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A Step Above

In Design Options, Dining Rooms, Materials, real estate, Spaces on April 22, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I am really the type of person that should not have too much idle time on my hands waiting for responses. I am pretty resolute at making decisions, though I like to banter about a bit and toss around viable ( or not so viable) options.  Luckily, the designer on our project is receptive to this approach and when I come up with a gee whiz idea and shoot it over I usually get a pretty quick response which will then allow my to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to the idea and move on.  When I don’t hear back, it just gives me more time to root around for additional options and ideas.  After all, until I get a response there’s nothing that I am doing that will stall the process…

And hence we arrive here today.  We are currently awaiting costing on some items the HUD consultant has mandated be included into the scope of work.  The amount of this additional work will determine if other things need to come off the current scope of work we have. So we’re waiting…meanwhile I got to thinking that perhaps the foyer concept we are currently implementing may not be the best way go.

This currently our idea.  I don’t like that in our Colonial the front door drops you into the living room so abruptly. We like the idea of something a little more defined.  The more I think about it though we are blowing out all the walls on the first floor and I am a little concerned that it will look like a big open space with a foyer and a kitchen island. So during breakfast this morning, I had an epiphany.  “What if instead of putting in the entry space we raised the dining area, while keeping it open?”

Much to my astonishment, the hubs almost immediately latched onto the idea and really liked (dare I say Loved?) it.  Now it will be open on two side and walled( by the exterior walls) on two side, rather than landlocked like in the pictures above and below.

In essence, I see it being a large platform that the dining room set will be on overlooking the large bay window that is currently in that space. As much as I am all for the open concept, something in me cringes just a little at the loss of a formal dining room ( perhaps it’s the realtor in me).  This option gives me a defined space while keeping the open concept. Yay!

This image (above) gives a better idea of what I am thinking. Simple and clean with just a hint of schmaltz 🙂 A cursory search of course showed some of the bells and whistles I shall add to my request. Love the lights recessed into the platform.

The drawers in this option are interesting, but I don’t know if we’d make adequate use of them. What would I store there? Suggestions?

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Space to Take My Breath Away

In Design Options, Kitchens, Living Room, Materials, real estate, Spaces on April 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Pleasant Valley contemporary bedroom
So, it has been long decided that grey, in many of its forms will be a staple in the new spaces. In my mind I really kept seeing accent colors that really popped like turquoise, purple or fuchsia.
Pleasant Valley contemporary family room

I had dangled the idea of a neutral sofa to the hubs, to lukewarm response… But now I’m seeing these images and I feel reborn!  I know I gravitate toward high style glitz and glamour, but I do honestly want something that is stylish yet comfortable and easily manageable.  I don’t want to cringe when someone flops in one of our chairs ( though that is a bit rude, don’t ya think?)

Pleasant Valley contemporary family room
Use of dove-gray and grayish blues with pale sand colors is really resonating with me.  We have purposely chosen kitchen colors that are NOT in the toasty caramel brown family (can you say DONE TO DEATH!) The cabinets are espresso very dark and the floors are called mudslide, which is also very dark and chocolatey.  The granite also leans a bit to the gray side.  It’s all very encouraging folks!!
Pacific Hillside Retreat traditional family room

My one caveat on going in this direction would really be to avoid at all cost event the slightest hint or reference to the beach.  No seashells, no bead board or white wainscoting. Though not far from the water and in an area known for waterish types of things, we’re just not those people.
Everything about this makes me smile.  It’s cool and light and airy, it feels spacious and comfortable. It’s stylish and intentional but not pretentious.  And it’s not girly so the hubs will offer a thumbs up! WHOO HOO!!!
Its gonna be a good day!