Meeting with our decorator at the new house 9 am this morning. Much to discuss / decide upon. To wit:
For instance, we love this carpet. But it’s about $14 a square ft. more than our second choice. Is it worth it, or do we spend the extra $3500 on something else?
Then there’s this: a 10′ fan that does the work of 28 standard 52″ fans. Which is absolutely fantastic, but comes at a heavy price tag. Do we choose this as an entryway centerpiece, or do we go with a fancy light fixture, instead?
What paint color to we choose to go with our choice of flooring (which, when light hits it, takes on a grayer hue) — and do we go with something with better pigmentation like Benjamin Moore, or do we go with a good prosumer brand like Behr premium ultra?
Do we go with nice carpet and padding or high end laminate in the basement pub? The advances in laminate flooring are stunning, frankly: the laminate we picked out looks very close to the high-character wood floors we’ll have running through the main floor and to the eye is difficult to differentiate. It even uses hand scraping and texturing. With a new house, you want to be careful installing either tile or wood floor, given the likelihood of some settling. So it’s a tough call.
More: We have a very modern kitchen: white shaker cabinetry with big brushed nickel bar pulls offset by an island the uses kona-colored shaker cabinetry. We have quartz countertops — slate colored on the white cabinetry, limestone finished on the dark cabinetry — and a white subway tile back splash with a darker grout. We have a large white apron (farmhouse) sink. So the question is, how can we introduce other influences into the design? For instance, pendant lighting: do we continue along the art deco modernist theme, or do we add visual interest by going with something more industrial (like, for instance, edison bulbs, which is my preference).
All of these are questions a relative stranger is going to help us decide today.
Fancy yourself a decent judge of design? Add your suggestions here. Keep in mind that our fixtures are mostly brushed nickel, and that the overall theme is early 20th-century modern, with lots of clean lines and low slung furniture.
Wish us luck!