One of the biggest pieces of advice I would give to new homeowners (especially other enthusiastic and budget conscious newlyweds), is to hold off on purchasing new furniture. Try to give yourself time to actually live, entertain and relax in your new home before you make assumptions about how you will use each space or commit to furniture purchases.
In the same way an invitation gives your guests a first impression of the party you are throwing, a front door provides the first impression of your home. Everyone knows that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, so to me, a front door that wows is an essential part of an elegant home.
Having my own claw-footed tub has been a dream of mine ever since I had my first soak in one on my semester abroad in England. Free standing tubs best the dreadfully common shower-tub combination in that they not only look incredible but they are deep enough to offer a comfortable bath for an adult.
Our upstairs bathroom was the first thing we renovated in the new house. As much as my bathtub dream was still very much alive, I saw the clear, practical value of building a freestanding shower. I am confident that we made the right choice for upstairs, but I am still optimistic that we can find room in our home for my tub.
Even a casual observer of design trends would be able to tell you that white marble has been seriously trending for the past few years. I can’t open a catalogue, design magazine or Pinterest without being flooded with its beautiful milky whiteness. Craving the aesthetic that white marble offers, without the nail-biting anxiety that would come with preparing food on such a delicate surface, inspired me to collect ways to incorporate this perfectly porous stone into our home.
Until recently I had some pretty strong, negative opinions of wallpaper. Maybe its because the only wallpaper exposure I really had was decades old, yellowed and pealing yet somehow, insanely hard to get off the walls.
I asked my designer friend, Leigh, why she thought wallpaper fell out of favor a few decades ago and now seems to be one of the comeback kids of interior design. She speculates that it lost its allure because it appeared “too permanent.” The way wallpaper is manufactured and installed now is less scary for the homeowner than it used to be, even temporary “renters” wallpaper has become available.