So this week I thought that I would bombard you with a sampling of the images that I have held in my mind for the last year or so. These are images from my photo bank of ideas and inspirations. There aren't any that totally incapsulate any one room, so I thought I would walk you through each picture and explain how I feel its elements will fit into our house.
The island in this picture speaks to me. I love the live edge, the size, the shelves underneath. I like the stools and John really likes all the hanging pots. The colors of the cabinets are great. Really the only thing I don't like about this picture is the amount of exposed stuff. I like clean lines and limited visual clutter. John wants to see things, so we will have to come to a compromise on this. Generally, we both agree that this picture fits our ideal kitchen.
This kitchen is also great. I like these stools better. They just seem more comfortable for everyday eating. The island is a bit boring but I really like cabinets in the back that have an old ice box feel to them. It's probably just the hardware. I also like the yellow walls with the dark trimmed windows and I love the hanging lamps.
The Living Room
There is very little we do not love about this photo. All of the exposed beams, the natural wood and the open layout. I also dig this red club chair.
These pictures have me thinking about bathroom tiles. We have this notion of lots of tile work in the bathroom with a Moroccan flavor. I have been collecting tiles from the salvage shops for the past year but have come up pretty dry in the interesting tile department. I am now thinking about painting my own tiles. There is a way to get cheap white tiles and prime them so you can paint over them and them seal them, but I think that is going to look bad. My next thought is getting bisque tiles ( unglazed), painting them and then having them fired. This is obviously a more expensive route but it may be worth it. I am going to do some samples. I will keep you updated. Also, I love the shower head in the two bottom pictures.
We have been imagining the shower with sculpted walls, not nearly as low as this, but this idea of the shower being a thick walled, tiled, formed area as opposed to a standard stall.
I like this I -am -just-a -bowl approach to a bathroom sink and I like the fixture coming out of the wall, not the base.
PENNY FLOOR! I adore this, however, our floors are the stained concrete so it won't really work anywhere..... except the shower floor! I think i have convinced John that this should be the floor of the shower. My concern is that the beauty of this lies largely in the shine and I will have to scuff it up to make it non slippery.
So out the back door , on the back porch , we have a drain for a bathtub. Several people have given us some peculiar looks on this decision. I have not been able to tell them exactly why I want an outdoor bathtub but this is what I have had in mind. A private greenhouse bathing oasis. I am thinking about fun random windows, not the large glass panes, but the same feeling. I want lots of plants and a claw foot tub in its own separate space.
Off to the side of the house, near the back door, there is a nook that juts out from the house and has its own feel. We want to create a space that is cozy for reading, that feels private, and that serves as a guest bed.
This is not exactly right, but it is kinda close. The "bed" will look more like a single cushion, but it will fold out into a queen bed. It will have the shelves underneath and more off to the side. I like the natural wood and the cozy feel in this picture. Our nook will not have the folding screens either.
If you look to the back of this photo you can see more of what the nook will be. Nestled into a window, with lots of cushions and fabric, but raised a bit and surrounded by shelves. I have been thinking about using piano shawls, like on this chair, as well.
A friend once described me , saying " christy sure is not afraid of color". That is true and I want this house to have lots of it. I like these pictures both for their general feel and their color palette.
Thanks for taking a trip through my favorite photos! Only time will tell if we are able to nail it.