June 15th, 2013
I’ve always liked the idea of multi-purpose rooms, so when I was designing the mudroom space, I wanted it to be a considered a “utility” space. The room will house the laundry space, a mail center, lockers, and a “mom’s office”. The room is also connected to the Den/Office and the butler’s pantry, so this part of the house becomes the work/utility center of the home.
When it comes to styling, I wanted the space to feel bright, eclectic, and of course, farmhouse. I incorporated light colors, painted wood planks, baskets and galvanized steel to get the look that I want.
Wire Pendant Light – Shades of Light
Caesar Stone – Frosty Carrina
Macau Chair – Ballard Designs
Large Round Basket – Target
Counter-Balance Pendant - Lighting Showroom
12×24 ceramic tile – BuildDirect.com
This is my color inspiration – whites, corals, and pale aquas. If I were really brave, I’d use that wallpaper too!
This is palladian blue in the wild – I hope it turns out that green:
I’m also going to add in a wood seat on the locker bench and a black tile floor to bring some contrast into the space. I want the lockers to have an open feel so I’ll do corbels up to the upper cubbies and one big bench, like this:
Here is the official layout of the room. The door from the right is the garage and opens up directly across the lockers & mail station. The Mom’s office area is at the far end of the room with access into the Den, and 3 awesome windows.
All of the cabinetry will be the palladian blue and the countertops white quartz.
Here is the desk area with the wire basket pendant light and white planked wall:
And the laundry area with cubbies for laundry baskets and an upper cabinet/shelf area for storage.
I’m so excited for all the details in this room. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house, however, since it’s not a “need” space, I don’t know how quickly the cabinetry will get done. Hopefully Mr. Project will feel so inspired by my plans, that he will want to get this room done super fast so we can enjoy it to its fullest! Either way, I know I’m going to be spending a lot of time in here!
Do you have any multi-functional rooms in your house? How are you using them? Or do you prefer to have individual rooms for all of these tasks?
June 14th, 2013
I absolutely LOVE reading nooks! In all the different variations of this floor plan that we’ve been working on, I kept trying to get one in the house, but it always got cut from the final plans. Well we made one last minute change and the space that was formerly the laundry room was able to become a reading nook! (Don’t you worry, there will still be a laundry room.)
Vintage Sconce – Pottery Barn
Havana Underbed Baskets – Pottery Barn
Alice in Wonderland – Amazon
Willow Floral – Riley Blake
Willow Stripe – Riley Blake
Indie Chic Woven – Riley Blake
Avignon Houndstooth – Riley Blake
Willow Herringbone – Riley Blake
Objects Typewriters - Robert Kaufman
Willow Gray Dot – Riley Blake
Here’s how the space is laid out. I get 3 great windows with a window seat, and 2 great niches for book shelves.
The window wall will have a built-in window seat with open cubbies. Because the room is all white, I’m going to have dark baskets for contrast and some fun upholstered seat fabric and pillows. I’m also going to break up the visual space with scones on each side of the windows.
The adjoining wall will have open shelving for books, trinkets, and toys.
And the opposite wall will have a smaller shelf area and one of the two doors into the room.
I’m super excited to get this room all decorated and just enjoy quiet moments in here. Now we just need to start collecting books!
June 10th, 2013
Now that we’re a GO on the design, I’ve been feverishly trying to nail down all the finishes and fixtures for the house. I should have all these plans done in the next few weeks so we can start ordering stuff while we’re waiting for the house to go through engineering and permitting.
I’m super excited for our Powder Room or Half Bath on the main floor. I love powder rooms because they are a high-traffic area that you can really have fun with the styling of. I played around with the idea of wallpaper for this room, but in the end decided on a subtle cream paint. Eventually I might do some sort of patterned stencil if I can find something that feels right for the space.
Covington Sconce – Pottery Barn
Covington Hardware – Pottery Barn
Tresham Toilet - Kohler
3×6 Subway Tile (Wainscot) – BuildDirect.com
Carrara Basketweave (Floor) – BuildDirect.com
Oval Vessel Sink – Overstock.com
Mannerly Wall Faucet - Moen
Grand Palais Mirror (24×48) – Ballard Designs
I can’t believe that floor tile from BuildDirect is only $7.05/sq ft. I’ve wanted a basket weave tile floor for a long time – I can’t wait to see it all come together!
I found my vanity at a vintage market and I absolutely love it! It’s such a unique piece and the perfect size for converting into a plumbed vanity. The blue color that it was painted is growing on me, however, I’m leaning towards a more bold color. Here are the colors I’ve picked, which one do you like?? I am leaning towards the clearspring green which is like a dark jade/light emerald green color.
June 4th, 2013
The past few weeks of house planning have been so stressful! We submitted to the architectural committee and were pretty nervous for a bit not knowing if we would have to start all over on the exterior design. But the plans came back with the all clear and we are good to go! So we’ve moved on to finalizing all the last little details and passing along the plans to engineering. Now that we know this is all going to work out, I’ve got to get all the rooms planned and finishes picked out pretty quickly. I’ve been gathering lots of inspiration on houzz.com, and searching for budget products for the past few months, so it’s really just a matter of making that final decision (easier said than done, right?)!
We’re focusing on a “modern farmhouse” kind of style, with a bold black & white palate with lots of warm wood accents. Here are my material and product choices for the kitchen:
Hansgrohe Stark Faucet – Amazon
Blanco Composite Sink - Amazon
Moving onto the actual kitchen, here is the layout:
After having no uppers on the window side of my old kitchen,
I loved the look way too much to go back to the standard of having upper cabinets. So I put lots of windows in this room, and kept the visual space open and airy. In this view, you see the range & range hood, and the door into the pantry. There will actually be an island in front of this wall of cabinets.
These cabinets will be painted Black Satin (Benjamin Moore). They’ll have the white quartz countertop, and white 3×6 subway tiles (BuildDirect) covering the entire wall. I’m thinking about painting the pantry door a fun color like chartreuse (citron BM), pale emerald (Lehigh green BM), or bright aqua (peacock blue BM).
And speaking of the island, we wanted it to be a unique piece and have a furniture feel, but because there is a sink and dishwasher we were pretty limited to the design. So we decided to make the seating side of the island look like a farmhouse table – made of rough-sawn oak – and the sink side of the island look more like a cabinet. Here’s Mr. Project’s initial sketch:
This is what we ended up going with – a wider sink side with the table intersecting the island. I’m really excited to see how this thing shakes out!
The cabinets on the sink side of the island and the fridge side of the kitchen will all be a pale green-gray (Benjamin Moore’s Gray Cashmere). The open shelves on this side will be white (swiss coffee) and they’ll be backed with a v-groove paneling also painted white.
The far wall of the kitchen (to the left of the stove wall) will be the dining area. All windows (yay) with banquette seating, a dining table and chairs. The subway tile is continued around the windows for some continuity and a little farmhouse charm.
On the opposite wall of the stove, the dining area has two more windows, and the banquette seating wraps. The empty space is looking into the family room, and the slatted area is a double-sided fireplace.
And since that was all a little bland to look at, here’s some eye candy that will help you visualize. This kitchen has no upper cabinets and tons of windows. Lovei t of course. And the white subway tile is just classic. The ceiling has v-groove paneling on it. Love that look.
Here is a long kitchen with a windowed banquette. I love all the pillows and comfy seats. Again simple subway tile for a backsplash.
I absolutely love this kitchen, it’s a great example of a modernized farmhouse. The subway tile, no upper cabinets, butcher block countertop, and lots of windows. Love the industrial touches as well. The gray color is what I’m going for with my Cashmere Gray cabinets.
This picture shows how I want my refrigerator side to look. Gray cabinets with white open shelving:
And these black cabinets are just so gorgeous, I hope mine turn out just as smooth and beautiful as these. With Mr. Project building them, I’m sure they will be!
So that is the plan for the kitchen, I think it’s going to look striking and beautiful. I can’t wait to get started and actually see it come together into a gorgeous space. Hopefully you made it this far, if you did, I’d love to hear what you think!
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May 4th, 2013
I get tons of people asking what paint colors I used in our home. We went with a coastal beach palette with a lot of light airy colors focused around warm grays, taupes, and aquas. Here’s a quick graphic you can pin (scroll over to see pin button) if you want to keep track of our colors. I LOVE all my paint colors. I have to say that both in person and online, the most asked about color has been the Abalone (benjamin moore). It is a light airy gray that sometimes reads as greenish, or purpleish, but always beautiful and full of life. If I had it to do all over again, I’d have all my sea-salt mixed at 75% and maybe a drop of black added to de-saturate it just a hair.
We used Abalone by Benjamin Moore on all the major areas of the house including all the bedrooms (other than the master) and the office space. It’s an awesome, bright, neutral warm gray.
All the white cabinets were painted in Duck White by Sherwin Williams – a great off white that doesn’t go yellow/cream. It’s more of a green/gray undertone.
Trim was painted White Dove – DO NOT confuse this with Dove White which is a much more yellow white.
The walls here are Sherwin William’s Sea Salt, and the laundry cabinets are Kelly Moore’s Acapulco Aqua. The countertops are made of solid alder and stained a custom mix.
We wanted to go darker in our master and went with Brindle by Kelly Moore. This color is absolutely perfect if you’re looking for something that’s darker than the Restoration hardware grays, and is still a warm color. In the day it looks almost brown, but it’s definitely a gray. The nice thing about it is that you can mix browns or grays, it’s an awesome dark neutral.
To carry the warmth from the master bedroom into the bathroom, I went with a taupe – Benjamin Moore’s Ashley Gray. At full strength it’s a bit too dark, so I went 75% strength and it was great for the space.
My Craft room was a medium teal – Gidget’s Secret (Kelly Moore). I would have loved this to be a little bit more green, but it’s a rich beautiful color if you’re looking for a more blue color.
Here’s another view of Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. We used this in two bathrooms and the laundry room. I also used it for inside the glass cabinets in the kitchen. The color is very similar to Restoration Hardware’s Light Silver Sage.
Picking paint colors was probably the most stressful part of the renovation. People say it’s “just paint” but really it’s a lot of work to re-paint a whole house if you decide you don’t like the colors. Plus the paint you choose really does determine the look and feel of your house. My advice is to try a lot of samples – put big swatches on the wall – and look up pictures online of spaces using the colors you are thinking about. At the end of the day, you just have to bite the bullet and hope for the best!