TRADITIONS COTTAGE PROJECT – PART I
Hello, there! Welcome to the new and improved website and blog! I am excited to be back with new content and a new vision for 2017.
To kick things off, I’m sharing a super exciting and special project I have been working on for the past several months. At the end of this past summer my in-laws purchased a home in College Station that is just around the corner from where Kyle and I were married 2 years ago…oh how time flies! We were (and are) so excited to have a place to visit that is so special to us. When Kyle’s parents asked me to help with the design of the home, I was so excited to work on a project that the entire family would be able to experience and enjoy for the next several years (nothing like a little pressure).
After the purchase of the home was finalized, we dove right in. We were basically starting from scratch because Kyle’s parents weren’t planning on bringing any existing items into the house. Since this is a home that will be used for weekend getaways, large family gatherings and rented out half of the year, they wanted to keep things simple and fresh. The goal was to make it feel comfortable and “lived-in” enough so that it still felt like a home to all of us when we visited as a family but also not so personal that it took away from the “weekend oasis” vibes we were hoping would appeal to renters.
We wrapped up the project at the start of 2017 and I am so excited to share the end result with you, but first let me show you how it all came together.
To start the project, I presented an inspiration board to make sure we were on the same page with the overall color scheme and style of the house.
We wanted the space to feel light and bright but also wanted to maintain a cozy vibe. They wanted a blend of modern and traditional elements that went with the slightly rustic vibe of the house. Once we agreed on the direction of the design, I put together style boards for the individual spaces.
The family room and dining room are one big open space so I treated them as one giant room (which they are). The style board contains the main furniture pieces and rugs. We stayed neutral on most of the larger items while adding pops of light sage and cognac leather. We brought in black accents that create a nice contrast with the light color palette and pair nicely with the existing black hardware on all of the doors in the house.
The master bedroom is the only bedroom on the main floor, right off of the family and dining area. We stuck with the same color palette but went a bit softer with a heavy dose of robin’s egg blue. This color is one of my favorites, it’s so light that it is almost neutral and it is soft, inviting and so easy on the eyes.
I’ll be back next week with the full reveal of the finished family/dining area and master bedroom! Also be on the lookout throughout the next several weeks for posts about the other spaces in the house! It’s a big one-the room breakdown goes like this: family/dining, master, study and 3 guest rooms upstairs (one for us, one for my sister-in-law and one giant room that can comfortably sleep a family of 5)!