Wednesday

What’s Hard About Building A House?

For anyone who has built a house you know that making all the interior choices can be incredibly intimidating and this is coming from a gal who has a degree in interior design!!

I suppose if I didn’t have any budget it might be easier but since that is a small percentage of people (that don’t have to worry about money) I think I’m talking to an audience in my same boat. 

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I can bet they didn't have a budget! or at least not a budget like mine!
My mind set is, how can I do this correctly and stay within budget?  I want classic choices that will last forever and for me, I want to be careful not to just follow a fun trend that is going on!
For instance, do I love the painted white/cream cabinet trend right now? SURE!  But I’m worried that it might not last and I really want to do something timeless. 

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I love the dark wood beams and stone in this kitchen!

So, when I think of “timeless” I think of a rustic, old world style with nothing new or shiny looking.  I don’t mind adding a few more eclectic, transitional splashes  but overall, I’m looking for a very classic and simple yet elegant design.  I guess I would call it “Old World European with a twist of Transitional Accents”. (Mostly because I can’t afford TRUE European style throughout!)

Want to know what has been the hardest choice so far???

COUNTER TOPS! 

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Can you tell she is tired of looking at house stuff with me? 

My last house I designed, I choose concrete counter tops…….it was very cool but I LOVE the look of natural stone (granite). It can have so much texture and interest.

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Acid stained Concrete countertops

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Sorry for the lack of a good photo but this was 10 years ago!  My taupe concrete counter tops.
I finally found a granite that felt right……(of course, it was slightly over my budget, but some things might just be worth the little extra)

It’s a HONED granite, a granite that doesn’t have that super polished shiny look!  It has a matte satin finish.  I guess in Europe, they haven’t used that high polished granite for ages, this is what they use now. 

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Have I ever mentioned I LOVE Europe?  When I was 17 I did a symphony music camp in Austria and then backpacked with a girlfriend to some of the other surrounding countries. (looking back, I think we were crazy to be doing that!)

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My wood floor is a med/dark brown that is refurbished old wood with lots of pivots, knots and a hand scrapped top.

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That was an easy pick.

The cabinets?  I think I’ll go with a dark Ginger (or Brazillian) finish (still thinking about this) and pick up the knot color of the wood.  I think contrast is the way to go on home interiors….

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So far I think I’m figuring things out……a little stressful but still fun.  I can’t wait to see the choices actually materialize IN my home!

**Anyone else out there had a hard time with finishes on a home they built?  Do you look back and wish you did something different?  What was it?  Any advice? **

Thanks for following along!

~ CreativeJuicesDecor ~

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