When Jon and I travel to different cities, we inevitably find ourselves driving through neighborhoods and checking out local architecture. We both gravitate toward the black on white contrast seen in current design trends.
We recently sold our last build -a farmhouse style with the signature board and batten siding and black framed windows. Our new home under construction combines the same color combination but with some intentional updates. We're in an all- brick neighborhood, so we'll paint the exterior white and enjoy the dramatic effect. I also decided to continue the white/black theme inside with a Snowbound paint color throughout. I haven't yet selected a wood flooring stain, but I'm thinking a lighter color is in order. The kitchen cabinetry is white with some black- framed glass cabinet accents.
The back portion of the first floor extends side to side and encompasses the Great Room. A u- shaped kitchen opens to a dining area and flows directly into the family room. While a kitchen table floats in the central part of the space, the living room furnishings will surround the fireplace on the opposite wall. My interior decorating design is simple, so as to not distract from the natural landscape seen through the floor to ceiling windows across the back of the home.
A small hallway connects the kitchen/dining area to our bedroom. A triple window floods the space with light, a huge advantage to a small space. The bedroom features an entrance to a small front porch- an arched brick opening will add charm to the home's facade. We have his and her closets in the space, one with a window.
The entry and front room of the home open to a staircase and an expansive view into the back of the home. The second floor houses our shared office, two guest rooms, and walk-out storage spaces.
Much attention to detail has been given to the back porch and pool deck. Stepping onto the covered area, there's an obvious separation of space: a seating area to the left, and an outdoor dining area to the right. Stairs at the center of the porch lead to the pool deck, a small area enclosed by the back wall of the garage and a retaining wall on the opposite side. The entire area is rather compact and is perfect for a minimalistic design. The pool deck level will allow for a couple of lounge chairs and my potted olive tree.
I'm excited to pursue the minimalist look in this home. Because bedrooms and the outdoor living space are small in size, I have more incentive to intentionally furnish and decorate them.