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 […]
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 rooms and transforms them with patterns, texture and beautiful furniture into the most gorgeous, livable spaces I’ve seen for a long time. Described as “Drew’s honeymoon house”, which Drew, will leave us guessing, is just one of Breeze’s projects which I want to share with you today. A house full of her distinctive take on pattern, textures and colour. Here, formal and casual areas juxtapose with a touch of glamour which is a part of Breeze’s style. It takes an expert designer to pull off a design like this and Breeze gets top marks.
I hope you have enjoyed looking through this gorgeous home, there were far too many photos for me to include in this post so I encourage you to pop over to Breeze’s website to see more. If you love Breeze’s work then feel free to contact her as she is not just a designer to the stars having branches in Washington, Honolulu and Los Angeles.
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.
Flowers are one of the most beautiful products of nature and it’s one of the main reasons as an artist that I concentrate on painting them. I am in awe of their colours, shapes and the effect light and shadow has on their petals and leaves and I am not the only one obsessed with them as you will see by this post.
As I’ve been working towards a group show with my large floral paintings which opens September 11th, it has made me think intensely about flowers and how to incorporate some of this love into our homes. The first winning guest bedroom of this seasons “The Block NZ”, had a botanical photographic print against a navy painted wall, it looked stunning and certainly created the “moody botanical” brief they were given. In the 1960’s when I was about 12 years old, we were re-decorating my bedroom and my mother asked what wallpaper I would like on the walls. After wading through a selection of wallpaper books, I chose a floral wallpaper very similar to the first image below. The wallpaper had a dark, almost black background with large pink roses and other flowers, my mother looked a bit taken back with the dark background but I managed to persuade her and when we finished decorating the room, it looked amazing. In fact, everyone loved it and looking back I now consider myself a bit of a trendsetter because no one had ever seen anything like it. Maybe it was here that my love of flowers began. Botanicals are not just a current trend, they have featured in paintings and textiles for centuries and looking at these images, I feel they will continue to do so for many more, whatsmore, I will continue to incorporate them into my paintings and explore new ways of portraying them. If you would like to see some of my large floral paintings, please visit my profile at Parnell Gallery.
As you can see, flowers are everywhere, they can create a moody atmosphere or a light, spring feeling. From artwork to bedlinen flowers can enhance a space, just remember not to over do them, keep it to one striking piece or subtle accents, even a vase of flowers will bring joy to you.
Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are in the world
A beach cottage should be decorated in a relaxed style, however that doesn’t mean you can’t inject some colour and personality, just as the designers have done with this lovely home.
I don’t believe in “overkill” when it comes to decorating a beach cottage and when I say this, I mean filling it with too many beachy items. If your home is by the beach, I say, leave those shells on the beach and use art and a few decorative pieces to reflect the relaxed nature your seeking, remember “less is best”. This San Diego beach cottage has a bold take on design with the use of colour and accent pieces. Grey can be dull but not if it is juxtaposed against white, which gives an instant lift. Using a bold colour such as blue above the white panelled walls, is sure way that you are not going to over do this strong colour. The interior design of this beach home is by CM Natural Designs who have added personality through texture, pattern and just the right amount of colour.
Images via CM Natural Designs on Houzz
I hope you have enjoyed a peek at this lovely home, if you like the designers style, I encourage you to visit their website to view more projects or contact details. CM Natural Designs.