You might have seen this Hamptons beach house before in House Beautiful, but I’ve just come across and love its casual, relaxed style. It wouldn’t even need to be near the beach – I can imagine this as a country cottage opening onto a beautiful garden, where you can keep the doors open all day as you cook, read, relax and potter about outside. I love the faded reds, the antique rug, the kitchen’s chequered tile floor, the toile chair – I’m still a fan of this fabric, and you can’t have a country cottage without a bit of toile!
I haven’t done a Saturday House of Inspiration for ages, and figured today is a perfect day to post some pics of Mark D. Sikes’ house. You may have seen some of the first pics in the January issue of House Beautiful, and the others are from Mark’s website.
I feel a real affinity with his sense of style! He’s obviously a collector, and I love that his house is full of ‘stuff’ and layers but that it’s all beautifully arranged, cohesive and doesn’t have a sense of clutter. Many of his bits and pieces are similar to things I own myself – and many more are things that I’d love to have!
Love black-painted rooms, like this bedroom and bathroom (above and below).
I just love this casual sitting area opposite the kitchen- the bookshelves around the windows are gorgeous.
I’ve posted Mark’s courtyard previously (also his kitchen which I didn’t repeat again in this post). It really is a dream – all that natural light streaming through the French doors on both sides of the ground floor…
We are off on yet more house-hunting adventures today. I woke up to a whole bunch of emails this morning asking about the house I was to see yesterday and also with stories of your own adventures – thank you so much, I love reading them and will give you a full update next week I promise!
Have a great weekend
As we count down to Christmas this week it’s a whirlwind of finals; final day at Kindy, Final playgroups, Christmas break-ups and farewell catch-ups (though only for a couple of weeks!). There’s also a lot of shopping, cooking, cleaning and wrapping going on in our house, and much excitement!
Amidst all that I wanted to share some of the outdoor spaces that I am just loving at the moment, like this beautiful wisteria-surrounded doorway above. There’s a real sense of mystery about what’s down that intriguing hallway..
Now this (above) is a dream English country house! Beautiful windows with shutters, a gorgeous garden, all that lovely stonework, heaven!
There’s something about all those long French doors and windows, the private courtyard and all that untamed greenery that makes this a perfect outdoor space (and house design!- above).
These pics (above and below) were sent in to me by a reader after my visit to Paul Bangay’s garden a few weeks ago. Stuart Rattle’s garden (I posted about the house here) was open on the same day but I didn’t manage to get to it (distracted en route by lovely shops at Woodend).
The house is an old schoolhouse. Stuart added the second floor, most of the windows and a kitchen wing. I love his colour scheme outside.
You can see the garden is a bit more ‘loose’ and though structured, the plantings are a little wilder and softer that at Paul’s house. So beautiful. And I love the little outdoor room (below).
Have a great Tuesday!
I am a little bit obsessed with this living room at the moment, it’s definitely a favourite for me. That dark blue grey is my colour from way back, and I love that light fitting! Also love that sculptural potted tree, it just brings the whole room to life..