Archive for May, 2014

The End Of The Show

Here we are, folks. After over a year of planning, second guessing ourselves, more planning, sweating, and filling our car with vases and egg chairs, we’ve reached the end of the Homearama Showhouse tour. So in celebration of completing this whole-house marathon of sorts, we’re kicking off this post with a whole-house video tour. Nothing too high tech. Just me stumbling through the house:

Photo-wise, there are few rooms on each floor that we still haven’t shared/sourced for you. So let’s slide through the dining room, powder room, mudroom, guest room, guest bathroom, and the laundry room.

We love dark wall colors in a dining space, so for this room we chose Kendall Charcoal, which we balanced out with white trim and linear wainscoting that we had John the Carpenter build (you can read more on that – and what inspired it – here). Then we added in some color with everything from the chairs and the art to the curtains.

The peacock chairs were donated by World Market, the weathered trestle table was from Green Front Furniture, the art is from HomeGoods, and the rug is from West Elm.

The curtains were made by U-Fab in this fabric.

The light fixture is from Shades of Light, the (slightly wrinkled) table runner and those blue rimmed glasses are from World Market, and the rest of the table decor is from HomeGoods.

Let’s head over to the mudroom, which is beyond the pantry that we showed you in this post. The mudroom is painted Kendall Charcoal like the dining room, but again all of the white (this time from the built-ins and two big doors) helps to keep the room from feeling too dark.

We gave Carpenter John some direction – like the beadboard backs, the stained wood bench, etc – and then he executed everything. The prism light is from Shades of Light, the tile floor is from Mosaic, the floor runner is from HomeGoods, and the baskets and styling accessories are mostly ours, though the “I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie” bag is from Fountain Bookstore.

As shown in the video, the glass door on the left leads down to the back patio while the other door (shown below) goes out to the garage. We wish we had a few extra hours when it came to styling this room (we’re not loving the mismatched baskets and the not-very-full shelves) but we were scrambling like crazy in the end. Looking back, it’s kind of a miracle we didn’t just tape up a piece of paper that said “imagine this full of soccer gear, school stuff, and other fun family clutter.”

Across from the pantry is the half bathroom, which we thought would be interesting with a big back wall full of accent tile from the floor to the ceiling. The tile we landed on is called Snow White Seaweed Wave from Mosaic and the wave pattern was actually much more subtle in the sample that we saw, but the shipment of tile that we got featured a deeper accent color. Mosaic warned us that shipments could vary beforehand, but we didn’t end up minding the change. We think it’s one of those happy accidents that it turned out a little bolder since most people who see the house in person name this tile wall as one of their favorites.

The pedestal is the Kohler Tresham (the same line as the toilets in the house), the faucet is Brizo Baliza in polished nicked, the mirror is from Target, and the sconces are from Shades of Light. Sherry wishes those lampshades were whiter like the trim/sink, but they don’t really bother me.

Heading upstairs, the laundry room is one of our favorite spaces thanks to the wallpaper along the back wall. It’s MissPrint’s Pebble Leaf, and it was donated by WallpaperDirect.

The lights are our farmhouse pendants from Shades of Light in a happy lime color. We thought a random pop of citrus would be fun since the room’s palette is otherwise pretty subdued with black, white, gray, and blue. The non-wallpapered walls are painted Steam by Benjamin Moore, which is just slightly warmer than the Simply White that we used everywhere else (it matched the back of the wallpaper better, so that wall didn’t look yellowed by comparison).

The floors are big 12 x 24″ tiles called Travertino White Field Sunrock found locally at Mosaic. Again, we choose some lighter elements to balance out some of the darker things in the room like the deep wood-toned cabinets and the steel gray appliances.

The counters are soapstone and, like the kitchen, we went with a nice deep stainless steel sink and a pull-down faucet (this ones is the Leland faucet from Delta). We’d love a work sink like this in our house (we’re always moving dishes to wash our paint brushes).

As we mentioned in this post, we made an 11th hour call to have the carpenters build a wall-to-wall floating shelf which does two things: it fills the visual void above the counters/appliances, and it also provides a lot of convenience and function since it can house everything from dust pans and laundry soap to baskets full of washcloths and other cleaning supplies. We tossed various things from HomeGoods and Target up there to demonstrate.

The other room at the top of the stairs is the guest bedroom, which Sherry and I both agree is “the one that got away.” It didn’t come together as well as we originally envisioned and we just didn’t have time to make those last-minute tweaks (finishing around 25 spaces in 2-3 weeks meant that getting to every last adjustment for every space was a pipe dream, so we just scrambled to do as many as we could). We don’t think it’s horrible or anything (a bunch of people who walked through even called out things like the curtains or the art as favorites) but we think with a few changes it would have been more our speed.

Our original idea was to bring in some warm tones just for some variety (we didn’t want the whole house vibe to feel too cool) but this room accidentally turned into the space where everything was brown. We picked the wall color from one that we liked using during book shoots (Taupe Fedora by Benjamin Moore) but when we finally got to load everything else into the space (a tan bedspread, a wood nightstand, etc, etc) it looked blah. So we switched up as much as we could, like white furnishings, lighter bedding, and colorful art in some crisp white frames – but we really think changing the wall color would have tied everything together if we had the time (maybe a light platinum or subtle gray-blue). Speaking of the art, you may recognize this calendar-turned-art from our old hallway.

There are still elements in here that we really love – like the curtains from U-Fab, which are a more subdued colorway of the ikat curtains from our old dining room (which currently live in our guest room). The lamp is from HomeGoods and the nightstand is from Green Front Furniture.

The queen-sized headboard is also from U-Fab and it’s another piece we love (once again that wall color worked against us and it just sort of blended in). It’s upholstered in a metallic fabric with gold nailhead trim (and it’s for sale too, if you’re interested!). The bedding is from Target, and the pillows are from HomeGoods.

On the opposite wall is a dresser from Green Front Furniture with a colorful armchair, which was a last-minute buy from World Market. The other last minute purchase was the patterned rug from HomeGoods, which made a HUGE difference in the room not feeling super bare. If only those walls were a different color, we think it would have come together a lot more.

The art and vases were from HomeGoods and the gold candle was from Target.

We were going for something simple, classic, and light for the guest bathroom (it’s not nearly as big as the master bath) and we thought a little hint of “vintage” would be fun in here, so some of the details subtly nod in that direction.

We went with a tile wainscot through the main part of the bathroom, using a family of tile from The Tile Shop called Imperial Ice Gray Gloss. It’s my favorite part of the bathroom – well, that and the bridge faucet from Brizo. The counters are classic carrera marble, the mirror is from Target, the light fixture is from Shades of Light and the bud vases on the toilet are from World Market.

I’ve already proclaimed my love the the Tresham toilet, so instead I’ll draw your attention to the floor – which is the hex version of the penny tile we used in our last kitchen from The Tile Shop. We also added glass knobs to the cabinets (donated by Liberty Hardware) and a seamless glass shower door. It’s not an open shower – it has a door on the right that swings shut to seal the water in – that’s just hiding behind the bathroom door in that first photo.

We were originally going to use the same tile in a different color in the shower, but decided that might be too jarring for such a cozy bathroom. So we continued the same stuff that we used on the wainscoted walls into the shower, which we really ended up loving once the clear shower door went in. The wood bench is from HomeGoods.

And so ends the tour of the showhouse. We’re planning to make a House Tour page with photos of each room, a rundown of sources, and the video tour all in one spot, but in the meantime you can peruse each of our previous showhouse posts here (they go all the way back to the beginning if you scroll back through them).

It was a huge honor to be invited to help with such a fun undertaking, and we’re extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn more than we could ever imagine about new construction, to work with amazing people who are like family to us now, and to be able to send our fee to Richmond’s Habitat For Humanity (you can read more about that here and here). And you know Sherry’s angling to house crash the future owners so we can share how the house works for a real family (you know as opposed to an imaginary one) so there’s always that to look forward to.



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