Welcome to my corner of the world!
The quest for my first home began a couple years ago. I had grown tired of being on the apartment hamster wheel. My work & my heart were drawing me fondly back to Fort Worth. Being a young adult, I was cautioned by friends and family about the difficulties and disappointments that accompany the first time home buying process. That being said, I wasn't in the least bit prepared for the many let downs. I made offers on multiple homes and was outbid every time, without fail. Anybody who has been through this process knows you emotionally invest in the house before you ever put a pen to paper. One afternoon, I had all but given up on the dream of owning a home in my 20s, but as I was driving away from another sad listing, I drove past an A-line 1950's shack with a scribbled on "FOR SALE BY OWNER" sign in the front yard. I reversed my car and sat parked in front of this historic shack of a house and thought "this is it. This is my home". I knew sitting in front of that run-down little house that I was going to buy it and bring its groove back. This is where the love affair began!
The interior of the home was in shambles. There were holes in the walls, bad cabinets, several awful shades of paint and mismatched wall tile. What walls that were still left in tact were very confining, making the already tiny house very compartmentalized. My team took the house completely to the studs, moved walls, replaced all of the windows, doors, and plumbing. We added a front door to the facade of the house to make it welcoming. Essentially, it is now a brand new house in the shell of an old home. One thing that I was very proud of, was that I was able to retain the original hardwood floors and refinish them.
Okay- Let's get to the fun part! I have a strong affinity to Mid-Century Modern architecture and interior design, I have since I was a boy. Naturally I wanted to preserve the historic integrity of the house, so I used materials, furniture, and finishes that are reminiscent of MCM (That's Mid-Century Modern, NOT man crush Monday ;-)
In school I learned a lot of design "rules", but I follow very few of them. One of my philosophies is "If it feels right, it is right". I don't abide by a certain style or function of design. Homes should be livable, and they should tell a story about the person or persons who dwell in them. This is why I don't use furniture from one certain store or showroom when I'm furnishing homes. If the intention is for the space to look and feel amazing, the furniture has to be gathered from here and there. Enough about my philosophies. Let's graduate to my favorite room in the house:
I chose a warm white paint for the great majority of the interior because I wanted to maximize the natural light and create the illusion that the spaces are larger than they really are. It has been my experience that designing tiny homes is more challenging than large homes because I have to figure out how to utilize every square inch. This brings us to the tiniest room in the house- my bathroom:
I'll wrap this little tour with my second favorite room in the house- my bedroom. Your bedroom should be the single most personal room in your home. It should be plush, calming, and most importantly, it should be undeniably you.