Does your house have a name? We have our own name for our home (that involves our address) but when we were trying to decide on a hashtag (#cljhouse represents our last home) we turned to all different sources. This article was a great starting point. “Once reserved for grand estates and castles, house naming is a much more casual affair these days thanks to social media. House names can be like Twitter names or vanity license plates: Another place to define your identity and communicate your personality and humor.” You can (and should!) name your house whether you live in an apartment, townhouse, manor–whatever! The article even goes on to say, “one in 14 said they would be prepared to pay more for a home just because it had a name. Even those that were not prepared to pay more said their opinion of the property would improve, with 40 per cent saying they would be more interested in viewing a property with a name.”
If you’re not sure where to start, this house name generator was a fun activity! We also studied different architectures and interiors as well and settled on how we wanted our home to feel. In the end, we’re going to be leaning into the tudor/cottage style on the interior with a modern twist, of course, (see all of our fun ideas here!) and we settled on the hashtag #cljcottage since it fit the charm of the property so well. Cottages generally feature asymmetrical architecture, steeply-pitched roof, natural materials like stone or brick for texture. A prominent roofline and dormers, shutters, arched doorways, stone paths and are usually on acreage. (Our home sits on 3.5 acres).
Hashtag and architecture aside, in the end, you get to name your house anything you want! Would love to hear if your family has a history with any homes with a name! (we don’t but we’re gonna start it!)
Other fun things this week:
• We got the girls this blow up pool (it even comes with a filtration pump!) and they have been having the best time in it all day every day. We’d love to put in an actual small in ground pool in the future, but for now we’re just gathering inspiration. I LOVE the look of these more natural looking pools (via here and here).
• Our new office desks came yesterday and they were a cinch to put together and so beautiful and functional! We didn’t put our home office on our projects we’re going to tackle in the next 6 months, but we definitely are!
• Willow has been struggling since we moved. We thought that she would love the wide open spaces but she’s timid to even come outside on her own. The previous owners did have a dog of their own and I’m wondering if that is the underlying cause to her hesitation. She seems to be warming up to everything else slowly, but we’re all ears if you have any other suggestions!
• I got this big round woven bag (I got khaki!) from Amazon for a steal and I can’t wait to use it for our upcoming trip to the beach. They sell tassels to embellish it with, but I always love the look of a tying on a fun silk scarf.
• This paint combination from I Spy DIY is so refreshing and inspiring our upcoming interior paint job! (After all of you encouraged us to hire painters for the interior of our home here, we are waiting on a bid now!)
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We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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Last week, Chris and I had the incredible opportunity to travel to London for work. We were invited by Williams Sonoma and William Morris and Co to preview their newest collaboration and the inspiration behind it. It was my first time in London and although it was a quick trip, they brought us all over […]
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