These random things caught my attention and got me thinking about…
Back in my college days I was a nanny to a family with four boys who lived in a rather upscale suburb of Minneapolis. They had a beautiful home on a tree lined street, and their backyard bordered a private golf course (nice, right?!). I loved being in that house. It was probably my first exposure to high end interior design in general, and honestly it ended up influencing a lot of my design choices for a long time (when I built my house my Master Bathroom shower was designed with that house in mind). Over the years, my design style has evolved from the style of that house, but one of my favorite things to reminisce about is the front door. Yes, you see, the front door was a dutch door. A small, likely under noticed detail in the expanse of a home that it was, but I revered it as one of the coolest things that house, or any house, could have. I still feel that way today about dutch doors. I really can’t tell you what it is about them that makes me so giddy, they just do. I often find myself pinning them for no reason other than I love them so much. Here are a few I’ve come across lately that I am gaga for. I bet you get the same feeling I do just looking at them:
Top Image via: Brunch at Saks
Via: The Lettered Cottage
Via: Dering Hall
Via: Quintessence Blog
Inset Cabinet Doors
Since we are on the topic of doors, I might as well incorporate my other recent obsession with doors. Inset cabinet doors. Take a look at what I’m talking about:
Via: Julie Banner
Via: Devol Kitchens
Via: Decor Pad
This is not a new trend. In fact, this style has been around since the early 1900’s and is found in a lot of traditional designs. The other two main styles of cabinet doors are partial overlay, where they essentially sit on top of the cabinet box frame, yet there is spacing between doors/drawers, or full overlay, where the door or drawer panel sits over the box and completely covers it. Out of the three, I just seem to personally gravitate towards the inset style. Mostly because it offers a clean, simple look that I love, but also – in comparison to the partial overlay cabinet doors that I currently have – there is no space for dust or flying food debris to collect on (other than the surface itself of course). One of my biggest pet peeves on my cabinetry is the top edge of the cabinet door that seems to attract anything and everything like a magnet – especially in the vicinity of the range. So next kitchen remodel or new house build (whichever comes first – neither if you ask my husband), it’s inset all the way for me.
Am I a minimalist?
So it occurred to me a while back I might be a tad of a minimalist in my design style. It shocked me a bit at first to think this way, because I’m most definitely not a minimalist when it comes to the life application of the term. I love my stuff. But I do find myself much happier staring at rooms filled with white walls and monochromatic tones, while clutter and over designed spaces make me feel a bit cray-cray. I’d choose a large piece art over a gallery wall any day of the week. Thanks to this obsession, my Pinterest feed has now become filled with beauties like these:
Via: Brittany Ambrige
Via: Casa Tres Chic
Via: Fern and Fog
It has taken me a long time to hone in on the actual terms I should use to describe my design style. And while I don’t think I’ve gotten just the right mix to put that vision into words just yet, when I do, I definitely think the word minimalism will be a part of that equation.
These random things and this post were all brought to you courtesy of my Pinterest addiction. Hop over there to check out more boards filled with my favorite things and give me a follow while you’re there (pretty please) for more!
Top Image via: Brunch at Saks