By Lynsey Eaton | Photography by Danielle Sabol
When we moved to Dallas we bought a home we loved in an area we were smitten with. Now some four years later, the love for our home has done nothing but grow. However, so has our family – both figuratively and literally.
Point being, we decided that we needed to expand a little bit to make room for our family (and anyone else who chooses to take advantage of our revolving door).
Originally, the plan was to sell our home and buy a new one this summer, but in a divine turn of events we came across a builder we loved with a lot we were excited about and instead have decided to start the ultimate DIY. That’s right, we are building a house.
I like change. Always have. Where some people run the danger of never seeing anything for fear of it, I have the opposite problem – I am always on the lookout for a new project. It’s a kind of drug, I think. Needless to say, while I am terrified of screwing this one up, I am also becoming increasingly excited about the research prospects, planning, and designing.
And don’t worry, we are going to take you along for the entire ride, sharing sources and experiences along the way – starting today. So at least for the next six months, be sure and follow along on Instagram for all of our stories, updates and pitfalls.
Here’s What You Need to Know:
- The house will be done in July (fingers crossed). In the meantime, we are going to share inspiration posts, progress updates and then final looks at all of the rooms.
- The first thing we did was commit to a style. Given my love for the Soho House’s blend of traditional and modern eclecticism, we are using the Little Beach House Malibu as our inspiration (complete with that gorgeous gallery wall). Because I have a tendency to be all over the place with what I like we have a rule: before we do anything we ask ourselves if we could find this in the Little Beach House. If the answer is no, I continue to love it from afar. It sounds simple, but has kept me focused so far.
- We are also working on the interior design of the spaces. The plan is to add some pieces where immediately necessary but to repurpose and use all (that’s right, all) of the furniture we currently have. The new Soho House book Morning, Noon, Night that Katie got me for Christmas has really helped with this aspect.
- All of this is being done on a serious budget. We want the home to last us for a long time, so we are choosing to spend money on permanent design elements (ceilings, tile, fixtures, etc.) and find stylish budget-friendly solutions for things that are easily replaced (i.e., decorative elements).
- Finally, if you see anything you love and we don’t share a source, don’t hesitate to reach out. It was likely an oversight.
Because I have a tendency to be all over the place with what I like we have a rule: before we do anything we ask ourselves if we could find this in the Little Beach House. If the answer is no, I continue to love it from afar.