Sharing My Design Process

May 24, 2017

my design process

We’ve been in our house for a month now and am proud to say I just unpacked the last box yesterday!  Finally I get to focus on decorating!  Our first project and biggest project will be our living/dining/kitchen.  Our main level is open concept. I thought it would be helpful sharing my design process with you.

I know a lot of people have strong opinions about open concept living and this is actually the first time I’ve lived in this type of house.  So far I love it.  I have a 4 year old who happens to be “busy” so keeping my eye on him is a must!  I also like that we all end up spending more time together since this is the only place to be when you’re downstairs!

The reason we chose this house is because there was nothing major that needed to be ripped out or reconfigured.  We liked the bones and most of the finishes the previous owner picked out.  I just want to take the house to the next level and cozy it up a bit…ok a lot.

This is a photo of the living room area and the plans I have.

Sharing My Design Process

The flooring is great and the fireplace has lots of potential.  I want to add to the space but still keep the design simple and is why I picked simple planking for the fireplace.  A lot of people suggested I rock the fireplace but I did that to our last space and was looking for something different. Built-ins on the side to hide our extra electronic equipment and give us some closed storage.

Here was my first plan I came up with.  I originally hoped to do 2 sofas but the way the room is laid out one of the sofa’s would completely block the entryway into the room.  The space this time around is all about compromise . Typical my husband wants comfort and I don’t want a sloppy space.  The compromise was a tailored roll arm sofa with cushions that are semi-attached.

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So from this first mood board not much ended up staying in the design.  I ended up getting the rattan stools from Houzz, the lamp from Jana Bek and everything else was either highly hated by my husband or I ended up changing my mind.  With my own spaces I change my mind a lot!

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This is obviously our kitchen.  I love the layout.  I’m not sure if I would have picked either the cabinet color or countertop but I can obviously easily make them work and am not going to spend money on replacing them.  We put new hardware on all the cabinets except the upper cabinets by the window because those are being taken down.

The door you see in the photo leads to a HUGE pantry so I don’t need the awkwardly placed cabinets. I  will be replacing them with shelves and showcasing some of my prettier kitchen items.  I’ll be adding sconces over the shelves.  I’ll also add pendants over the island.  I scored some awesome ones from the Restoration Hardware outlet in California.

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This is my second mock up of the space.  Many of the items I owned from our last house.  Some new items like the table, chairs and couch (this isn’t the one we bought) have been bought from the money we made off the auction when we sold our stuff prior to moving.  Some of the things on the mood board I’m still thinking about.  I already decided to nix the blue and white stripe fabric and stick with a very neutral window coverings.

Slow decorating  and slow decisions are the name of the game. Stores cycle through to the next product launch quickly so I’m careful to wait until I can get the best price for what I’m looking for.  I want the space to really work for our family and I’m in no hurry this time around to get it done.  Keeping the project under budget is a must too!

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All of my lighting except the living room chandelier was purchased at the Restoration Hardware outlet.  This is how their outlet works.  All of their prices are automatically 50% off list price with an additional 50% off that price so basically you’re paying 25% of the original price.  I literally felt like I was stealing!  I will say it took us 2 hours to go through all the lighting because nothing is in any type of order but it was well worth it if you ask me!

I’m still on the fence on the living room light.  It’s from Pottery Barn and I love it but my husband is on the fence.  I’ll let you know what we chose.

I’m hoping by the end of summer we’ll be mostly finished with the project and promise to post after photos!  For now I’ll focus on the pretty in the room!

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My favorite chair from Ballards that unfortunately I am selling because there is no space for it anywhere in our house now after the sectional comes.  The pillows and throw are from West Elm. They actually ended up costing me nothing.  I’m a member of their loyalty program and earned points from the dining room table and sideboard I bought there.  They’ve been having up to a 70% off  sale for weeks which I used to buy the table and sideboard!  The fur throw is old and from Target. The linen pillow is old and from Ikea.

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A sneak peek of the dining room that is about 75% done!  Our new table is probably my most favorite purchase I’ve ever made for our home.  Eating dinner at the table in our family is one of our most favorite things to do.  We’re busy and this is where we always catch up with one another. The table is perfect. It is made of reclaimed wood so isn’t too precious for our son to do his art projects on!

Stay tune for more updates soon!  I’m busy working on a super fun project for my daughter’s first apartment too and I can’t wait to share everything with you!

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