Just over a year ago we moved to Amherst, Massachusetts (US), a place steeped in history and beauty. There are five colleges in the surrounding area (Amherst College, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, and UMass) and Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost once called Amherst their home. Many houses are from the 1800's and there is a house down the street designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Amherst is at the foot of the Holyoke Mountain Range which is anomalous for its east-west orientation and creates a hilly woodland. Our neighborhood has a great New England feel with plenty of trees, ponds, trails, and open space.
However, with all this history and beauty, the interior of our New England Tudor falls flat. It needs an interior design that mirrors the history and drama of the surrounding area. Currently all of the walls are cream, all of the floors are wood, and there is wood trim and wood doors throughout, giving it a plain look. When we moved from our Boston 2 bed, 1 bath apartment into this beautiful 4 bed, 2.5 bath house we didn't have any furniture or accessories. After living here for a year and getting a feel for the place we are now ready for an interior design.
To design the interior of the whole house--choose furniture, colors, accessories, lighting, window treatments, and placement of items. You really have a blank slate!
1) House faces northwest and has a great layout. I have attached the floor plan as a pdf. The front door of the house is located right next to the downstairs bathroom. We love the house for its size and simplicity, it just needs some style.
2) I've uploaded a PDF document with pictures of all of the rooms, a description of each room, what furniture/accessories need to stay in the room, and some design criteria.
3) For each room you should indicate the furniture, accessories, colors and accents you have chosen and where to purchase those items. Items should be either local or obtained in the US.
4) You can not remodel the house at all (no changing flooring, placement of walls, etc.). We don't want to have to hire a contractor.
5) All designs should maintain a common theme throughout the house.
6) Occupants are myself, my partner, my son, and our Labrador mix. The design must be functional and able to stand some abuse!
6) The budget for the project is ~$20k (not including the kitchen). For designs that go over budget, indicate the first stage of the project. This first stage should not be over $20k
I like designs that are rustic, minimal, and traditional, and my partner likes transitional designs. Both of us work (alot!) and want to relax when we get home. Designs that are functional and welcoming are best. We want easy upkeep of the house so designs that streamline that process are good. For instance, spaces that are too small for a vacuum cleaner are highly annoying!
But just because we want something that is functional does not mean we want something that is blah. Earth tones are good, but don't be afraid to be bold. I want some color and excitement. My partner is a sucker for masculine rooms with darker tones (though I like things to be light and airy). Neither of us want it to look like grandma's house. If you need more guidance please contact us.
We want the downstairs to flow from one room to the other so the designs (colors and furniture) should be complimentary. The upstairs can be completely different, but should still capture the beauty and history of the area.
We have a son who is 4 years old and loves trucks and cars, dinosaurs, trains, and animals. Designs for him should definitely have a lot of color and functionality. He needs lots of storage for his toys. I want him to be excited when he walks in, but I also want the design to last until he is about 11.
1) Plan drawings or description
2) Full Plan section view
3) Views of each room
4) Item list (anything needed to procure item)
How we will choose the winner:
To be considered applicants must follow all guidelines and submit a complete design. We will judge based on:
1) Aesthetics of the design
2) Affordability. Designs that use the existing elements or do more with less are particularly appealing.
3) Practicality of the design. Designs that lend themselves to everyday use of every room and easy upkeep will get better marks.
4) Green designs with reclaimed materials or local products also will win our favor.