I’m excited to finally update you on the process of building my home! When I wrote the first post, I should have known how busy things were about to get – between finishing the home, moving, two trips to the beach, and one to the mountains, it has been a busy few months. Without further adieu, check out inspiration for my selections below! (If you missed the first post in this series, click here to read about the begining of the process.)
Once we were under contract, it was time to jump in and select cabinetry, plumbing, tile and countertops, lighting, and paint colors! I was excited and immediately began looking into all the options. I think anyone who has built a home can tell you that this can be really overwhelming. There’s so much out there! But in the end, the time and energy spent with selections was completely worth it. There’s no way we could have a found a house that fit us so well, and I love that I can focus on furniture and accessories instead of renovations.
For the exterior, I’d always loved the color of this house in Boylan Heights so it was an easy decision to go with gray for the siding. I selected Dovetail 7018 by Sherwin Williams and to add a little color, we had the porch ceiling painted Tradewind 6218 (in keeping with haint blue ceilings found on southern porches). Although I love front doors that are painted a bold color, the natural feel of the stone and gray paint color called for something more natural, like a medium brown stain.
For the overall feel of the interior, I went for a modern bungalow style. Five panel doors are traditionally used in older bungalows, and I selected flat panel doors for a clean look. Modern lever hardware from Baldwin adds a nice feel to the doors as well. For the staircase and fireplace design, I wanted something simple that wouldn’t stray too far from the character that I love in arts and crafts homes.
Flat panel, shaker style cabinet doors keep with the feel of the home while the dark finish makes it contemporary. Light counter tops and tile backsplash will balance out the dark cabinets.
While I was gathering inspiration, Pinterest became incredibly helpful! It was the perfect place to keep track of different options and to find existing spaces that captured the feel I was going for. If you’re considering building a house, consider hiring an interior designer. Having someone who has been through the process before and who can help with decisions is invaluable! Designers help you take your inspiration and make it a reality. Check back on Monday for a look into the tile selection process, and after that I’ll share the finished result.