John and Jenny moved to the Norfolk side of the Fox Run development almost ten months ago. Though they lived most of their married lives in Chicago, they came to Norfolk from California where they spent a year for John's work. The move to New England was very quick, so even though buying new construction sounded great, they didn't have time to wait for a new house to be built. Their realtor suggested they consider a spec home that was ready in Fox Run. John went to see the place, gave a virtual tour via Skype to Jenny who was back in California with their three daughters, and it was a done deal!
There are many benefits to buying a newly built home. The builder will work with you to customize the house before it's completed (unless you buy a spec home), it often comes with modern features, and with every component being brand-new and under warranty, you enjoy a few years without being bothered by maintenance and repairs. At the same time, designing each room can be intimidating since you're moving into a blank canvas.
To help jump start the process of decorating, Jenny contacted Park & Oak to get advice from an interior designer without having to hire one. Jenny provided room dimensions, created a Pinterest board, and noted the pieces of furniture she wanted to keep or add to the room. They sent back a mood board of furniture options along with all the links to where she could purchase the items, or look for more affordable substitutes. Other great websites where Jenny gets inspiration are Studio McGee, Elements of Style, Honey & Fitz, and Blackband Design.
Each piece in their home has a personal significance. As Jenny explains, "My favorite homes have a distinct feel that tell you about the homeowners just by looking at them." Whether it's Jenny's grandmother's chairs, a framed French Laundry menu from their honeymoon, or a horse door knocker as a nod to the stables they overlook, every detail has it's story.