Deciding The Style For The New House
People ask me all the time how we begin the design of a house – what really dictates the look and feel and the answer is two things: 1. The personality of the clients and 2. The architecture of the house. When we bought this mid-century house it was 2013 and we didn’t have kids at the time. Now that we are moving from it into a 1920’s English Tudor/cottage with plaster walls and two small kids, I’m trying to figure out how that style will change from house to house. So, let’s do a quick recap of my style the last couple years and then I’ll show you where we are headed.
Above and below are photos we took 6 months after we moved in (from the Domino shoot). It’s decidedly mid-century with lots of bright California colors.
It’s eclectic, happy and fun. Sometimes in person it felt like too much color but man, looking back at the photos makes me really love it again.
We changed some things around to make it more kid-friendly when Charlie started walking (see how we made our house kid-friendly, here), so we put in that huge pouf and those comfortable Safari loungers.
Back in 2013 I asked myself how I wanted the house to feel/look and the answer was bright, airy, and fresh. And it really was.
Then a year later we did a refresh for fall and it was shot for Good Housekeeping and it became WAY more neutral and moody.
Strangely in these photos the whites aren’t popping as much as they did in person, but I really love how it got more refined, warm, and cozy.
I’m actually in the process of putting the blue covers back on the benches because I’m missing the color lately.
Now, lets chat about the new house. I think that the new house is a going to be a combination of both – maybe less pinks, more blacks, but with a lot of bright whites, grays, and blues. I’m sure I’ll do what I do now which is cozier colors in fall and brighter colors in spring.
Here are some images (mostly of my past work) that are inspiring the mood:
But none of those really nail it, either. Here are the words that I’m sticking with whilst designing our new/old house: classic, casual, comfortable, inviting, and yes, always happy with a more older-world feel than I’ve had before with some classic midcentury pieces in the mix. I’ve only made a couple craigslist purchases so far (although check my pinboard for everything that I’m thinking about). To help me make some decisions I pulled together a living room mood board – stuff I already have and some new pieces I’m thinking about. Let me be very clear – this is not my “design plan” its just a quick look and feel to help me make some more major decisions.
There is a lot to talk about here which I’ll get into later (how do you choose a kid-friendly rug and am I really going to buy a white sofa?? – eh, no). But the real reason I’m doing this is because tomorrow we are posting an “Ask the Audience” that I really, really need help with and you’ll need to know roughly what style and vibe we are going for to help us answer the burning question. Tune back in tomorrow, and be sure to let me know how you are feeling on tomorrows post.