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Like probably (and hopefully) everyone, I spend a ton of time pinning and saving photos on “Dream Home” boards. You know, since someday I’ll get to go through these and check each one off like a shopping list, so they need to be constantly updated :) Ummmm, well no, not so much…not sure if I’ll ever be one of the lucky few that actually gets to have these things they dream about, but I stockpile nonetheless.
On my dream boards, alot of the features I dream of are things that were completely standard in older homes but are no longer put in new, builder-grade homes. They really don’t “make ’em like they used to” and it’s a travesty and it pains me. Is it so much to ask to put something unique and creative into a home?? To showcase craftsman handiwork?? Millwork, large windows, built-ins, wide porches….when did all of that stuff become undesired and unimportant?? My dream home would be a Nicole Curtis-style restoration or, if we have to, a “new old” home where I put all of that into a new home. I will, and do, revolt against the builder-basic generic movement as much as I can.
So, anyway, today I’m going to share a dozen of the interior features I adore and would love to have someday. Some are along the old-home lines, some are not, and some more practical than others of course.
All photos are via Houzz (the ultimate home-dreaming mecca)
3. Transom Windows
4. Coffered Ceiling
5. Planked/Shiplap Walls
6. Craft/Work Space
Our dream home will have as many bedrooms as we can get in the hopes of being able to have a dedicated craft/project room. That, and a separate office. But mainly a craftroom. How amazing would it be to be able to leave your project stuff out until you’re done and not worry about anyone having to see it? I keep trying to set up my sewing machine on the dining room table but about 24 hours is the husband’s limit with it and I end up putting it all away. I haven’t touched it for like a year because of that! Oh to have a space it can live in.
This is another very-much-a-dream-home item. It moved to the top 10 after I saw YHL’s in their showhouse back in the spring (hell, if it had a pot-filler it would be my dream “new old” home). Somewhere to keep bar supplies, countertop appliances, extra kitchen items, coffee stuff, and prep/hold things during parties. Such a useful area!
9. Sink in Front of Windows (and Industrial Kitchen Faucet)
This one is a two-fer. If I ever get to design or remodel our kitchen, I am placing my big ‘ol sink dead set in front of some gorgeous windows that look out to a gorgeous view. Who wants to look at a wall or chairs when they’re doing dishes? Unless you’re having a party and can talk to people…but I’d rather look outside. And at that sink I want one of these industrial, restaurant-like faucets. They are so much more powerful and easier to use. Plus they make you look like a legit chef.
10. Sink in the Laundry Room
Paintbrushes, dirty shoes, muddy hands, cat barf…it happens. And noone wants to wash that stuff at the kitchen sink or in the bathroom. I WILL have a large sink in the large laundry room that I also WILL have someday. Because I’m tired of washing said items crouched over in the yard in 100 degree or 40 degree weather. #aintnobodygottimeforthat
11. Large Island with a Prep Sink
The kitchen is the hub of our house when we have people over and during our everyday, so of course I dream of having a monstrous island where folks can sit and chat with me while I slave away, where platters of goodness can be set out, where I can put all kinds of decor, and where I can put a little prep sink just cause you always need another little sink. (I just noticed this kitchen has items 1, 5, 7, and 9 too!)
12. Powder Bath