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 […]
A Contemporary, Californian Farmhouse
As a design blogger, I am constantly looking at beautiful homes and gathering ideas for myself and others and I believe this exposure has influenced me greatly in being a little more adventurous with my own interior style. I used to have a house full of antique pieces but now I prefer a mix of contemporary and traditional furniture. I still love traditional style, however I realise the most interesting spaces are when designers mix things up, especially in a building that has contemporary architecture and this is why I love this Californian Farmhouse so much.
I think what’s most important when designing the interior of your home is that it reflects your personality, its important to keep your identity. In saying that it is also important to be brave and be a little more eclectic in style. If you decide to build or move to a contemporary space and your furniture is traditional, it would be a mistake to give it up and start again. Look at what you have and choose to keep some of the more stand out pieces as a reflection of who you are, you can then mix these with a few contemporary pieces. A large, traditional piece of furniture can be the foundation of a new beginning of blending old with new.
Today’s interior features a contemporary, Californian farmhouse built by contractors Griffin and Crane, the gorgeous photography is by Jim Bartsch. I was drawn to the farmhouse when I spotted its stunning vaulted kitchen. The ceiling remind me of my beach house.This kitchen is classic, however the design works perfectly in this light filled, contemporary space. Clean lines are seen in the furniture and lighting. Striking, iron suspension lights reflect the bold lines of the bar stools legs. This space has an airy, contemporary feel, although at the same time it is traditional. The circular breakfast table and traditional style dining chairs with their simple loose covers are more classic compared to the contemporary bar stools. I love the classic dining chairs, they are timeless, suiting any style of decor, you may have seen similar chairs featuring in Interior designer, Irene Creans Mediterranean style home, which shows the elegance and simplicity of this chair suits many interior styles. In saying this, a loose covered chair such does look better in a larger space. The most traditional piece in this space which may have been a “keepsake” for the owners of this stunning home is the Persian rug on the kitchen floor which works wonderfully bringing a richness to the white palette.
The large arched doors in the kitchen area frame the view of the garden beyond which has been landscaped in rooms as an extension of the interior. I have a postage size back garden which I am currently re-landscaping into 3 areas which I plan to share on the blog, one stage at a time.
Building book shelves over a doorway is something I have always been drawn to and would love to do myself. This door frames the simple artwork and features antique books which when you look at it in its entirety is almost an artwork in itself.
In contrast to the kitchen/breakfast room, the dining room has a traditional look through the lights, furniture and the wainscot on the walls. It still has a contemporary feel because of the simple white palette. If you want to keep a space feeling light, spacious and contemporary then using white on walls and ceilings is the perfect solution. I am not talking about a creamy, yellow white but a lovely crisp white with just a hint of warmth.
The remainder of the house blends contemporary with traditional pieces with most rooms featuring strong lines, such as the simple four poster in the master suite and the iron supports of the marbled vanity in image 14.
Photography – Jim Bartsch
I hope you have enjoyed the images of this beautiful home and have been inspired to make little changes in your home or mix in some contemporary pieces with your more traditional ones. I am busy working on my garden at the moment as it has been neglected in favour of the inside of my house. After I completed my art studio (yet to share), I realised the garden and deck needed a major overhaul. I have grand visions for the tiny garden and will be sharing them as I complete one section at a time.