My new husband and I have just purchased our new house! It is our first house (and marriage)…and we are so excited! Brian and I were wed on August 9 and found our house on August 15. Therefore, I would like to announce that I have a new client…us!
As with all my jobs, the first step is to get to know what the clients are looking for in their new home. I asked Brian and myself the questions I have scripted to ask all new clients. Our answers help me (as the designer) better understand the living environment that will work best for us. We have established that we want the house to feel relaxing and comfortable, minimalistic yet warm, and subtle in color and pattern. Our color palate will be in the blue and brown-to-black color ranges. Ski resorts and beach destinations are the places that make us happiest, so we will be incorporating the feel of one (or both) of those places as the ‘theme’ to our decor.
The second step is to create floor plans of the space to be worked on. Brian acted as my assistant to measure and take photographs. Then I drew the house up on AutoCAD. I played around with different layouts and presented them to the clients. This is the one we decided to go with.
Step three is the hardest. This is establishing our budget. Brian and I fit into the category of clients who are working with a tight budget. We will use the floor plan, color scheme, and aesthetic as our blueprint for the work to be done. With this, we understand the timeframe for the project of our home may be a long one. But, because we have established what the end-look will be, we know the criteria for the pieces we are seeking to complete our look. Therefore, everything we do along the way will work towards our finished home.
The fourth step may very well be the most fun. We get to find all the furniture and accessories that fit into our floor plan! By ‘fit,’ I mean spatially, aesthetically and economically. I will keep you posted as we go!
Here are the ‘before’ photos.
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