Our story so far: As we pondered how to wire and plumb the old Methodist church we planned to turn into our home, we created some guidelines for designing it.
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Our brand personality would be a balance of necessity and luxury, of industrial and homemade, of modern and classic, of masculine and feminine, leaning toward economical, casual and subdued.
And then I wrote down ten design rules:
- Details matter.
Recycle, reuse and repurpose whenever possible.
- Natural lighting brings the outdoors indoors.
- Build storage into every room. Two closets, two cupboards, two hooks, two nooks are better than one.
- Accent walls create a center of focus.
- Doors and doorways should be beckoning and give some clue as to what’s behind them (think: frosted glass with the word “laundry” and design that reflects the room within).
- Artwork should be graphic, realistic (think: photographs) or abstract. Large object art and quote art—words, saying and verses—should be used liberally.
- Flooring should be hardwood and/or tile with durable rugs made of natural fiber, jute and sisal.
- The two rooms we spend the most time in—kitchen and master suite—should be most luxurious and elegant.
- Curb appeal is worth spending money on. The front door sends a message. Our entryway should be functional and welcoming.
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Tomorrow: We wrap up Chapter 13 with the color story. Read about it here.