The Dream House Diaries #5- BIG NEWS and Moodboards

The Dream House Diaries #5- BIG NEWS and Moodboards

Happy Monday…I trust  you all had an enjoyable Father’s Day weekend.
Mine was swell…hubster and I had our first datenight since Jasper was born and it was nifty…I drank two glasses of wine…so civilized.
Also, little munchkin turned 3 months…
…which I totally can’t believe.
And aside from that, I totally fixated on all things #dreamhouse…
…mostly because….
Yuppers…this little beaut of a property now belongs to us…
…which means the dream house is going to happen.
Holy Dinah.
Now as for the plan itself, we’re actually not selling our existing house…instead, we’re going to rent it out with the idea that we’ll sell it down the road after some more good old fashioned appreciation has happened.
As for the new property, we’re going to throw some paint on the hold house, clean her up a bit and hopefully rent it out while the planning/designing/permit getting phase of #projectdreamhouse takes place…if all goes according to plan, we’ll rent the old house on the new property out for 8-12 months, and start building in early summer 2014…we’ll stay in our exisiting house while construction takes place and then move on over to the new place, and hopefully rent our house.
There’s definitely a lot of moving parts in this plan and I won’t lie, I’m slightly terrified by the mere thought of it.
There be a lot of money on the table here and well, we don’t want to loose the farm as it were.
Thankfully, our ‘worst comes to worse’ back up plans means that if all falls apart, we’ll just hock one of the houses/lots and be back to where we are now.
Hoping that we don’t have to resort to that of course.
Anyhoo…we’re VERY excited and I’m obviously unable to think about anything but designing the living shit out of this new abode.
So, on that train, I’ve put together some moody moodboards.
But before we get to that, let’s chat about appliances…
The fam and I went and had a look at some on Saturday, just for shits and giggles.
I’m leaning towards either one of these…
or these…

…obviously totally different but I adore them both.
Either way, stove/oven/cooker/whateveryouwanttocallit will be black.
The kitchen in this place will be the biggest brain drain for sure…I’ve got tons of ideas but I have to sort out how to mush them all together…more on that later.
For now, I’ve managed to firm up plans for both the living room and Malcolm’s room…hence, the moodboards.
I don’t plan on buying much in the way of new furniture for this place…we just won’t have the budget after actually building it…but…I do have hopes of adding a few new key pieces.
So far, this means a coffee table, sofa and some accessories for the living room and a new bed, chair and rug for Mac’s room.
As much as I adore little dude’s antique bed, he just really doesn’t…and since his current room was largely put together with hand me down house stuff, I would like to get him a few new things…and just to note, Scarlett and Jasper will NOT be getting room re-dos…the dream home will have full scale replicas of their existing spaces…though S will probably get a different wallpaper selection just to mix it up a bit.
Anyhoo…I played around with my new fancier version of Powerpoint on the weekend and mapped out plans for the formal living room an Malcolm’s room.
Here’s my plan for the fancy room of the house….
…note the new black leather sofa divinity, which I’ve been obsessed with for like ever…it MUST happen for me to be happy with life.
The settee is the one I have in our existing living room (just didn’t have a picture of it so subbed in another guy), the rug is our new guy that’s in the basement right now, and the Platner chair is also mine (thinking I’ll recover her in a lush emerald velvet)…oh and I also already have the Oly bust…so most of the goodness is 
In my mind, this room will be to the right of a center hall with double french doors leading in…the walls will be completely moulded/paneled and some amazing medallion will house the Mouille knock off ceiling fixture I’ve also loved long time.
The room won’t be big but she’ll be good.
Moving on.
Here’s Malcolm’s ‘space cowboy’ room…

I just finished of a similar themed room for #projectwholehouse ‘s son and fell in love with the concept.
My Mac dude is obsessed with Star Wars and has repeatedly asked me to change his name to Luke Skywalker…when I found those art prints for my client’s kid, I pretty much knew they also had to end up in my Malcolm’s room as well.
The dresser is already his, as is the throw….but aside from that, this is newbie stuff.
The hanging ball chair will definitely have to happen since Mac would swing himself to death if we let him…and the upholstered bed in that fun graphic print is my new CB2 favourite.  I’ve had the Paul Loebach wallpaper picked out for him for years….love how the tone on tone cowboy print looks…and speaking of wallpaper, husband is pretty relieved that those black stars are just decals and not the $$$$ Coronota Star paper that I originally showed him…happy, happy.
So….for now, I’ve got two rooms squared away.
And the fun has really just begun.
Je Suis Excited.


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  • {Two One Nine}
    Posted at 08:43h, 17 June Reply

    Can’t wait to see it all, it’s going to be spectacular!! I would give almost anything for that Sofa, it’s definitely the dream piece of furniture in my mind too!

    Love Mac’s room! I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do for my boys + baby as all their rooms are still clean slates! Great inspo!

    Can’t wait to see all the plans continue, and very happy and excited for you and your family!

  • Chassity (Look Linger Love)
    Posted at 08:44h, 17 June Reply

    This is pretty much the coolest news I will hear all week. I love you and your design dreams that you’re turning into reality. xoxoxoxoxxoxo

  • Pam @ Cherish Toronto
    Posted at 08:50h, 17 June Reply

    Congrats on getting the lot, Christine!! I’m so excited for you and so happy that we all get to live vicariously through you for the next two years ish…

  • Hollie Cooper
    Posted at 08:51h, 17 June Reply

    Yeah! Mac’s room looks awesome, the art over his bed is fab. I am also dying over the living Room sofa!

  • Albertina M. Cisneros
    Posted at 09:09h, 17 June Reply

    So excited for you!! This house is going to be the focal point of so many of us!! I’m so thrilled and excited and so glad you get to build your dream home. That is priceless!

  • Proper Hunt
    Posted at 09:10h, 17 June Reply

    Congrats!!! That is sooo exciting!! Albeit scary, but exciting nonetheless πŸ˜‰ And those mood boards – looove them! I love the idea of a space cowboy room. So cool!

  • Amy D
    Posted at 09:14h, 17 June Reply

    Amazing news, Christine! Congrats on getting to build your dream home! Also, those black appliances are so sleek and sexy πŸ™‚

  • Tiffany Leigh Interior Design
    Posted at 09:49h, 17 June Reply

    Congratulations! The biggest risks bring the biggest rewards, I think this will be amazing. I am OBSESSED with that first stove. Please get it so I can live out my design fantasies vicariously through you (although I do this alreadY)

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 11:01h, 17 June Reply

    I’m so thrilled for you!!!! And seriously…I CANNOT wait to see your dream home come to life! Ugh the stoves!!! I love the black and gold! xo

  • Erin | Holtwood Hipster
    Posted at 11:28h, 17 June Reply

    Congratulations to you and your family Christine! Lots of great stuff happening… very exciting indeed. The Space Cowboy room… I have to tell you that it’s probably my favorite of all that I’ve seen from you (and that is saying a lot because I pretty much adore everything). Inspiring…

  • Paige Beckett
    Posted at 12:54h, 17 June Reply

    Sweet merciful God, go for the black and gold stove…GO FOR THE GOLD!!!

  • Rebecca { MyDarlingHouse}
    Posted at 13:06h, 17 June Reply

    OMG. I die over that kw couch, I have been coveting the matching chair for ages. Congrats on the new place I can’t wait to watch you make it fab!!

  • Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful}
    Posted at 14:36h, 17 June Reply

    That is such fantastic news, my sweet!!! And of course, you are going to be in design heaven getting to build it from the ground up…I’m super duper excited to see the plans as they come together…that space cowboy room is absolute boyhood perfection!

  • Naomi@DesignManifest
    Posted at 15:31h, 17 June Reply

    this is going to be so amazing. So happy for you and your family. And so happy for me that I get to follow the process.
    I can’t believe you have designed two rooms. You are insane! When do you sleep?


  • Nancy
    Posted at 17:16h, 17 June Reply

    Congratulations! No sleep for you the next few months, even if Jasper sleeps, you’ll be reeling with ideas. Love them all, and all the best to you. Yay to Malcom for getting new stuff! It’s gonna be great!
    xo Nancy

  • {darlene} @ fieldstonehill
    Posted at 08:57h, 18 June Reply

    who is luckier?
    You bc of this awesomeness?
    US bc we get to follow your creative genius???

  • Alexa
    Posted at 13:41h, 18 June Reply

    Oh my goodness Christine! I am so excited for you!!! I’m living vicariously through you! πŸ˜‰

  • ashley nicole catherine
    Posted at 13:41h, 19 June Reply

    i mean, seriously, could he be any sweeter?? congrats on the new home, christine! makes me smile to see so many good things coming your way. also, those ranges?? just insane.

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