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 […]
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 a reed like look which I have not seen before. The leather sofa has clean lines and is a contemporary style that works beautifully with the more traditional chair. Pairing contemporary pieces with traditional can really vamp up a space. Mixing up cushions can also give a more modern look. Layering is the key to tying a space together and this can be seen perfectly executed in image 2 on the bureau top. This bureau would have looked more traditional without the graphic painted effect but the geometric shapes really work giving it a contemporary feel. As far as art is concerned, this space has it all from the abstract landscape above the baby grand piano to the traditional pieces above a printers cabinet. These artworks could easily swap places and would look just as fabulous.
“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 select the right blue, such as navy blue, bright, electric blues will have an opposite effect. Deep navy looks wonderful on accent walls such as behind a bed (see bedroom below). Another way to use an accent colour such as navy is to paint the back of a white book shelf or fireplace, this can look especially nice in a coastal or Hamptons style home. Don’t overdo blue, keep the spaces light by painting the surrounding walls in a soft white. Accent colours can be used to warm up a space such as the soft pink in the bedroom below. Peach/pink looks beautiful with navy and will warm up a space, baby pink has a cooler effect. White walls allow you to go crazy with artwork but too many colours can affect the overall calmness of a space, for the hallway and living area, the designers have chosen art with predominantly blue shades.
When it comes to furniture the most expensive item for a living room is going to be your sofas, by selecting sofas with loose covers, it will create a relaxed, less formal atmosphere. The great thing about loose covers is being able to clean them, especially if you are opting for white. Overall this home is airy and serene with a coastal feel, decorative items have been kept to a minimum but there is plenty of textures used so the home feels far from empty. I am very impressed with the designers in creating some beautiful spaces for this lucky family.
If you love these spaces, you may want to check out Guest House Studio’s profile on Houzz (link above).
Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are in the world.
This week I’m sharing my love of blue and white from, interior designer, Lauren Leonard…
Blue and white are a match made in heaven, they add freshness and a coastal vibe, so a beautiful combination for a seaside home. It is important not to overdo blue and white, subtle hints of blues in different shades and patterns work amazingly such as cushions on crisp white or neutral linen sofas or chairs. Deeper blues are wonderful for feature walls, such as a textured grass weave wallpaper. Alternatively you could opt for a piece of artwork (image below). Blue and white is the theme of this home by interior designer Lauren Leonard and it has just the right combination of colour and pattern for a fresh but relaxed look.
I can never get enough blue and white and hope you have enjoyed this gorgeous home. You can hop over to Lauren Leonard’s Houzz profile to see more of her work using the link above.
Interior designers, Blackband Design create the perfect home…
Blackband are genius at designing warm and interesting interiors. Usually their homes start with a neutral palette, shades of white brighten and add a sense of space to a room. The neutral background allows designers to add texture or pattern with wallpapers and fabrics. Interesting decor pieces and artwork are stand out features in Blackbands designs. Texture and natural materials such as wood, sisal and rattan are used to their advantage. These designers have it together and are renown for their beautiful yet interesting designs such as this San Juan project.
Art is a fantastic way to make a statement
Hallways can often be a little boring but certainly not this one with a simple pair of stools and a side table. The setting adds interest and symmetry.
Barn doors are great for space saving and a stand out feature
Every kitchen needs an island bench, they are great if you have limited space for dining too. If you only have a small dining space you might want to read this post I published recently on Small Space Dining
A decorative display on a kitchen Island can be ever changing whether a simple vase of flowers or a few decor items
I really loathe the standard, frameless bathroom mirror, it is much nicer to opt for a decorative piece instead such as this circular wooden mirror, working wonderfully against the textured wallpaper
Blue and white, a timeless combination featuring in many of Blackband’s designs
Pattern and texture are introduced with cushions and curtains. The design flows through the two rooms.
Blackband are about detail such as these stunning, studded chairs
foliage breaks up the blue and white adding a freshness. I love how they have used symmetry in this space
Think out of the box when it comes to small tables. A tray on a pouffe doubles into a coffee table when required
I love how Blackband mix up patterns
Keeping things simple, using a minimal colour palette, lots of texture and a little pattern, you can make any space look inviting just as Black Band have done with this beautiful San Juan home.
Blue and white are my favourite combination, however as blue comes in many shades and tones, what blue works best if you want to create a restful atmosphere.
As a colour combination, blue, off set by white works beautifully in a coastal or Hamptons style interior where a crisp, fresh look can be achieved, however if you are looking for a serene look, selecting the right tone of blue is imperative. For example, in the two rooms below the first uses a rich, jewel toned blue that’s been paired with white and works wonderfully in this seaside bedroom. However, this room has a vibrant, crisp feel to it. The second bedroom on the other hand, appears more restful because of its soft shades of sea foam. There are of course, many shades of blue but if you wish to keep that restful look make sure you tone down your blue to lighter shades of blue/grey, muted blues or serene pale turquoises.
I’ve selected more beautiful interiors in different shades of blue that promote a restful look. Follow these designers leads and you could have that perfect, blue and white dream space.
Above: Design by Indah Island – This living room has been kept light and airy with white upholstery and blue accent cushions. Small blue and white prints as opposed to large, bolder prints help denote a restful look and allow for use of a slightly stronger tone of blue when mixed with lighter tones as in the paisley cushion to the left.
Above: Design by Soda Pop Design – Here the designer has brought colour into a laundry area in a soft shade of blue with gold accents. This is a beautiful cool shade, perfect for a laundry.
Above: Design by Plum Interiors – Soft shades of blue and silk cushions give a slightly opulent look to a beautifully relaxing living space.
Above: Design by Andrew Howard Interior Design – A beautiful soft shade of blue works beautifully in this mud space. The deeper blue cushions break up this space and balance it beautifully.
Above: Image via Austin Patterson Disston Architects – Wedgwood blue is such a pretty colour. I love how the designer has mixed patterns but kept the same tone of blue in this dining nook.
Above: Design by Lindye Galloway Interiors – Blue grey tones give a restful look even though this room has a bold patterned duvet cover. The designer has picked a very light shade of blue for the walls to balance the space and brought in artwork that ties the scheme together.
If you particularly like the designs in these spaces, you will find a link to the designers below the images.
Today I want to share a gorgeous home, a bit closer to home, well only 3 hours flight away in Queensland, Australia. Hamptons is a classic, timeless design that is easy to live with and pretty much timeless. It is the perfect style for a grand ‘Queenslander’ or new build Hamptons style architecture.
I’m not sure if you know but I now have an Instagram feed, it is a bit about me, about Poppy, beautiful homes and my art. I actually came across this house when I was looking for ideas to re-style the large bookshelves that dominate my living area, (I posted about this on Instagram). The shelves have become rather messy and cluttered with too many books that needed culling. I wanted to find some fresh ideas on styling bookshelves and came across this gorgeous, what I would describe as “Hamptons style to a T”, Queensland home on Houzz.
This home epitomises all that I love, flooded with natural light, blue and white and traditional in style, I could move in tomorrow…well actually today if I hopped on the next flight and bribed the owners to sell it to me :). I love how Verandah House, (a leading Queensland design firm), have been bold with their choice of blue in the living room. I am usually drawn to lighter shades of blue but in a large space such as this, a deep, vibrant blue works wonderfully and pops against the white background. Unfortunately I can only share a few photos of the living area in this home, as there were not many images, therefore, you will have to imagine how beautiful the rest of this house must be.
I can’t rave on enough about the combination of blue and white and how refreshing and relaxing it is to live with. It is my all time favourite colour combination. If you get it right, it makes one feel like you are on holiday every day. I use this combination in my living room and just love it. If you like the design of this home and you live in Australia, you may want to check out more of Verandah House projects (you will find a link above).
Living by the coast is a must for me, I might be able to swap it for the country if I had acres and a horse, but being able to walk my little dog along the beach in the morning on a sunny day can make all your troubles seem small. I believe in extending this feeling to your home, whether you live by the beach or a million miles away and I don’t mean filling your house with little wooden yachts, anchors and such, just contrasting blue and white in different shades, introducing natural textures against a fresh, neutral background that may fool you into feeling your on a constant holiday. This Newport retreat has it all and I know you will find plenty to inspire.
Digs Design Company are behind this beautiful coastal interior. Fresh as the sea air this Newport beach home features varying shades of blue and reminds me of time I spent in the Greek Islands as a teenager. Whenever I see white walls like the ones in this home, I want to grab a paintbrush and roller and whizz around my living area as I have never been quite happy with the shade I chose. Choosing the right white for a coastal retreat can be tricky, I prefer whites that lean towards being more of a clean white and not throwing strange colours as most whites do. My favourite white at the moment is half Sea fog, a barely there, black edged white. I have used this colour in my new studio and plan to extend it to my living room. So, let’s begin the tour…
The blue front door greets visitors, the shade of blue has been carried through to the striped stair runner. A circular table is perfect to display a few decorative pieces, and not a sail boat in sight
Wooden floors always add some warmth when your palette is predominantly white. I also love whitewashed floors but feel they are better if you are situated right on the beach and your house is almost spilling onto the sand
Blue also features in the kitchen and dining room in upholstery and blue and white decorative items
A traditional style kitchen is perfect for a beach cottage, soft turquoise has been introduced with the bar stools. Pops of vivid blue are dotted around such as the Le Cruset pot on the stove
I am not a 100% sure on the tone of beige in these sofas, I would have gone a couple of shades lighter. Using cushions and upholstering chairs to add pattern is the perfect way to make a space appear more interesting
Texture is very important in creating a relaxed look, the seagrass Ottoman is the perfect piece for a relaxing corner
Instead of using decorative coastal items, using printed fabric can add that nautical touch without going overboard
This bedroom could suit any style of interior. If you look closely, the fabric on the chair is a contemporary design of fishes
A feminine room of pink blue and green is perfect for a little girl
Mediterranean shades of blue are seen in the mosaic tiles on the floor of the bathroom. The chunky, painted stool makes a bold statement and the perfect piece for a child to climb onto to reach the basin
Relaxing, pale, shades of blue for the master suite which has its own reading nook below
The rear door is painted the same as the front door for and a rug continues the blue theme
If you want to feel as relaxed outside as you do inside your home, let your decorating spill outside and keep the coastal vibe going with traditional Adirondack chairs, a coffee table and some decorative items
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s tour, it has definitely inspired me with a little project that I have on the go at the moment which I will be sharing in the not too distant future.
Sorry for my absence the last couple of weeks, my hand is now healing and I am back in full force. I wanted to start the week with two gorgeous interiors. Neutral, sandy tones are restful and beachy, however, if you want more contrast, or to add some ‘punch’, navy and white is the way to go. Two different looks from the same great designer…
In the first project (above and below), Lisa Gabrielson Design has taken a neutral palette and added lots of interest with texture and pattern. I love the Hamptons style kitchen and the black counter top really pops. I am a person that is not very brave when it comes to using dark tones, and have chosen white for the Papamoa Beach house, however, Sarah has convinced me a black stone tile she found would work wonderfully in the bathroomsalongside the cararra marble in the shower base and nook (more to come on that next week). Meanwhile I will leave you to peruse these two lovely homes, to me they both have a slightly coastal feel about them but it shows how blue (my favourite accent colour) can be incorporated into a classic style home. Here Lisa has used navy blue paint above the dado rail, the white panelling below really makes the navy ‘pop’ and adds adds a more formal look to the dining area. Pops of blue can be seen in the lampshades and some of the furnishing which keeps the theme of blue and white throughout the house. If you look closely at this first project, you will see that Lisa has used lots of texture and pattern to make this very neutral palette look interesting. Texture is the designers favourite tool. Replicating shapes is also another great way of integrating pieces such as the circular mirrors in image 4 which mimic the round shapes seen in the stools.
Above: Lot’s of lovely texture, the wood seen in the side table and arms of the sofa, stone on the fireplace, iron on the lights, sisal on the floor and some rattan baskets. It is the texture and different patterns within them, that turns a simple beige palette to something extraordinary.
Above: texture again, stone, glass, rattan and mercury glass are used to create an interesting coffee table vignette
The second project Lisa has used stronger colours turning to shades of blue such as this gorgeous navy wall below. The overall look is still coastal and relaxed, however the blue walls really pop against the white furniture. I adore navy and intend to add some to my Mission Bay cottage.
Two completely different looks from one designer, I wonder which one is your favourite? If you wish to see more of Lisa’s work or more photos of these projects, please visit her website at lisagabrielson.com
Last weekend I went down to Papamoa Beach to see the progress of the build, it is coming along quickly and I will be sharing the progress early next week.
I am typing one fingered after surgery on my left hand yesterday, so please forgive me for keeping this brief and letting the images of today’s house tour speak for themselves.
This beautiful home is the project of Jade interiors, two best friends, Erin and Kirsten who are business partners in their interior design company.
Photography – Samantha Kelly
I am sure you have been inspired by this lovely home, Erin and Kirsten also have a blog where you can read all about their Bluffdale project and where the pieces were purchased, along with some before photos…..Read more here
While researching for my post on ‘How to Select Lighting for a Coastal Look’, I came across a home full of layers, textures and stunning vignettes and spotted the small cabinet above and went ooh! how I would love that in my entrance way.
Burnham Design is not a name I was familiar with before but it will be one I don’t forget as I absolutely love their style. I was initially drawn to the console (see above) in this home, although I featured image 10 previously in a post on ‘How to Select Lighting for a Coastal Look’. The console above and it’s vignette are beautiful, the perfect mix of textures and pattern. The woven basket reflects the diamond pattern in the floor and the pattern in the rug below. The small pot of flowers is the colour of the blue skies and boat in the small painting and I love how the entire vignette is layered from front to back, layering items is important when creating a vignette.
Burnham have created coastal elegance in this home using an eclectic mix of furniture throughout that has me returning for a second and third look to soak up all the interesting pieces of furniture and decorative pieces.There are too many photos to share in one post so I hope you return Monday for part two.
If you love this coastal home and want to see more, please pop back on Monday to se the rest of the tour. If you are interested in Burnham design, please visit their website fore more details, I have included a link above.