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Coventry Banks

When I posted a few of these photos on my Instagram account last week, I wrote that it was bittersweet when a project comes to an end.  Coventry Banks is no exception.  I honestly walked down the driveway thinking "you did a great job on that house!".  I've been doing interior design for almost 25 years and I'm pretty sure I'm going to remember this project as one of my favorites.  

My client and I met for the first time in January 2017.  To say she was excited about building her new house was an understatement.  But, she didn't have the time required to get it where she dreamed it would be.  With both parents working busy jobs and two teenage boys, they needed help and I was happy to provide it.  

Our first step was finalizing the plan before construction began.  So, I got out my red pen and went to work.  Having another set of eyes to go through your plans is always a good idea.  After months of planning, sometimes you don't notice something awkward or can envision how the finished space will look.  A good interior designer can!  I not only see the construction, but where furniture would most likely go or where you need a plug for that table lamp.

Enjoy the final photos!  If you want to see any progress photos, then follow me on Instagram.  @jennifertaylordesign and search #coventryproject 

Jennifer Taylor Design
Jennifer Taylor Design, Tallahassee, Florida
Jennifer Taylor Design, Tallahassee, Florida

All the stained wood in these photos - family room bookcases, mantle and back entry drop zone - were all milled from trees that were removed from the property.  It was very important to my client to find a use for that wood and I think she did an excellent job!  

Thanks for reading!

Jennifer

It Rained on My Parade

The Parade of Homes just wrapped up in Tallahassee and I wanted to share a few thoughts on what I saw out there.  After church on Sunday, Wes and I picked a handful homes to visit.  All of these homes were within a few miles of each other and they ranged in price from $580,000 to $2,500,000.  So, I had high expectations! Our first stop was at the Gold/Platinum super winner of the Parade.  It was a cute home in a gated community and the curb appeal was nice.  My favorite feature of this home was the kitchen island with the raised end with a stained wood top.  Yes, that was my favorite thing.

Tallahassee Parade of Homes

The second house we visited had my favorite feature of the whole day.  It was the drop station/locker area.  I loved the small desk space and the lighting they chose.  Very clever!  I also really liked how they treated the wood steps off the back of the house.  It looked like they did a gray stain wash and it was a perfect choice to compliment the brick.  Great job Alexander Dinkelman Builders on thinking outside of the box.

Tallahassee Parade of Homes

Tallahassee Parade of Homes

Tallahassee Parade of Homes

Then, it was all downhill from there and the last house we visited was not even finished - not a cabinet, paint color or anything to see!  I understand that the world of construction has changed and builders aren't building furnished models like they used to or taking chances on spec homes with tons of unique features, but this is the PARADE!  This is your chance to show off your BEST work to hundreds of people who live in your town.  I will admit I only visited 4 houses, but they were the highest price points of the all the homes, so I had hoped for more.

Now, to keep this post being a total downer, I thought I would share some great information I found on realtor.com about features that are disappearing from new homes.  Most I agree with, but a few are definitely taking their time leaving my neck of the woods.

  • Outdoor Kitchens and Fireplaces...creating an outdoor kitchen can be very expensive and I think the fire pit is taking the place of a fireplace.
  • Laminate Countertops...I've still specified a few of these in the last few years, but only in laundry rooms.
  • Sunrooms...this makes me happy.
  • Media Rooms...this makes me very happy.
  • 2-Story Foyer...I think these still can be done so they don't feel too overwhelming by using paneling and trim in creative ways.
  • Whirlpool Tubs in Master Baths...you would agree with this if you've ever turned on the jets in one of these after a few weeks of not using them.  My child is still traumatized from when he was 2!

And here are few features they listed that are most likely found in new homes:

  • Walk-In Closets and Laundry Rooms...duh!
  • Great Room...isn't this a family room?  How will these ever not be a required room?
  • 2-Car Garage...I would never own a home without one of these.
  • Granite Countertops...I've become a huge fan of using quartz counters in my projects, but every once in a while I find a granite I really love.

If you are thinking of building or remodeling, give me a call.  I promise to bring amazing design to your project!

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