Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Finding our design identity

This is one of the most difficult testament to one's profession. For those who don't know, I come from the interior design/architecture industry therefore selecting furniture and finishes is a part of the job. However, when that baton is passed onto my own home...eep!


Honestly all procedural reasoning goes out the window. The typical space planning exercise goes out the window, inspirational images  prior to design development are not even part of the thought process, I didn't even consciously decide on an accent color.


So the reasoning for sharing this experience on my blog is because I think most people follow the same train of thought as I do. As much as I wanted to choose the best designer furniture with the most trendy accents - I ended up making decisions based on financial practicality as the main concern.


Act 1. 
Decide on where you want to spend your money.

Through many discussion, Jimmy and I decided we wanted to start fresh with mostly new furniture in our new home. First big ticket item we could think of was a comfortable while stylish couch.

The couch was where we would spend a lot of time hanging out - watching TV or playing video games or just chatting. I wanted something that could be fairly versatile with good quality and a neutral color. But at the same time, not overly trendy to become dated in little time. 


West Elm Lorimer Sofa


After long hours scourging through the internet and walking through endless shops, I decided to choose this low profile beauty that promised comfortable sleeping and napping. The low yet wide arms on each side provide a perfect tray for my phone, laptop, and even plate of food at times. It also seemed to come in very handy when I am in need of a little nap, perfect to also double as a seat when we have more company.


Here's a few photos of how the sofa worked out in our very narrow space:







I think it ended up looking very cute :) Bear in mind, this is still a work in progress.


*Tips for finding an appropriate couch for your space. 
  • Measure the length and width of the room prior to shopping
  • Best to find a neutral color so that it can stand the test of time and match your other furniture pieces (we chose a grayish blue "Licorice")
  • Think of how you will utilize the space. TV lounging? Hosting parties? You may find a need to shop for a set or contemplate complimentary armchairs.

Good luck!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Home.

There were many aspects of growing up that I looked forward to as a child. Owning a home was not something I even considered but now at age 30, here we are!


To put aside the financial responsibilities, mortgages, bills, and other varieties of adulting, the best part is making your home your home.


Jimmy and I are currently developing solutions to the unique layout of our 1924 house, shopping for quality furniture that is affordable and aesthetically pleasing. It's a lot of pressure! Especially since I come from the design and architecture world, it is difficult to buckle down and decide on a style that defines who we are.


What we've realized through this process is that there does not need to be one defining style that we must live with for the rest of our lives. It's design, it's our home, it's meant to change and morph as we change and morph ourselves. The fun about designing our home is customizing it to what we need at the time.


I'll share bits and pieces throughout this process, but for now, I was just throwing some super basic sketches together to see my layout. Hope you enjoy coming along on our journey!