Here it is, a sneak peek at my designs for Newark’s Power House. By the way, the house will debut this weekend at the South Ward Festival. I will post some pictures of the actual rooms next week. What I am not showing you is the bathroom, utility room, and bedroom (I can’t reveal all of my secrets at once).
Due to tight deadlines and an even tighter budget, the majority of the items in the house are from IKEA. Not very green you might think…but keep reading. While I’m not an advocate for all furniture to come from the same place (looks so BLAH) in a small house like this where the space is limited, having all IKEA furniture will create a cohesive flow throughout. I mean, that is the point (people will be walking in and out all day). IKEA is making an effort to be more eco-conscious and now enforces stringent rules for production methods and materials that are being used. The timber that is used in thier products comes from responsibly managed forests. “In many countries where IKEA products are made, intact natural forests are under threat. We trace the timber all the way back to where it was felled to ascertain its origin,” states one of their personal forest managers, Kjell-Owe Ahlskog. So with out further ado…
The color scheme for the entire house is green (obviously) gray (I can’t not add that color) with accents of blue and brown. In the kitchen the marmoleum (yes, that is how you spell it) floors are a stunning, in various shades of green. The glass tile backsplash will be the focal point of this room. The tiles will pick up on the green hues found in the floor. As for the countertops, well those are from Ceasarstone and have a carrara marble”esk” look. The cafe table and stools are modern and coordinate nicely with the dining room table and chairs across the way.
If you can’t tell from the photo, these rooms are SMALL. The dining room is fresh and modern with bamboo floors, dark gray walls, and an modern furniture that is just the right scale for this tiny room. Moving right along in to the living room, there’s a blue gray color on the wall, curtains hung high and wide to make the windows look a bit larger, and a modern shaped sofa with just the right amount of pillows.
So there you have it…your sneak peek.