Now that we find ourselves half way through the Coastal Living 2015 Showhouse “Before & After” posts, it has occurred to me that this being a brand new house, there aren’t actually “befores” to warrant calling these “afters”.
Designing from scratch vs. renovating an existing space is a very different process with its own set of perks and challenges. I find that house-lovers tend to fall into two camps: those who imagine one day building a dream home from the ground up, and those who fantasize about renovating and restoring a home with history.
That’s an oversimplification and there are obviously people who enjoy the idea of both. But, if the reality is more of a spectrum, I would still be at the extreme end of wanting to get my hands on Gray Gardens rather than a shiny new plot of land with a view. That is in part because I love old things with history, but also because I find myself inspired by the constraints that come by working within an existing space. Given total free-reign, I’m not sure I would know what to do with myself. I guess I’m more of a problem solver than inventor.
On this project, having an extremely abbreviated timeline helped impose some such boundaries for this house, as did guidelines laid out by the various national sponsors whose product we would be working with. For example, we were fortunate to partner with Sunbrella who asked that we design one interior room exclusively using their indoor/outdoor textiles.
I love Sunbrella’s line. Without turning into infomercial mode, it really is incredible how far outdoor fabrics have come in the past few years, I often can’t tell the difference in the hand of outdoor and indoor fabrics anymore. Of course, the added bonus is that fabrics made to withstand the elements are great for the messes that comes with children- who, as parents know, seem to be equal parts adorable and filthy at all times.