30 Jul 2010

Walk-in Closet: Mirror

Ok, back to business. Where were we? The walk-in-closet. Right.

We have a good idea of what the exterior finish will look like, but there are some added details still needed. Like a mirror. You can’t really get dressed properly without a good mirror, can you? I’ve lived in far too many places where I’ve had to stand on a toilet or chair or something to get even a glimpse of what I’ve put on. Total pain. None of that anymore. We’ll need a good full-length mirror.

While my tendency is to keep things simple, I think a good vintage piece could look great in a modern space as well. Here are some different options starting with clean modern to more ornate pieces:

Below: Metal Floor Mirror and Floating Wood Floor Mirror. Both from West Elm. $299 and $399 respectively.

Below: Loft Leaning Mirror from Room & Board. $699.

Below: Matera Mirror in walnut finish from DWR. $900

Below: Antique Mod Mirror from Room. $2860 in blackened steel. Love it.

Below: Vintage mirror. Image from Remodelista. CommuteHome in Toronto also has a great collection of vintage pieces.

28 Jul 2010

Oh Baby!

There’s a good reason behind my week long silence. I’ve had my hands full. Very full – and in the best possible way. We had a baby girl last week! Little Alice was born on July 21st fresh in the morning at 8:26 am.

She’s so tiny and delicious and I’m just going to enjoy chilling out with her over the next bit. I know all too well how it flies by.

That being said, home stuff still awaits and babies sleep a ton (sadly not enough at night), so expect some regular postings. Or at least reasonably regular postings. I’m certainly going to try.

19 Jul 2010

Walk-in Closet

So, I think I can put a rest to the main floor for the time being and move upstairs. We’re starting to sketch out some ideas for our walk-in closet. That sounds seriously surreal after living in places in New York that were anywhere from 350-1000 square feet. But, such are the benefits of building from scratch.

I actually prefer closets that are open, where you can see everything at once. But, given this is a separate space between the master bedroom and bathroom, it will probably make sense to put some doors on the cabinets.

Poliform does it right. They make the most ridiculously beautiful closets. I can’t help but wonder who lives in these spaces. I mean, really? Can I get a wardrobe to match, please?

I love the hardware and cabinetry on the Molteni&C closet shown below as well as the layout featured in the interior shot:

Below: Image from Robert Mills Architect

15 Jul 2010

Details: Trim

The amount of decisions to be made while building a house is somewhat insane. Good thing I love it. But there are just so many details I’ve never spent a minute thinking about. I know what I like when I see it, but have I spent a lot of time looking at door jambs or floor trim? Not until now.

I’m not really sure what type of baseboards I want. Probably something thick – say 7″ high. We’re going for high ceilings, so I think that will make sense. I don’t want something ornate, but I also don’t just want a piece of wood slapped to the wall.

Here are some options:

Below: Thick Trim. Images by Michaelis Boyd, Ashe + Leandro, Butz + Klug, and David Netto respectively.

Below: Thin Trim. Images by Bart Van Leuven, Owen and Vokes, and Eric Studenmaier.

Below: Dry Wall Reveal. Thick or thin, I think this added detail is really lovely. Images from Joeb Moore, Houzz, Mac Interactive, Feldman Architects (bottom two images).

Below: No trim at all. This isn’t the most practical option, but definitely makes a statement. Images by Joeb Moore and Joseph Dirand Architecture.