Coffee Waves Port Aransas Restored

In March of 2010, almost eight years ago, Coffee Waves Port Aransas opened for business. My husband David, who I had just started dating then, designed the shop. Coffee Waves truly holds such special memories for locals, winter texans, spring breakers, and vacationers.

We were devastated when Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc on Port Aransas. For more on our initial thoughts and journey towards overcoming, check out a previous post called “Unified Front: Hurricane Harvey Update“.

“Sadly, our coffee shop in Port Aransas is a total loss. The front door was knocked down by a wall of seaweed & trash. At least 3 feet of heavy flooding came in the shop, not to mention all the wind and rain. Please pray for my family, and the employees that will be without work for quite some time.” -David Bendett

After the shock and heartbreak, we went hard into clean up and rebuild.  We had our two littles come see the the damage and the rebuild process. They may not remember, but now we have photos to show them as we tell the story years from now.

With help from amazing volunteers, our favorite contractor, and a very supportive landlord, we were able to remodel and open for business four months later! The great thing about remodeling is that we got to make all of the changes we had longed to make over the years! Here are just a few of the changes-

  • Expanded kitchen
  • Improved bar layout
  • Office space
  • Increased seating options

I had so much fun designing this shop! The goal was to brighten and open up the space. White shiplap and tile, grey walls, and lots of plants made that happen!

For a pop of color we added a bright and fun chalkboard mural. The bench seating below the bar really helps us maximize seating in those busy summer months. I’d say the hanging plant rack is up there in my favorites along with the cement bar and chalk wall.  The shop is back and more beautiful than ever. That’s just how good our God is!

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The quote on the wall is something I came up with and something I believe down deep. I pray it brings hope to all who come in our shop.

And last, I want to say THANK YOU so much for all of the love and support! We are so excited to see Port Aransas restored to even more beauty than ever before!

May our shop serve as a place of peace, rest, and normalcy amidst the recovery process in Port Aransas.



Friends, I can promise you one thing–this seemingly perfect playhouse never looks as clean and organized as it does in these photos. On a typical day there are plates and play food covering the floor all while our dogs join in on the chaos by coming in to shake off their pool water!

All that to say, messy or not, this cute little playhouse is a spot I had the vision for years ago when my children were infants. I purposed to create a fun space for my children and their little friends to play, imagine, and explore. A spot where sweet memories are created often and laughs are always present. I just love knowing my children will cherish these memories when they look back on their childhood.

Play Kitchen, Shopping Basket/vintage, Rug, Wall baskets, Wooden play food, Hanging plant holder, Succulent bowl, Metal pots and pans.

I originally sketched out my vision for this house with our contractor on the chalkboard wall of our kid’s playroom inside our home. It’s a good thing Billy, our friend and contractor is just as much a dreamer and creative as I am. We made a great team. In the end, the roof took on a slant to match the structure already present in our yard, and the “small, basic” playhouse got a loft, stairs, and flower bed! Ha! What can I say? Once you start building, things just evolve.

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The numerous windows are great for letting lots of light and cool breeze in on a hot South Texas day! The windows are also created with shutters that raise up to resemble a café window the kids can serve food from.

The wooden chairs are vintage, painted and distressed. For shelving, I used spice racks from Ikea, painted them white and then distressed them using sandpaper. They are inexpensive and the perfect size to display a few special items, making it super easy for littles to see and reach.  Wooden bowls, Cafe menus, Wooden garland, Pot + Succulent, Serving trays

 Now, for the outside of the playhouse, I wanted to create more spaces for fun! In the back of the house we purchased material and supplies from Home Depot to create a play zone. The outside area includes a DIY double swing, sand pit, play telescope + steering wheel, and a small flower and herb garden that my daughter is in charge of maintaining 🙂

Here are some of the building process. The kids were super excited as their playhouse came to life. I’m pretty sure they asked, “Is our playhouse done?” just about every day!

Java, our goldendoodle was under the impression that the house was just for her. 

I’m sure I am leaving out details, but I would love to hear from you! Please let me know if you have any questions. I tried my best to list all sources, but I am sure I left some out. 

We created this house in a way that will allow us to use it as a pool house once the children are older. I love to make things practical and look at the long term picture. 

Here’s to many days of outside play, imagination and laughs to come! And to letting them be little as long as possible. 

Coffee Shop Design

I’m so excited to share all of the design details within the Coffee Waves Flour Bluff expansion. Design (well, anything creative really) is something I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. So getting to design this coffee shop was a ton of fun for me!

Originally, when we first opened we had only about 1500 sq. ft. of total space. This meant seating was super limited. With the expansion, we doubled in size! My main goal was to create various options for seating. From the large group to the one person coming in to work on their laptop, there are plenty of options to choose from!

Some of my favorite additions to the shop are:  The conference room (Which was totally my husband’s idea! ) is available for booking meetings, the stage which is great for comedy night or live music, and last but not least…THE PLANTS!!

The conference room has light grey textured walls, a large wooden meeting table, and couches. A printer and television are also available for customers booking the meeting space. We are pretty excited about this neat space as we know meeting spaces are limited and needed within the city.

The long cushioned booth along the wall is ideal for maximizing seating. The walls are black with a heavy texture. At one point during remodel, all I could see was black, which made the space super dark. It was a tad frightening!

But, I still had faith it would all come together, and gosh, I’m SO glad it did! A few main things brought in more warm and diversity. Mainly, PLANTS, PLANTS, and more PLANTS! Really, how can you go wrong with greenery?! By adding shelving above the entrance as well as above the bench seating, we were able to display various plants that only require minimum sunlight. The white subway tile also helped break up the black!

We love to support local businesses and talent! All tables and chairs were built by Mr. Lancaster, a super talented craftsmen @ H Lancaster Co. 


Some of the other details that give the shop some flare are the unique light fixtures, textured walls, open shelving, chalkboard wall art, fun bathroom wallpaper, and various local artwork displayed.

If you are ever in the Corpus Christi area or if you are a local, but haven’t came to visit, please do. We would love to meet you!


I did not go into too much detail, but if you have any questions regarding any items you see in this post, please don’t hesitate to ask.  Here are a few main sources:

Bathroom wallpaper: Hygge & West

Plant Services: Green Things Interiorscapes

(minus all pictures of construction & my little ones which were taken by yours truly)

Billy Placker with J&B Remodeling did an amazing job making my vision coming to life!

Brother & Sister Shared Bedroom

I had just finished my son’s big boy room and loved it, but in the end he only cared to be in his sister’s room. I realized over time that his room was basically only being used to sleep in.  I was hesitant to have them share a room because I still wanted them to have their own individual spaces that felt “boyish” for him and “girly” for her, but in the end I love how it turned out. Most importantly, they love sharing a room! 

I decided to go as simple and neutral as possible for this shared space. Most of their toys are now in their playhouse or play room down stairs. Cozy, warm and inviting was the feel I was going for. Their room is mainly for reading, snuggles and sleepy time.

My parents are super talented. My dad built the house bed frames and the book ledges for me and my mom refurbished the dresser they’re sharing. I found this dresser years ago at a antique shop. Their dresser is in their closet to free up wall space.

The book ledges are so ideal for the kids, especially at their current ages (2.5 and 4). They can reach and see each book easily.

Between their beds I wanted something that identified their beds without necessarily saying their names. I decided to create silhouettes for each of them. To create these I followed this simple tutorial I found on Pinterest.

The two hanging posters were created on a word document in basic, “Times New Roman” font and printed locally. Poster hangers were purchased on Amazon. Each of my children have a “life scripture” I was given while pregnant with each of them. For more on the meaning or reason behind the scripture, see my previous post, “Whats in a name?”.


Please let me know if you have any questions and I love hearing from you all! All sources are listed below.


Mountain pillow: TheUrbanHedgehog

Pom pom garland over book ledges: Theblushingfig

Pom Pom Garland on bed frame: ThreeChicGirlsDesign

Star pillow and toddler sized quilts on each bed: Land of the Nod

Flag banner: Whatshesgot

Cloud pillow: ProstoConcept

Duvet covers: Target

Lamp, table and Sheepskin rug: Home Goods

Wooden Mountains: HarpAndLyreCo


Zion’s Big Boy Bedroom

Slowly, but surely I am transitioning my son, Zion’s room from a nursery to a big boy room. I love the clean and simple look of his room! He does have a closet, where I store his shoes, dresser and other clothing hanging up such as jackets. For some reason with my daughter’s room it was super easy to decorate. But, with my son’s room I have had to think outside of the box and get a little more creative. I love how the shelving and hanging of his super cute clothing give so much character to this large blank wall.

The next step is to add some fun toys and A BIG BOY BED! This momma is just not ready to move on from the crib yet, but it will eventually happen. Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions! All sources are listed at the bottom.

Letter Z print

Wooden mountains

Triangle wall decals

Top ledge shelf & tent-Amazon

Bottom shelf -Hobby Lobby

Bookshelves-Ikea spice racks painted white