinced, but I won.

Dream Kitchen with White Cabinets and White QuartzThe Kitchen
Ah! My kitchen. You’ve probably seen glimpses of it several times if you follow my blog or instagram, because we do a ton of shoots in this room. I have always dreamed about having a white kitchen and I’m so happy we finally did it! First, we started by extending and adding detail to the island, so the stools would tuck under the breakfast bar. We had the existing cabinets painted and added new chrome hardware (thanks, Martha). For the first time, we went with quartz countertops over granite. Quartz is super popular these days and I was aiming for something that looked as close to marble as possible, without the high maintenance. These have been amazing! We added a new stainless single tub sink and faucet. Lucky for us, the appliances and range hood were great, so we didn’t have to replace. We went with a white subway tile backsplash (my fave!) and took it all the way to the ceiling and around the kitchen window. I found the most gorgeous simple, glass pendant lights for above the island and we also added under and over cabinet lighting which looks beautiful at night.

White Kitchen Before and After

Gorgeous White Kitchen with Wood Look Tile Flooring

Wood and Metal Counter Bar Stools

Black Farmhouse Kitchen Table with Ballard Eldridge Chandelier Kitchen Breakfast Nook
We added white moulding around the windows in the kitchen and family room to give them a finished look. We also added my favorite kitchen light fixture, which I also used at our vacation home in Flagstaff.

Ballard Designs Eldridge Chandelier

Chocolate Cupcakes on Cake Stand with Glass Dome

White Kitchen with West Elm Canisters and Custom Shutterfly Mugs

White Kitchen Cabinets with Martha Stewart Chrome Pulls

Cozy Family Room with White Paneled Fireplace with TVFamily Room/Bar Area
We did quite a bit of work to this area of the house. The fireplace was off to the side and had one of those awkward niches to the right of it for an old-school style television. So, we moved the fireplace to the middle and added a wood mantel and paneling around it, as well as the perfect framed spot for my husband’s large flat screen. We updated the bar area by removing the drywall header to open it up a bit. We added quartz countertops, a wine fridge and kegerator and pendant lights to match the kitchen. We also added crown moulding, window surrounds and wood paneling up half of the wall in the entire family room, which I love.

Family Room Before and After Fireplace

Family Room White Paneled Fireplace with TV

Family Room with Herringbone Wood Plank Tile Flooring

Family Room Bar Area with TV

Stair Landing with Collage WallUpstairs Landing
Our floorplan is a two-story with a cool split second level. We kept the original railing, but painted the wood white. We added crown moulding, paint and carpet throughout the upstairs.

Master Bedroom Entry

Gray and White Master Bedroom with Custom Canvas ArtMaster Bedroom
At first the master bedroom seemed small when the house was vacant, but once our furniture was in, it’s actually really spacious. We updated the paint, carpet, added can lights and a fan. Adding window panels made such a difference and added texture and softness to the room. The crown moulding really finished off this room.

White and Gray Master Bedroom

White Master Bathroom Master Bathroom
This bathroom needed quite a bit of help. We painted the cabinets, added white quartz countertops, chrome hardware, white framed mirrors, a chandelier, and additional can lights. We replaced the sinks and added new chrome fixtures. We went crazy with the subway tile in here and it’s gorgeous! The light reflects it beautifully and gives a clean, bright white feel to this bathroom.

Master Bathroom Before and After

Master Bathroom Shower and Tub Before and AfterWe reconfigured the shower and tub quite a bit. The shower was pretty small and the tub had the weird rounded steps. We made the shower much larger, and straightened out the tub surround. New crystal clear shower doors are perfect for the design. The glass shows off all of that subway tile just beautifully!

Kate's Black White Gold Bedroom with Striped WallsKate’s Room
For our sweet Kate, we painted black and white stripes, which turned out so cute with her PB Teen bedding. Every princess should have a crystal light fixture in her room.

Kids Bathroom White and GrayKids’ Bathroom
We mimicked the master bathroom here with painted cabinets, new hardware, sinks and faucets, quartz countertops, new framed mirrors and subway tile in the bath/shower and for the backsplash.

Tommy's Soccer Bedroom Pottery Barn TeenTommy’s Room
We just updated the basics here: carpet, paint and a new ceiling fan. His new soccer mural is pretty awesome!

Guest Bedroom Gray Black WhiteGuest Room aka Party Room
So, this room was a total disaster until up about a week ago. It went from being my supply room (all my party samples + craft supplies) to an actual guest room! Don’t worry, all that stuff is now organized nicely in the closet! (and stuffed in all of those drawers!) Basics here: paint, carpet, fan.

Kids Playroom Gray White LoftKids’ Loft
We did some construction in this room. There was a wall that essentially divided this big room into two spaces, so we knocked down that wall and opened it up to make the kids’ a lounge and study area.

TomKat Office Gray Wood Plank Tile FlooringMy Office
Here’s my little office where I work everyday! It never looks this clean, I promise. I love that it is downstairs right in the middle of everything so I don’t miss anything going on with my family.

White and Gray Laundry RoomExterior
We recently painted the exterior of the house with a new updated color scheme and replaced the old coach lights and added more trees and bushes.

It was nice that the pool was already done, but we updated the decking with pavers in a herringbone pattern and added 3 giant palm trees and lots of new oleanders.

stoegbauer_home_tour_2016_43Fun! Fun!

Yes, it’s a lot of work… but we love renovating homes and giving them the love they deserve. I hope you enjoyed the home tour and will join us for our next house adventure!

xoxo, Kim

Design + Styling | Kim Stoegbauer, The TomKat Studio
Photography | Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

November 18, 2016

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  1. Amanda says:

    What’s the name of the wood look tile you used?

  2. Okay, I’ve been looking for barstools for forever and LOVE yours! Would you mind sharing where they came from? Also your dining chairs in the kitchen. Lovely work!

  3. Natalie says:

    Hi. Can you tell me where your bar stools are from? Thanks.

    • Kim says:

      I found them at HomeGoods!

      • Karen Moran says:

        Beautiful home…any chance you could share a photo of your kitchen island from the other side…showing what you did for storage…thanks!

        • Kim says:

          Thank you Karen! We sold this house, and I don’t have a photo that way. However, the back side of the island was 2 sets of tall cabinets!

      • Donna Marino says:

        Love the counter stools and chairs around the table. Are there any markings on the stools (under the seat) that might indicate the manufacturer? Have been researching but can’t find these and they would be perfect in my new kitchen!

  4. Jen says:

    How were you able to move and center the fireplace? Is it wood burning? My family room is just like your before and I need it to look like your after! My husband wants a big tv above the fireplace and I need it to be centered!
    And I love your updates. Gorgeous.

    • Kim says:

      The fireplace was gas and our contractor was able to move the entire unit over. We had to patch and stucco the outside wall in that area. Thank you for your sweet words!

  5. Roxie says:

    Wow! Love the remodel. This home is around the corner from me and we share the same floor plan! Funny because I saw it on the MLS now on Pinterest! You’ve given me some great ideas!

  6. Angie says:

    Could you share where you bought the dark gray matching couches?

  7. Erika says:

    Everything is absolutely beautiful! Can you tell me what paint colors you used throughout your house? Thanks!

  8. Angie says:

    My family just bought a home that needs some love. You have no idea how much inspiration these photos have given me. I feel like our decorating styles are so similar. You are amazing at putting colors together. There are a million things I wish I could ask you about in these photos but I will not bombard you:)
    I wish I could show you some pictures of this house we bought, you would have such great ideas for what to do with some of it. Im in Iowa, wish you were closer to be my decorator!
    Thanks for the inspiration, your home is truly beautiful!
    Maybe I should take a lot of before and after photos in our home!

    • Kim says:

      So sweet, Angie! Thank you for the kind compliments. Email me if you have questions, I am happy to answer! 🙂

  9. Ashley says:

    OMG! I just ran across your account from Joss and Main and girl you got it going on! Your kitchen is the stuff I dream about and that bathroom, I don’t even know where to start! Wonderful job

  10. Kylie Gray says:

    Where are your kitchen bar stools from?

  11. Sandra says:

    What is the light gray color used throughout? I love it!!! Your house is amazing!!! Care you decorate my master bedroom? Love your style!!

  12. Mary says:

    I love your living room! Where did you get the gray area rug? Would love one like it!

  13. Cheryl Bailey says:

    Where did you get the over the island lights?

  14. Ampar says:


    what a beautiful house! I love every single detail!! What brand and design are the countertops in the kitchen and bathroom? Thank you!

  15. Christina Larson says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your style. What’s the name of the quartz you used? Thanks!

  16. Sara says:

    Hi, you’re home is gorgeous! Silly question, but are the peonies real?! We just finished a white and gray kitchen/family area and want an arrangement of pink to pop and have been looking at silk flowers for convenience. I have yet to find any and although yours look like fresh, I thought I’d ask! Just gorgeous.

    • Kim says:

      Hi Sara!
      They are fresh flowers! So sorry! I wish there were faux ones that looked so good! Let me know if you find any! xoxo

  17. Kate Well says:

    I LOVE!!!! your house and your taste!! Can you tell me where you purchased the picture frames, square wreath and word art on your gallery wall? Your taste is amazing!!!

    • Kim says:

      Hi Kate!
      Thank you so much! The square wreath and word art were from HomeGoods, and then the frames were a variety that I have collected over the years!

  18. Amber Powell says:

    Ok so next time you go to sell a house hove redone email me…. Like maybe the house formally know as the pink house in a couple years…… I am 100% serious.

  19. Amy says:

    I really love everything about this home! My husband and I are in the planning phases of home building and I was wondering if you could share the kitchen dimensions. It seems like the perfect size with great appliance and island placement. Thank you.

    • Kim says:

      Thank you so much, Amy! We actually sold this home earlier this year, so I am unable to measure for you! So sorry!

      • Tammy says:

        What a perfectly lovely home! Could you please tell me where you bought the pair of tall table lamps on the black console. They are sitting next to black and white stripped vases. Thank you!

  20. Sandra says:

    Love everything about this remodel and can’t wait to see the current one. Thank you for sharing! Do you mind sharing where do you get the white mirrors you use in the restrooms. Thank you!

  21. erika says:

    Hi, not sure if it was already mentioned but where are the prints above your bed from?

  22. Reese says:

    Love the flooring and everything in the home! Do you mind sharing where you got your kitchen hardware?

  23. Kathleen Fama says:

    I love you style!!! Can you share where you purchase the dining room and living room lighting?? I am in love with them!!!
    Thank you!

  24. Cristina says:

    Love the remodel. I noticed that you paint the cabinets often on the remodels with the exception of the new new house. Do you do this yourself or do you hire professional cabinet painters to do this. I currently have very good cabinets but am winning the white war so wanted move forward with project:)

  25. Francesca says:

    Love everything about this house! Can you tell me where you purchased the black light over your kitchen table (you said it was the same on you used on the Flagstaff house)

  26. Ashton says:

    Where is the white coffee table from? I love everything about that formal living space!!

  27. Geoanna says:

    Where did you get the barstools? In your kitchen?

  28. Anita says:

    What color grout did you use for your Castille Wenque flooring

    • Kim says:

      Hi Anita!
      I am so sorry, I don’t remember and we sold the house, so I am unable to check! It was closest dark gray color to the tile color. Also, we did really thin grout lines, so it would look more like wood.

  29. Laurel says:

    Hi there. I absolutely love what you did to this house!!! I actually just copied your board & batten idea above my fireplace and on an accent wall. I am now choosing paint colors and I have to choose a white. I saw that you used Swiss Coffee but when I look at the paint chips it looks kind of yellow. However, in your photos it looks like a beautiful pure white. I was also looking at Whisper but I just love the way your house looks so I can’t decide!!!

    • Kim says:

      Hi Laurel!
      It really depends on the light in your room! I would try a few different whites in the area you are painting to see what you like best! In our new house, we used Cool December which is more of a true white than Swiss Coffee!

  30. Monica says:

    I want to challenge myself in painting my own cabinets. I wonder if you do paint the inside of the cabinets?

    • Kim says:

      No, no need to paint the inside as they could get scratched up from taking things in and out. The only time you need to paint the inside is if they have glass fronts!

  31. Laura says:

    I just came across your blog and love your style. Can you please share where your sectional couch is from,the color and type of material? Thank you!

  32. Robyn says:

    Love Love how the kitchen looks!
    Can you explain more where the backsplash stops and starts? It’s hard to tell in picture if tile is above cabinets too. I have the same range hood and I’m struggling with where to stop the tile backsplash. Did you stop at bottom of hood or top edge of cabinets or all the way up to ceiling?

  33. Jessica Bossert says:

    Love, love, love your decorating and design style!! It looks like you answered one question – those lamps in the dining room – I love the white shades with the detail and have been trying extensively to find some for our baby girl’s nursery. Have you or do you know of some lamp shades that would be similar, please? We have a few good lamps on order that will be here in a few days. Also, can you tell me where you purchased the white mirror hung with these lamps? So pretty and love the texture of it. And also on a previous comment about your account or line on Jones & Moss I believe it was, how do I find you? Thanks so much for any insight you can provide on lamp shades!!

  34. Jessica says:

    Love, love, love your style and design sense, so gorgeous! I was curious on the lamps in the dining room please, you mentioned they came from Home Goods. I’ve been desperately trying to find some white shades like these for our baby girl’s nursery, do you have any recommendations for similar lamp shades you’ve seen? I know you mentioned the lamps came from Home Goods. We have several lamps on order arriving tomorrow but need to find better looking shades! Also where did the white mirrior in the dining room hung with the lamps come from? And also sorry someone previously mentioned they found you or your line on Jones & Moss, how can I find you there please?

  35. Cathy T says:

    Where did you get the dining room chairs?

  36. Sam says:

    I saw your barstools are from homegoods! Do they have a brand or label on them? Trying to find some and I love them!!

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