Today I am happy to share a few picks for the new house. The initial design process was a lot more intense than I thought it was going to be and required some major vision. This was mostly due to the fact that the base price of the house was over our initial budget, so keeping upgrades to a minimum was priority over design decisions.
I was losing sleep worrying if I had made the right choices, knowing how expensive and wasteful it would be to change them. But now the dust has settled on the decisions, I am hopeful it will all work out.
Here are the choices we made:
External Color Scheme:
By no surprise I wanted our house to be white, but the builder didn’t like the idea as they are hoping for a ‘colorful’ community. I stretched as far as I could with a gray/taupe combo.
We drove to a different community where the builder has built a house similar to what ours will look like to check it out:
I am happy with the neutral color, as it makes the white trim stand out and think it might actually look better than all white. What do you think?
Two-tone paint is a standard feature with our builder. One color on the walls and ceilings, and another on the trim work. Not a hard decision right? Wrong! At least for me…
I really wanted a subtle taupe or cream on the walls, especially because we won’t have a lot of furnishings when we first move in, and color can really cozy things up. However, I also wanted our ceilings white, which would cost 2k to have 3-tone paint. Reluctantly, I chose one-tone, white all-over to save my white ceilings. How do you feel about this? It seems most people don’t mind having color on their ceilings?
The house will be white and bare at first, but white rooms are always my fave, and in time I’m sure we’ll get it looking right.
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White kitchens are all the rage and my absolute favorite, but white was not an option, just a yellowish-cream that was a big upgrade. So, we took the opposite approach, with a “Java”dark brown cabinet. This is a little concerning as there is not a window in the kitchen, so we countered the dark with the lightest granite available and added lots of lighting to light the area as much as possible…keeping my fingers crossed it won’t be a dungeon and instead will be fabulously chic like this:
Brad and I agreed that flooring was something we needed to upgrade. We upgraded the carpet, and changed tile to laminate flooring on the main level. Unfortunately there were only five flooring samples to choose from, and of course I didn’t care for any of them. Four of them were too orange or yellow next to the dark cabinets, and one was pale and rustic. I needed something light to counter the dark cabinets so we went with it..enter rustic farmhouse into the style equation. Here is the floor choice next to a cabinet door and granite sample:
On a large scale, I’m hoping the floor will look something like this:
Hopefully the house will turn out to be a unique blend of craftsman, traditional and farmhouse chic…ha, we’ll see how that goes. We are so excited for building to start next week!
Many thanks to my Boxwood design team (Brad, Sarah and Mum), and the architects and design team at Holmes for letting me change the blueprints!