Since beginning our project we dreamt of all the amazing things we wanted for the house. We pinterested like crazy. Of course, Ryan likes things bold and opulent. I on the other hand wanted to keep things timeless and "true to the house." I won. Perhaps with the exception of a basement tiki bar that Ryan clearly NEEDS.
With a mother-in-law (Anne of Rooms & Blooms) as an interior designer I really can't get away with bad taste in furnishings or finishes. I have always had an eye for the most expensive things though, as I am my mothers' daughter. However since getting older and paying my own way for the last 15 years or so I do think very conservatively and logically about what will have a good return on investment, and what will keep our options open in the event that we decide to sell down the road. Also, I have to mention.. My father-in-law, Rick is also great, but this post isn't about him! :P
We have used Anne's design expertise on a number of projects at home. She makes sure to identify your personal style, rather than projecting her wants into your home. I think that's one of the things that makes a great Designer. She's worked on some interesting projects- the black, white & red house, the 50's diner bar, the star-wars rec room- all with class, layers, and texture. We were also gifted with her design and floral skills for our wedding.
To see some of Anne & Rick's projects visit their website or their other social media on Instagram and Facebook
A few years ago, when we began our bedroom and dining room projects (RIP) they both started with a questionnaire asking, "How do you want the space to feel?" This began the discussion to help narrow down some ideas- because if you're at all like me, you have lots of things you like, and if I was left to my own devices I'd end up with an opulent medieval dining room, a fairy tree house bedroom, and a bold bathroom and kitchen.. and none of it would go together :P
Many people renovate, paint/redecorate on a room-by-room basis as needed. This is definitely a practical way of going about things and spreading the cost over a long period of time. We have the benefit of being able to plan the finishes of the entire house at once (although it is also very stressful to pick everything at once and stick to it). We are taking our inspiration from our surroundings in Paris, the original features of styles of the house, and our own personal styles.
A few "before" pictures are posted below. Thankfully we are able to keep some of the original features of the house.
As we made our plans with the Architect we made sure to include Anne (MIL/Decorator/bringer of coffee and treats) in our discussions. She used the Architects' design to show a floor and furniture plan so we could envision the space once it was done. This is extremely beneficial as house plans don't always allow for the furniture you already have. Having a dining table that's too small, or a couch that's too big can really mess with the flow. She uses a program called Chief Architect which gives floor plans as well as 3D views of a space. This was especially helpful in planning our bathrooms, kitchen, and doors.
Bathroom design plans
Our most pressing project was to complete the main bathroom. When we took the additions off of the house we would only be left with a 2 piece guest bathroom. We also hadn't had laundry facilities for months. Anne Helped us through the layout (we went through many variations), and then the fixtures and finishes.
We decided to use a pocket door (to allow for room to get the washer and dryer in/out), a standard tub, and a closet where the washer and dryer will be stacked. We chose floor and wall tiles that mimic the marble look of our fireplace, and a warm grey for the cabinetry. The faucet is wall mounted for a dressier look (we're thinking of doing something extra-creative with this).
I'll be sure to post some pictures when we're all done!