Christine is a full-time middle school math teacher who showcases her DIY home design projects on Instagram as a hobby. She and her husband recently built a new home filled with her self-described "traditional, transitional" style. While browsing the internet, she came across Grandeur Hardware and decided our products would fit her aesthetic perfectly. Read on to learn more about Christine and see more of her lovely new home.
Did you do a remodel on your entire home? If so, were there specific rooms that were more challenging than others? Why?
We built our home from the ground up, so the entire house was sometimes challenging. If I had to pick the most difficult aspect, it was designing a home where the rooms flowed seamlessly into each other. Ultimately we decided on an open-concept family room and kitchen that also features an entirely windowed dining room. Since moving in, this specific space has been everything I wanted it to be and more. An open dining space close to the kitchen has created a relaxed feel, allowing guests to enjoy themselves without hesitation.
How did you choose the hardware featured in this project? What attracted you to Grandeur Hardware?
I wanted a classic, luxurious look to our door hardware. I searched for many weeks until I decided on Grandeur Hardware. As soon as I browsed the selection, I fell in love with the tall plates, antiqued brass, and timeless look.
Did you learn any beneficial tips and tricks about door hardware along the way?
You can mix and match styles as long as they have the same finish! All of our public closets in our home have knobs, while all of our other doors (bedrooms and bathrooms) have levers. Also, we chose smaller backplates for the interior bedroom closets but kept the finish and collection the same. It all flows very nicely!
Please give us some more details on Christine on Point. How did you develop it, and what sets it apart from the rest?
Christine on Point started as a distraction from our journey with infertility. We had just gotten married, moved into our first home, and immediately started trying for a baby. Within six months, we realized we needed treatment. I started doing small DIY home improvement projects as a distraction during this challenging time. I quickly learned that sharing my home and connecting with other like-minded design enthusiasts through the Instagram platform was more than a hobby; it was a passion!
Where do you get your design inspiration?
I scroll Instagram! I make sure to like and save anything that sparks design inspiration. Then magically, Instagram shows me more of that style!
When starting a project, how do you organize and plan for it?
I create a mood board, adding items like flooring, area rugs, hardware, paint colors, lighting, and furniture. Adding all the inspiration pieces to one document allows me to see the room before creating it. Sometimes, changes need to be made.
What are some tips for readers who wish to make a transformation in their home?
Start from the ground up. Take a look at the flooring. Can it be refinished? Or do you need a total replacement? Take a look at the walls. Find the perfect paint color and apply it to the moldings and ceilings for an authentic designer feel. Take a look at the light fixtures as well. Are they scaled correctly? Bigger is (usually) always better when it comes to lighting. You can change a room entirely with floors, paint, and lighting.
What is next?
Next, we need to furnish and add decor to many of our spaces. So much of our budget went into the bones of the house. For example, I wanted to ensure we had tall ceilings, beautifully molded doors, great hardware, etc.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
When designing, TAKE YOUR TIME! Do not rush into buying something just because you want to fill a space immediately. You will regret it and want to replace it sooner than later. Live with what you currently have until you save enough to buy that piece that makes your heart pitter-patter. We've been living without a sofa for a month, and I have no regrets other than using foldable chairs to watch TV. Soon enough, the couch we want will be back in stock and worth the wait.