15 Mar 2011

We’re In!

Apologies for being a tad quiet over the past bit, but I’ve had good reason. We moved into our new home over the weekend!

I’m surrounded by boxes, but admit that it’s pretty phenomenal to actually be sitting here. Not that long ago this was an empty shell.

I promise I will share photos. Eventually. It’s just going to take me some time to do it right. In the mean time, here are some initial reflections of what I think is working and not working after my first few days in this space:


The Library
When initial plans were being drawn up, this room was the first item on our wish list. We wanted a separate room to house books. It’s not a big space, but it’s already my favourite spot in the house. Most of our place has white walls, so this dark grey room stands out. Here are some shots that inspired us (even though most were painted white!):

Photos via Espresso Moments, Photographer Ditte Isager, Home of Andre Balazs as seen on Habitually Chic, and FrenchByDesign blog.

Hardware-Free Kitchen

I love our recessed handles. I hated having to pick hardware for other spots in the house. I got the best of both worlds with our kitchen. We went with the full recessed handles like those shown below:

Photos from NORM Architects, Ong & Ong, and My Scandinavian Retreat.

Walnut Floors

Our floors are making my good and bad list. I like the overall look (although wish they were more “matte”), but man are they soft. Any time you drop anything, a mark is left. But they really warm up the space and I love walnut

Walnut Doors – Most of our doors are paint grade, but we did put walnut doors in a few select spots. These really make a difference – not only the doors, but the detail around the door. Where we went with walnut doors, we also added walnut door jambs – as with those seen in these photos from J.Weiss Design.

Kitchen Faucet – I am so happy that I didn’t spend a ton on faucets for the bathrooms. I got some nice, no-name, polished chrome fixtures. Looks totally fine. I did, however, splurge on the kitchen faucet. I went with the Dornbracht Elio shown below. Love it. Even the way the water comes out of it is amazing. Our kitchen is smack in the middle of an open concept main floor – so this is one piece I’m happy I splurged on.

Not Working:

I have to say – I’m pretty damn pleased all around. The house turned out way better than I could have imagined. But there are definitely a few things I’m going to have to get used to:

Sound travel – We’ve got a pretty open house. The sound is definitely traveling. It’s a good thing I design rugs. We’re going to need to add a few more pieces.

Room placement – The girls’ rooms are right next to each other. If I could do it again, I probably would spread them out a bit (if possible). Once the baby is up at 6am, the whole house is up!

Walnut Floors
The verdict is still out on the floors. They really add warmth to the house, but I’ll see how I feel after my first cocktail party. High heels are a killer.

More to come. Let’s see how things look once we really settle in. For now, I’m going to go soak in my new freestanding tub. I’ve never actually been in a tub that hasn’t been used by a million tenants before me.

This is nice.

19 Apr 2010

Kitchen Faucet

Things are about to get a bit tactical. One of our first tasks for our home build is to choose fixtures – that includes everything from the kitchen sink (literally) to bathroom faucets. A simple enough request, right? Well, maybe not.

A faucet isn’t just a faucet. The ones that look beautiful, might be a pain to use. I’d love to get a square-edge (zero radius) kitchen sink, but will it be a nightmare to clean? Probably. I’ve seen some wall mounted faucets that look amazing, but then I noticed the price. Eek.

We’ll be holding back in tons of spots, but for the time being, I think we’ll step it up for the kitchen faucet. It’s probably the most used fixture, after all (or at least that’s what I’ve been tell myself).

Here are a few pieces that have caught my eye.


Above: Dornbracht faucets (Meta 0.2, Elio, and Tara Classic).

Below: Hansgrohe Axor Starck faucet. I don’t think we’ll ultimately choose this industrial look, but the Hansgrohe version is quite minimalistic.

Below: This KWC option is practical yet sleek