The Costa House: The Whole Shebang
It's been a crazy few weeks! Last time I posted I was in the jungle in Central America and now I am back home on my sofa. In between I had a few days in Boston, followed by Amish Country, and then a week in NYC. We got home just in time to celebrate Gray's 6th birthday, and the next day the boys were off for two weeks at their grandparents house. They left Monday, and the second I dropped them off at the airport I began to organize my life. We live pretty a nomadic existence during the summer months and there is no better impetus to de-clutter the house when I finally return. In the past 48 hours I have Marie Kondo'd every inch of my home and I've even managed to get my virtual life in order. Oh, the things you can do without children interrupting you!
Since the house has been so quiet, I was able to finalize the Costa house design and this includes signing off on all the furniture. Every inch of this house has been decided and now it's just time to sit back and watch it all come together. (haha, wouldn't it be great if it were that easy?) I know I've shared models of the home on the blog before, but this is really the first time that I can show you the entire house... exactly as it's going to be. (Okay, like 95% of where it's going to be). Given that this is my first time actually designing something from the ground up, I couldn't be more proud of what we created, and this is the one time that I can truly say that this is the house of my dreams. (I dreamt it, it came!)
Let's start with the front of the house. The front of the house is what will be facing the street and is the only part of the house that can be viewed by the public. I wanted something clean, with a mid-century edge, and a Mediterranean feel. This was where I stared, and below you can see where we are now.
Okay, so one change is that the front door is going to be oversized and on a pivot. More importantly it's going to be CENTERED. On each side there are going to be dark gray carved planters from Indonesia with greenery inside, and the lighting is an oversized pendant in black. I love how the wood gives the white plaster exterior a little warmth, and how simple the rest of the house is. We will add some more landscaping (I'd love to see some fuchsia flowering plants) and even though I feel like the front of the house looks inviting, it also feels very secure. From the street you won't be able to see much of the house (the entire plot is slightly elevated) which means that we will have a quite of bit of privacy when we are in the back.
Which is a very good thing because that's where all the fun is!!!!
To remind you where my inspiration started you can check this post, and this and as you can see, not much has changed! I wanted a chunky, modern, Mediterranean style home, that was chalked full of inside / outside living and I'd say we got exactly that! The white plaster exterior gives the entire home a clean and modern feel and the wood really warms things up. I'm bringing in all that patterned tile to make the home more unique and I think the tile, along with the woven lighting (which is being installed pretty much everywhere) is going to give this house so much personality, I really couldn't be happier with the final outcome.
More and more we are thinking that this will be our forever home, and likely our home base when the boys move out. I think the design of this home is one that won't date quickly and it simple enough that we won't tire of it. It's was such an incredible experience to be able to create a space that is perfectly suited for our family, and with the help of my dad and our architect I fell like we had to make very few concessions. Now that I know what the furniture will be, I can see this house completely and I'll say it again, it's all I've ever dreamed of and then some!
I'll make sure to keep doing posts on the interiors, but for now this gives a good idea of what the structure will be.. It's been so fun for me to share this journey with you all and I hope you've enjoyed following along. You know I'll be posting more when I have it!!! Xx