So, the first room I planned was the main bathroom design. It’s off the hallway from the main rooms and front door, so it will likely get used when we have guests. The downside is, it’s kiddo’s bathroom. So, he will likely decorate the wall behind the toilet in kid pee still.
When I went with the design of this house, it primarily had to do with the fact that it took all of the layout and functions we loved about our previous home. We chose to omit formal spaces among a few other features in an effort to get the cost “affordable.” I use that term ever so loosely now as we are so far over budget it’s pitiful. By going smaller, the goal was to allow for more “designer” features instead of the typical builder grade blah that is so present here in Colorado. Plain Jane doesn’t even cut it.
I have a Pinterest problem, so you can see these photos in my two boards, Modern Farmhouse and House Inspiration. There are some seriously amazing designers out there for the modern farmhouse scheme. My husband is worried about all the white that’s going in, but honestly it’s just because it’s a clean base and I can add our style in with other things. Paint isn’t going to be one of them. And he is off the design committee. I mean it honey, if you are reading this…. you’re fired.
Have you ever seen that High/Low project show on HGTV? I haven’t had cable in ages, so I don’t recall the exact name of it. But basically the concept was a room was designed with the most high end stuff possible, and it was amazing. Then the designer would take that same idea, and recreate it with lower budget items from places like IKEA and my happy place, Target. Still a gorgeous room, but at a much lower price. My goal is to mingle the two. I have stupid expensive taste and the budget for it dwindles by the day. So, I’ve picked a few items for each design/room that are my “must have” higher end items, and the rest gets filled in with stuff I hope looks as good as possible.
For example, tile. I would LOVE the main bathroom design to have some form of hand painted ceramic mosaics. But at $50+ per square foot it’s a pipe dream. So I picked a mix of porcelains that have color and shape but the price tag ranges from $6-14 per square foot. The sink going in though, I REFUSE to give that baby up. It’s a Kohler Brockway wall mount sink that marries that look of modern with farmhouse cast iron styling. It seriously makes my heart pitter patter. Plus, mopping under it will be a breeze with all that kid pee. (Do they ever master aiming techniques?!) P.S. the photo of this sink is by designer Studio McGee and I swear they are inside my head. I practically pin anything they do. What irks me though, is HOW FREAKING HARD it is to find information or names of things. It took me four days to find the information for the Brockway sink.
The hex tiles are the priciest at $14 per square foot, but the bathroom is so small, that I’ll swing it outside the loan if I have to. I plan on pairing it with an exposed plumbing shower/tub fixture and making sure to enclose the bathtub with a sliding glass door. Lowe’s has a cute barn door style now that will work nicely. No more getting attacked by a shower curtain! The subway tiles are nothing special. Just a simple white rectangle that will make its appearance throughout the house. I’m totally sold on board and batten slatted walls instead of ship lap. I can’t promise I won’t do a small nod to the current trend of ship lap, but it is not something I have to slather all over every wall in the house.
The medicine cabinet is from Pottery Barn and is recessed in to the wall to hide the toothbrush my child hates to use. The opposite wall has space for a cabinet for linens and extra TP so the storage is not lacking.
The house has can lights planned pretty much everywhere. I hate them, but they are a source of cheap and abundant light. I do hope to offset it a bit with cute pendants or chandeliers here and there. Like the brass one above. LOVE!
I’m about to go on the buying spree for all the necessary elements for the plumbing. Admittedly, I’m scared. I’m afraid of design commitment. I’m no pro, and I have no darn clue if reality will look as good as the picture in my head!