May 3

More house hunting


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Or maybe I should say house dreaming…I love this one for two main reasons: First, the elevation! Having different levels and outlooks in a house is something I dream of, and I have a major weakness for any house on the high side of the street with steps leading up the entry. But aside from the elevation, this house has a very pretty face, and I like that it’s partly obscured by trees.

And here is reason number two: this fabulous room with the timber-lined pitched ceiling, dormer and circular windows, and french doors leading to the garden. If I had the chance to build only one room onto an existing house of mine, it would be a little something like this.

You can see the french doors are actually on both sides of this room, and yet it doesn’t look as though it lacks privacy. I like the central fireplace flanked by bookshelves. But the beauty of this room is the ceiling line and those upper windows facing the trees. Can you imagine this same room but with a flat ceiling? Not remotely as nice.

In the main bedroom the balcony and view across the treetops is amazing and must be wonderful for the lucky person who sleeps here!

I really like changes in levels in a house, and here the steps define the dining area which opens onto the large terrace. Wouldn’t this be a great house in summer, with those doors all open leading to the pool?

The white-painted pergola across the back areas of the house (which is actually the North-facing side of the house) really adds something beautiful doesn’t it? Even though there don’t seem to be any plants growing over it, and it doesn’t provide any shade, I think it smooths the transition from the house to the garden so that it works better overall.

This is such a great entertainer’s yard but also so great for kids. With that said, yes, I do see a very unobtrusive glass fence around the pool!

And, of course, the essential floorplan:

Have a great weekend,

Naomi xx

May 1

A living room work-in-progress


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Hello All! Things have been really busy here and I’ve been feeling guilty about not taking photos of what I’ve been doing and posting them on the blog. I really admire other bloggers who seem to always have the camera at the ready and who find the time to keep up to date and post every day! So I thought I’d share some progress made in a client’s living room instead of my daily happenings.

 

This casual living room off the kitchen is part of a more comprehensive house redecoration, and the client loves ‘Hamptons’ style using blues, white and greens. We used brighter colours in this room and more subtle versions of those colours in adjoining rooms. Above is the room before. It was pretty sparse. We moved the long basket hamper to another room and got rid of the sofa. Below are some quick snaps I took of the room in progress. We still need a big palm tree for the blue and white Chinese planter in the corner and a couple of other bits and pieces.

The client wasn’t a huge fan of the existing floor tiles in this room but we couldn’t replace them, so most of them were covered with a big sisal rug, with another blue and white striped rug layered over the top to define the sitting area.

I wanted to accessorize the coffee table and the whole home with a mix of new pieces and vintage finds. The round cream pot on the kitchen bench I found at an op shop, and the green Chinoiserie vase on the coffee table I bought on ebay. I like to use little accents of silver and brass in accessories, and of course there are a lot of shells throughout the house, and loads of wonderful coffee table books!

This room opens onto the garden, which was landscaped before I came on board. It’s a gorgeous mix of magnolias, box hedging, climbing jasmine and gardenias.

 

I’ve been busy house-hunting and have a few more houses to share, hopefully this week!

Naomi xx

Apr 19

Thinking about bedrooms

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I’ve been looking at houses online ahead of the weekend and dreaming of a bedroom with a view, a pitched ceiling and a fireplace- just like my all-time number one favourite bedroom (above), decorated by Michael Smith and belonging to Cindy Crawford. I’m starting to come to the conclusion that I may need to build a house!

Another favourite also happens to be by the same decorator:

I picture this as my country house bedroom! Just love all the layering of fabric and pattern, and the blues. I really am itching to get started on a new project…

See you next week,

Naomi xx

Apr 18

A dream house on the water


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In my seemingly endless search for a new home and project I came across this amazing property on the Mornington Peninsula. For those who don’t know Melbourne, this house is on the bay, facing back towards the city. I know the term ‘Hamptons’ tends to be overused and means different things to different people, but to me a ‘Hamptons’ style house will always have an abundance of white-painted timber work, and this is one of the highlights of this house. And check out the view!

What’s not to love about this kitchen? The wide-planked timber floors, the marble benchtops and endless views across the water.

In the entry foyer the timber mouldings and chandelier give a sense of formality, but the large panes of glass framing the doorway and the pocket sliding doors into the adjoining rooms are both more contemporary. Doesn’t that pooch make the whole shot feel more casual and homely?

This deck is one of my favourite things in the house- imagine having your evening drink out here every night! But it’s not just the view that gets me, it’s the woodwork and the timber-lined ceiling.

Another look at the fabulous kitchen, with its simple shaker-style doors and nickel drawer pulls.

I love wooden floors in bathrooms- a lot of people are afraid of them and worry they will get damaged by the water, but actually if sealed properly they work fine, and they lend some real continuity to this house.

What lucky children to have views like this from their bedrooms! Love the corner windows and window seats to capitalise on that outlook, rather than a conventional window centred on the side walls.

Does anyone know what the commute to the city is like from the Mornington Peninsula? It does look like a dream lifestyle but I admit I don’t know that area well.

Have a great Thursday,

Naomi xx

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