Brandi Hines of Brandi Hines Events + Design has passion and talent as big as her home state of Texas. Her thoughts about how to live a full life?
Seize the moment, do what you are passionate about, and believe in yourself. Nothing pays off more than hard work and prayer.
Brandi’s services are highly sought because of her attention to detail enhanced by her ability to create events and spaces that feel special, yet approachable and comfortable. It’s not surprising, then that her home in Comfort, Texas embodies all of these characteristics. We asked her to give us a tour and tell us about the decisions behind the design.
Tell us a little about yourself and your home.
“I grew up working in the custom home building business and fell in love with the industry. I set out on my college career with the aspirations of becoming a successful woman in this predominantly male industry. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with architecture and decided on that path. In 2006, I graduated from The University of Texas Architecture School with a degree in Interior Design. Prior to graduation, I had completed the design and build of my first home. I have since designed and managed the build of two other custom homes with my husband.”
Our latest home was an extremely personal project for me. Unlike my previous two homes, this house was truly designed to accommodate us forever. A place my son Parker could grow up, raise animals, and be involved in a small community with the values Jamie and I grew up knowing.
What is your favorite space in your home and why?
“Honestly, I love every room of this house! It is filled with so much light and love that it’s hard to pick a favorite. During our first year here, my favorite room was our family room. As Parker grows and our life changes, I have really loved our entryway and the long hallway. So many memories are made in every space of this house but our hallway has become the go-to for race cars, Spiderman webs, Lego Batman caves, and priceless photographs.”
What were your wants and needs for designing your home?
“It was really important to me that the house was filled with a lot of natural light. I also wanted the space to function well for family gatherings and parties.”
Your kitchen is beautiful, can you tell us more about the design?
“I love our kitchen and it is very much lived in. We have shaker style cabinets with Carrera marble countertops and backsplash. The island features a waterfall style edge and is faced with reclaimed wood we found from a place in Johnson City, Texas. We have an amazing gas range from Five Star with a custom vent-a-hood. I chose Kohler Purist matte black faucets. I mixed metals using brass cabinet hardware and light fixtures.”
The dining space chandelier is a wonderful mix of sophistication and whimsy.
The den is a highly personal space, full of family favorite art and accessories.
Mid-century modern inspires my style but it definitely consists of more clean lines and simplicity. I believe every space should include something vintage, something meaningful, and it should most definitely be functional. A good designed space is more about the feeling a person gets when they are in it than anything else.
Your bathroom is absolutely stunning! What is the inspiration behind the design?
“This design started with one piece in mind – the shower frame. All that we knew about our bathroom starting out was that we wanted an industrial style shower. The inspiration and overall design grew from there. I designed the entire space to work with a long walk-through closet with two entry points into the bathroom. I purchased our ‘his and hers’ vanities from West Elm and they work perfectly in the space.
“The freestanding tub was a must-have. To continue with our desire to fill the space with as much light as possible, I designed it to have two large windows and a full light door. That door leads to the newly added outdoor shower and a small garden that is a work-in-progress.”
In Parker’s room, the “wallpaper” is actually over 150 Batman decals that bring his personality into the space.
Your son’s bathroom is so fun! Can you tell us a little bite more about it?
“The bathroom was a really fun part of this project! I have one son and nine, soon-to-be 10, nieces and nephews. I wanted a fun locker room feel for the kids! I designed the room around a set of lockers I had purchased from a school supply company online. You may have noticed we don’t have a lot of cabinets or closets in the house. The lockers ended up being the perfect storage solution for towels, wet bathing suits and all the other bathroom necessities.”
What was the most challenging aspect of the design process?
“The land. When we purchased our property, I could see the flat pasture and tall, wavy native grasses. The house I envisioned initially situated itself perfectly adjacent to the trickling creek bed. However, when we started walking the property and shooting grades, we soon discovered a significant change in the grade of the land. This resulted in having to move and haul in a lot of dirt in order to achieve the design I wanted for the elevations. Of course, this created a lot of design challenges along the way, like the entry point from the garage to the utility room. These types of challenges usually turn out to be the best design feature of the project and fortunately, that was the case for us too.”
Any advice for someone who is about to undergo a new home design/build?
“My advice is to really design it before you start to build it. Make sure the design includes specific furniture pieces you love and want to become your focal points. Never design a space as boxes on a sheet of paper until you can see it in elevation and 3D. It is so easy to get distracted by trends and all of the overwhelming options when picking finishes and material.
“It is important to know what you want from the space and how you want it to make you feel. So spend as much time as you need ironing out those two things before moving too far into the design. This way, you can always reflect back on your original vision to stay true to yourself. Lastly, find great contractors! This truly is the key to making any great design work: having someone willing to step outside of the box to make your vision a reality.”