Everyone has a vision of their 'dream home'. It's different for every person and my job as a designer is to understand my client's vision and assist them in achieving it.
A few years ago I met a couple that were selling their home. I assisted them with suggestions on how to get their home in top selling condition, they followed the suggestions and their home sold quickly!
During that consultation time they had shared with me that they were looking for their dream home in the country with acreage and that they just hadn't found the perfect home yet. Maybe a year went by when I heard from them again, they had found and purchased their country dream home!
They wanted my assistance with some things in their new home so I put on my 'Designer' hat and headed out to see it. As you drive up the driveway you see the beautiful country setting and the land surrounding the house. Stunning! Then I approached the door and walked inside. I was greeted with enthusiasm as they couldn't wait to show me their dream home.
I have to admit that I didn't get it. My mind was going "Really? This dated home is your dream? You left your beautiful home in the suburbs for this?"
They wanted to talk about paint, some basic ideas, etc but what I wasn't getting was that the current home wasn't their dream home.....what they were going to make it was. Whew....
This is what I saw when I came the first time:
DATED HONEY OAK EVERYWHERE....
BAD PAINT COLORS
AND THE KITCHEN...YIKES!
But with time this home has changed and oh how it has changed!! With a ton of hard work by my clients....visits from me for ideas and some shopping trips, this home is a something you would see in Country Living Magazine. Seriously. Take a look...
LOOK AT THIS STAIRCASE!!
AND THE DINING ROOM....
NO HONEY OAK TRIM ANYWHERE
CHECK OUT THIS LIGHT FIXTURE!
FARMHOUSE TABLE WITH VINTAGE FABRIC CAPTAIN'S CHAIRS
SOFT SOOTHING COLORS
LARGE BUILT-INS NOW REPLACED WITH MODERN FLOATING SHELVES
AND YES THE DETAILS MATTER.....
WHITE ON WHITE IS STILL MY FAVORITE....ESPECIALLY IN A SUN PORCH
ALL SUN PORCHES NEED A POP OF COLOR
AND DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....
LOOK AT THIS KITCHEN!!! NO WORDS NEEDED.....
So how is that for a transformation!
The main level is almost complete with just the mudroom and laundry room to go. The Master Bedroom and Bath will be the next big renovation and I can't wait to be a part of it.
So just a reminder....your dream home doesn't have to be perfect when you buy it!