Earlier this week, a dear friend of mine sent me an email that started with, “Yo, I need your style guru-ness to help me with a new project.”
Before I continue, it’s important to note my friend is hilarious. She sips tea in the morning, goes foraging in the woods for ferns to transplant to her garden in the afternoon, and teaches the finer points of classic American literature to college students. Her emails always begin with pleasantries ranging from “Yo” to “my dearest dearest love” to “Hey G”.
In a nutshell – she’s the best.
So this project she’s working on: refinishing her farmhouse’s basement.
The house itself – located atop a perfect perch outside of Portsmouth, N.H. – overlooks rolling hills with barns and horses speckling the distant landscape. It’s perfect New England charm, and I’m excited to help her with her latest home endeavor.
The challenge with most basement projects is, of course, lighting. But luckily we’ve got a window to work with, crisp bright white walls, and light pinewood floors. A nice clean palette.
My initial thoughts are to capitalize on the light, bring color and pattern in while keeping the palette feeling natural, and honor the farmhouse history while bringing in some more modern elements.
I immediately thought of the gorgeous persian rugs I’ve been seeing lately that incorporate more modern/punchy colors, a neutral grey sofa with clean lines (personal bias confession: my eyes love a good grey+white+natural wood combination), and lighting from a recently discovered design team, onefortythree their work is simply stunning, I’ve been lusting after that rocker for months (see item 4).
Above, I’m sharing a very early stage, quickly assembled lookboard as part of this post. Personally, it’s a little nerve wracking because yes, I know spacing isn’t perfect, image resolution isn’t the best – it’s the definition of a work in progress. It is a sneak peek into the creative process she and I are currently working through, and it serves as a quick easy-to-respond-to guide so that we can keep refining and designing the space around those key items.
What do you think of the concept so far?