Month: February 2018

Be Sure To Include Designer in ALL Design Decisions in New Home Build

February 25, 2018

I have recently began a new home design project under construction in Jackson, NH. The home is right down the street from me which is great:

 

The homeowners are requesting a rustic look with a bit of elegance. When I was contacted, I was ask to provide all design services in making the homeowners a ready-to-move-in home. From the plans:

dave plans

To making all of the inside design decisions. So, my issue with including the designer in ALL design decisions is this: I found out today from the builder that the home owner decided to stop at a local kitchen and bath store and chose cabinets and countertops for the bathrooms:

dave bath cabinets

The black bottom cabinet is the style door they chose. The cabinets will be made from knotty alder, the small, lighter wood piece above, in a natural finish. The vanity top is a Tempest Gold quartz.

All of the bathroom choices will be used in ALL of the baths throughout home except master bath.

The kitchen choices they selected are also knotty alder with a cappuccino burnt sienna glaze and highlight:

dave cabinets

I really like the kitchen cabinets and they do work well for this area. Would these have been my suggestions for all the cabinets and countertops? Maybe, maybe not.  I would have liked to work on the project with the homeowners selecting all items for the home.  They could have seen my vision, my ideas. Why I would chose this, and why not that. Maybe they dreamed of a gray/blue bathroom walls. Now, that color choice is out because of the bossy quartz. I would have liked to give them other options. But this is already decided. My job now is to find colors that will work with the countertops and cabinets. I also need to select tile for bath floors, tile for showers and also paint colors using the decisions they selected.

So working with the kitchen:

dave kitchen plans

dave kitchen

Nice open floor plan. The island is 11 feet long!

dave first floor

Selecting paint colors for the walls, here is my choice I think will work best with coordinating with the kitchen cabinets and countertops, plus work in open concept rooms, up and down the stairs and also the upstairs hallway:

dave revere

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. The rooms are sunny and bright and I think it will work really well throughout. I took my large sample board over to the home and it looks like a soft neutral gray throughout.

For the bathroom, there were not a lot of colors that will work with well both the counter and cabinets. This gold paint color :

dave gold

Ben Moore Tumeric AF-350 really looks nice with the granite. But I do not think they would like gold painted walls in all of their bathrooms. I tried several colors until I found the best neutral I think will work best with the cabinets and counters:

muslin

Ben Moore Muslin CC-110. A very soft neutral color with slight undertone of orange. Great color to use with yellow or orange based cabinets. Thinking of gold fixtures which are popular and will bring out the gold in the countertops. I will go over the paint color selections with the homeowners and let you know what happens!

It is going to be a beautiful new home. Plus, it is located right on a ski slope:

skiier

Image how fun it would be to sit and watch the skiers ski by!

A lot of design decisions coming up and will share with you as the process continues! Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Just a Reminder

February 24, 2018

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that the March issue of my monthly newsletter ‘Roominations’ will be published tomorrow, February 26th. This issue is packed with great content!

dave plans

* In this month’s issue, I explain the why in my post, “Be Sure to Include Designer in ALL Design Decisions in New Home Build” and the reason I selected this topic.

* This month’s Reader’s Question answers a question from a reader friend who is looking for a few ideas and inspiration for Easter decorating.

* This issue also offers suggestions on where to purchase Spring porch accessories.

 

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Bringing Spring in Early with Tulips

February 17, 2018

I went to the local grocer today and I found tulips for sale! I was so excited because nothing says Spring like a vase of tulips:

pink and blue

pink arrangement

The only problem was picking which color to buy! All so pretty. I ended up with pink to use with my blue and white jars:Read More

Saturday Project- Restyling My Living Room

February 10, 2018

I probably should not show anyone, but this is what my living room has looked like since after Christmas:

living room before

Just a bunch of things thrown together after the Holiday’s.  I decided to make an effort to change up the room after I found this throw I fell in love with at Home Goods:

living room throw

I don’t know if it was the color, which I have nothing of, but I just loved it and had to buy. My existing pillows, (which I have owned for about six years, just saying), did not look great with the new throw because they were too beige. The beige pillows with white throw below is a good example of Dirty and Clean together. They do not work well together:

before pillow

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Reminder Tip When Using Ready Made Curtains

February 3, 2018

I sometime wish I could afford to have all of my window treatments in the house be custom made. Wouldn’t that be nice to have someone to come into your home , give you great ideas on what would be the best look for your windows, measure and then come back and install these gorgeous, perfect window treatments? Who wouldn’t? Yes, there are custom window treatment specialist to hire, but the price is usually so high.  Right? I have had custom treatments done in my home but not often because of the cost.

So if you are like me, I buy ready made curtains. One tip I wanted to remind you of is when purchasing a pair of panels, always buy TWO sets, (two panels for each side of window). Yes it is more expensive, but the look is so much more pleasing, almost as if they were custom made.

Here is an example I am working on now. I did not follow my own advice and only purchased one set of two for my office window. Thought I could get away with only one panel on each side:

office win

They look ok,  but not really special. Kind of chintzy is what I thought:

office wind

They just bothered me because I knew I could easily fix the problem. So I bought another set of two panels and tried them out:

office window project

Much nicer and fuller.

office2

office window2

So much better, don’t you think? I might like to get a longer rod, or extension piece in the middle of the rod:

office window close up

So I can extend the curtains more out toward the wall:

office right

 

new office windowsIt is all in the details! Remember this trick next time you dress your windows with panels. I will keep you up to date as I work on my new office. A new room to decorate!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly