Rookie Renovators Nail it on the First Try

Rookie Renovators Nail it on the First Try

Amy Rogers
Apr 16, 2017

Name: Kelly and Colton Jarisch, baby Silas, and Shiner.
Location: Tarrytown — Austin, Texas
Size: 1,530 square feet
Years lived in: Owned a little over 2.5 years

Kelly and Colton's small cottage home just west of downtown Austin is a case study for renovations done right. Their reno began as a series of DIY projects to remove the previous owner's design decisions, but Kelly and Colton soon found themselves in the midst of a whole house renovation — for the first time.

While she admits they had no idea what they were doing, Kelly's eye for design and Colton's handiness transformed their home into the light and open space it is today. Her advice? Don't be afraid!

As rookies they dove right in and tackled many of the projects themselves. They spent hours sourcing, finding inspiration, and researching how-to's online. Like them, you might make mistakes and learn from them, but remember to have fun with the process. The end result may just be like this one: an example of how experience can be secondary to determination. See the bathroom before here.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: A blend of Scandinavian and Industrial Modern. We love natural light, the clean and crispness of white, and the calmness of clean lines.

Inspiration: Hours and hours and hours and hours of Houz-ing, Pinterest-ing, and Google-ing.

Favorite Element: The high, vaulted ceiling in our sunroom complemented by the large bay windows, which bring the outdoors inside. Spending time in this space is especially enjoyable during the hot Texas summer months – we feel like we are outside sitting among the trees.

Biggest Challenge: We love big, open spaces with high ceilings and a lot of light – neither of which existed in our home…

What Friends Say: "You transformed this home" and "Can you help me renovate my home?"

Biggest Embarrassment: Our front yard was left unfinished for almost three months thanks to a landscaper contract gone bad.

Proudest DIY: Don't think we can pick just one! I would say the culmination of all the DIY projects resulting in the entire remodel and how we have made a small home feel open and light.

Biggest Indulgence: We invested in beautiful and high quality plumbing hardware in the kitchen and master bath, such as our Victoria + Albert deep Victorian double-ended roll-top claw foot tub, Rohl fixtures and Kohler farmhouse sink.

Best Advice: We had no idea what we were doing but it turned out better than we ever expected. My advice is don't be afraid – dive right in, make mistakes, learn and have fun!

Dream Sources: Rove Concepts, Wildflower Organics


Benjamin Moore — White Dove
Benjamin Moore — Stonnington Grey
Benjamin Moore — Constellation

Rug — West Elm
Crib – Dwell Studio Mid-Century 3-in-1
Crib Sheet – Indian Summer from ISEWJO
Dressers – Four Hands Furniture
Graham Glider - West Elm
Closet – Ikea Hack
Side table – West Elm
Frame w/ Bear, Fox, Rabbit, Deer Animals – DIY using Etsy prints from LILAxLOLA
Triangular Shelves – DIY
Geometric Wall Art – DIY
Ladder – Burke Decor

Grammercy 2 Piece Sectional — Four Hands
Industrial Coffee Table— West Elm
Industrial Console — West Elm
Lucas Leather Swivel Chair — West Elm
China Cabinet — Restoration Hardware

Austin Swivel Armchair in Gray — West Elm
Industrial Modern Desk Set — West Elm
Roar + Rabbit Layered Rectangular Drum — West Elm
Floating Shelves — CB2
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree — King Florist Austin
Travertine Tile — Lowes

Marcus Dining Table — Rove Concepts
Adele Chair — Rove Concepts
Matti Bench — Rove Concepts

Kohler Whitehaven Apron Sink — Ferguson
Rohl 3 leg bridge country kitchen faucet with side spray
Rohl Swing Arm Pot Filler - Ferguson
Travertine Tile - Lowes
Beveled Subway tile – Locally sourced
Grey Goose Quartzite counter tops
Restoration Hardware Bar Stools – Restoration Hardware

King Bed — Bought from Four Hands and had custom painted white
Cody Bedside Tables in White Washed Recycled Wood – Mod shop
Cody Dresser in White Washed Recycled Wood — Mod shop (we DIYed adding Lucite legs)
Bedside Lamps – CB2
Umbra Black Prisma Frames – Prize Boutique Austin

V+A Cheshire Soaking Tub
Kohler Widespread Bathroom Sink Spout with Prong Handles – Ferguson
Kohler Under-Mount Bathroom China Sink – Ferguson
Kohler Shower: Rite-Temp Valve trim/Hydro Rail/Prong Handle/Traditional Round Rain Shower Head/ Artifact Handshower - Ferguson
Master bathroom Wallpaper - Emily Isabella for Hygge & West Otomi in Pewter

Tile in Master Bath:

- Carrara (Carrera) Venato Marble Honed 3x6" Subway Floor and Wall Tile
- Carrara (Carrera) Venato Marble Honed 4x12" Subway Floor and Wall Tile
- Carrara (Carrera) Venato Marble 18x18" Honed Tile

Geo Tile – Home Depot
DIY Sink/Pedestal
DIY Shiplap

Thanks, Kelly!

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