Design Around This #2: Colonial Revived
As was suggested in the last thread, we're going to take turns launching new "Design Around This" threads. We've agreed, more or less, that the next few projects should be Colonial Revival; Tuscan Redux; and Frenchy/Old Worldy Something.
It's my turn now.
Last time we picked one element to design around. This time, I'm picking a house to design in: A middle-class colonial revival house built anytime between around 1920 and today. It's been one of the most quintessentially American house styles since the 1870s. Here are some examples:
Inside they were often furnished in the "Early American" style, like this:
Or in a pseudo Georgian style like this:
Or in any random style the current owner liked. These are, probably more than any other style, "regular" American houses.
Your mission: Using photos of design elements, create a design concept or "mood board" for a kitchen in a colonial revival house that is
Unique. Not the same old thing we see every day. Combine things in unexpected ways. Rethink what it means to be Colonial Revival. What is the point of that look? What feeling is it supposed to evoke? What else does it suggest to you? Maybe start by looking at the wider Colonial Revival movement in furniture and architecture. Or not, as you wish.
Cohesive. A complete scheme showing a bunch of different elements, like cabs, flooring, faucets.
Contextual. Make it fit and flow with the house style. Avoid creating something that looks like a stage set or something that fell off the back of a showroom truck. That does not mean it can't look newer than the house.
Revival, not period. In other words, not a room that looks exactly like it was built centuries before the house was. Something that was inspired by this look, not an actual slavish reproduction.
Realistic in budget. Design for your own budget, or maybe a little higher--not for some recently-deceased foreign dictator.
Transitional or modern. I debated this one. I am throwing it in here simply to egg you on to be more original. You can probably find a traditional version of this look available off the shelf with a three-second Google search. Just mix it up a little, is what I'm asking. You can certainly add traditional elements; just avoid using a whole kit.
REMEMBER TO INCLUDE:
Pictures, not just quick musings
- A rationale--explain WHY you did what you did
- ROUGHLY the era of the house you're imagining, if you think it's important; e.g., new build in TX, '20s house in the...