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 […]
Today’s blog post features another Lisa Tharp design, showcasing a beautifully renovated salt box home. Lisa believes, “the quality of our surroundings and our actual quality of life are inextricably linked”, I myself am a huge believer in this and one of the main reasons I am so passionate about design.
With this project, Lisa drew on the New England boat-building traditions, elegant yet simple. Lisawanted to connect each room to take in the beauty of the surrounding salt marsh, but at the same time maintaining the simple traditions of this home. I love how Lisa often incorporates window seats in her designs, they make you want to cosy up with a good book and are definitely one of my favourite features. Lisa makes each space feel individual yet cohesive. Her design for this home reflect its coastal location yet includes some unexpected elegance paired with industrial style which extends beyond the typical interpretation of coastal.
Photography by Michael J Lee
Next week I will share part two of this post with more beautiful images, meanwhile, if you missed the previous post on the Governer’s home, you can catch up here, or view more of Lisa’s work atLisatharp.com.
This weeks tour features a US stately national treasure revived for a young family.
I love a home with history and very much believe in keeping heritage homes as they are, however we live in the 20th Century and we want our homes to reflect this especially when it comes to warmth and comfort which older homes were not built for. As I look around my own suburb, many character homes are being shifted off sections or demolished to make way for new town houses and apartment blocks. If you live in a heritage home and want to bring it up to the 20th Century, insulating walls, floors and ceilings, try to keep its charm and character intact, don’t go overboard and modernise it until its unrecognisable, move house if that is your aim or we will have none of these charming homes left. Lisa Tharp the designer behind the new interior of this ex State Governer’s home has respected the importance of keeping the home’s character yet understood it needs to reflect the young family that now reside there. Small windows can often make these homes seem dark and dingy, however by using a white palette for the walls, it can dramatically lighten up a space. Lisa has combined antique and modern furniture in her makeover, honouring the homes history, yet creating a charming, casual, comfortable home for its current young family.These lovely images are by photographer Michael J Lee.
Above: Painting the floorboards in a diamond effect retains the original floorboards, yet makes a statement in the hall/entranceway
Above: Marble as a splash back in a kitchen can look amazing, if you can’t afford the real thing there are some very convincing porcelain marble tiles around. Open shelving adds charm and is a current trend
Above: Take advantage of high stud ceilings and hang a chandelier above a dining table
Above: Keeping the blinds/curtains the same colour as the walls will make the space appear bigger and prevent it being broken up Above: The perfect reading nook
Above: Don’t shy away from modern artwork, it can make a wonderful impact on an older home especially bold pieces
Above: I love the mix of old and new, this military style chest of drawers pays homage to this home’s history
Above: It is important to retain original features such as fireplaces. In this instance the designer has picked out the black of the marble and used this colour for the bold wall lights above
Above: Original sash style windows have been retained yet because of the white palette used throughout, the rooms appear light filled
Above: Window seats retain character, however the bamboo Roman blinds and use of contemporary textiles give this corner a fresh, modern look
Above: A modern take on furnishing the bedroom, however character has been retained by the panelled walls behind the bed
I hope you have enjoyed this charming home, I for one am in love with it and it has most definitely inspired me. I intend to refresh my home this summer and I am going to have the entire interior painted white and replace my curtains and blinds with white, breezy linen. I have white walls at the moment but it’s Resene Rice Cake which has a yellow/grey tint to it and no longer does it for me so looking at Resene White or Resene one eighth black white.
Have a wonderful week, wherever you are in the world.