The past few days have been very eventful ones for the Costa house. Not only did we pick up our finalized plans, but we now we also get to decide our lighting. I had known that I wanted to purchase most of my lighting from a local store, but I had yet to see what was being offered for fear of price. See, there is this little store in town and I'm not exaggerating when I say that I've always wanted everything in it. It's all shipped from Indonesia and it's what bohemian beach house dreams are made of. Now that we have to start making decisions I finally got the nerve to really explore the shop and let's just say I found everything I need / want and more! The prices? Well, they are much more reasonable than I thought and everything in the store really is exquisite. I found every piece of lighting that I needed for the house (IN COUNTRY) and now I'm able to mark our plans using the actual lighting that we will have in the house. Talk about things becoming really real!
Why I was perusing the store I stumbled upon a box of tiles that are handmade in Nicaragua and I'm not lying when I say I wept a little. They are EXACTLY what I've been looking for and again, they don't have to be imported. My head is still spinning but seeing those tiles made things really come together for me and this is now where I'm heading with the house.
So where is that exactly?
Well, I'm definitely deviating from my initial plans of creating a modern Spanish villa and instead just creating the modern jungle house of my dreams. For so long I was stumped on what I was going to do for the counter tops and flooring but now I know exactly where I'm going. In short, I'm going gray.
Gray polished concrete floors, gray polished concrete counter tops. All the cabinetry is going to be wood and the walls will be white. I'm going to use the incredible tile (or something similar) that I found in the bathrooms and and in the kitchen and keep everything else super simple. I found a lot of woven and textured copper lighting (I'll post on this next week) and now that I've seen all the pieces separately, I just KNOW it's going to be better than what I had initially planed.
Here is what I'm using for my current inspiration. Wood, white, concrete and muted tile. This is not at all what I envisioned when we started this project but I am sure glad this is where we are ending.
Now for the tile.
I'm a little teary just seeing it all together. This tile is EXACTLY what I had in mind. It's matte, it's muted, it's hand painted, it's unique. It's pretty perfect!!! I would run the one on the top left from the counter to the ceiling in the kitchen and the one in the top right on the outside bar. I'm planning on using the gray and white pattern on the floor of the downstairs guest bathroom (wall tile likely the same as in the kitchen) and the tiles to the right are going in the boys' over sized bathroom (which will be shared by the upstairs guests). Our bathroom has the outside shower so I probably won't use any tile in there, and keep everything else super clean with the concrete counter tops, the wood cabinetry, the white walls and the iron windows. To keep things from feeling too sterile I can put out over sized pots filled with greenery.
It's going to be clean, relatively inexpensive, and everything can be made / purchased inside the country (even though it's being imported). Since I've already purchased most of the bedding, pillows, and artwork I can now actually "see" what the house is going to look like, and I seriously could not be happier with where this house is heading. The best part... I only have to carry / import the soft goods I have at home. No lugging of lights, no containers, just me and a few (okay 10) suitcases and we will have a pretty amazing house. I'm trying not to get too excited (one must sleep) but you know that right now my head is spinning!
I'm going back this weekend to see some tiles that the shop owner has from Bali. She promises that they are even better than the ones I picked, which is really saying a lot. Nothing is quite set in stone (or concrete in this case) but I'm pretty confident about where the house is heading and I've got everyone on board (even my father!)... talk about progress! I'll do a big post on lighting next week, so stay tuned for that! Xx