So much of finding your own style is trial and error, don’t you think?
There are remodeling ideas and looks that I’ve wanted to try, but my house just isn’t the right place to act as a testing ground – our home is “done” from a construction standpoint, no more renovations going on here. (However, you know I’ll never be able to resist switching up the decor.)
So, that leaves our flips. Cue wicked laughter and rubbing hands together gleefully.
Obviously these houses are designed to appeal to a wide market, so I can’t get too crazy. But I can test out a few things here and there, right? Right.
With this flip in particular I’m kind of letting loose a little. For example, I think I want all white walls in our next house, so I’m testing it out here. And I’ve become smitten with the look of gray-painted brick with a watery turquoise front door, so I’m testing it out here.
A slightly more contemporary vibe? Testing it out in a few places at this flip, but what immediately comes to mind is the fireplace.
Here’s how it started out looking:
Whoa sadness. And I don’t know how that’s the “best” before photo I have of the fireplace – apologies.
After demo, drywall and new flooring, now it’s a blank slate that looks like this:
I sketched up an elevation of that wall so that I could try out a few different looks for the fireplace.
Pinterest was of course my first resource for inspiration. The fireplaces that immediately grabbed my attention were very minimalist – just a simple wooden surround without any detailing. Swoon city. I added a little chunkiness to my inspiration images and came up with this:
But then I worried that a minimalist fireplace would get lost in that giant room, with that super tall ceiling. So, back to the drawing board. And I came up with this:
Still minimalist, but taller and therefore more substantial. The horizontal lines above the brick represent a streamlined mantle that would project out a bit. I think this option is definitely the safe choice…but I don’t like it nearly as much as the smaller, lower version. So, I’m taking a risk and going with my favorite.
Fingers crossed it turns out.