In the Bay Area, purchasing your first home is a HUGE deal. Not to downplay the importance in other cities around the US but when you consider that it isn't uncommon for homes to go for $1K/SF, depending upon the zip code...you need to be 100% that you're going to like your new neighborhood and home. You're SO EXCITED to have more than 800SF and the thought of having your own garage is oftentimes a luxury...and oh if there is a dishwasher/ washer & dryer, bonus! But there are certain aspects that you don't particularly love about the home. You may not notice these details in the honeymoon phase of homeownership but this is why you seek help.
You've managed to come up with (magically and with a lot of hard work) that hefty downpayment and now you have furnishings for an 800SF apartment...but you STILL have to furnish this new home, which is substantially larger than your apartment. AND you don't want to mess up.
One economical way to approach your first home is to phase your project. What I mean by that is, choose the spaces that are most important to you and focus on making those as 'right' as they can be for this current phase of your life.
For this adorable, young family, we had the pleasure of installing Part 1, of Phase 1 of their FIRST home. Since this project will take a while until we're completely finished, a blog post will quell my desire to get the photographer in there stat...website can wait.
Photos of the dining space, just off the entry.
Here we focused on adding drama to those spaces that were quirky, architecturally, and making them meaningful...finding a way to make you pause as you move through the space. What was the planter, became a space for shoes, in the entry. Above, the AMAZING twig art was done by Paul Schick I had the pleasure of being introduced to his art by a previous colleague of mine and serendipitously received an email from him just as I was wondering what we would do for this space. It all clicked!