My Next House or “When I Win the Lottery”

While reading a post on Hooked on Houses this week, my mind wandered to what would be my money-no-object dream house.  I can’t say I have ever seen my perfect home, but I was able to put together a photo collage of some important elements.  This is an interesting exercise.  I highly recommend it for those purchasing a new home or working with and architect or interior designer.  In fact, the reason I have been blog absent this past week, is because I got very caught up in creating this list.

1. A gorgeous entry - I think having a space between the outdoors and the living space of a home is so important.

2. Unique and sophisticated millwork details like this stair railing

3. Great windows that provide beautiful natural light, preferably some sky lights.

4. A large master bedroom, big enough for a couple dog beds and a sitting area

5. A kitchen banquette or some sort of built in kitchen seating.

6. A separate dining room that has traditional architecture, but is a fun fusion of modern and traditional elements.

7. A few areas where unexpected nooks can be created.

8. Cool environmentally friendly landscaping - the orderly geometry is a nice touch as well.

9. A shed/outbuilding that can be used as my office

10. Built in shelving

11. A light filled master bathroom with a soaking tub.

12. A lovely fireplace

13. Sliding barn doors, preferably salvaged from a cool old building.

14. Doorways where it is appropriate to use curtains between rooms instead of doors.

15. Elements that are salvaged or recycled, giving the home a sense of history.

16. A home that blends rustic, vintage, modern and industrial.

While, my next house likely won’t have it all,it is nice to have it all on paper and organized in my brain.  This type of list is invaluable to a designer (I can’t speak for real estate agents or architects, though I expect the same would be true for them).

I am toying with the idea of asking my husband to create his own list, I will share if he is willing.

So what is on your dream house list?  I would love to see it either via comment or your own blog post.

I love working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family.  I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.  Email me at for e-design rates or, if you are local, to arrange for a consultation.


About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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2 Responses to My Next House or “When I Win the Lottery”

  1. I was lucky enough to find mine, though I’ve always fantasized about having an outdoor shower.

    Now, if our house would only stop falling apart long enough for our bank account to catch up!

  2. Maryline says:

    This is a great list, and I want pretty much the same thing as you. Big windows in the living room and bedroom. Spacious bedroom and master bathroom, separate living and dining room, enough nooks to turn them into reading or nap corners. Built in shelves, a fireplace, a beautiful architecture, and a garden. My number 1 requirement will be space all around. It has to be spacious. I’m not as fond of the modern style as I used to be a couple years ago, because it’s everywhere now and so it has become predictable and boring to me. I do like to mix things up to make things interesting, so I would not want a modern architecture. and each room will be decorated according to a theme based on how I want to feel and what I want to do in that room.

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