Remember when we shared the news that we’re going back to school? Well, the hubs and I have been hittin’ the books ever since, so to speak. Not really the books, but maybe more like the graphing paper. Yup, we’ve been hittin’ the graphing paper. With our new architectural rulers in hand, we’ve been drawing up floor plans and bangin’ out material boards.

Last week, our homework assignment was a study in understanding space and layout. Given a 25’x15′ floor plan, we were asked to whip up ideas on furniture, textiles, and what-goes-where. Because the assignment required a focus on sizes of furniture, it was crucial to keep the floor plan to scale (note: on this particular plan, each square on the grid equaled 1′). That part was harder than I thought, since every plan I’ve drawn before was not to scale (which means the one plan I drew for Renee’s living room. I know, I know), but rather a sketch of where I wanted things to go. So with that in mind, I put together my very first mood board, using a few favorite furniture sites and keeping the scale in the forefront of my brain.

Our only restrictions were a south wall with two windows (with each window being 2′ off the ground), the parallel north wall with two doors leading to other mysterious rooms, and an east facing wall with plumbing for a kitchen. Since our own main living space is a very similar plan (coming in just a bit smaller at 20’x15′), I went with a similar idea, creating a space that was half kitchen, half den.

While Scott and I worked on our homework together, we didn’t really get to see the finished results until we began critique in the classroom. First thing I noticed was how very different our ideas were. Maybe the hubs will chime in at some point and share his own plan down the line, but I can tell you that his style was very masculine. Very clean, brooding, and classic. And while I also wanted to stay with clean lines, I liked the idea of romanticizing my seating and textile options. With my imaginary plan, I was free to get as girly as I liked.

Okay now, be nice. I’ve already been critiqued in the classroom, but I always love reading your thoughts, so feel free to chime in. Our next assignment takes this exisiting plan and requires us to draw the space in 3D and use color. And having gone through art school once (and drawing models, figures, and a still life or two – or fifty) doesn’t make this any easier. I may share, I may not (hey, I actually can be shy). You’ll just have to stay tuned (and a little encouragement wouldn’t hurt!).

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  • Amanda3.1.10 - 9:34 AM

    I really really love the colors. To my (very untrained) eye it seems you have just enough pattern with all the solid colors. And I LOVE the colors you chose- very soothing. Please post the 3D version! We’ll be nice!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Twenty-Six To Life3.1.10 - 10:13 AM

    Very cool. I don’t have any critiques, I think the way you pulled everything together looks great.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle3.1.10 - 10:27 AM

    Perfect! I love the lay out and colors! I just love kitchens with white cabinets and a dark island!

    Btw, did you watch Team USA and Canada duke it out in hockey? Great game!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim3.1.10 - 10:30 AM

      Hey Danielle,

      Boy, did we! I must admit that we were very conflicted. GO USA, but what to do when Sidney Crosby is playing for the other guys? It was a great game, and of course my boyfriend, Sid, came through for the red and white! Overall, it was so fun to see all the talent on one sheet of ice, including my Chicago boy, Kane. Whoo!ReplyCancel

  • I love the look! I’ve actually had my eye on the Nate Berkus sofa and that chair :).ReplyCancel

  • Kim3.1.10 - 11:08 AM

    Kasey, go for that Nate Berkus sofa! I’ve been drooling over it for so long, and I’ve noticed that many of the colors are close to selling out – if they haven’t already.

    Too bad we just don’t have the room, no matter how hard I try.ReplyCancel

  • jodi3.1.10 - 11:15 AM

    looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture3.2.10 - 12:43 PM

    Kim – I LOVE what you’ve designed! Love the colors. Love the furniture pieces. Love it all! Good job. Way to go.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia3.2.10 - 6:32 PM

    I love your furniture choices. The mix of colors and textures is really fun. The kitchen would have to be reworked some though. Just tweaked really. The frig would probably need some filler between it and the wall for the door to open fully and the drawers to pull out. Maybe a 4″ wide ikea broom closet pullout between the frig and the wall. The DW as drawn would open into the back of the cook’s legs making this a one butt kitchen. I’d make the island a little wider maybe 15″ more, flipping the DW to the other side of the sink and placing a trash pullout on the other side of the sink. The trash pullout would serve both the cleanup zone and the prep/cooking zone. Overall I think you did a really nice job.ReplyCancel

    • Kim3.2.10 - 8:52 PM


      Wow, thank you so much for the honest feedback! I have to say that I have little to no experience in a kitchen remodel (although we’re going to tackle our own this Spring/Summer), and your dishwasher suggestions are great. These are things I would not have thought of, but if this was a real-life layout, your suggestions would make all the difference!ReplyCancel

  • micah3.2.10 - 7:11 PM

    i have no critiques – looks great to me!! love that nate berkus sofa.ReplyCancel

  • Gayla6.24.17 - 5:32 PM

    I have recently discovered your blog and love reading everything. You guys rock!
    However, I always click on your pictures so I may expand them and see them better and have found that doesn’t work.
    So my question is could you please make that available to those who view them?
    Thank you.


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