Designing a luxury home from the ground up sounds like an overwhelming task to most people, but for Allison and her design team, it’s the type of project that fuels our fire. Starting with the preliminary sketches, Allison will go through the house with a fine-toothed comb. Any areas that seem like they need revision will get the red pen–or yellow pen, or black pen. We have lots of pens.
Once revisions are made and the floor plan is set and agreed upon by the builder, contractor, and design team(us), then we can begin to specify materials. Our first choice for paint color always comes from Your Color Seasons. Looking within these palettes helps us to get a feel for how the house will look. Because these colors were designed by Allison, and she has been working with them for years, she knows just what to expect from them. Choosing paint from hundreds of variations at your local paint store is like finding a needle in a haystack. Allison’s paint system is so much easier and way less risky. For this project, we started with a palette similar to the one below and did a little tweaking with the color formulas to get it just right. For a palette like this one, click on each of the colors to find its corresponding shade from Your Color Seasons.
AS09SP AS05S AS12W AS10W AS02SP
These colors were inspired by nature and will work seamlessly with surrounding greenery of the Southwest hills. Our Winter Soft palette is perfect for just this type of project. For more on how to use this palette, check out the blog featuring examples.
Moving on from paint choices, we head into the vast sea of material choices. A little more revision gets us the window framework we were hoping for. The doors we chose will compliment the custom windows and are just so cool. The knobs for these doors are gorgeous clear glass.
Flooring is such a big decision in a house of this size; it will set the backdrop for all of the furniture, rugs, cabinetry, and hardware. Allison decided on a rich, dark hardwood with a beautiful Birch Chocolate stain. For the bedrooms, we opted for a lush, creamy carpet with a lattice weave.
The last detail we’re going to share with you this week is a very unique treatment for the front porch entryway. It’s a beautiful brick patio with two columns and stairs that we are having whitewashed. This application will instantly update and soften the look so that it flows seamlessly in with the rest of the house. So excited to see this completed!
The white stripe in the center is the finish that will be applied to the entire entryway. Crisp, clean, and inviting.
Next week we’ll start specifying appliances, lighting, hardware, and give you a sneak peek at the progress.