Vision for The Entryway {My New House}

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}
Inspiration photo from Studio McGee – Midway House

When we first saw our new house, my mind started spinning with questions! What could this house be like? What does this house want to be? What do I want this house to be? If you buy or build a house that is the exact style you want it to be from the beginning, or one that you plan to preserve as it is, you maybe don’t ask those kinds of questions because the answers are more apparent. But with this house, I felt the questions helped me to think through how we would transform this house into our home.

Being open to ‘what could be’, and not just stuck in ‘what is’ is part of the fun (and challenge) of designing a home. Fortunately, this house already had a great start with good bones so it didn’t take long before I saw the potential to enhance what it already had going for it and still make it our own. This solid little 1950s house would be a perfect shell to add our own eclectic touch and style, inside and out!

The house itself is in great shape so fortunately it doesn’t need to be gutted or changed dramatically from its original 1950s structure. It’s a solid house that has a good feel to it already, so at this point we plan to leave the original footprint and basic layout intact while having fun with its personality.

My dream is to retain its original good bones but allow it to evolve into a what I guess I’ll call an unexpected modern/farmhouse/tropical/British Colonial/coastal/midcentury home (haha). I think my own influence on this home will work well with what the house wants to be. We’ll get along just fine, I think!

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}My new entry. A blank slate!

Since the entry should set the tone for the rest of the home, I thought we would start by talking about the entry in my house so you could see what I have to work with, and what I envision this space to potentially be!

Of course, the exterior of the house can set the tone for the interior, too, so we’ll be working on making the home feel cohesive inside and out. But first, let’s talk about the entry!

Let’s start out with some pros and cons:

    • I am thrilled that this home has a designated entry (many of the homes we saw had doors that entered directly into the living room, so even though this is more like a hallway, it’s still nice to have a separate space.)
    • The hall is ready for a fresh coat of paint. While the color almost looks like swine, my daughter Kylee says it feels a little more like…hog.
    • The front entry is a bit dark, long and narrow but with a little brightening up of the paint and accessories, and possible wood paneling, we think it will be charming!
    • I love that the entry hall has slate floors, so they will be staying.
    • The front door is pretty enough for now, but in all likelihood we’ll be changing the door down the road.
    • I for sure will be changing the hardware on the interior doors (it’s not original hardware).
    • There may be a change to how you enter master from the front hall, more on that later.
    • We will update lighting. Since the ceilings are a normal ceiling height, we probably choose flush mounts.
    • Even though the room is narrow, there is enough room at the opposite end of the doorway for a small bookshelf or shallow cabinet.
    • There will be other potential changes to the adjoining hall, more details on that later.

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}
The images you see below (and the inspiration photo at the top of this post) are not necessarily rooms that are the same size or shape as my own entry, but there are parts of each I can visualize potentially incorporating into the space we have. You’ll probably recognize familiar elements of my style from my old house; we don’t feel we have to change our style to fit with a house, rather we can allow the house and our style to evolve into the perfect mix.

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}Justin Bishop Interior Design

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}Studio Mcgee – Midway House

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}original source unknown

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}Jenna Sue Design

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}Emily A. Clark

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}
Traditional Home

Vision for The Entryway {My New House}
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Vision for The Entryway {My New House}
Studio McGee (Lynwood Remodel)

I can’t wait to go room by room to show you the elements we are working with and dreaming about for each space. If you missed our video tour, it will give you a good overview of the whole house. Thanks for following along!

Do you ever feel stuck with your house, trying to get it to move from what it is presently to what you’d love for it to become?


Our New Seattle House Tour {Video!}

***Update: catch up and follow along with our house progress by scrolling through here!***

Hey friends! Phew, what a crazy few weeks it has been but we are thrilled to finally be able to take you on a little initial tour of our new (old) mid-century brick rambler! Yeah, did you ever imagine that I would buy a ranch-style one level house with a basement? I actually didn’t think we would ever buy a mid-century rambler. Not that I am anti-midcentury ranch houses at all, they are cool, but you know me, usually I’d say I’m a cottage/farmhouse/craftsman/fairytale lovin’ house girl.

Of course, I guess I shouldn’t be totally surprised that we bought a house from a different era, since our last house was a brand new house when we’d always lived in older 1920s and 1930s houses.

But regardless of its shape, size, age, or style, I just knew it would be right for us and we’d be happy there making a house a home. I have tons to share about the short and longer term ideas we have for this house. I also have a preliminary vision for each room and the exterior that I am excited to share with you in upcoming posts! But because there is so much to share and dream about, I wanted to start with a video tour to give you a little sneak peek. In case you can’t see the embedded video above, click here to find the tour!

So, what were some of the reasons we felt this house would suit us?

Here are some of its best features:

Gorgeous natural light — This house is bright and cheery all times of the day on the main floor AND in the basement, even on a cloudy day. That was a big deal. Our old house had beautiful light that streamed through big windows, so I knew what a difference light made in our day-to-day experience. Most of our previous houses had big trees that blocked the light, so this time we knew we should intentionally look for a house that had trees within view, but not so close that they that blocked light.

A sense of space — This house isn’t big, but it has a feeling of spaciousness. With the large expanses of windows with wide views of the sky, the sense of space is increased and it makes you feel like you have plenty of room to breathe. I loved that the house has a separate living room, dining room and kitchen, but they all flow together which makes the house feel more open (while still feeling cozy). I also love that it has a spacious basement for hanging out.

A blank slate — Even though this is a unique era and style for us, I feel like the house has so much potential to become more our style through the addition of character, curb appeal, design details, furnishings and remodeling the kitchen and bathroom. It was very clean and well-kept enough to move right in and start adding our own personal touches throughout the entire house. We knew there were so many projects we could do it to make it our own, it felt like it would be a fun and challenging house to work on. I especially love that there are projects we can do right away, too!

A solid house — You know how some houses just feel right, even if you can’t put a finger on why? This house feels really solid and nice when you are in it, which gives us a great structure and vibe to start with. It has already had plumbing and electrical updates, a finished basement, and yet didn’t have any crazy additions or botched remodels that we would have to “undo.”

The view — Never in a million years did we expect to get a view, but happy bonus, this house has amazing sunset and sky views, mountain, trees and Puget Sound views from the living room, dining room and kitchen. Every day just walking through the house and seeing the wide open views will feel like a gift.

The location — This house is conveniently located within five miles of everything that we wanted to be close to. It’s also in an established area where many people are improving their homes, which is great for resale.

A quiet oasis  — Seattle is a big city. There are a lot of people and loud cars. I love the excitement, but when I am at home I don’t want to hear or dodge cars and traffic on my own street. I don’t want to live IN a city, so the location and setting of this house on a large, more private lot will feel like we will have a retreat, a true escape. Even the backyard is private and has beautifully manicured old growth shrubs and trees that make it feel like an oasis.

Our New Seattle House Tour {Video!}

Just seeing some of our furniture coming in the house makes me excited to start getting settled (even though right now we have random decor strewn about and bins and boxes piling up all over the place, ha!). I’ll have a post soon sharing our ‘moving in’ process, and some of our best tips for planning a move. If you missed our ‘moving out’ post, find that here!

Stay tuned, we’ll be going room by room through the house sharing our vision, inspiration rooms, and short and long term plans for each space!

***Update: catch up and follow along with our house progress by scrolling through here!***

The cute sign at the end of the video can be found HERE! :)

Our New Seattle House Tour {Video!}