One of my goals with this new house is to have the actual house have personality, not just the stuff in it. Most new homes I see these days (I know because I stalk realtor.com for fun, still) are big, beige, drywall boxes. Even the expensive ones…they’re all the same. I want this home to be truly unique and custom. I want it to be functional and carefully thought out, cozy and open (it can happen!), fun and casual. In other words, I want it to be completely Adam and Ashley.
So this post is full of inspiration pictures, room by room. Some rooms I have a clear plan for, some I only have a few inspiration pics, and others I haven’t the faintest idea what the finished product will look like. I love all three stages :)
As a reminder, here is the overall floor plan of the house…
Alright, let’s just work our way from one side of the house to the other.
Mudroom, Laundry, 3/4 Bath
Here is the picture Adam and I keep coming back to when we think of this space…
When designing the kitchen I had a few key things I wanted to include. I wanted a big island, a low wooden ceiling, and a sink with a view. Besides that I basically had no idea what to do…only that I needed a work triangle that was efficient.
While Adam and I were working on the design I ran across this picture on Houzz…
When designing the house Adam and I had a few things we just could not agree on. The problem was the way we saw the “open” spaces in the house. For example, this dining room is really long and narrow. In my mind, this is a 7X16 foot dining room with a 3 foot hallway behind it (going from the mudroom, past the dining room and kitchen, and into the living room). In my husbands mind this is a 10X16 foot dining room, because the hallway space doubles as dining room space. We can both see where the other is coming from, but neither was going to give in to the others point of view. We still don’t agree, to be honest. I wanted to make this room deeper, because 7 feet isn’t enough room for a table and chairs to fit comfortably. This is the only eating area in the house, and I don’t want it to feel like a cramped afterthought or be sticking out in the hallway. Problem was, there is really no way to expand it. So we came to a compromise…a built-in banquette.
This is the other area in the house Adam and I disagreed on, for the same reason. (Are y’all loving my dirty laundry?).
So this room is 23 feet from the back wall to the front of the office nook. To Adam, that’s how big the living room was. I see the living room only as big as the wall that the fireplace and built-ins is on, which is 15 feet. The middle of the house is a huge space, no doubt, but you can’t put furniture in the walkways. Anyway, that’s not the part we fought (ahem, debated) over. The distance from the fireplace to the island was the part that was giving us trouble. We originally had it one size, but then I taped the whole thing out on our current living room floor, moving around furniture and trying to see how it would flow…and I couldn’t get the furniture to fit and still have room for the fireplace, the barstools at the island, and walking space between the two. I showed Adam and he reluctantly agreed, and we added four feet to the center of the house. Point Ashley.
Anyway, I’m getting off topic, we’re supposed to be talking inspiration pictures. So here is a cross-section of the living room…
The biggest design feature in this room, in my opinion, will be the high ceiling with rustic support beams.