First, it was white upper cabinets and gray lower cabinets. Then it was black and white, which I call the tuxedo look which tends to be a little more buttoned up – naturally. Then we all started going navy with the island or the lower cabinets. Now we’ve all been getting after the blue/gray island or lower cabinets and we always seem to go lighter up top.
Here’s what I think is going to have a moment or a year in 2019, white upper cabinets and natural wood lower cabinets. House Beautiful’s kitchen of the month in the January issue is, you guessed it, white + wood.
It’s the warmth for the cool, classic white kitchen. The combo is also very versatile, it swings to modern and very quickly can swing back to traditional.
You don’t really want me to explain this to you when we have great visual aides to do all the heavy lifting here.
For the Cali Chalet, the design lover in me, immediately gets to work on the challenge of updating a 90’s contemporary house to suit our family’s personal style.
Today, I’m taking a moment to share my thoughts on the exterior and I’d love to know what you think!
I wasn’t terribly into this home when we first spied the listing. My heart wanted a 60s cabin, something a little bit more Mountainy. None of the midcentury cabins were working out though, as the market moves super fast in that fixer upper range.
Plus, once we visited, it was hard to deny the lifestyle features of this big ole dog eared Crestline home. It boasts a lot of extra space for hobbies, guests and holiday gatherings.
We debated the pros and cons, and in classic “dreams are free” fashion, I took to the sketchpad, brainstorming ways to evolve the front face for a more mountainy vibe.
For funsies, I drew up a new face for the home!
My drawing evolved to include some decorative gable accents, added to newly straightened gables.
It’s fantasy hour, so I thought we should rework the arched windows into a wider grid that harkens more to the 60s era cabins that pepper the hills around this little lake town.
Doesn’t that all sound reasonable?
The illustration isn’t perfect at all, but it was fun to see ideas come to life in a 3D rendering.
This inspiration image illustrates the power we could achieve with a floor to ceiling window situation!
In reality a whole new face of windows for the front is not in the cards, but the roof legit needs to be replaced and in that project lies an opportunity to straighten out the current hipped gable accents.
My dude sees the hipped gables as an architectural feature that speaks to the Swiss influences seen throughout the town (not incorrect). But, I see it as an undesirable design idea that a builder made in the 1990s, perhaps with that intention.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on those gables and if you think I should leave well enough alone, or do you think it is worth it to straighten them out since we’re up there replacing the roof anyway?
Showing up in arrangements, installations, events and straight up grass bouquets.
The feathery plumage of the pampas grass is the preferred variety. I love it because it evocative of a feather, and it’s dried… meaning it will last and last!
Let’s dig in.
And yea, Pink Pampas grass is a real thing, Though Betsy bought some seeds via Amazon and they never made it through customs. This plant is invasive so be warned before you go making it happen in your yard.
Sarah executed an Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” theme, as each room’s design was inspired by a holiday tune.
While the traditional bones of this old literary manor are hard not to succumb too, the peach and blue color combo are reading rad trad, and rad trad is how ladies like to do things in the South.
If you are a SoPi local, enjoy this peek and we hope you can make it over to the Weymouth Christmas Open House. Be sure to scope the gift shop scene and see if you can spy the Shop TEOT goodies on hand!
Feels good to be in the holiday spirit right y’all?
Also of note, some new stairs were constructed to lead down into the sunken living room. What was there before had a big drop, and I didn’t want my baby to die, so you can see the new buildup that we added. This makes so much more sense that it is really hard to imagine it was any other way.
It’s looking so much better in there already. New hardwood flooring is going in this week and I can not wait for that major improvement.
It was fun to have the flooring discussion on my Instagram stories. It looked a little something like this.
We settled on #5 which was a strong leader in the choices that my friends and fam sent over on Instastories. I love the feedback loop on Instagram Stories…. it rivals early days blog comments. Haha.
Turns out #5 was the sole real hardwood choice among a group of vinyl options. We thought vinyl was going to be the best choice for our budget but it turned out that floating hardwood over top of our existing flooring was going to work out without any major demolition of the existing floors, so we picked the more natural option. It’s a matte Hickory in a 7.5 inch wide plank. But my, hasn’t vinyl flooring come a long way. Those other contenders really would have looked fine.
Welp, that’s the latest in progress at our mountain house project. We are headed up in two weeks with a Christmas Tree to enjoy those new hardwood floors and daydream about furnishings!
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