So we are half way through the renovations and I’m really starting to see how it is all taking shape. The new huge windows are in the bedroom so we can wake up to the garden every day, the wall is in for the new closet, and the bath tub is sitting ready to be installed. Thankfully we’ve also gotten rid of the remaining carpet on the main level – I find carpet a complete no no with two dogs and two children. Of course with a remodel there is the expense of the actual work itself, but a bit like losing weight or changing your appearance with a new haircut, there has to be some new attire and accessories.
We’re going for a very minimal contemporary look so our walls will be some kind of white – there are hundreds to choose from! For the interior of the closet we have set ourselves the challenge of designing it ourselves using the Pax modular closet from IKEA. Again it is very modern and extremely versatile with different drawer and hanging options for all types of clothes. Personally I LOVE IKEA though would probably never furnish my entire house with it. They offer the best furniture for children’s rooms and solutions for storing all the shrapnel that children seem to collect, and dare I say it – I love assembling a flat pack. This week I have assembled two Expedit storage cubes for the kids – one for our family/tv room and the second for Poppy’s room. They are brilliant and look fab – I’m even thinking of getting a red one now for our laundry room as a place for all our bags etc. when we walk in from the garage.
For years now I have been on the hunt for my perfect vanity/dressing table and I’m glad I have waited till now to buy one as I think I have a much clearer idea of where our aesthetic is heading. I have always liked the idea of a mirrored vanity but most are either ridiculously expensive, are too traditional in style, or have zero storage for cosmetics. I think I might have just found the most perfect one at West Elm – the mirrored Parsons desk. It’s not cheap at $599 but has the sleek look that I was aiming for plus 2 small drawers for cosmetics. To soften the blow I am considering the Tobias chair from IKEA to pair with it. We have 2 of these around our Big Sur breakfast table and they add a great contemporary feel, open up the space and contradict other styles like natural wood well.
To allow me to continue to indulge in my outfit of the day blogs, and to open up the bedroom given the fact it will be slightly smaller due to my immense walk in closet, I also have the Parsons floor mirror from Crate and Barrel on my wish list – it is huge and will look fabulous leaning against the exterior of the closet wall.
We also thankfully got rid of the dogs’ chaise. Yes the dogs had their own chair but as they would now rather lie on any other piece of furniture than their own I decided that it was time for it to go. It smelt and looked rather horrid after years of use. So a large area has opened up in the kitchen where I plan to create a ‘coffee nook’ that can be transformed into an area for entertaining given that all our parties end up in the kitchen…though our house has very few walls it can be argued where the kitchen actually begins and ends…I’m going to get two Tullsta arm chairs in black leather from IKEA which are cheap enough to get trashed by the children, but look neat and sleek enough to be pleasing on the eye too.
As a coffee table solution for this small space I’ve ordered another Stow ottoman from Crate and Barrel in persimmon. We have a green one already which I love – the lid flips over so it can be used as either a seat, a foot rest, or a table – and it can easily be moved around the house – brilliant! Given our house is full of neutral tones accessorized with either pops of orange or green I went for this lovely orange.
So no clothing allowance for me for a while – at least till I have accessorized my home…