Elevated Minimalism - The Bend Magazine

Elevated Minimalism

A house flipping hobby turned passion for bringing character and life into homes

By: Jacqueline Gonzalez  Photos by: Jason Page


A good family home should be practical, functional, durable,brand comfortable – but also fun. Amy and Justin Brandt took their passionbrfor  flipping houses and created thebrperfect home for their family. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Amy andbrJustin are passionate about the Coastal Bend, and want people to enjoy thebrhomes they live in. As a hobby, the Brandts began purchasing “ fixer-uppers”brand restoring them to their former glory. With Justin behind the handiwork andbrAmy using her talent for selling houses and connecting potential buyers withbrthe homes of their dreams, they soon discovered this is what they were meant tobrdo. 


“We love that every house we work on has its own story,”brsays Amy, and theirs is no exception.  ThebrBrandts were already settled in a house of their own when they stopped by tobrhelp a friend clear out furniture from a home she was preparing to sell. Amybrimmediately noticed the potential in that house, and decided it was her newbrproject. 


First impressions are important. The front of the Brandtbrhome showcases a classic marriage with contrasting shades of black and white,brcreating elevated minimalism. Two wooden rocking chairs, coated in an iconicbrregal shade of black, add personality to the front, along with a well-manicuredbrlawn. Needless to say, upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with both elegance and abrsoothing, minimal feeling.


Seeing the potential in every project, Amy and Justin tookbrto removing the heavy, plush drapery and pink tones of the interior’s past, andbrhelped the home’s transition into a functional space for their family, allbrwhile preserving and highlighting the character already present.


The multi-functional living area creates two differentbrliving rooms, which allowed Amy to have the proper space for her Bible studybrgroup, as well as a space for the kids to enjoy play time.  The adult living room offers a relaxedbrenvironment with plush furnishings, while the children’s living room has a morebrfun, playful vibe – a perfect place for kids to gather. The home originallybrfeatured a wet bar, which Amy then closed up and converted into a designatedbrspace for her home office.

The bedrooms showcase a fun color palette consisting ofbrseafoam green, brown, taupe, and gold, while their son Hank’s bedroom proudlybrboasts a little man cave: A plush hunting trophy, a framed photo of a broncobrthat has been in Justin’s family for years, and a portrait of a dog, painted bybrJustin, make for the perfect boys’ room. brTheir daughter, Emma, sleeps like a princess in her chic, farmhousebrstyled room, complete with dusty pink accents and horses. 

Adequate lighting is a very important modern and minimalistbrstaple. Luckily, the Brandt home is  filledbrwith large windows, fulfilling not only the lighting requirement, but alsobrproviding a beautiful view of the neighborhood. Natural light floods into thebrhome in just about every room. 

The lighting and windows provide a beautiful visual for thebrdining area.  The long wooden dining roombrtable showcases Justin’s carpentry skills, and a rustic blue and white stripedbrtable runner, decorated with greenery in white stoneware vases, adds a perfectbrfarmhouse touch. Gold and brass light fixtures in various shapes and sizes alsobrbring an added element to multiple spaces in the house, such as the diningbrareas, entryway, and kitchen.

The kitchen is an ideal canvas for farmhouse décor, althoughbrthe minimal basis is not lost here.  Thisbrarea of the house strikes a subtle balance between a modern and traditionalbraesthetic, making for a great decorating project. Accessories displayedbrthroughout the kitchen infuse the Brandt family’s personality into the space.brCustom-made open shelving, housing kitchen staples, brings a casual feel, whilebra chinoiserie vase provides a chic and feminine touch. Fresh  florals are also a must when it comes tobradding pops of color and charm to this space.

Amy and Justin opted for a more modern, open concept for thebrkitchen and removed a wall to incorporate a larger pantry. A cozy littlebrbreakfast nook sits off  to the side,brmaking a perfect family gathering space for a quick bite before starting thebrday. Upon hearing Amy and Justin discuss their desire to add more art to theirbrhome, their daughter, Emma, created beautiful, hand- drawn works of art thatbradorn a cork board on the wall by the breakfast nook.

The master bathroom is the crème de la crème of the home –bras in this truly is the bathroom of all of our dreams.  e space consists of a very simple colorbrscheme of solely white. Accents of gold are seen in the hardware and light fixtures,brwhile subtle elements of green come from plants spread throughout. But the mainbrattraction of this space is the bathtub: Sitting cattycorner against two largebrwindows, this ultra-sleek tub is just asking for you to forget about your day’sbrworries.  is area of the house becomes abrsafe haven of sorts after a long day’s work.

“It’s been a team effort,” says Justin of the hard work putbrinto their home. “We love collaborating with local businesses, and they’ve beenbrgreat.” Justin and Amy credit Gill’s Nursery, Southern Painting, AnchorbrPlumbing, Nesmith Electrical Services, Moreno’s Glass, and many more for theirbrdiligent work in bringing their dream home to life.


Every corner in the Brandt home is filled with character andbrpersonality, and proudly displays their talent and passion for homes. They’rebronly just beginning; the Brandts have many projects on the horizon, andbrwhatever each project entails, we’re sure it’s going to be a success.