Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
My design firm, Courtney Warren Home, had worked previously with the restaurant’s new owners Collin and Katie Harwell on two of their homes. We quickly established a trusting professional relationship, which proved to be beneficial as we conquered out biggest mountain yet- a large commercial restaurant renovation in the midst of a COVID-19 quarantine.
When Katie first heard the old Pit Stop BBQ restaurant down the highway was for sale, she immediately told Collin, knowing he was a talented grill master with a treasure trove of amazing family recipes. They decided yes, it was a viable business venture, but yikes! The run-down barn feel of the restaurant interior was a total turn-off. They couldn’t phone me fast enough to ask for help creating a unique atmosphere for their new Ellis County dining spot.
“We knew what we wanted the overall space to feel like and the image we wanted it to portray, but we weren’t quite sure how to get from point A to point B,” Katie says. “That is why we brought in Courtney Warren Home. Courtney and her team handled the details and made sure each tiny decision matched the overall feel we wanted for the restaurant.”
I was very excited to take on this commercial project! The minute I walked in this space, I could envision what I wanted it to be. Katie and Collin’s trusting faith in my design ideas made it easy to bring all the elements together to create the fresh upgrade the space needed.
“What started out as a dark, unwelcoming, outdoor feel has been turned into a bright and clean space full of southern charm and hospitality-exactly the mood we were wanting our customers to have when walking through our doors!”
The Harwell’s grateful nod to those who came before also includes photo displays of the farmers who formerly owned the land. Has anyone spotted those in the restaurant? Message me and tell me where for a special treat!