Ink and Reverie #3- Exterior Decisions, Ideas and Inspirations…and Paintings

Ink and Reverie #3- Exterior Decisions, Ideas and Inspirations…and Paintings

I don’t know what’s up with me lately…I seem to be constantly a day off my bloggy schedule.
This week is no different but thankfully I can blame the Monday holiday for my mis-step.
So, though it’s Wednesday and not Tuesday, it’s time for…
Today, I’m going to share some of our newest ideas and inspirations for the project…a quick ‘I want it to look/feel like this’ sort of thing…the architect’s side of things can be fetched HERE.
Happily, Wallace (the architect) and I have officially decided on a white stucco exterior.
Though stucco in its traditional greige form scares the living shit pants off of me…mostly due to my neighbourhood’s propensity for sort of thing…
…(aka ginormous/ostentatious Versailles wannabes)…I’m all over the white version…it feels very different from the above…crisper…less ornamental…
…but still ‘fancy’.
In addition, we’ve also (thanks to my carpenter dreamboat Allen who can source these from the UK for cheaper styles) nailed down this sort of thing for the upstairs hallway…
We had originally thought or putting a skylight above the stairwell but have now supersized the idea to span the entire length of the hall…I’m beaucoup excited about this.
Also, we’ve nailed down the look we want for the windows…
…which basically centers around some type of replication of old steel factory numbers…but in a modern energy efficient sort of way.
As for what’s going around the windows…which is properly termed the ‘fenestration’ of the building….which PS, I can’t say with a straight face for some reason…the word takes my brain to somewhere else…maybe because it rhymes with masturbation…I don’t know…it definitely sounds like some kind of raunchy term to me…keeping on that theme, the fenestration of this house needs to be sexy lexy.
We’re going for this very clean lined modernism on that front…
…which means really nada around the windows…straight returns, no frill.
The later will come from the stucco work…
(though these make us both nervous because of their potential to visit gody town)
…Corinthian (Wallace taught me all about different types and these are officially my fave) porch columns…
…and ironwork…
Black door, lanterns, tile
And finally, we’re hoping to inject a blop of modernism with the garage…because it’s going to jet out and is only a single story high, the garage is a bit awkward…instead of fighting its weirdness, we’re going to embrace it with a giant unexpected warm (or cold in this case) hug…concrete box styles…
concrete house //  Ken Architekten | Möriken, Switzerland,
All very exciting….and terrifying…as subconsciously evidenced my dream last night where I listen to my husband tell me how he’s lost his job and how we have no money and have to ditch the dreamhouse in favour of a cardboard box;)
To combat the money anxiety/fears, I’ve been painting like a Busy Betty lately…
[‘Neve’…soon to be seen in #projectvicarious]
[yet to be named…in progress]
On that note, check my shop for an influx of new items soon…I suspect I’ll be doing a LOT of painting these next few months;)
Stay tuned for all of it my friends.


  • Jordana @WhiteCabana
    Posted at 18:18h, 16 October Reply

    Gorgeous! Gorgeous! This house is going to be just beautiful. Thanks for taking us along with you on this exciting – and stressful? – journey!

  • Julie
    Posted at 19:38h, 16 October Reply

    love that you decided to go with clean line modernism for the fenestration. ha! just had to say it. FYI, we think alike. okay, gonna stop laughing now. well, now. ha! totally still laughing. ok, onto the skylight spanning the entire length of the hallway. GET OUT. unreal, so amazing! I can’t wait to see this house! ps. fenestration. ha!

  • Clare M
    Posted at 23:33h, 16 October Reply

    Wow, wow, wow! I’m in love with all of your ideas for your dream home! So jealous haha!

    Clare x

  • Tim
    Posted at 07:36h, 17 October Reply

    oh i love that skylight hallway!! Just incredible and love how you get to build your dream home exactly the way you envision it! Can’t wait to see follow along the process and I am coming over for a tea party!!


  • The Indigo & Co. Inc.
    Posted at 10:33h, 18 October Reply

    This is all so very dreamy.. Such perfect taste!

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