A concept plan

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Well here she is, the concept plan....
This is version 4 of my dream home, I had to scale down until it would fit our budget & be a practical size, it started out about 9 metres longer than this, with another bedroom & an activity room.It was way to big & I think we would have had a lot of unused space.
I don't have a copy of what downstairs will look like, there will be a double garage that you drive into at the left end of the house & underneath the kitchen & family room area will be a large room,that we will use as a kids activity room  gym & toilet. To start with it will just be a big open space that we will finish at our leisure or when budget permits....


Please excuse the poor quality, it was a plan that was scanned & emailed to me, which I then had to print out & re scan & save it to my photo files.  Finally I was able to access the image to post.The dark grey areas are veranda's with a pergola on the bottom floor of the back left hand corner.
The centre area if the plan has the entry situated between a formal lounge & dining room, hopefully creating a grand entrance. The large room in the middle is a family room & meals area that opens onto the alfresco. The kitchen is off to the left, with an island bench & walk in pantry, the staircase opens into the family room.


I am hoping to create a mixture of these two kitchens. I will be having overhead cupboards & if I can make the budget stretch to it, I would love to take them to the ceiling, I expect that would add a lot to the cost as we have 2.7m ceilings. I will be having pendant lights like the kitchen above, my dream guy is an electrician & will be doing all of the electrical installation himself.
I really love the simplicity of the island below.
Any advice or experiences on this my stylish friends?

Off to the right is 3 bedrooms for the kids & you walk thru a vanity area to go to the bathroom, separate toilet or laundry. I wanted my kids to be able to get ready in the morning without fighting over the bathroom, girls can do their hair, whilst the man child uses the shower & the toilet is still accessible for whom ever may need to use it( these are daily issues that I face, resolved). My laundry has plenty of storage & bench space for folding washing & ironing without having to pack it all away immediately. The bedrooms are large enough to accommodate queen size beds, side tables, dressers, a  built in robe & still leave room to move about.
The left end of the house has another child's bedroom  & the master bedroom. The master bedroom has a walk in robe & ensuite. The toilet in the ensuite has its own separate room.
Both the ensuite & main bathroom will have a bath tub under the window & a separate shower. The main vanity area & ensuite will each have a double vanity.When I read this I realize we don't sound like we are very good at sharing, he he he!!!
I would like something a little like this image below

I think I would like a mirror the same size as the vanity in the kids area, to add extra light & make the space appear larger, but in the ensuite possibly two smaller mirrors, one over each basin.
 What do you think ?

The formal lounge will have french doors to access the front veranda, a gas fireplace with a lovely traditional style mantel & be flanked by open shelving. I love the formal fireplaces with display shelves either side, but I also wanted to create extra light in the family room as it is a long room & allow for air flow from the front to the back of the house, following design principles for passive heating & cooling. We have hot summers & although we will install ducted reverse cycle air conditioning, it is expensive to run, so the more measures we take to create an energy efficient home the better.I hope to have it look a little something like the images below, although I will be painting them white.

My dream guy loves the two way gas fireplaces so it may end up with the fireplace & mantle in the family room as well yet. This would depend on the cost for the actual fire place fitting into our budget.


So this is the plan so far, tiles on the floor, hopefully 60cm x 30 cm porcelain in a sandy sort of colour, laid in a running bond pattern, carpet in the formal lounge, dining & bedrooms in a similar tone. The walls to be painted in a yellow based cream & all trims white. Kitchen to be white with the bench tops to be a square form laminate or ceasar stone either a shade darker or shade lighter than floor tiles.The bathrooms following on in the same colour scheme.
I will pick the flooring first & work my way up from there. A lot of the furnishing I currently own was purchased around a warm white colour scheme so I will need to keep with this look, I do love these colours anyway. The last 2 houses we renovated, we painted in Dulux Chalk USA although I think I am leaning towards Dulux Hogs Bristle in varying strengths this time, depending on the tile colour.

Any ideas or suggestions to save me some costly or disappointing mistakes guys????

CHEERS
Trish xx




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White Shelf Furniture Design as Home Decor Abstract

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This is the design of furniture for the kitchen but can also be used as the interior of the house. Depending on the things of the wall paintings and interior decoration may desire most of all humans, from animal skins and cave paintings to modern art and decorative surfaces. Combining functionality and aesthetic appeal, modular wall rack system like this let people create their own combination of functional and storage of custom home decor minimalist.
Part of the appeal of this type of MDF Italian system is flexibility - the ability to slide the boxes and shelves around to fit the decorative element or another of any size width and height. Discounts are white by default by wood-tone accents this section are available as a well.Ã, Â Another key element though is the way this kind of design accommodates the mess: a bookshelf or a series of parallel symmetrical box straight and flat shelves, on the contrary, calls attention to what did not line up with the detailed attention to the organization as a whole.
Hidden metal brackets that reinforce the visual effect is just floating in space - slots for brackets and at the intersection of the individual panels also help to create a level of detail on a smaller scale to contrast with the overall composition. What is still missing, though, is some other material for the making of the mixture even more interesting - maybe glass shelves and boxes.

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Gimme My Decorating Magazines Back!

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The NY Times today has an article on The Selby.  You probably heard of the site.  It's about real people in their homes--some famous, some not.  The article also went on to discuss how people can relate more to "real places" than professionally decked up places frequently featured in decor magazines, which contributes to their ever growing popularity. 

We love the Selby too but in a way, it's like watching Rachel Ray cooks vs a professional chef.  There is no competition!    Magazines offer beautifully shot, gorgeous decor that we can fantasize about. We don't want to look at houses that look just like ours, for god's sake.  For example, look at the image below from Homebodies, one of the blogs mentioned:



We want our decorating magazines back!  We miss them, terribly.

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Furniture Design: Custom Cabinets Wood Shelves

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Unique furniture design bookshelf. In a smaller condo or apartment can be difficult to plan or to sacrifice space for storage. However, when the rack can see this beautiful book and become an integral part of interior design hallway extraordinary, it becomes easier to make decisions.

In the era of digital fabrication technologies, making curved cuts more easily than ever before - particularly in materials like this average has a plywood rack horizontal and vertical supports. DHF + design studios have built a relatively simple task: pre-cut pieces and then put them together like a puzzle of three-dimensional.
Lack of shelf space for books and collected and ended opportunities coupled with a desire for an artistic solution was allowed to wrap-around, built-in solution. Overall unit built along the walls, but also made to wrap on the ceiling and create exciting and bumpy transition envelope space between the entrance and main room of the house alive.

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Times ticking

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Well it would appear we finally have some action on the dream home front, AT LAST!!!!
We have a preliminary plan that we can use to make all our materials selections whilst the actual working plan is being finalised by the architect.
So next week, appointments will be made for the dream guy & myself to sit down with a kitchen company, tile showroom etc to make all the difficult decisions about how this dream home will look... I have to admit I am now officially TERRIFIED!!!!!

EEEEKKKK!!!

But I'm also excited that things are finally moving in the right direction, OMG, how will I ever sleep again...


farmhouse kitchen traditional staircase


I have this exact same clock & my stair case will be a similar lay out, so I now know how fantastic it will look!!!
Any tips or suggestions on how to deal with this process would be greatly appreciated, we have renovated many times, but this is our first ever new build & because, we have designed it ourselves, we can't even get a feel for it by walking thru a display home....
I will  post a copy of the plan soon for your stylish assessment!

Did I mention I'm excited!!!

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Real Cool Barstool

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We totally dig this barstool from Arteriors. It has an unique shape to it, and we love the organic look/feel.


The barstool sells at $450/each  with free shipping.

You can find the specifications in our barstool section.

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Modern Silk Flower Arrangements

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Just want to share with you some beautiful modern floral arrangements we just got in...



These can be found in our silk flowers section. If you see them in person you wouldn't believe how real they look.

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Modern and Glamorous-Chandelier from Barbara Cosgrove

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We are loving this new chandelier from Barbara Cosgrove.  It's so chic, don't you think? 


The chandelier is priced at $925 including shipping.
The shades can also be replaced with parchment shades. The best thing is, it can be painted with any Benjamin Moore paint color. How clever!
You can find this chandelier in our Barbara Cosgrove Lamps section.

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Furniture Design Two Functions: A Bed And TV

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Furniture design two functions: Curved Canopy Bed and Built-In Projection TV

The first design: the design - even without the unique concept of built-in television - itself a sigh-worthy for fans of contemporary curves, lightweight materials, or only minimal white bed. but still curious about adding a canopy for privacy, aesthetic or functional reasons.
Long stretches of white fabric support may bend to the side of the AFP, the balance of flexibility to article STABILITY Dan Dan the framework of the canopy cover material. Ã, Â Danijel barring the entire piece can also be taken apart for washing articles, Danijel re-aimed as an interior room privacy screen Bedroom Danijel On the contrary. In many ways, the concept of Good Husband is more practical / efficient but also more appealing to the traditional canopy rely on excessive decoration for articles that make a statement.
For the design of the TV. Yes, you can project your favorite show on the surface of the canopy material as well, but warned: if you have difficulty sleeping, high-tech hybrid bed plus a built-in television will probably stay up later than you want. Joey Van den Berghe This was created as a project design school graduate theses, however, is so safe to say that he may not get much sleep well at the moment of creation.

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Seasonal Decorating

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When I think about decorating for the seasons naturally what comes to mind are the jewel tones of fall, the reds and greens of Christmas, and the pastels of spring and Easter. But as I looked around my home I've noticed that the greens of summer have infiltrated my home in the form of faux plants and moss balls, with a few florals thrown in for good measure.

Is your home sporting the greens of the season?

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Facades on buildings and architecture schools

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Facades on buildings and architecture schools

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Home Bar Design by Jason J. Three Rivers, MI

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"... Attached some photos I took the bar I had just finished. I purchased and used the instructions as you build the speedy construction of a template for my bar. Instructions are logical and very easy to follow. I decided to use corrugated galvanized metal for the front and sides of my bars to keep the look "stainless" steel, I was looking for. This works very well and low maintenance approach. "


Home Bar Design

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Home Bar Plans by G. Scott M. Buffalo, NY

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"I actually ordered three different sets of plans bar, and I'm pleased to say that I chose you to build amazing results. And I want to share some photos with you. Planning for an easy to follow, and the bars come together with well I use 3 / 4 "oak plywood for the most part, and add beer to the back side of the ditch. I am very excited! Thank you for your assistance in putting together "." Pub Murray! "

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HGTV Dream Home in 2010

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HGTV dream home 2010

The HGTV dream home 2010 gives a luxurious feeling to the homeowner. The HGTV make the home stunning especially when the hgtv is place in jaw dropping places such as Colorado, water park, Wyoming and Jackson hole that makes the home look more beautiful and appealing. The HGTV home idea concept gets popularity in the California wine country.

Hgtv Dream House: Kitchen

The home that built by following the Victorian farmhouse tradition gives a special look to the house. It is the essence of the real estate of the person, which is impressive also. The main hallmark of the hgtv home ideas is the farm estate that makes the house look different from others. The HDTV homes include wood floors, wainscoting, trim that makes the house special and unique.

Hgtv Dream House: Good Location

The hgtv home 2010 is a three-bedroom house along with the three attached bathroom. It covers an area of 3600 square meter. The sweepstakes of the HGTV home 2010 register million of entries on the website of hgtv that increases the popularity all over the world.

Hgtv Dream House: Big Room

The concept of the sweepstakes grown considerably and offers an opportunity to the users to show case the stylish and designer products or crockery in the house. It is the best way to decorate your house. Online one can avail the new and innovate ideas to decorate the HGTV home and make home look different from previous year. It is the best way to experience the New Year and new life coming with that year. It is the best way to live luxurious life.

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Just Another Mantle Monday

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Using many of the same elements from my 4th of July mantle,
I redecorated for a feeling of
a sophisticated summer.

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