If you’ve never met me before…
….there’s one thing you should know.
I’m a jumper.
A yesser now and a thinker later.
An “of course I canner” and a “I got thisser.”
There are days when I wish I thought a little more and looked around and held my finger up to the wind and thought about it before I jumped.
But I can’t help it.
It’s how I’m made.
So when a year ago, my friends, Dana Tucker and Nancy McNulty of the PR firm Forest Home Media called and explained that they were putting together a project in Nashville called House for Hope in conjunction with the builders from Carbine and Associates to benefit children’s charities….
….I didn’t pause.
I just jumped.
Even though I’d never designed a room from a blueprint before.
Even though I’d never worked on a room in a showcase house before.
Even though I usually shop the side of the road and so everything on a dime and starting from scratch with the ability to choose beautiful finishes was a little bit above my paygrade.
Can we still be friends if I tell you that I started yelling and dancing when I saw the sign and got out and started taking pictures of it and calling all my friends….
….and entertained the entire building community?
Tuesday was the first day I got to see the actual room.
The space that I’d planned and dreamed about and hoped about and finger crossed about for the last year.
I walked up the stairs with my heart beating so fast I knew the room could hear it.
I turned the corner and walked into the space and looked around.
My first thought was….”Hello space….you look so much bigger in real life.”
Not like a little big.
Like if this were prehistoric times…the room would be a Tyrannosaurs Rex.
Here’s one side of the space with the flooring stacked in the middle.
I’m putting a conversation area with chairs and a table over on the left.
Here’s the other side of the room with the area where a long farmhouse game table will go with the coolest chairs you have ever seen.
My husband is building the table.
He has to. I couldn’t find a table big enough for the space. It’s going to be 10 feet long by 4 feet wide by 40″ tall.
Here’s the opposite side of the space with a powder bath on the left and a closet with super cute built-in’s on the right.
In the center there’s the prettiest cabinetry in white with beautiful hardware.
And a sink that the angels are literally singing about right now.
Here’s a close-up of the sink.
I love the contrast of the metal with the countertops.
The countertop I chose is called Aurea Sfumato
Here’s a close-up of the surface.
It’s from OHM and it plays on cararra and Calcutta quartz looks.
I love the clean look of the surface with the cabinetry and sink.
It’s from Ferguson and it’s so pretty and I love the contrast of the dark wood with the space.
I knew I needed a built-in for the space and I’m so happy with how it turned out.
Plenty of storage and the television can be seen from all the different angles of the room.
You can see the size of the room from where I marked the center.
I’m onto decorating.
So of course I started with a sectional. Not just any sectional.
This amazing, incredible, awesome sectional that was donated to the room by my wonderful friends at La-Z-Boy.
When I saw it, I KNEW it would be perfect.
Here are the measurements.
It’s called the Collins Sectional.
And here’s the actual layout of the sectional.
You can design it different ways, but I thought this arrangement would work best for the space.
I’m pairing it with this rug (in an 11′ x 15′ size).
Wayfair and Birch Lane are sponsoring the rug for the space and I chose an amazing option. It’s called the Willem Rug.
It looks faded and vintage and yummy and it ties in all the elements of the space and brings out the wall color.
The room is painted SW Conservative Gray.
It’s a gray with a hint of green that plays off the rug and the sectional.
There are so many other fun plans I’m working on for the space.
There are giant over-sized games that will hang on the wall and decorating with words and textiles and pillows and baskets and cutest soap containers you have ever seen.
We are completing the room mid-February and the house will be on display March 4-12 in Franklin, Tennessee.
And the best part?
The very, very, very best part of the whole project besides rugs and sectionals and ceiling fans and farmhouse game tables….
….is the difference the proceeds from this house will make in the life of a child.
Here’s to houses that dream.
Here’s to making a difference.
And here’s to jumping for hope in 2017. 🙂
PS Tickets will go on sale next month and I’ll post all the details then.