When you second guess yourself

Casa del Pullman, Phoenix Designer, Modern Spanish, Projects, DIY

This week has been the first week back to work/school, and it was a doozy.  My hallway still looks like this…modernishhome-painging trim-5

Baseboards sanded, cleaned, and primed, but that’s about it.  (Side note, this is our dog Nash.  He’s a boxer who we absolutely adore.)  I have had zero time to finish the baseboards.  My husband and I made the executive decision to buy new door kits, the paint is so bad that I can’t sand it without taking off all the brown paint, and it does’t come off evenly, so we are just starting from scratch on those.  I am relieved and annoyed.  That was a cost I was hoping to avoid, but new doors!  Wahoo!

I have been so second guessing my paint choice, I am going with Dunn Edwards White on walls and trim.  I painted the office and I love it.  There is a blog post coming next week about that.  Painting white in a hallway with kids seems like a bad idea, but I feel like it needs it.  The hallway is long, with no natural light expect what comes through the rooms it leads too.  There are also these weird lights at the bottom of the wall, which I am hoping to be able to move to sconces or recessed lighting when we have the electrician come out to fix some things.   Anyway.  Here are some images that are giving me courage to plow full steam ahead with my modern Spanish all white everywhere vibe.hallway inspo for modernish home

Source Studio McGee

We are doing something very similar down the hallway with symmetrical frames from Pottery Barn.  We have twenty of the square 8×10 large mat frames from our last house and I think it is going to be amazing.  I love this image from Studio McGee, so clean and fresh, the windows, the lights, everything!

white hallway

source STUDIO SEIDERS

White wall courage right here.  Contrast and texture come from wood, rugs and that subtle brick wall.  This feels so right it can’t be wrong!

Trying new things is so scary sometimes, even for a person who helps people pick out paint colors for a living.  I usually go with a safe color, and this is so outside my comfort zone.  If you haven’t read Nate Berkus’s book, you really should.  This quote is my go to  when I have self doubt in my design abilities.

nate berkus quote

source

Here’s to a New Year, Trying things that scare us a little bit, and approaching life with a sense of wonder and discovery!

Have a great weekend.

XO

Rach

Happy New Year + Hallway plans

Casa del Pullman, DIY, Modern Spanish, Projects

Happy New Year Everybody!  I can’t believe it is 2018!  My husband and I were reflecting on 2017, and we are both so grateful for the lessons we learned and experiences we had, but also hoping for a bit of a calmer year.  In 2017 I started a business, continued going back to school, and the hubs started a new job.  In the last three months of 2017, we sold our house, and at the same time bought a new one, I designed and staged four commercials,  finished real estate school, the hubs started a new job (again), all while raising four totally awesome but demanding kids.  And then there was Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Needless to say, I am so excited for a fresh start, lots of small projects on the new house, and slowing down a bit.

I am really excited about the opportunity to share my projects and design collaborations here on Modernish.  One of my biggest regrets with my last house was not sharing it with people, and to have a record for myself.  It was amazing to look back and see just how much we did to that house.  My goal is to post once a week about current projects around the house, and one post a week about what is inspiring me, through e-design, books, whatever I am feeling in the moment.

My goal this week is to get the looong wide hallway to the kids side of the house painted and gallery wall hung.  The plan is to sand, prime and paint the trim first, look for a post about that next week!  It is definitely a process, I keep telling myself it will be worth it.  After the base boards are primed and painted, I’ll move on to painting the walls and ceiling Dunn Edwards white. (update- I only got the trim sanded and primed because the flu.  I hate the flu)

Lets all take a long look at this hallway.  Prepare yourself.  It is not pretty.

modernishhome-painging trim-4

 

You can see the office to the right, we’ve already painted walls and trim in there, so you get an idea of where we are going with this.  BUT LOOK!  MY HOUSE IS PATTERNED AFTER THE DESSERT TIRAMISU.  And not in a good way.  So here is my theory behind the choice of brown trim from the previous owner.  I know she was trying to go for this whole Spanish Colonial vibe, and that does have a lot of contrast.  The problem is that she went for too much.  Spanish Colonial is all about bringing in warmth and contrast with light fixtures, furniture, and tile.  A word to the wise, never paint trim brown, it will never resemble wood.  Ever.  But if you do, against all advise, please sand, and pick a good primer and paint, other wise the poor soul who buys your home will be dealing with this…

through her whole freakin’ house.  It peels off like a vinyl wall sticker.  My kids have named the one on the laundry door after a Pokemon it looks like.

Pray for me.  This is going to be a doozy.

 

The Plan for Casa Del Pullman

Casa del Pullman, Modern Spanish

We are in!  We moved in the weekend before Thanksgiving and that was a doozy.  I do not recommend moving before the holidays.  It makes things, well, complicated. Like, really complicated.

As with each house I have lived in, when I am unpacking and arranging furniture and the like, I vibe out the house.  I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted the house to be before we moved in, but now that I have been in for a month, I have a more solid plan: Modern Spanish meets family friendly.

  1.  The entryway/ half bath is due for a major overhaul.  Redo the wet bar, (although that mid-70’s vibe is pretty killer.)  Mini fridge, new cabinets, counter tops and back splash.  Renovate the half bathroom completely.  I mean I’m talking floors, vanity, lighting, the works.  New iron light fixtures in the entry to create max impact on the wow factor.  PAINT IT ALL WHITE.  I am painting all the trim and walls Dunn Edwards White to really bring in the crisp feel of a Spanish home, and contrast against the cabinets and new lighting.  It’s going to be bomb.  I’ll confess I am a bit nervous to go so white with it all but I think the payoff will be big.  I am really inspired by these gorgeous interiors for these spaces.

Bathroom by Jute Home, hallway source Pinterest

2. Renovate the girls bathroom.  The bathroom is in surprisingly good shape, but it needs an update.  New custom vanity, new tile shower, new floors and lighting.  The current vanity in the bathroom is 11 feet long.  Yes.  ELEVEN.  So I am going to have my carpenter build a custom vanity with three sinks for my three daughters.  Keeping the current layout will save money and also I love how much storage it has.

tile inspo modern spanish

tile source

3. Renovate the master bathroom.  Many many grand plans are going on for this. Cement tile, new shower design, new freestanding tub, and there is this secret garden that I plan on doing something with, just not sure yet.

Source  Byrd Design

4. Renovate the boy bathroom. It was ‘updated’ but yeah.  You get the idea.  Travertine tile counter tops does not an update make.

The projects on this list are the biggies, and don’t include hanging gallery walls, the furniture, the little tweaks, but I can not wait to get started on it all, and showing you my process along the way.

The New Modernish

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I’ve never been the type to think about selling my home when I buy it. I didn’t think about selling my home while I designed and renovated it. I did it because I loved my home and I love design projects. I knew in the back of my mind that it would help resale value, blah blah blah, all that stuff. It’s good, but not why I do what I do. I love to make my home mine. I want it to reflect me and my family.

A year ago I found myself in my orthopedic surgeons office. My knee is well on its way to arthritis, and I need to get out of my two story house. ASAP. Not exactly what a 33 year old wants to hear, or what a designer who has put her heart and soul into her home wants to hear.

So we’ve been looking. And looking. And looking. The Phoenix real estate market is so hot right now (hehe. See what I did there? Both a movie quote AND a quip about the weather)

Last week we found it. My Spanish beauty with just enough character and the right amount of renovation. It’s a 1979 semi custom single level. We made an offer. Offer accepted. We listed ours. We’ve had a lot of showings, and hoping for an offer this weekend. If all goes well, we will be in right after Thanksgiving.

Here’s to the new Modernish!