If everything goes according to plan, tomorrow is the day we are going to hire our builder which means that tomorrow I can officially say we are building the Costa House! After fifteen years of dreaming and two years of designing, I could not be more excited to get this house started. It's hard to believe that this time next year we are going to be actually living in the house that I (along with my dad) created for our family. In short, dreams do come true!
This time last year I found myself doubting the direction that I was taking with the house. Would I regret it being to minimal? Was it too modern? Did I really want a house that is different from what surrounds it? Am I making the right decisions? Is there a right decision? Can we actually afford all the elements that I'm choosing? Are we really investing our life savings in the jungle? ... and so on. At the time I knew that self doubt is the death knell for design so I tried to ignore all of those questions and I kept moving forward, one small decision at a time.
Now, a year later I am so incredibly confident in all my decisions and there isn't one thing that I would change about the design of our home, and that includes the interior as well as the exterior. I now realize that I've "got this" and the fact is that I've always had it. I've designed this home for the needs of our family and if that goal is accomplished than it is a success, pure and simple. Last week, I walked my best friend through every inch of the Costa house scheme (every single decision, down to every pillow) and after my "presentation" I left feeling more confident than ever. (Thank you Mar!)
It also helps that I've over the last year I've been seeing a lot of interiors that I love which are similar to what I have planned for the Costa build. One of my favorites that has recently caught my eye, and make my heart skip a beat, is the newly transformed Surfrider Malibu. What was once a a 1950's motel, has been transformed into a zen oasis and I see so many similarities between our property and the interiors of this hotel which gives me so much peace of mind because I pretty much love every inch of this project
In our home we will have a little more color given the tile and pillow choices that I've made, but the the overall feel is the same and I'm no longer afraid that our house will feel too sterile. Conversely, I'm now wildly confident that our home will have the same warmth that this hotel does and that it's never a bad choice to let your surroundings be the star, especially when your surroundings are the Pacific Ocean (or in our case the jungle). I don't think I will ever doubt having a minimal and clean aesthetic and if need be I can always bring up the drama with some more pillows or greenery. However, if our house is anything like this, I'm pretty sure all our house is going to need is us in it!
If you are looking for a little escape, even it's just dreaming of a warm weather escape on this Monday morning, take a look at the beauty that is The Surfrider Malibu. Right now this serene hotel is absolutely topping my wishlist. Anyone up for a road trip? ;) Xx
All images via The Surfrider Malibu