Since the majority of things that have happened up to this point have fallen 90% under Ryan's areas of expertise, we've found that while I want to help out as much as I can, sometimes things just go faster when I stay out of the way. But once the drywall is in, all bets are off! That's when my skill sets will shine, and so I've been trying to narrow down my vision for all of our spaces. There is so much to figure out, from lighting (which I discussed in this post) to furnishings to paint colors and trim profiles! So I've been trying out "mood boards" which I see other bloggers do quite often for rooms. It really is helping me get a vision for what I want each space to be, and you get a better feeling for the cohesiveness of the space being able to see everything all mushed together.
Starting with the kitchen, I want to do the base cabinets in turquoise with dark concrete counters that wrap the counter down the side of the cabinets at the peninsula. We have already begun buying new appliances in black, and I would like to have a black farmhouse sink to tie it all together. I think the black sink will look better with the dark counters than a white sink would, and it will also disguise any potential dirt & stains. For the backsplash I have my heart set on herringbone carrera marble, and then I want to pull a light grey from that material for the upper cabinets, and do a medium grey on all the walls to tie it all together. I also want to re-use some of the wood we have removed from the house under the counter where the tractor-seat stools will be, which will hide scuff marks from people sitting there better than paint would.
Kitchen by katc10
In the dining room, we plan on building our own table. I want to do an expanadable herringbone top in black walnut, and Ryan is going to fabricate a base out of steel similar to the one shown. We're also planning to make our own chandelier out of mason jars hung from an old pulley we found at my mom's. We will be doing a wall of built-ins for additional storage with doors the same style as the kitchen cabinets, and I will probably do a Flor area rug so I can customize the size. We haven't decided on a chair style, but I would like to do a fun pop of color on whatever we choose.
In the living room I would like to do an accent wall on the long wall connecting the living room and office, and the other walls will be the same grey as the kitchen and dining room since there aren't a lot of logical places to terminate paint colors. We will add one additional section to our current Ikea sectional sofa, and use pendants in each corner rather than table lamps. I want to keep the entertainment unit clean and simple, and have some fun with turquoise velvet curtains (which will hang in the dining room and office as well for continuity) and a patterned rug.
Finally, in the office/laundry room I want to do a full wall of shelving & desk space out of wood & black pipe for a different take on a wall of built-ins. I'd like to find a fun light fixture to add some interest in here, as well as a patterned rug and some pop of color desk chairs, which will double as additional dining seating when we expand the table for larger groups.
I'm really happy and excited with the direction this is going, I think it's going to be a perfect mix of industrial farmhouse and colorful modern for Ryan and I. And stay tuned until next time, when I'll (finally) be posting the existing and revised floor plans for your viewing pleasure! Better late than next, amiright??