Pretty Pictures-not Hildring House (sadly)

I am wishing I had some pretty pictures of Hildring House to show you today … but sadly, nothing new is “finished.” sigh. So let’s look at some pretty pictures not Hildring House.

Bedroom from Amber Interiors
Amber Interiors
Design ADHD

One of the things I love about blogging is the fact that I am encouraged to ‘finish’ things. It’s my deepest darkest secret- I have design ADHD. I get 80 percent finished with a project and in my mind, I can see it as completed. So I just move on to the next thing. Since my “minds eye” does not photograph well, I’m forced to finish things for real if I want to share them with you. This is, in Dan’s opinion, much better than my prior solution of “just sell the house.” That’s how, in the past, I forced myself to finish things: sell the house. That’s pretty motivating.

Dan here – the “sell the house” solution was a great motivator. Debra is a dynamite realtor and she knows what will, in fact, sell the house. The problem – besides moving all the time – is that she would finish things beautifully and we would get to enjoy them for about 10 minutes. My goal for Hildring House is to be able to bask for a while in the comfort of a completed project. Keep following along and root for me, won’t you?

The Mid Century Ranch- an Example of Design ADHD
Mid Century Modern kitchen after
Photo by Trey Freeze
Family Room View One
Photo by Trey Freeze

The two pictures above are house-selling photos of the Mid Century Ranch. Eleventy-seven projects finished 5 minutes before listing photos were taken. This was the first project covered in the blog. While many of those posts don’t display properly – my fault, entirely – you can find a slideshow of the transformation here
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Hildring House Remodel – First Phase Tweaks

There comes a time in most remodeling projects when the big, structural changes are done and a million little things remain. At Hildring House, we’re coming to the end of the initial phase of renovation. And that means we’re doing first phase tweaks – all of the little things without which the project just wouldn’t be a success.

Next up will be mostly cosmetic re-dos of the office, the master bedroom (not the master bath – that’s a biggie), and Debra’s Domain. Then, probably, some more major work – enlarging windows, (?) a new carport (?), extensive hard and soft-scape work out back. Stuff like that. But right now, it’s the little things.

The Grandboys’ Room

Lots of finishing touches for the grandboys’ room.

Polkadot curtainsCurtains are always a nice touch to help a room feel “dressed.” And the chalkboard had to be Goldilocks – high enough for the bigger boy but still low enough for the little guy.

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Earthy Modern Boho Progress

Just a quick  report on the Earthy Modern Boho progress: we’ve made a few large purchases and a couple of small tweaks and I think it’s coming along nicely. The space, itself, is taking shape – just a few more things coming in, and then we’ll get to my favorite part — moving things around and styling.

Out of the Starting Gate

Just to refresh your memory, the befores are here. This canvas wasn’t blank and we had a really good place to start, don’t you agree?

First, we added legs to the amazing vintage cabinet that sits between the fireplace and the kitchen, adjacent to the dining table:

Antique Cabinent
Photo by Amber Shumake Creative

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A New Project–Earthy Modern Boho

A new project! This one is going to be SOMUCHFUN!  I love this couple and they have a really great design sensibility. When we met to discuss the project and started throwing ideas around, we were able to distill it to: earthy modern boho – sounds great, right?

Let’s start with a couple of photos:

First the outside of the house

Street View

Super cute, right? Just like the owners 😉

Now, on to the inside!

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Hildring House Riffing – A Place for Living

We’re grandparents. It doesn’t solely define us but it’s an integral part of who we are. As grandparents, it’s important to us that Hildring House – or anywhere we reside – be a place for living, not just staying. And if you read Debra’s last post,  you know how one of the core purposes of design is to harmonize an environment with the people who exist in it.

A Place for Living – Inside and Out
Water Bounce House 1
Summer in Texas requires water

This represents some of the things going on outside at Hildring House, and some fun it is! A grandchild’s laughter is some of life’s most beautiful music. But let’s move inside Hildring House for an update: Continue reading “Hildring House Riffing – A Place for Living”

Why Design Matters – Part 1 of Many – Post by Debra

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Design Matters

I was having  lunch with an interior designer friend the other day and she confessed that she was many years into her career before she realized how important her job truly was. I can understand this; I’m sure many people think of interior design/decorating as frivolous or inconsequential. But it’s not. Design matters.

Design has always mattered intensely to me – I am a homebody, I love to be home and I need to feel loved by home. I want that “aaah” feeling every time I walk in my door. And lucky for me, creating designing, decorating, these are my favorite things. I realize it’s not so for everyone:

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