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 […]
Beyond this Facade – Lies a Garden Guest House
Beyond the facade of this Stockbridge townhouse, lies a charming, garden, guest cottage, I currently have an obsession with garden buildings after completing a garden studio of my own. Whether it’s a guest cottage, an artist retreat, pool shed or “she/he shed” scenario, I believe everyone can benefit of such a space.
The guest cottage’s interior is designed by Stephenie Dunning, Stephanie’s portfolio “ranges from UK country homes and houses in central London, a villa on Lake Como and a fabulous home in Mustique”. Stephanie’s background reflects a well travelled designer who draws inspiration from her travels for her lovely designs. With regards to the pool/guest cottage in the grounds of this home, Stephanie has pared back the style of the main house, for a more relaxed, cottage atmosphere.
Every home, should have a relaxing patio no matter how large or small it is. When I lived in Qatar I had the tiniest balcony (only 3 tiles wide) but I managed to squeeze in a small round table, two chairs and some potted plants. I love how Stephanie has used a blend of materials on the patio, rattan chairs work with a concrete table and a planter of Lavender softens the look
The ship lap walls are painted soft grey/green, however the beams have been left unpainted drawing the eye upwards to this architectural detail
Pastel colours keep the room light and relaxed
A guest house/pool house should be a space you can retire to year round so don’t forget appropriate heating. This cute stove is both practical, space saving and I think it is aesthetically pleasing to the eye
A small cottage demands a small kitchen, there is no need to go ‘high tech’ in a guest house when it comes to this area. Save space and choose a compact kitchen with a little bench space, some drawers and a cupboard for storage. I feel a sink is a necessity but when it comes to cooking, most guests would eat out or in the main house so a microwave or table top oven is probably all that is required
The bathroom is kept minimal, a row of towel hooks complete the look
Large windows allow light to flood into the small cottage. It is important in a small space that you allow plenty of light but make sure when planning that your windows relate to the use of your space
A garden building should be integrated and connected to the main house, here a pathway and bordering gardens settle this cottage into its surroundings
I am excited that I will soon be sharing my garden studio with you, albeit not as large as this guest house, however it is more than a studio to me, it is a place I can be away from the main house and in my own little world. The studio itself is almost finished apart from hardwood flooring, however it has meant a total makeover of the garden plus painting the deck, so it will probably be after Christmas that I share it with you as these jobs are all works in progress.
Do you have a space of your own, a garden studio, guest cottage or a shed you have converted, if you do, I would love to share it with my readers. If you are looking for ideas, you may enjoy a previous post on A garden potting shed, which is far more than you may envisage. There is also another post on a garden retreat with a Scandi feel you may enjoy.
Wherever you are in the world, have a great weekend