Three things for today:
First, In an effort to get back to regular blogging, I’ve decided on a schedule of sorts to keep things on track.
So…to keep me accountable, here’s the line up:
Mondays- Project Flip
Tuesdays- The Business of Design (i.e.project updates)
Wednesdays- Wednesday Wallpaper
Thursdays- A lifestyle trend report…more details on this one to come
Fridays- Art Fair Fridays
That’s 5 posts/week people…god help me;)
Thankfully, I have some amazing helpers on this front so stay tuned for lots of goodness.
For today, as it is Monday and all, I figured I should update you all on the progress of #projectflip i.e. my attempt to renovate and sell the house we originally purchased for demo re: the dream house.
You can read the history of the decision flip HERE if you haven’t already. And to see the befores, go HERE.
If you recall, my architect WJB Designs and I put together a plan that involved a total gut reno of the existing 2 story cement block of a house. We also decided early on to extend the main floor to include a garage, mudroom and combo kitchen/family. The addition proposed added much needed space to the first floor but left he upstairs with a simple tweaking of spaces to make room for a master ensuite. After looking at the plans and really analyzing a few things, we quickly came to the conclusion that the upstairs would need a little more space as well. We also decided that the elevation, though pretty, really needed some help in terms of window sizing. So…round two of design work began and brought us to here…
We have a few hurdles to get through in terms of the site plan in that the existing structure is placed to the far left of the lot and much closer to the road than current setbacks so we’re crossing fingers the addition can go in accordance to the plans…a meeting with the town today will hopefully give us the go ahead.
There is also likely to be a little more tinkering with the layouts. For one, I’ve changed the shower in the master bathroom to run the length of that space, with the toilet on the outside. I’m really hoping to get a freestanding tub in the shower area with the showerhead coming from the ceiling. I’m also playing with the kitchen/dining room to make them more open to one another so I can extend built-ins into the dining room…the kitchen is quite small so I’m hoping this will add some much needed storage. The dining room is dinky too so again, hoping this helps open both spaces
As far as what the house itself is going to look like, I’ve been running around like a crazy person lately trying to source and spec everything.
On the facade, the existing structure will be re-stuccoed in white. The additions will be covered in wood siding, again in white. The windows will be black on the outside and on the first floor interior…white upstairs inside.
The bathrooms are coming together but probably warrant their own post so I’ll run through the first floor for now.
To start, the kitchen is going to have lowers only and I’m leaning towards using IKEA’s Tingsryd cabinets in all black…I adore this kitchen from the Princess Margaret Showhouse kitchen and want this look for the main cabinetry area.
I plan to do all the walls in subway tile but with white grout…same goes for the hood…want it to be a simple box shape like the one I have but covered in tile…
The counter will be carrera marble in a honed finish and for the island, I want an antique drapery table…thinking this one from Black Rooster…
For the combo dining room business, I want to use a more panelled cabinet door and line the walls in black cabinetry a la this kitchen designed by Jessica Helgerson, which is PS, in my top 5 of all time faves…
For the floors, I’m going to be using Cement Tile Shop goodies in a pattern that makes me think old bistro…
And really love this look (designed by Ste. Marie design) overall…
I’d also love a tufted leather banquette in there but we’ll see how the budget fairs.
And I guess that’s the kitchen/dining.
What else can I tell you?
The office area, along with the rest of the first floor will be panelled to within an inch of it’s life thanks to the amazingess that is Metrie.
Overall, I’m going for this sort of business…
…which is as you all know by now, my favourite look. Parisian apartment meets bronx loft.
I’m going to try and do metal doors on both entrances to the office, that slide on a track like in my current laundry room.
Lambert et Fils will be lighting up the entire house I hope, so that will also be pretty swell…
As for the floors, those who follow me on Instagram know of the debate I posted between my final two selections…
To be honest, I had already decided in my own head but was curious to see what the general population thought…since this house is for re-sale, I wanted to see if my choice was also the one the people loved the most:) Thankfully, it was…but not by much. I think by final count, my choice edged out the other by just 20 or so votes.
So…drumroll…the floors will be done in the….
I freaking love it…it’s warm, old looking and I adore the small seems that make the floor look like it’s finished on site. Though the grey is super pretty, it’s just not the look I want for this place…need people to come in and feel like they’ve been given a warm hug so they want to throw down their greens on the place and I think the washed oak is perfect for that.
And I think that’s all I have for today on the #projectflip front.
Which leads me to my last but VERY not least news…I’m beyonnnnnndddd excited to share the video I did for House and Home, which is basically an interview tour of the foyer and piano room I did for Project Barringham…
You can watch that HERE!
To say that maybe made my life is well, an understatement of the large kind.
And with all of that, I think I’m out for today.
Check back tomorrow for mucho updates on the work front.