Last week I posted some photos of a kitchen under construction on Muirfield in Salem, Oregon — located in the Holiday Ranch subdivision. The kitchen is now complete and I thought I would upload a few shots of the finished product!

Finished with granite counters, Jerusalem Gold travertine stone and houndstooth brick: A standout.
Finished with granite counters, Jerusalem Gold travertine stone and houndstooth brick: A standout.
Tumble-edged granite adds another texture to this detail rich kitchen.
Tumble-edged granite adds another texture to this detail rich kitchen.

I want to point out something.

First of all, a new home does NOT have to be a boring home. I think that is rule number one. I walk through too many mill-houses, and by that I mean, they could have been made on an assembly line (and maybe they were?). Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Nothing unique.

You do not need a vanilla-eque canvas to create beauty. Your furniture and kitchen appliances do not need to “make-up” for the lack! This house on Muirfield is a spec. That means, we’re looking for a buyer during construction. But this does not mean that I “play it safe”.

Someone last week commented that my kitchens didn’t follow the “design rule of two”. I have to say, I have never ever in 40 years of building heard of this “design rule of two”. This guy went on to say that the above kitchen had too many textures and or product: Jerusalem Gold travertine, thin brick, and Lady Dream granite stone countertops. And, further more, the floors were wide-plank reclaimed wood with walnut plugs — but the cabinets were not. ¬†Who would like this?

Well, the first thing I did was google this rule of two thing. And I couldn’t find anything on this subject. Maybe it exists somewhere out there in space — if you find it, feel free to send it in. Regardless, I don’t subscribe to fear-in-design theories. Either it looks good, or it doesn’t. And from the response this home has garnered already, I believe it’s a homerun. There simply aren’t any other ‘spec’ homes out there that dare to be different. Not everyone wants to live in a white-on-white mill-house.

Enough about that.

Live well. Prosper. Have fun. Enjoy your space. Be positive.

Jess Alway