The very first thing I like to nail down at the start of every project is its style direction. Taking cues from the era of the home, the existing architecture, and even existing décor, I “label” my style direction. Names like “boho-retro” and “classic-glam” and “moody-eclectic.” You may be wondering why it’s necessary to start with this. Here’s why: with the gazillion design choices out there I need a way to focus. When I’m choosing a chandelier, for example, the ones I focus on are very different if I’m designing a “boho-retro” space versus a “classic-glam” space. In a sea of chandelier options, if I know which style I’m going for I can zoom in and narrow down my options. Needless to say, I need a style direction for the Eastlake Reno. The Eastlake Reno is my first attempt at flipping a home and I’m letting you, the reader, help me make every decision I’m mulling over during this flip. I need to know what appeals to the masses, so I am asking the masses (aka you) via Instagram polls.
This is the Eastlake Reno:
My very first poll had my viewers choose between two style directions: charming farmhouse and modern cottage. I narrowed it down to these two styles because this house is small with simple lines, both elements seen in cottages and farmhouses.
In my opinion, these are the elements of a charming farmhouse: shiplap (definitely), creamy neutrals, relaxed furniture, white-on-white kitchen, and weathered wood. Here is an example:
Modern cottage, on the other hand, has clean lines, modern hardware, in-the-moment yet neutral color and a little shine. It still has some elements that make it “cottage-y”, like aged wood flooring and florals. Here is an example of one:
Both styles would suit this house, I think. If I had to guess, I would say charming farmhouse would win because isn’t shiplap and all white the craze? Apparently not. Here are the results:
What a pleasant surprise! It was fun watching the votes come in, not to mention super-helpful. I can’t wait to have all of you weigh in on my next poll: the bathroom tile design! Follow me on Instagram @urbanhausdesigns if you’d like to play along!
‘Til next time,