One of the most daunting parts of the rebuilding process (for me) is furnishing the house. While the insurance company has paid for the contents of our house, and the funds are sitting in the bank, it is not in my nature to spend money on the magnitude required to furnish a whole house all at one time. And that is effectively what we have to do. Furnish the whole house, save a few bed frames and the restored dining room furniture.
Selecting paint proved to be the first big hurdle. In my process, I started with the walls to set the tone for furnishings and finishings. My “plan,” if we can call it that, is to select fairly basic and neutral furniture and use pillows and curtains to add accent, color, and flair. As for knickknacks and artwork, that will come later and organically. I really don’t think we can capture who we are with a collection from a typical store. But as we see things we like, we’ll add those most personal touches.
So I set off to Pittsburgh Paint for a color wheel (that’s who our builder uses), and gathered the chips from Sherwin Williams, Glidden, Restoration Hardware, and Behr which made up our old house. And I went to Home Depot for two 8’x4′ sheets of drywall, wall texture, and paint brushes. And 24 quarts of sample paint later, (accrued over about a half-dozen trips to PP) we have a palate.
James and I have also made a couple of trips to High Fashion Home here in Houston, which is a mecca of home design – for fabric and more recently for furniture too. I am grateful to have a willing and uber-capable mother-in-law at the ready to sew whatever is needed – bedding, pillows, curtains (a.k.a. window treatments), etc. If we buy the parts and prioritize the projects, she’ll make it happen.
So here is what has come of all that leg work:
*And I’d like to note for the record that sometimes the lighting in pictures does funny things to the paint, so some may seem brighter in pictures than they are in reality!
We’ve also been to several furniture stores (Bassett, Star Furniture, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, and High Fashion Home) and have a wish list. Now we are waiting for the Labor Day sales and we’ll see what we can do to take our vision and make it a reality. (We also hope we’ll have a better sense of end date by LD, so we can order things at the right time for seamless delivery.)
So there you have it. That’s the “plan.”
* I have had a couple of email inquiries regarding the “nursery.” For the record, the nursery is aspirational – this is not a secret, obtuse announcement of anything – but props to all of you who read my words this closely! Rest assured, when there is an announcement to make, it will be anything but subtle 🙂