Design Update

January 24, 2017 at 5:00 AM 2 comments

Before we leave our beloved Hillsborough home, I have big hopes of blogging about each room, what we did do and what we were planning to do and how it looked when we moved in here.

But for now, some design on our new home which is an authentic spanish style home built out of adobe.  Imagine a California Mission (on a smaller scale, of course).   The home has a real deal breakfast room right off the kitchen (photos will come when we move in).  Off of the breakfast room is a formal dining room where I plan to entertain people.  Whereas, the breakfast room is meant for every day family eating, arts and crafts, cups of tea, blogging and generally the hub and bub of every day.  In fact, it will probably become the heart of the home but more strictly for us five than for guests.

There is a bar in the breakfast room (because clearly vodka for breakfast) and the bar cabinets are painted a fabulous green.  So I’ve worked to pick up that green in these two potential breakfast room designs…

Scheme A:

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My idea is this fabulous farmhouse table that I found on Chairish and then poppy serena and lily chairs, the Anna Spiro wallpaper in blue and white, a tole lantern and finally Schumacher’s Citrus garden as the roman shades to tie all of the colors together.  The green grass at the base of the trees in the fabric is the exact green of the bar cabinets.

Citrus Garden was my jumping off point and I love how it looks in this kitchen…

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So fresh, fun and lively.

I would likely forgo the wallpaper altogether but for now it stays as we play with options.  Here is the paper in a bedroom Anna Spiro designed…

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Scheme B:

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Scheme B is very different that Scheme A in color and overall mood but I have to say that I like them both equally at this point.  I’m waiting until we live in the space to actually pull any trigger.  The farmhouse table has been purchased but the buck stops there until we move in.

In this scenario that beautiful Raphael wallpaper by Sandberg would be the jumping off point, if it is the correct green – need to see sample in person.  That chandelier is a vintage vine chandelier that we already own that has brown ikat shades.  I love how the shades pair with the paper.  And then navy Serena and Lily chairs with the farmhouse table.  I would then either do cream roman shades or no window treatments at all.

This paper has been a favorite for quite a while so I know it’s one I’d be happy to see every day.  Here it is in a dining room so you get an idea, photo by Amy Bartlam…

Amy Bartlam Photography

As my mom has pointed out, it is an elegant home so I need to treat it as such.  I’ve felt the need to temper my use of color a bit, while staying true to my style.  I keep coming back to the “It’s Complicated” set because nobody can ever beat a Nancy Myer’s movie.

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I have loads of time before making any real decisions so for now I play design on my computer.

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  • 1. Fran  |  January 24, 2017 at 7:46 AM

    Kate, oh my goodness!! Both of these designs are SO amazing! SOOO good. I like both of them equally and I have no idea how the heck you are going to choose between the two! Seriously??? If you forced my hand to it and I had to choose this instant, I would choose the Citrus garden design. Why? B/c your kids are little – so full of life, spunk and happiness and when I look at the citrus garden design that is how it makes me feel. It’s fresh, happy and energetic! The other design which is equally impressive is more sophisticated – casual elegance. I could see that when you’re children are a bit older…….but, then again, what do I know?? So fun…..you can’t go wrong with either! Glad you got the table! I hope the moving process isn’t too crazy stressful!

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  • 2. Heather Peterson  |  January 28, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    I have the rafael paper in that colorway in my dining room and I LOVE IT so much. That said, I love the color and contrast in option 1! And that table is to die for.

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