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 […]
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 gather, relax and enjoy time together”, this company have chosen to call the homes they build ‘cottages’ and no matter where they build, beside the sea or in the country, their homes have a definite cottage feel.
This particular project is a holiday home in Michigan and won the best vacation home in the 2018 Detroit Home Magazine. Most designers if they are decorating in blue and white will carry this theme throughout a project, however, I love how the Cottage Company of Harbor Springs have added some pops of red and even green which all add to the cottage feel of this home. One of the double bedrooms, possibly the master has more subtle beige and grey tones which are perfect for relaxing. On the other hand, crisp blue and white in another bedroom (above) has a nautical look and feel about it. The children’s bunk room is fabulous with pops of red and blue used in the bed linen but balanced by a gorgeous chunky sisal rug in more neutral tones. This entire home exudes a place to relax and escape from the hub of the city. I am not going to describe the home any more, a picture paints a thousand words and there are many beautiful rooms to share with you.
If you love this home or the designers style, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs serve these areas, Bay View, Cross Village, Good Hart, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Bay Harbor and Mackinac Island.
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.
I am finally back after a long Christmas/New Year break from the blog and I’ve have had a pretty lazy holiday, apart from Christmas day where I had 11 for lunch but it was all fun. I have however, been working on re-landscaping my tiny back garden and thinking about re-locating my old office into my new studio, in saying that I don’t want it to become an entire office, I was thinking more a small built in area or a floating desk. Office nooks are becoming popular and with the smaller home builds architects and interior designers are becoming very clever at creating these perfectly formed and aesthetically pleasing spaces.
Why waste an entire room as an office/study when we could better utilise this space for a possible guest room, you may be surprised at how little space is required. Bye, bye home office, let me introduce you to home office ‘nook, an empty space beside a cupboard, beneath stairs or built into kitchen cabinetry these office nooks are ingenious. It is important however, that these small spaces are perfectly formed which means planning your shelving and storage for maximum potential and minimum space. I have been browsing the web and found what I think are the perfect solutions to the home office nook…
This small space has a cute built in widow seat with storage below. Look how narrow this tiny space is but how functional it has become. Design – Anna Carin Design
Beautifully built-in, this little nook is perfect for a master suite/guest bedroom. Traditional style kitchen cabinetry could work in space such as this. Design – Barbara Dalton Interiors
It is important to have decent lighting when working in a small area that is cut off from the main light of a larger area. This nook has down lighting to the top shelf and the desk Design – Wolfe Rizor Interiors
Classic and classy, this design has a custom made desk that fits into the area without the need of legs. The wood shelving and desk top matches the bamboo chair and gives this corner a traditional feel. Design – Twelve Chairs
Designed within the kitchen cabinetry this computer nook is tiny, tiny but simply perfect. Design – House of Jade Interiors
It was the trend to utilise under stair for bookshelves but now this area is being designated to smart and stylish office nooks such as this one byDistinctive Kitchen Interiors
The perfect study nook for a child’s room. Design – Clean Design
Look for an obvious place in your home where you can design your nook. It may be next to an empty wall space such as this or beside a wardrobe. Incorporating a pin board is a great idea if you are not too worried about the area staying minimalist. Design CWP Cabinetry
How clever is this, using a barn door to close off this small space. I just love barn doors, I wrote a post about them a while ago and had one incorporated in my beach house. Image above from Ramage Company
Looking through these images it is clear that space isn’t an issue as long as you plan well. If you think outside the box instead of building the shelving from scratch, often you can use pre-fabricated shelves and storage units from places such as Ikea or Freedom and make them look like they were custom made to fit.
I don’t have a lot of space in my cottage but I did steal the third, small bedroom to make a home office, however, now that my studio is finished and being inspired by these images, the plan this year is to revert my current office back into a bedroom and build a small office nook in my studio.