Continuing on in our discussion of being Remarkable rather than having a hard Brand (begun here):
We thought we would never get the roof on this one but it is finally there so we can move inside.
The top porch has smaller square columns with simple iron straight railings and large square wire meshing between. There was talk of changing that to smaller columns to match the bottom. I begged them not to. This is a low country house. The architect got it right. We are not going to mess it up. Sometimes in the middle of construction, subs, builders, friends and even passersby will all have opinions about what you should do. If you have worked hard on a plan before you ever broke ground trust your team. Your architect, your designer and you are the only people who have the full picture. Different story if you didn’t use an architect.
This house has remarkable views already so the challenge is not to compete but still have some wow factors inside.
This front door should start things off right. It’s a beaut.
Originally from India it was acquired through Southern Accents in Gadsden, AL. Like the ones at my shop, the glass panes open individually for airflow while the iron is stationary
They have now been stained a medium brown-gray and are going to be show-stoppers.
Inside the challenge is handling the large rooms in such a way that they still feel intimate.
This is the foyer/stair hall looking back at the front door. To the right is the living/music room. To the left the very large dining room.
View standing in dining looking at what will be fireplace in living.
Standing in kitchen looking through dining into foyer and on to living.
This will probably be one of my all time favorite kitchens. The ceiling is flat at 12′ then vaults only over the range and island area. Wait till you see what we are going to do to set that area apart! The first thing I
wanted to begged to add was some wood plank in that vaulted area. It took some cajoling and a lot of picture showing but I finally got my way. 🙂 The beams will run vertically with the planks running horizontally between them. All will be white washed in a soft semi transparent gray stain. We also are adding a stained range hood to match the ceiling and using some giant corbels to support it.
Just off the dining room is what will be a screened outdoor dining area. We are currently designing a beautiful trestle table with benches to go here. Fortunately for me these clients are also close friends so I will get to enjoy this porch and view a lot! I better get it right!
We have just started sampling exterior paints. The brick is up, the windows in. We are set to boogie.
I doubt that you will even be able to see the difference but I made the most subtle of changes to the white so that it is now a soft, gentle on the eyes white rather than glaring. In this sun it is important to get the intensity right.
The bottom two boards are the final color. They have just a bit of brown added.
The inside finishes are being kept very simple except for the focal point range wall. The draperies will be sleek, simple and plain in order to drive attention to the amazing views that are on all four sides: some water, some woods. Oh but the sun sets…………..
So there you have a crazy 3-part look back through recent history of the design phase “pre-decorating” that I love so much. Describe it to me. If you were me trying to tell you what my niche is how would you say it? Blank papers will not be accepted.
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