Hey there, everyone!
We have had a busy season at Holly Thompson Homes! If you’ve stopped by to see our mini-showroom, you may have seen cabinet door samples as well as countertop samples arrive! Hopefully you didn’t get scared away by accidentally stopping by our bigger showroom (the one that we’re moving into in March), because it looks pretty shabby. If you don’t believe me, here it is:
Here’s a view looking the other way:
And we have some neat smaller rooms to use down the hall:
Looks like a big, fat mess, huh? It is, but it won’t be looking like this for much longer! We’re waiting on the owners of the building to paint the ceiling and replace the lights, and then we’ll be removing the blue carpet and having the concrete floor underneath polished until it looks like it does in our smaller sample kitchen! We are in the process of planning the sample kitchens and then ordering them. During the time it takes for the cabinets to be made, we’ll be making it pretty in there.
I am planning the look of each sample kitchen (still) and am welcoming input if anyone has a dream kitchen idea they’d love to see there. We need the kitchens to each be unique, cover the popular looks right now, and also be as timeless as possible, and oh yeah, be stunning and magazine-worthy. And, they have to not look like a big mess of styles without a focal point right when you walk in the door. It’s a pretty tall order. We have two of the kitchens plus the general layout planned already, but I would love to hear some popular opinion from you because I want the sample kitchens to be ones actual people really want in their home! Feel free to leave a comment here or on Instagram or our Facebook page.
Yesterday Dave and I went to the showroom to make sure where we were planning our kitchens was actually where we wanted them. Here I am drawing out my ideas:
Then I sit back and watch while Dave shows me what it’ll look like in the space:
And then we realized that this method of designing spaces is exactly how we got started doing this in the first place. I’m usually coming up with the ideas while comfortably sitting and enjoying coffee, water, and usually some sort of treat, and Dave makes them happen. It may seem that I have the much more fun job, and that’s because I do. But Dave would much rather have me tell him how I want the room to look and have him just install it rather than him having to figure out how it should look. He considers his job to be the easy part.
So, this is iconic “me”, when wearing my (invisible) design hat:
Here are Dave and the kids getting stuff set up in our mini-space:
These door samples are amazing. They are the highest quality you can get and have the best reviews (they’re Starmark cabinetry). We also have a great mid-high grade line that has a lot of cool modern options, and because not everyone has the budget for these, we’re also getting a budget line. It’s still above builder grade, but is the most inexpensive quality option. It’s arriving soon and is available for orders if you know you want to do a kitchen on a smaller budget but are wary of all the junk that’s out there. If you have already asked for a quote in the lower line, hang in there! We haven’t forgotten about you. We’ll be able to access that line hopefully this week.
I also wanted to introduce our team! Our showroom will be open Monday through Saturday, and you will see either Kim Briggs or Donna Granquist (and sometimes both) when you come in. They will be able to show you around, answer your questions, and educate you about what we have to offer. Dave will also be meeting with people there who have appointments to plan their kitchen, get a price quote, and see a 3D rendition of what it could look like. You’ll see me if you’re going ahead with your kitchen and have opted for me to help you choose your finishes. Donna and Kim will also be available to help you with designing your space in the showroom, and they also offer in-home design services.
If Kim and Donna look familiar to you, they probably are! Kim Briggs owns Vintage Jolie, a charming little shop that was on Main Street in Franklin until recently. Dave and I actually met her a few years ago when we bought pillow at her shop! With all the change going on downtown, Vintage Jolie moved it into The Shop Around the Corner, where the staffing is shared by others, freeing up Kim to come on over to Holly Thompson Homes! Donna is a local designer who has owned a shop as well, and has been in the business for 30 years, helping clients with flooring, paint colors, fabrics, wallpaper, and whole projects.
Thanks for hanging in there as we get our new showroom open! If you’re wanting to get your kitchen going before the showroom is in, email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work you in.
Since this blog post wasn’t quite as design-y as usual, I’ll leave you with some fun pictures from the past week. Here’s an estate sale find from over the weekend:
These belonged to a stylin’ granny…brass candlesticks with acrylic? Looks like 2018 if I ever did see it. Glam plus classic plus trendy.
We have been enjoying a Valentine-themed breakfast for the past two days thanks to our hospitable children. There was a note outside our door saying to come straight to the coffee table (our kids usually get up before us), and they had breakfast and coffee waiting for us:
Even the kitty got to enjoy a pretend mouse on the second day.
Hope you all have a nice Valentine’s Day!