As a general rule, I spend my time here talking about projects, and I expect that if you use any bit of my advice at all it’s to take what I’ve done and make it your own. Which is why I very rarely talk about the style of things, unless it’s to say Internet, please help me pick out the color of this room before I start pulling out chunks of my hair.
For far too long “style” – both of my person and my house- has consisted of sawdust, dirty jeans, and half-empty paint cans.
Listen, it’s cohesive, if not appealing.
We have not even begun to enter the “plywood and plastic tarp” phase of decoration at Memorial, which would make you think talking about things like the style of trim in the great room would be getting a little ahead of ourselves, but already decisions about wood and stain and window casing and wall texture are rearing their ugly head.
Really? The room doesn’t even exist yet, and already I need to start picking out paint swatches? Awesome.
Obviously you need to know about any of the hard-coded features of a room– like wood beams or stone trim– before you actually build it. We’re not quite at the paint-swatch stage yet, but it’s time to start really narrowing down what our home will look like, which means I have to get my head outta the sawdust and back in the style-game.
What I can tell you is this:
Aesthetically I like the room, and I may even want to try building that coffee table just for fun once, but this is not a space I could live in. Particularly not in winter. Living in Michigan is already close enough to living inside a giant ice cube, thankyouverymuch.
On the other end of the spectrum, this is also missing the mark:
Something like these make a little more sense:
But I still feel a little “blah” looking at them. I like character with my color and a little old-school charm to contrast with clean lines.
In the past I’ve referenced timber frame homes as having the structural bones we want to see in our house, including wood ceilings and exposed beams.
Like the Lakeview House by Locati Architects:
But the timberframe look isn’t exactly what we’re going for. It has the rustic elements down, but why does everything need to be neutrals and wrought iron?
One of my aunts lives in a fabulous house on a lake, and she was the first person I heard use the words “rustic” and “elegant” together. I love the idea…
Although elegant isn’t a word MysteryMan or I would use to describe ourselves. We’re too functional (and at least one of us is too quirky) for the term to apply.
The kitchen on Garrison is based on the Arts & Crafts style, which has many of the elements I like, but the rules of this style are a little to rigid for my taste.
So a little rustic, a little tuscan, some arts-and-crafts, with casual elegance thrown in for good measure? Are you even allowed to do that? No wonder the word “paint swatch” gives me a compulsive urge to bang my head on the desk.
The problem is I know what I want and there isn’t a name for it. Luckily, I’m a DIYer, which means I do as I like, regardless of the rules. I’m coming up with a new style here, and its called What I Like.
The first of many idea boards meant to help refine the look of the interior of our house:
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(If you don’t have a flash player to view the interactive board, you can see the static image here.)
I’m not sure what the palette of the Memorial Style will be, but for now I’m focusing on a mix of old wood, glass, stone and warm metals.
I’ll be updating the Memorial Style page (under The Roost) with idea boards, materials, and colors as they make the final cut.
So, tell me, do you all stick to a specific style? A specific store? Or have you created your own What I Like styles for your home?