Some Background and Inspiration
I'm thrilled to finally get to introduce the thing that has been occupying lots of my time, and most of my brain! It's a new build in Ardmore, Oklahoma and it's a project that I have been happily playing around with for months now. I'm calling it the Cedar Falls Ranch House or the Cedar Falls Project, so if you follow me on Instagram, you can see updates and inspiration related to the project via my hashtag #CedarFallsProject. The schematic phase of the project is quickly being wrapped up and we will hopefully be starting construction in the near future. It's gonna be a gigantic beast of a house in Oklahoma that's meant to accomodate quite a lot of people. My people. It's going to be my mom's family's holiday get-together spot that will replace the one that we recently had to sell. The old ranch house was a mess and the 33 of us were all basically sharing one bathroom, but we loved it so much. My family has been getting together there since long before I was born, and it was a sad day when we sold it.
This is my family, back when I was a wee tot. Pretty adorable, eh?
Here's a lil photo of my mom's sweet parents walking back to the old house.
Thankfully, we were able to keep a small parcel of land about five minutes down the road and will be damming a small river to make a lake, so I think the house will get a lot more use than the last one did. Design plan-wise, it's going to be a toughie, though. 33 people is a lotta people, and finding a common theme amongst all of the opinions is going to be difficult. Honestly, it's been hard for us to avoid trying to recreate the old house in a larger building just to make everybody happy. Some people want it to be very rustic and cabin-y, others would be prefer a more traditional lakehouse, and others (myself included) would like a slightly more polished ranch house feel - not quite modern farmhouse and not quite rustic, but a happy medium. I'd love to see carefully selected and intentional wood elements, creamy white walls, natural accents and HUGE windows to really play up the beautiful landscape and lake outside. I would love to see a little something like this:
Alice Lane Interiors // Love the mixture of wood tones with rattan. These chairs could be a really nice nod to the ones we left behind at the old house.
Workbook by Westbrook // The beams on the ceiling are a really nice touch, plus I love a good plaster range hood.
Lindsey Brooke Design // Love love love the paneling in this bathroom, as well as the finishes she selected.
One Kings Lane // I have always been deeply inspired by these rough stone steps, as well as the minimal color palette.
Amber Lewis // Some nice, neutral elements with high contrast.
Rita Chan Interiors // Seriously considering a wood island, with white cabinetry in the kitchen.
Kylee Shintaffer // This is exactly the creamy white I'm talking about. Any favorite shades I should try??
Pinterest // Sadly, I don't know the original source for this one, but it looks like a DeVol kitchen to me. BEAUTiful cabinetry.
KaeMingK Design // This is the kitchen that everyone seems to be going nuts for. I also cannot stop loving it.
Studio McGee // Lovely molding, wood beams, what's not to love??
Amber Lewis // More paneling, with a simple palette. I think that's what I want to go for. Simple colors but interesting textures throughout.
Thoughts??? All in all, I think it will be a great design challenge because of the budget in relation to the size, the distance between myself and the jobsite and the fact that I'll be working with many different clients, who also happen to be family members. I think it's the start of something amazing, and a very special time for our family. Soon, once the floorplan has been finalized, I can share drawings and specific plans for each room here on the blog, so check back soon for more progress updates!