Feb 9

More shopping

The owners of the lake house that I’ve been working on are having their house warming party this weekend and decided they want to finalise a second seating area in the large living area this week, so I hit the shops!

I had already scored these 1960s chairs on ebay for the space:

and wanted to find a small sofa to ‘go with’ them to form the basics for the second smaller seating zone. I also quite liked the idea of using a mid-century classic (replica would be fine), as the house style cries out for a little of that period and for some masculine pieces. After a day of searching this is what I bought:

It’s amazingly comfortable, the perfect size, the perfect style (visually ‘light’, a little retro, a little Mad Men, a little masculine), and it was the last piece of a discontinued line so a great price! I won’t have time to do this for the party but I’d like to pair them with an industrial lamp for reading and a great rug either in woven leather or patchwork cow hide:

No, it’s not a colourful space, but cool, masculine and a little industrial, so I’ll need to put in some more texture, like a lamp in steel, a coffee table in rustic timber and maybe a really chunky throw rug:

I find it hard not to shop for myself when I’m out and about and I nearly bought (am still thinking about) this sofa for my living room:

I’ve been wanting a really long, really comfy white sofa for a long time. It has to be big enough to lie on and I want a textured fabric, not a flat one. And most importantly, it must have removable, washable covers! This one really fit the bill and it was hard to walk away from..though I reasoned I shouldn’t buy new large pieces when I’m thinking of moving house..

It would look great with either of the new lamps I’m tossing up between:

And would give me a lot of scope to change cushions on a whim!

Naomi xx

 

Nov 24

Living Rustic

I love the mix of materials in this kitchen (above); marble sinks, thick masonry walls, smooth painted cupboards, touches of stainless steel, wire chair back, rough brick floors and well-used timber bread boards. It all makes for a texturally rich, really interesting rustic country kitchen.

I think it’s the junk and antique-shop hunter in me that is drawn to shelves crammed with glassware and vessels filled with wooden spoons and silverware. I also love, love, LOVE that big old-fashioned sink, and the industrial steel shelving.

Such a simple stained pine staircase, and yet it looks great paired with crisp white walls. The modern black and white-framed photos and the ornate French chest provide the contrast needed here so that the simple staircase looks intentional.

What fabulous windows! This kitchen must be such a beautiful space to spend time in. And that sink looks really interesting – do you think it’s moulded concrete?

I think everyone loves an old building that has been modernised but where a feature has been made of the beautiful original materials. Here the timber beams and the stone wall are the rustic counterpoints to a luxurious limestone floor, stunning staircase and retro-style chandelier. It’s a great mix.

I want to live here!

Nov 16

A new project

Over the past week I’ve been working on the preliminaries for a renovation of a house on a steep hillside with great views of the river. The house hasn’t been touched decor-wise for 30 years, and the brief for the renovation is ‘industrial artisan warehouse with lots of light’. I’m really excited about the potential of this project! Here are some pics of what the main rooms look like now:

This is the main open-plan living room, with dining room at the far end, lots of windows and doors opening to the deck that overlooks the river.

You can see the door to the galley kitchen on the left. The back of the kitchen bar was covered in the same green carpet as the rest of the house! There are a lot of interesting ceiling lines in this house, but also a lot of weirdly-placed lights and switches, which will all need to change!

Looking back the other way down to the hallway that leads to two of the bedrooms. The house has a mixture of lots of different timbers. Some of the ceilings are lined with beautiful timbers which we want to keep, while others and the stairwell wall here are lined with pine, which I’m not so keen on. I’m generally not into ‘feature walls’, but I want to do something different on this timber-lined wall, and at the moment I’m thinking painting it charcoal.

Yikes! The master bedroom will benefit from new lighting, flooring, window treatments and of course, that wallpaper has got to go! But it has great views, and a glass corner that juts out from the building, which you can see through the windows in the living room. Wish I had a pic of this, but you might understand what I mean- very mid-century architecture.

So, I sometimes find it helpful to show clients pictures of the sort of look that I have in mind for their homes, and I’ve found a few in my files that are pretty close:

Like this: painting the sloping ceilings white but leaving some of the nicer timbers to accent against the white. Also love the feature fireplace in metal and the timber and iron coffee table against pale floors.

 

This is pretty close to my vision, too: I’d like to use pale flooring throughout the house but the entry is sort of separate, and I’d really like to inject some more grey in here, by using large slate tiles for the floor. Love the timber and leather pieces. I’m also toying with what to do with the timber staircase. I love this simple metal version, and I would like to introduce some steel somewhere..

The bare bones of this room (above) are much more rustic than what I’m working with, but love the furnishings!

Sorry, dodgy pic of a magazine, but love this open-plan warehouse-style room, hints of timber and metals, white walls and ceilings and pale flooring. I’m interested in the idea of having a pale base to keep things really light, but introducing darker finishes – with a lot of pine to paint white we are wary of a Scandinavian white-washed everything or beach house look, which would be totally wrong in this house.

Here I’m drawn to the glossy white-washed floors and walls, paired with a dark wall and the timber and iron table. I do so love this British Colonial sort of look!

This is another alternative I was tossing up for awhile- keep the pine-lined ceiling, and offset it with some black details – love the sleek glass stair balustrade paired with the steel beams and the wood ceiling.

This is a very Scandi-ski lodge sort of look, but the timbers paired with natural elements like the seagrass flooring and the bamboo blinds really works.

What a view!

So that’s a bit of my week, hope you’re having a good one! x

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