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 […]
Mention the Hamptons to a designer and it not only identifies an area it conjures up an image of a specific style of decorating that has become extremely popular throughout the world.
My home is worlds away from the Hamptons, in fact it’s located in a suburb of Auckland, However, due to its proximity to our harbour, I have adopted the popular Hamptons style which totally suits my relaxed way of living. “Relaxed living” is the first words that spring to mind when I think of Hamptons, other descriptive words would be “light filled spaces and white walls”. Within the foundation of Hamptons one can add colour, a popular combination being blue and white. Touches of green also work well and if you want to play it safe, soft greys and beige tones are fitting, especially if you include subtle pattern and texture.
Hamptons style can be traditional or modern but today’s home is most definitely traditional in style. This small, original two story cottage located in popular Sag Harbour has a re-invented interior by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture & Design Partnership. The cottage is typical of its period with sash windows and a pillared portico, a popular architectural feature of its time. Most of the original architecture both inside and out of this charming home has been retained. Downstairs the original floorboards have been restored with a patina that reproduction floorboards could never achieve. Upstairs, however, narrower boards are painted white, lightening up the smaller spaces. The colour palette throughout is light and neutral, the perfect foil for antique pieces. This home is full of character, from the moment you step through the split, stable door to the second you walk into the master bedroom. Everything works wonderfully together and although it has been brought into the millennium it exudes so much original charm.
Above: Rustic, original floorboards greet you at the entrance. An antique or reproduction bamboo desk works wonderfully as a hall table
Above: Shaker style balustrade’s on the staircase have been picked out in black. The little decorative panels on the stairwell have been retained
Above: A small pair of artworks depicting the ocean work perfectly on an end wall. A cross between traditional and modern lighting has been used in this space. A pair of chairs form a symmetrical entrance to another space
Above: I am unsure if the beams are original in the kitchen, however they could easily be mistaken for original
Above: A contemporary artwork livens up this space with its colour
Above: Laden bookshelves make the dining room feel homely and interesting. Another modern artwork features above the fireplace
Above: White painted floorboards lighten the upstairs bedroom which has a simple four poster bed. I truly love everything about this room
Above: A freestanding bath in a traditional style works perfectly in the bathroom
Above: An antique bureau is the perfect base for a vanity
I do hope you have enjoyed this gorgeous cottage and now filled with ideas for a makeover of your own.
Wherever you are in the world, have a wonderful week.
Love coastal, love blue and white, then your going to love this post…
This home is fresh, pretty and everything I love about coastal style. Clean, uncluttered, blue and white, what’s not to love! Creative Group Interiors are the design team behind this pretty coastal interior.
I hope you have enjoyed the few images of this lovely home, I only wish there was more to share but if you like their style, you will find more projects over at Creative Group Interiors, Houzz page (link above). You can also find more coastal homes on the “Interior Design Inspiration” tab at the top of this page.
Flowers are one of the most beautiful products of nature and it’s one of the main reasons as an artist that I concentrate on painting them. I am in awe of their colours, shapes and the effect light and shadow has on their petals and leaves and I am not the only one obsessed with them as you will see by this post.
As I’ve been working towards a group show with my large floral paintings which opens September 11th, it has made me think intensely about flowers and how to incorporate some of this love into our homes. The first winning guest bedroom of this seasons “The Block NZ”, had a botanical photographic print against a navy painted wall, it looked stunning and certainly created the “moody botanical” brief they were given. In the 1960’s when I was about 12 years old, we were re-decorating my bedroom and my mother asked what wallpaper I would like on the walls. After wading through a selection of wallpaper books, I chose a floral wallpaper very similar to the first image below. The wallpaper had a dark, almost black background with large pink roses and other flowers, my mother looked a bit taken back with the dark background but I managed to persuade her and when we finished decorating the room, it looked amazing. In fact, everyone loved it and looking back I now consider myself a bit of a trendsetter because no one had ever seen anything like it. Maybe it was here that my love of flowers began. Botanicals are not just a current trend, they have featured in paintings and textiles for centuries and looking at these images, I feel they will continue to do so for many more, whatsmore, I will continue to incorporate them into my paintings and explore new ways of portraying them. If you would like to see some of my large floral paintings, please visit my profile at Parnell Gallery.
As you can see, flowers are everywhere, they can create a moody atmosphere or a light, spring feeling. From artwork to bedlinen flowers can enhance a space, just remember not to over do them, keep it to one striking piece or subtle accents, even a vase of flowers will bring joy to you.
Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are in the world