We’ve been at this house-designing thing of mine together for a while now, haven’t we? I’ve been writing New House Diary for a year, but the progress has been slow-going over here. Mainly because, like the old saying goes, “The cobbler’s children have no shoes,” and the designer’s house is never designed. Ha! But that is all about to change in 2015.
Yes, I have been working on what I want for my house at a slow pace and I have been ok with that. Even my coffee cup has reminded me to Trust the Process. Last year we made several investments in our new home, but not the kind that look so pretty to you and me. Let’s see, there was the new pool heater, and the new fence and remote-control gate (thanks to insurance requirements and needing a safe place for my pups), and then there was the tree cutting, and the maintenance on the air conditioner, and adding those whirly-birds in the attic, and mainly there was my crazy-busy schedule that just wouldn’t allow me to bring myself to gut my kitchen and master bath while my life and travel schedule were nuts. It was for my sanity.
And though everything isn’t perfect, it’s certainly pleasant and comfortable here, pre-remodel, since I am surrounded by things I love. But I’m getting to the point where my sanity cannot look at this place another minute in 2015 without taking some BIG leaps forward. So now what? Well, I am on “the waiting list” for my contractor at the moment. I think we’ll have a Spring start date for the demolition, which should be perfect so that most of the dirty work can happen this summer while we are at the beach. I hope to be back up and running and looking gorgeous by Fall. Fall – that will be here before we know it, I’m afraid!
So that means I have about 8 weeks or so to get SERIOUS about my decision-making so I can hand over my gigantic design specifications book by the end of the first quarter to my contractor for final pricing. Then we can start ordering materials and fixtures and get me on his schedule with all the subcontractors by April. Eek. This is getting real!
So what decisions have I made (thanks to your help) so far? Let’s talk about some of them…
First, the entry. It looks like I am still going with these decisions and this color palette.
And this gigantic-scale Designers Guild wallpaper is really growing on me as an option for the walls!
And the kitchen?? Well, I am strongly leaning toward a pale gray cabinet paint similar to this design by Benjamin Dhong. And I think I’m going with marble countertops – most likely Carrara.
Although I can’t seem to get an all-white kitchen (boring? maybe. classic? yes!) out of my head, sort of like this one from New England Home Magazine.
But I am for sure choosing the Thermador Appliances! Steam wall oven, you are SO MINE!
I am definitely swapping the dining room with the study, and adding a door from the breakfast room to what will now be the dining room, for more of a “function-driven” design approach.
Next week I will start sharing with you my dining room choices. Then we will move on to the master bedroom and sunroom before my Spring deadline. We must have at least all my decisions squared away for the main floor by then, so get your thinking caps on. We gotta make this all happen soon!
And I will be sure to show you when we swing the hammer for that first bit of demolition in just a few months. I hope it feels like HGTV’s Property Brothers, where the homeowner gets to rip the sheetrock off the walls themselves, because I could really take out my frustrations on this celery green paint with stained trim that came with the house (and that cabinetry that doesn’t even hold my plates and cookware). You haven’t really even seen how dated my Master Bedroom is…whew! Can’t wait to demo that, too, baby!
Oh and another VERY fun part of all this? Well I now have THREE licensing deals signed: CR Laine, which you know about, and 2 others that I will be announcing soon! Plus I have 2 more in the works. So it’s getting really fun to put my own “Tobi Fairley” pieces in my home design! Feels very satisfying that not only am I designing pieces for the world, but for my very own family, too. And now that my first collection is almost designed and will be in production in the next couple of weeks, it is getting real. I now know all the dimensions and details to include these actual pieces in my own home design and furniture plans.
I knew there was a reason that I didn’t move ahead too fast in this home renovation, and now I know WHY! I didn’t know it at the time, but it only makes sense if I am designing all these home furnishing collections to include them in my own home, right?
So mainly today I want to say thanks for your help so far. This year is going to get really fun for New House Diary! I am glad you will be with me along the way!