We’ve been selecting the elements for the outside of our house, and it’s both a blessing and a curse that it takes as long as it does with a custom design. For one, you have more time to think, change your mind, and eventually feel like you landed on the right choices. But also, it takes a lot of TIME ha! But all in all, we’re really excited about our choices and have been surprisingly in sync from the beginning on what we wanted.
We’ve known from the beginning (and by beginning, I mean March-ish) that we loved a steel blue/navy/gray paint color with white trim, and with some timber/stone elements to create a look we’ve starting referring to as “mod lodge” — a current spin on a bit of a cabin vibe, without going too woodsy/country. We had pinned a few images and looked at some front elevations that were getting close to what we wanted…and then of all places, the dynamic duo at Young House Love shared a progress photo of their show home, and we had to laugh — darken the paint color, and change the elevation a bit, but this is otherwise EXACTLY what we’d had in our heads as far as the overall look and feel!!
I’m all about being inspired, not copying, so we showed this house to our builder team, who helped us sketch out our own Smith-version of this idea, to fit our house. I don’t want to give it all away before we can show you in real photos, but here are a few hints…copper accents, a vaulted pergola over the front door, stone, timber, and this front porch light fixture I literally lose sleep over, I’m so excited about it. (Okay, this one was the one thing we straight up copied from YHL — I mean come on…tell me it’s not SUPER cool…)