Design Until We Drop

I’ve been planning a major project for 15 years, studying design magazines and accumulating a binder stuffed full of ideas.  We worked with an architect to transition a 1930’s bungalow into what would have been a beautiful house and everything we could have imagined in that space.  After much soul searching we decided that since our ultimate goal was to move to a nearby neighborhood, it made more sense to bite the bullet and make the move.

We purchased an 80’s ugly house with lots of natural light and good bones and planned to remodel soon.  Ten years later our project has begun.

Dana Jones of The Kitchen Consultant patiently created at least five designs until we finally arrived at the perfect one.  The kitchen and the “Cocktail Room” (formerly the dining room) spaces will swap, the kitchen will move towards the front of the house and the bar to the back with a 16’ counter connecting the two.  Every detail has been planned from where to put the trash cans and recycle bins so that guests can find them to planning where each knife, pan and spice jar will be stored.

After all these years of development, I still pour through magazines and watch designing shows for tidbits of new ideas.  Lewis (most of the time) uncomplainingly watches portions that I’ve saved for him or listens while I explain how the spread in the publication would fit into our design.  We will both be very relieved when it is done.

From Lewis:

Some girls have their dream wedding book that they take much time to put together.  Janelle has amassed about forty pounds of design magazines and numerous clips that are stashed under her side of the bed and the magazines still keep coming!!!  Sometimes I think that she has so many ideas she can’t keep track of them.  The Tivo is almost full of decorating shows that I must view over and over.  Most of the stuff doesn’t fit into the context of what we are doing but every now and then something just might work.

From Janelle

I had to get creative for space when we moved to our upstairs “apartment” which why they’re now under the bed (no need to have junk under the bed).  We have several ideas in our plans that Lewis garnished from watching the design shows, the most significant being a “shadow box” in an odd little “balcony” at the top of our stairs.  I never would have thought of that!

Kitchen Sketch

Our odd “Romeo and Juliet” balcony that Lewis figured out how to make fabulous!

Balcony Shadowbox idea from our Tivo playlist

3 Responses to Design Until We Drop

  1. Dee Wood says:

    It’s going to be stunning!! Can’t wait to SEE!!

  2. Debbey says:

    Love the finished product!!!

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