A little Thursday inspiration

We hit the jackpot with our architect. Four, five-ish years ago when we had the conceptual drawings done, Cherri’s business was (and still is) Studio C Architecture and Interior Design. When we starting talking again last fall, we learned she had gotten her GC license and started Dark Horse Design Build with her business partner, Bryan. So, lucky for us, Cherri is with us every single step of the way and knows every minuscule detail of this project.

But the point of this post — while we anxiously wait for framing to begin, Cherri is sending us design inspiration pics to start crafting the final look of the house. This is 100% the fun part.

Justin’s and my design styles live on a wide spectrum. He goes hard mid-century modern. I exist anywhere from transitional to eclectic to contemporary and modern. (Thanks, Houzz, for narrowing it down for me.) Our home will definitely feel mostly modern, but hopefully pulls in enough other design and style elements to make it feel unique and just like us.

With that said, here are a few pictures Justin and I both liked as design inspiration. I’m slowly adding some other random things to my Pinterest boards.


We are super excited about having an island. I want to paint it a dark moody color and have earthy tones throughout the rest of the space.

Client Calgary Soho transitional-kitchen

Master Bathroom

I’m a lover of grays, so this weathered wood feels warm and lovely. I see some fun art and greenery for balance.

Source also unknown. I’m sure my email doesn’t count.

Justin’s Office

This space is to fulfill all of his mid-century modern heart’s desires. His lifelong dream is to have an Eams Chair just like his grandparents. Sounds like the ideal 40th birthday present to me. The office will be separate from the rest of the house and have a wall of built ins to hold all of his books and records. Justin has worked from home for six years now, never with a dedicated space of his own. He cannot wait for something like this one.

Same deal. Cherri emailed this pic. Source unknown.

Exterior Color

Residence II farmhouse-exterior

The beauty of inspiration pics: you don’t take them literally. I can’t wait to see how this translates for us.

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