2. How did you choose your interior finishings (flooring, lighting etc.)?
(That’s my laundry room sink sitting in the middle of my living room. Also, I designed the fireplace based of of something I saw on one of my favorite blogs, The Lettered Cottage. I love how it turned out.)
So, we basically had appointments over the course of a few weeks at different vendors that our builder worked with. They had me go to each place with their designer to help me make decisions and help keep me on track with the number of items I needed. For example, our designer would tell me I the number of hallway lights I needed to pick out or the number of cabinet hardware in each bathroom and the kitchen. She also wrote everything down for me and got photos of everything, which really helped since I had Sadie with me at each appointment and I was often a little distracted! Once my designer had a feel for my design aesthetic she was able to help suggest things she knew I would like….I felt like the two of us were on the same page and she totally “got” my vision. But she was more of a facilitator than a traditional designer.
Since I had to pick out everything before the house was even built, it meant that I couldn’t actually see the layout or design of my house while making these decisions. Let me tell you….picking out an entry way light fixture when you can’t even picture what that entry way will really look like is tough. Picking out tile for your bathroom, plus cabinets, plus shower tile, plus countertop, plus a backsplash when you’ve never even stepped foot in the bathroom is also hard. I’m no designer, so figuring out what would look good together was tough. If I had to do it all over again, I would have made maybe hired a professional designer to put together mood boards for each space for me. BUT I had just had a baby, so that didn’t even cross my mind! I spent a ton of time on Pinterest so I knew generally what I wanted before going to any appointments, which helped. My designer would also give some companies a heads up as to what I wanted (like white cabinets in the kitchen, or subway tile in the bathroom) so that when we arrived for an appointment they were prepared with specific things to show me. I was just plain exhausted from having a newborn…several of my appointments were quick and I knew what I wanted right away. Flooring and cabinets were the easiest for me. Lighting was the hardest and I ended up going back to the lighting place four different times, and I actually changed a fixture when it came in because I didn’t like how it looked in the space. My lighting designer loved seeing how much Sadie had grown each time I came in! Jon went to a few of these appointments with me (flooring, and one lighting I think) but for the most part he let me pick whatever I wanted….or whatever was “in the budget.”
3. What’s your favorite part of your new house?
It turned out so great. And funny how the thing you were most sure of you hated. Love the pantry.
Jessica (The Newly) says
Loving these posts. Filing them away for future reference:) And girl – your pantry is the stuff of my dreams! We just moved into this big new home…and the pantry is smaller than the one I had before in my tiny little 1500 sq foot cottage. Makes NO sense. Sigh. One day.
hello erin says
Yup. Way faster to build than remodel! But I love all the decisions you made. Your house is perfect for you guys!
I love these posts, keep them coming! We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen but I am holding myself up because SO MANY DECISIONS! haha 😉
You made some great design decisions! I'm so impressed you did all this with a newborn! And I can see why the pantry is your favorite… It's impressive!
Jessica Kessler says
Your pantry is absolutely amazing!!! Can I move in there? 😉 We built our first home and it was great. Once we had two littles we needed something bigger, but man did I love that house.
Ashley Dorey says
I can't wait to build our house! First…land. ha. But we did a 700 sq/ft addition on our current home and it took a good 6 months alone. Grrr…
Rebekah @ Chronicles from the Peanut Gallery says
I'm curious about your kitchen & deciding what drawers and cabinets you wanted. Did you have an idea of number and type or did you just go with whatever fit the space? I know nothing about kitchen design but we're building in a couple of years and I'm already stressed about the idea of kitchen planning!
We just moved last summer in a new to us house. I've always had interest in homes, home decor, etc, so I find these posts so fun!
When I was little (and still now)my mom & I would go to open houses. Haha! We now go to our local parade of homes. So fun!
Kelli Herrington says
Love it and what color paint is on the walls with the stairs
This all sounds like so much fun!! My husband is super handy and I cannot wait to break down a wall or two with him one day when we are home owners!
Michelle Turek says
Your new home is gorgeous, Julie!! Congratulations!!!