It’s arduous to imagine that it’s been 13 years since we constructed our home in Austin. I’ve discovered a lot by means of designing these rooms and permitting them to be my canvas for creativity and discovery—and the home has advanced proper together with me. Adam and I joke that the minute we expect that all the pieces’s lastly “finished,” we abruptly discover some new nook of the home that wants an replace or refined refresh.
And actually, I wouldn’t have it some other means. For me, the perfect sorts of houses are ever-evolving, and by crafting a house that displays what’s significant to every of us, we will create a spot that empowers us to dwell extra authentically, joyfully, and carefree. It doesn’t occur abruptly—designing a house that we really love takes time.
Just lately I used to be trying again at some outdated images of the home from after we first moved in, and let’s simply say… it’s come a great distance.
So, seize a drink, get cozy and watch the video beneath as I relive among the largest design “errors” I’ve made so far. And, all of the design classes that I’ve discovered to make our dwelling what it’s at the moment.
Design mistake: Putting in too many built-ins
After we labored with our architect to design our home, we determined so as to add built-in cabinets and cabinetry all through the places of work, front room, and kitchen. It was nice for storage—however not so nice for adapting and rearranging a room over time. Constructed-ins are fairly everlasting, and never practically as straightforward to vary up as furnishings. A decade later, my tastes had modified and there have been sure built-ins that made the areas really feel too closed off and heavy. I wished to open issues up and provides slightly extra spaciousness to the rooms.
The repair: Take away built-ins and embrace a less complicated aesthetic
In my dwelling workplace, we demoed the built-ins and changed them with a easy desktop that maximizes the house and permits me to restyle it with completely different furnishings and equipment as my style evolves. It additionally maximizes the sunshine, and creates a way of spaciousness and ease that feels extra aligned with the place my model is at the moment.
Design mistake: Designing the kitchen with none home windows
That is most likely my largest design remorse, since I spend a lot time within the kitchen and it’s the one place in our home that doesn’t get a ton of pure gentle. To be honest, this design tweak would have meant reconfiguring the complete flooring plan of the home. Our present kitchen doesn’t have any partitions that hook up with the outside—however I want that I’d prioritized a giant kitchen window after we first began the method of designing our dwelling.
The repair: Lighten issues up with white plaster and fewer shelving
This “repair” illustrates that generally, it’s cost-prohibitive and/or unrealistic to actually repair the difficulty, and also you simply should go along with the following finest resolution. Our houses won’t ever be good in each means, and that’s completely okay. For this problem, I brainstormed some reasonably priced tweaks I might make to our kitchen that will let in as a lot gentle as attainable.
First, we changed our heavy chrome steel hood encompass with a customized encompass product of white plaster. It’s a lot brighter and displays any pure gentle coming into the house.
Then, we demoed among the heavy darkish wooden shelving to open up the house and permit for extra gentle to succeed in this again wall of the kitchen. We eliminated the highest shelf and took out a panel of higher cabinetry. You possibly can learn extra about our mini kitchen rework right here.
Design mistake: Placing a TV over the hearth
After we constructed our home, we assumed we “had” to place a TV in the lounge as a result of… effectively, that’s what everybody else did! On the time, it was the one house in the home we’d designated for lounging, so it appeared like the plain spot. Nonetheless, that is additionally the realm of the home that you simply see proper once you stroll within the entrance door, and our massive flat-screen started to really feel like an eyesore that drove my design eye loopy. I didn’t desire a black field as the point of interest in the principle residing space of our home.
Plus, in an effort to make the TV look extra streamlined, we’d designed the wall with an inset alcove to deal with the TV and make it flush. However because it wasn’t sized completely for the TV we ended up shopping for, it ended up trying sort of awkward.
The repair: Throw out the “guidelines” and design your house how YOU wish to dwell!
After I requested myself how I actually wished to make use of our front room, I spotted that I wished it to be an area to unwind, chill out, really feel impressed, and collect with family and friends. So, we redesigned the structure of the lounge with these targets in thoughts. We eliminated the TV and crammed within the alcove, then plastered over it to match the remainder of the wall so we might hold a giant piece of assertion artwork.
Then, we transformed a little-used room with exercise gear into our household TV space. It’s small and comfy—the proper spot for our household film nights.
Design mistake: Adorning too matchy-matchy
After I first began out in my design journey, I didn’t have as robust a way of my very own style as I do now. And since I wasn’t as assured in my very own design eye, I discovered myself following guidelines that I’d examine or see in different areas. I assumed that all the pieces wanted to be symmetrical, and that furnishings in a room wanted to match! The consequence was boring, predictable, and lacked any kind of actual soul and character.
The repair: Infuse your own home decor with a way of play
Over time, I gained the boldness to play and have extra enjoyable with my decor. Including texture, taking part in with asymmetrical compositions, going with what I preferred as an alternative of what felt so anticipated. Now my dwelling feels extra multilayered, textural, heat, attention-grabbing… and a lot extra me!
The largest change to my dwelling by means of the years? As a substitute of following tendencies, I begin with deciding how I wish to dwell and really feel in every house. It’s helped me reprioritize the issues I buy, letting go of the “guidelines” I as soon as adopted and as an alternative placing consolation and connection on the middle. As a substitute of simply one other Pinterest-worthy house, my bed room has grow to be my sanctuary, the eating desk a spot for real-life connection. It’s a journey that I do know will preserve evolving, similar to me.