I remember my parents buying me one of these and I was ecstatic. I remember opening the kit and pausing to ponder my future masterpiece. I probably couldn't decide between stars, hearts or rainbows, or what combination of the above to go with. I remember being paralyzed with indecision. What if I drew blue stars and immediately regretted it? I put it away and decided it required more thought before putting ink to fabric.
My procrastination continued and the jacket sat unadorned in my closet until I grew too old - and far too cool - to wear something I had coloured. I was so worried that I'd make a bad decision, that I avoided making any decisions at all.
Now that we're planning our next home, the same type of indecision is coming back to haunt me. OK - 'haunt' might be a strong word, but I digress. The fact that building a home is such a big investment - in both time and money - I'm worried I'll make a bad decision and regret it. This isn't the mistake of choosing blue stars over pink hearts - it has more permanent implications.
So, although I am full of uncertainty, I'm choosing to focus on the few things I know for sure. And here are two of those things.
1. A unique, custom front door - and while we're at it, why not just say that all the doors will be a little out of the ordinary. I was inspired by the fantastic doors at my aunt's lovely home in the Gulf Islands.
Foreground: Monkey the dog. Background: The gorgeous front door.
Exterior shot of the front door. I love the idea of using a large pull instead of your standard door knob.
I loved this sliding barn door in the guest cottage. In fact, our current home has sliding doors on the pantry and I'm really happy with them - it's an element I'd love to keep in our next house.
Our current sliding pantry doors - at left.
2. A modern, floating staircase. The other thing I know for sure is that I want to incorporate a floating staircase. I love the way it allows more light filter in, depending on the placement of windows.
And said staircase could use a bit of sparkle - in the form of a bubble glass chandelier like in the photo below. I love how it descends from the top floor into the basement. Perfection.
Edmonton architect - Habitat Studio
I'll build my list as I go, and hopefully a year from now I'll have it more or less figured out. Unlike that old jacket - our plans won't end up sitting in a closet going out of style.