I’ve had quite a break over Christmas and New Year but back now and kicking the year off with a project from one of my favourite designers… Mixing pattern, textures and materials are the key to Studio McGee’s designs, for example juxtaposing a leather sofa next to a linen sofa. A dark almost black buttoned […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional… What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has […]
Crib Creative If we want to make a personal good impression we will want to dress our best, this can also be said of the first impression one receives as they step inside our home… When someone visits our home for the first time, it gives them an impression of the person we are, it […]
Described as “Cape Cod meets West Indies”, another fabulous project by one of my favourite design companies. The exterior architecture of this new build leans towards Hamptons, however Black Band Design have also injected a tropical feel inspired by quote, the “vibrant waters of the Caribbean”. When planning a new build by oneself with no interior designer […]
1. Image via Mercer Interior The word, ‘boho’ may conjure up a riotous mix of colours and patterns, muddle these together in a messy but creative way and throw in some greenery and you may have the boho of the past. However, today boho can be far more chic, in fact…..’boho chic’. ‘Boho’ stems from the word […]
“Casual and sophisticated, modern and timeless, serene but colourful” is how the designer describes this relaxed, South Carolina home. The designers, Guest House Studio, have used varying shades of blue for this project, with paint, soft furnishing and artwork. Blue is ‘cool’ on the colour charts but can evoke a moody or calming affect when you […]
Peek inside a gorgeous cottage of blue and white with the addition of a few surprising colours. Designed by award winning interior designers and home builders, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, this sweet home has the perfect balance of style for coast or country. Specialising in creating “beautiful, classic cottages where generations of families can […]
Breeze Giannasio is an interior designer to the stars and I literally have stars in my eyes when I see the transformations she makes to these Hollywood homes. I’ve been in love with the distinctive style of designer, Breeze Giannasio since I viewed a video of her transformation of Mila Kunis parents condo on Houzz. Breeze takes […]
Recently I have been drafting a post on sun rooms and conservatories and came across this beautiful space while researching images. Not content with ‘waiting’ to share this new post I decided to dedicate today’s post to exploring a little more of this Grade II listed, home.
Esher is a leafy suburb of Surrey not far actually from where my fathers side of the family live in the UK. A listed building means that the building has significant architectural importance that relate to its age and architecture, this means you can’t simply add on or change things without council approval. Adding new windows may mean they are new but it is highly likely with a listed building that they have to be identical to the ones you’re replacing. This lovely Grade II listed house has clearly been renovated, but definitely in keeping with its traditional architecture. Natalie Forbes and Louisa Rix are the brain child behind their small interior design company, Forbes Rix Design.”Timeless design mixing classic with contemporary, old with new” is their hallmark style which is apparent in this beautiful home.
The conservatory which was the first image I spotted, is situated at the back of the house and leads to the garden. Forbes Rix have opened up the kitchen area to this conservatory so that it flows from kitchen to dining. Although built as a conservatory it is the perfect space for casual dining. The doors can be opened up in summer to allow a breeze and it would be the perfect place for long summer lunches with friends. I am really captivated by this space and the way it has been decorated. The pretty chandelier adds a touch of elegance. The surrounding indoor plants, keep that conservatory look so you feel like you are truly dining in a space with a difference.
I have included a few other photos of this gorgeous home. I am sure you will love the farmhouse feel that this design duo have incorporated into this project.
I hope you enjoyed these images and they have inspired you in some way. I will continue to work on my sun room post and share it with you next week. Meanwhile these images have given me light bulb ideas (but that is another story).
Another stunning beach style project by one of my favourite interior design company’s, Blackband Design. This Newport Beach house has fabulous texture and colour and must be a dream come true to the home owner’s.
Blackband Design have won the ‘Best of Houzz’ annually since 2014, which is not surprising as their designs are most definitely unique and their work very popular. I love how they mix styles of furniture, the way they incorporate colour and the textures they use in thier interiors. This Newport Beach house is typical to Blackband’s take on ‘beach style’ and incorporates all they are about.
I hope you feel inspired by this lovely home, I especially love the black, bamboo table in the entrance way and the gorgeous vignette in the second image. If you are interested in Blackband Design taking on your project, please hop over to their website, Blackbanddesign.com or their Houzz site, (link above).
With regards to my own beach house, the build has progressed to the extent it should be fully landscaped in a couple of weeks. I went down the week before last and later in the week I will be sharing a sneak peek of the kitchen and one of the bathrooms…Oh, and my gorgeous barn door which is now hanging.
Literally on the waters edge, this pretty coastal home is a delight to the eye, so come on in and see more.
Immediately I spotted this pretty porch with it’s Gothic style, love seat, I fell in love, I wasn’t quite sure what I would find within the exterior, however as it lay beside the water, I thought it may be a mix of traditional and coastal style and I was pretty well right.
Using a traditional blue and white theme with touches of red, Linda Banks of Banks Design Associates, and Simply Home has given this classic home a coastal feel. With well over 20 years of experience behind her Linda has used her knowledge to create the perfect balance of old and new charm.
If you would like to see more of Linda’s work, please hop over to Banksdesign associates.com where you will also find a link to their large retail store in Maine.
Aptly named ‘Bridgehampton’, which is a small hamlet located on Long Island NY, Thibaut have a modern take on Hamptons style with their new Bridgehampton range. Described as “spirited, classic, carefree and bold” this gorgeous range truly packs some punch.
The right mix of colour and pattern is essential to great interior design, mixing patterns and colours can take a boring space and turn it into something absolutely fabulous, so designers are going to love Thibaut’s newBridgehampton range. Designs are both traditional and contemporary from floral paisley styles to bold geometrics. The range of colours is stunning, traditional shades of blue in navy and soft aqua with contrasting pink and coral. Blue and white is definitely still my favourite combination, although I love their black and white colourway too. The patterns are designed to mix and match and it’s obvious to me that this new range is going to be another winner for Thibaut.
Above: Wallpaper, ‘Tanglewood’ in Navy. Chair, ‘Troy’ in Navy. Curtains, ‘New England Plaid’ in Navy
Above: Duvet cover ‘Demetrius’ in Navy
Above: Headboard, ‘Demetrius’ in Aqua. Cushion, ‘Temecular Embroidery’ in Aqua
Above: Wallpaper, ‘Waterford Floral’ in pink
Above: Wallpaper ‘Portofino’, brights. If you wanted to paint some furniture in this gorgeous green, you could try Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint™ in Provence
Above: Curtains, ‘Portofino’ brights, stool, New ‘England Plaid’ in Raspberry
Above: Chair, ‘Waterford Floral’ pink. Curtains ‘New England Plaid’ in green
Above: Wallpaper, ‘Temecula Embroidery’ in green
Above: Wallpaper, ‘Demetrius’ in black. footstool, ‘Panthera’ in black and white, Curtains, ‘Waterford Floral’ in Charcoal
If you love this fantastic, new, Bridgehampton range, and who wouldn’t, visitThibaut Design to view more patterns and colourways and to locate your nearest stockist. If you live in Auckland, Diva International, stock Thibaut’s range. The Bridgehampton collection has just been launched so I would advise you contact your local store to find out when they expect arrival of this range.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, I have inspired myself and dreaming of a whole bunch of new cushions throughout my house.
I love the rustic touches Molly Frey has incorporated into this newly constructed beach house. Traditional style architecture gives this home a timeless feel, and Molly’s interior design is a welcoming addition.
I believe that the entrance to a home should make a statement, an introduction to who you are and what your home is about. It should be welcoming and interesting like the entrance above. Molly of Molly Frey Design has made a statement with a bold timber console and added some elegance with the circular mirror. Other items add further interest. The rustic basket gives a relaxed look, baskets can be a great way of hiding shoes, I actually use one under the small hall table in my entrance way but getting people to use it is another story. If you have limited space then a narrow console such as this is a great option.
Unfortunately there are no images of the bedroom, however I am sure you will enjoy the kitchen and living spaces and a peep of a bathroom.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this lovely home, I especially love the hall console and when I finally move into my beach house (down the track), I would like something similar. Of course you don’t have to live near the beach to incorporate this style into your home. If you would like to see more of Molly Frey Design, please visit their website (link at the top of the page).
If you want to try to incorporate the coastal look in your home, you may want to read the following posts:
Recently I shared the progress of my beach house, this week it’s about the fireplace. I have a thing about fireplaces, my very first home didn’t have one and I felt like something was missing. Every home I have lived in since has had a fireplace so it was natural that I would want to make a feature fireplace at the beach house. The original house plans included a chimney and inset gas fire and Aaron always makes a feature of the fireplaces in his homes. At first I was thinking of a minimalist look with vertical tongue and groove in a white washed effect similar to image 2. However, as the build progressed and Aaron made suggestions, I realised that I needed to re-think my idea to better suit the traditional Hamptons style kitchen at the other end of the space. I spotted the fireplace in image 3, I liked the simplicity yet it also had a traditional look, plus the battens would work perfectly with the battened hallways. Aaron replicated this look perfectly as you can see in the image above. I have chosen a stone look tile to go around the fireplace. I didn’t want to go black because the inset fire is black and with the large space for a TV above it may have been too much black. I was thinking later on I can maybe put some small barn sliding style doors to hide the inset TV.
4. Above: This is the Rinnai Neo gas fire that is inset into the chimney, I love the driftwood effect which I thought perfect for a seaside location.
5.Above: The fireplace in progress and below the fire surround completed 6. Above: The stone surround perfectly compliments the engineered oak floor. Just waiting for the driftwood to be placed in the fire –Building by Paradise Building
I am really excited as since drafting up this post the house has progressed hugely. yesterday we went down to see the work and I took lots of photos which I will be sharing later in the week. Landscaping is not completed yet so there will be another trip to look forward to and next time I will take some good quality photos.