Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Our Floor Plan & More...

Yesterday I received this request from a reader:

"I love looking at the rooms in your home. They are all so well thought out and the attention to every little detail makes the 'whole' absolutely beautiful!!! Would you ever consider posting the layout of your home, so people like me (with house obsessions) could get a better idea of how each room flows into the next?"

Sure! While I'm busy working my way through this pile of fabrics, I can do that.


The drawings I have from the builder are in reverse. But regardless, here they are, complete with notes on the current state of affairs and plans/ideas for the future!



People always ask what we are going to do when the house is done. My response in our two previous homes was this: Move.

Now my answer is this: There are still a lot of spaces and projects to take on, and after that? Start over!


Also, there is progress to report on the Master Bedroom Redesign, finally! I decided to tackle the biggest sewing project first and after about six hours of cutting and sewing the drapes have been sewn and hung! These are double width lined drapes mind you, and that is a lot of weight to wrestle with. I felt as if I'd run a marathon after this sewing session, not that I know what that would really feel like. The panels still need to be hemmed and I'm contemplating the trim detail specifics. Look for photos tomorrow...

45 comments :

  1. Janell,

    Do you find that all the hard work you put into the decor of the house generates a larger return upon sale than the money you put into the redo? Just wondering if that is your reason to move and start over after getting your house just the way you like it... Or maybe you would just be bored? lol

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  2. I bow down to you for taking on this HUGE (literally) project. I know all about sewing drapes and completely understand what you have been through. Can't wait to see.

    -Rene

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  3. Your home is beautiful! Can't wait to see the drapes! I'm getting ready to tackle this project for my bedroom!

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing your floor plan! We're debating about moving in a year or two, and I love seeing other people's homes, especially ones with as good of a "flow" as yours.

    Wow! What a huge sewing project. I love that fabric for the drapes. Can't wait to see them up!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your floor plan. It gives great perspective on all of your projects.

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  6. Great idea, sharing your floor plan! I feel you on the move after everything is done...its like an artist and a canvas, if the art is complete, then its time to pull out a new canvas!

    Cannot wait to see the drapes! Bring on the drama;-)

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  7. Thanks! I've wondered what the layout of your house was like, and how it all flowed together. It's really beautiful, and you've done a great job!

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  8. I think having the two previous homes show well was key to selling, receiving multiple offers on each. Particularly the second house, we sold in a rapidly declining market when no other house was able to sell in the neighborhood. So definitely paid off in spades, and we got to this neighborhood, which we love!

    And yes, I do get bored when a house is done so with this one I will have to really get creative with what can be done with it! Searching out all the nooks and crannies to be redesigned!! :)

    Janell

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  9. Thanks for sharing your plans - both floor and design! I particularly like "Roscoe's crate" area ;) We have that too in our home - hard to make a crate look nice so it's now in the crawl space and I am working on sewing him an attractive dog bed.

    Can't wait to see your drapes. I love sewing drapes, find the math and details that are involved fun - call me crazy :)

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  10. Super great idea to see the flow of your home -- I am a visual person and I've often wondered your layout. Cool! And....I am so excited to see those drapes hung and see what trim you choose!!!

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  11. Forgot to mention that I love your new pic - great job Isabella!

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  12. It's strange to see your house on paper.

    I always imagine it like a huge castle with endless rooms but it's actually just a normal house...

    ....but one that you've made gorgeous. I love to know that I have future house projects ahead of me. I like the idea of starting all over again when I've finished ours!

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  13. Oooh those drapes sound like they were a tough project--one I'm about to undertake too...and it's making me nervous! Haven't used the sewing machine since high school!

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  14. Hi Janell
    I have been reading your blog for sometime now and LOVE all of your ideas and projects. I have noticed you are quite the seamstress -so I have a sewing question. Have you ever sewn with elastic thread? I have been trying to do some ruffles/shirring but it only works 2/3rd of the time. Instead of the fabric ruffling up it just stays in a single line-im wondering if its my bobbin tension? or am I hand winding the thread too loosely? grrr it has been such a frustrating thing making me want to go back to hand-gathering. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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  15. I really like your floor plan and the open spaces on your second floor. Our last home had the master on the main floor and the other two bedrooms upstairs which I really loved, especially which guests since they had the whole top floor to themselves - makes for happy guests and happy hosts :)
    Can't wait to see your drapes!

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  16. I've never attempted a sewing project of that scale and can only imagine. Endurance! I too like the Roscoe's crate area. Would you believe that when we selected our present house, at the top of the list of criteria, the layout had to accommodate our canine family members. Thankfully, it works for us too. Happy dance! Love your blog & great new pic.

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  17. I've made so many drapes and do know what a huge project it is. Love your fabric and can't wait to see everything all done. Your floor plan is wonderful. Love all the open space. Hugs, Marty

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  18. Hi Janell,
    I understand how much work is involved sewing drapes. I've actually lost weight sewing mine.

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  19. Can't wait to see the finished product...also love the layout, well thought out!

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  20. Thanks everyone, do enjoy this home and yes, sewing drapes is a lot of work, as many of you know!

    Amanda, no, I have never sewn with elastic thread...it does sound like a bobbin/tension issue. Perhaps someone at a local fabric store could assist you, my local Joann's has a sewing area, selling machines and offering sewing classes, and that would be who I would ask with a similar question. Or try Googling the question...Good luck!

    Janell

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  21. I love that you shared this! My dreams incluse an outdoor fireplace as well.

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  22. Great idea to show the floor plan with what has been done and what you still have up our sleeve. Looking forward to seeing the drapes!

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  23. Love that you shared the floorplan with status. And, cannot wait to see the drapes...cannot imagine the work that went into them. Are they linen? Any good sources for affordable linens? I am working on finding the perfect grey for our nursery and everything I find is so darned expensive!

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  24. Thanks for sharing your floor plan, I love being able to visualize the space better. I find that a home is always a work in progress, and when you've touched every space it is time to go to the beginning again ;)

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  25. Susie,
    Here is the link to the fabric I used. I opted for the more affordable Slubby Basket, which I also used for the drapes in my kitchen nook. It has a great texture, available in many colors and is a cotton/linen blend. I have not used the Slubby Linen, though it is very similar.

    Good luck! Janell

    http://www.calicocorners.com/p2p/searchResults.do?method=view&search=basic&keyword=slubby+linen&sortby=priceAscend&page=1

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  26. Love the layout of your house! In my next house I would love a master on the main level!

    Love the plans you have for the home, good luck on the drapes they will be spectacular!

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  27. Great idea to share this! Your home is beautiful.
    Personally, I'm trying to talk myself out of the idea that my home will ever be 'finished'. Even if I had limitless time and money, I think part of the fun is always being able to tweak something... oh, and my style is definitely still evolving!

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  28. You know, my husband and I worked so hard on finishing the basement. Then when we finished we created more projects to do! It seems that my life feels more productive the more projects I create!

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  29. I applaud your for sewing those drapes. What a huge project! I'm dying to learn to sew and glad you mentioned that JoAnn's offers sewing classes. I am going to check into that this week and maybe get going on a class. First I need to buy the sewing machine! I look forward to seeing your photos tomorrow.

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  30. I love to see house plans, this is fantastic. Seeing this really does help add a new perspective to the design pics you have shared.

    Amy R.

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  31. This is awesome, Janell...I also had been wondering about your floor plan! Actually, I always wonder about bloggers floor plans because I'm an interior design student and I'm in a drafting class, so it's fun to see different plans. I've always really been into drawing floor plans (ever since I was 10!) So this was great (:

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  32. So generous to share your floorplan. It's interesting me that someone asked ;-)

    I'm on pins waiting to see your new drapes...on another note, you would be proud to know that I made a couple of pillow shams using your tutorial. I may post about it when I figure out what to do with the rest of the room!

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  33. great layout and your designs are amazing. can't wait to see more.

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  34. Floor plans are definitely one of my favorite things! Thanks for sharing yours!!

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  35. I had to laugh when I read the reader's email you posted because I could have written that, word for word! I love looking at floor plans -- thank you for indulging! Have you ever considered using some of that extra space in your garage (where you store your supplies) to extend the laundry room? It would also be a handy spot to add a closet since it doesn't seem like the builder provided one by the front door. Though now that I think about it, how often do I actually HANG UP guests' coats, LOL! Thanks for sharing.

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  36. michiganhome...
    YES! I have wished to extend the laundry room area into the storage area of the garage and would have made sense for the builder to do so originally, in my opinion!
    Unfortunately, the furnace and water heater sit at this spot, making this expansion not possible. Irritating! Janell

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  37. I have to tell you how incredibly inspired I was to see the measurements of your bedroom today. I have been struggling with my own master bedroom and as I've watched yours take shape I've thought there is just no way I can accomplish anything so dramatic in my small bedroom. Well, today I got out the tape measure and discovered mine measures esactly the same as yours! Now, I have different placement of doors and such, but I'm now feeling like there is hope for my small space! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to see what happens next in your room!

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  38. You are amazing!
    Can't believe you just whipped those drapes up -- and sans stitch witchery at that!
    IMPRESSIVE!
    Can't wait to see the master 'do.
    Alcira

    thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

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  39. The notes all over your floor plan crack me up! How long have you been in this house? And sewing drapes? Next time, I will hire a professional!

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  40. that was fun to look at your floor plan. I didn't picture your master bedroom downstairs! Can't wait to see how all of the projects come together.

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  41. Janell, I like your floor plan and thinking something new o share with you. The architecture design is very wonderful. Go ahead.
    Orlando Web Design

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  42. I'm so glad you showed us your floor plan--I, too, was curious about your gorgeous house. And I TOTALLY feel your pain regarding the laundry room because ours is EXACTLY like yours. We had an architect come over to discuss adding on to our house and his first comment was, "We've got to do something about that laundry room--I hate it!". We're planning on adding a first floor master, how do you like it? Pros/Cons?

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  43. I love your blog! Two projects on my list: your chalkboard and sunburst mirror - thank you! I know you are so busy but if you have any time to answer...I am frozen in indecision about a paint color for my kitchen. My counters and floor are black granite/marble. My cupboards are a beautiful orangey wood. We painted the walls a "creamsicle" peach but now it feels like I'm living in Halloween land. Can you steer me right? I'm liking the gray trend right now. Or is cream better with brighter accents? Help? I don't know! Any advice or help would be so appreciated!

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  44. Hi Amy, I sent you an email with my ideas on paint. I think you need to stay away from a true gray with the tone of the cabinets you describe, but look at SW Universal Khaki, a beige with a hint of warm gray undertone. Most likely you will need to get a fan deck all look at options in your space, against the cabinets and countertops/flooring, pick your favorites and start testing!

    mtrafica, I love having the master on the main, though as you can see the wall with the TV in the family room is the same wall where the headboard is placed. Luckily there is a TV in the bonus room, because if I go to bed earlier than hubby who wants to catch up on spots...I ask him to turn down the volume until it is on 1 and he is standing next to the TV unit! Also, when we first moved in I missed having the kids pile in our bed, next to their rooms, for nightly story time. Now that they are bigger this isn't an issue and there is just more running up and down the stairs at night!

    Megan, ha...just over two years. Usually we are preparing to sell by this time so all these notes keep me focused on working on this house and away from the temptation to sell!!

    Janell

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