Dallas Interior Design Blog

HGTV Features Barbara Gilbert Interiors

Talk about an amazing Christmas gift! After being contacted by HGTV requesting projects for their consideration in upcoming publications, I submitted two recent remodeling projects. Imagine my excitement when they decided to feature both projects online and interviewed me for all the details!

The first project is a large kitchen remodel in Farmersville, Texas that required the removal of two walls to create the open floor plan the homeowner desired. The kitchen was part of an overall home remodel and, due to extensive construction requirements, took over 9 months. But the end result was so worth it! HGTV chose to title it a “Cook’s Dream Kitchen,” and I couldn’t agree more. Take a look at the before and after.

Before, the kitchen was closed off from the family room and short on function. It also needed an overall update in cabinetry, appliances and finishes.

Now, the kitchen is family-friendly and open to adjacent rooms. It also boasts a show stopping island, timeless cabinetry, deep granite countertops and a butler’s pantry equipped with a coffee station.

The second project featured is actually my own kitchen! I think every designer uses their home as their personal design “laboratory,” experimenting with new ideas, and I’m no exception. I love my home, but I wanted a more open floor plan and a house better suited for entertaining.

Removing a wall and creating a bar area did the trick. And painting the cabinetry in contrasting shades of white and red created a fun and festive space, described by HGTV as classic “with a contemporary twist.“ Just what I wanted!

This shot highlights the contrasting cabinetry colors and porcelain tiled floors that mimic the look of wood. And diamond-shaped tiles in colors and glass of my choosing were used to create a graphic-inspired backsplash.

Opening the kitchen to the family room and continuing the cabinetry to create a bar area transformed the space and makes the house perfect for entertaining. Gathering my family for holiday celebrations has never been more fun!

You can view more pictures of both projects and get all the details through the links provided above.


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