1/27/2015

Because It Is Mine- Office Spaces



Remember my post where I mentioned my current view (above)?  I was recently contacted by WeWork, a co-working company that provides creative office spaces and services.  They asked me what I would add to my workspace to make it my dream environment. 

Well, that's easy to answer.  I look at beautiful inspiration photos all the time!  
Here's my workspace- my dining room table.  It's simple and sunny and the hub of my home (yes, I get interrupted a lot).





What would I change?  First, I'd add beautiful curtains, like Alison's.


I'd also add beautiful antiques and gosh, those chairs!  Then I'd arrange my hutch more like this:

{The Cottage Journal}

Yes, I think I need some fresh flowers, and those chairs are pretty spiffy, too, aren't they?

As for the other side of the room:


This next picture isn't as perfect for my room, but I do like the paneled effect around the sconces:


{Brockschmidt & Coleman}

Would you believe those are yoga mats trimmed with molding?  It's true and it's awesome.

Here's one last inspiration picture that captures the feel I want for my room:

{Austin Patterson Disston}

I also love the way this hutch is styled.  I'll have to interrupt myself now and go rearrange mine.

Obviously I'm more inspired in my workspace if I think it's pretty than I am by ergonomics. 
Here's some people that clearly feel the same way:

{source unknown}


{Mark D. Sikes}


{Mulu}
Their table even looks like mine!

{WeWork}

{WeWork}

Working with velvet-- I approve.

{WeWork}

The simple furniture here looks great with that tin tile wall.

It's interesting to think about what elements make you feel the most creative, comfortable, and productive.  A good thing to consider at the start of a new year!  











1/19/2015

If It Were Lauren's- Lewis Court



For today's post, once again I'm inspired by designer and blogger Lauren Liess.  She recently mentioned looking at a converted schoolhouse in Leesburg, Virginia, and boy, did I want to find that listing for you guys.
No such luck, but I did find this listing for a 1982 home that could use a little Lauren-izing.

Come on in, and let's give it a whirl:


The spiral staircase is cool, but could be a little more polished and updated.


The thin iron spindles and gallery wall grid have a nice, crisp look, while the chandelier brings in the organic touch that Lauren is also known for.

The kitchen is already stylish and contemporary, but I think Lauren would say that the upper cabinets have to go:


{source unknown}

Open shelving and mix of finishes that stay very organic speak Lauren's language.

The family room has a cast iron stove tucked next to the windows, so you can watch it snow while you're cozy by the fire.




{Rachel Halvorson}

Imagine that stove to the far left of this inspiration picture, and I think we have a Lauren-approved vignette.

The dining room is an interesting space, with its window bump-out:


{Lauren Liess}

That one was almost too easy.  (Just substitute a longer table for our dining room space.)

Here's the master bedroom.  Not sure, but I think Lauren would swap out those mirrored closet doors.



This is from actor Patrick Dempsey's house.  Is it too corny to call it dreamy?  (or is it steamy?)

I like the natural simplicity of this bedroom:


{source unknown}

I think furnishing the bedroom like this is our design duty. 
 (Wouldn't that make a great name for a tv show?)

This last space has multi-purpose potential:



Therefore, I'll leave furnishing it to your imagination, and simply provide an apt backdrop.

I think I need more design bloggers to share their real estate dreams.  They definitely inspire me!  
If you come across (or write!) a post like that, feel free to shoot it my way.
Have a great day!








1/12/2015

Mitchell Street




Hello friends!  Did you miss me?  Let's get the new year off to a sunny start with this 1950 contemporary ranch in Tucson, Arizona.

Before we go inside, let's find a little inspiration for the courtyard's blank slate. 
It currently makes xeriscape look like no-iscape. 



Aah, that's better.

The living room is already pretty attractive, with its beamed ceiling, saltillo tile floors, and large window:



I think this Michael Smith design for a house in Malibu would translate quite nicely to our space. 

Next up is the dining room. Again, there's some nice beams and built-ins, and an interesting floor. [I'm guessing the chandelier is a replacement for one the prior owners liked better and took with them? If not...]


{Reese Witherspoon's house/Elle Decor}

Bear with me, here. I know we're looking the wrong way in this picture (and I'm assuming there are nice windows on the other side of the dining room), but I really like how this design fits with the beams and floor, and also ties into the living room inspiration. 

The kitchen is currently very homey, with beams, talavera tiles and a parquet floor, but it doesn't play up those features enough:




{Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady}

I think just painting the walls and the cabinets would make a huge impact in our space, and of course I wouldn't say no that gorgeous island, either.

The laundry room is currently a disappointment...



...but with new, fresh choices, it could be made to sparkle, like blogger Jennifer Flores', above.

Switching back to disappointment, the bedrooms require a leap of faith to make them as architecturally interesting as the main rooms of the house:


{Michael Venera Photography}

I think this design would allow us to keep that polished concrete floor, while the wainscoting and sliding door would add some much needed interest.

Here's more inspiration that looks like it could be from the same room:


If you were on the same wavelength with me on that bedroom, then hopefully you'll make the leap along with me on this one:


{source unknown}

This calls to mind the relief from the xeriscape of the first photos, doesn't it?

This house of great potential can be found here, and now that I can't be found here...


... I can be found here once again, but that's a subject for another post!






12/15/2014

Pine Drive



Anyone up for a brisk walk around Christmas Lake along Pine Drive?  We can stop and admire this "famous gingerbread house," as the listing says.  This 1978 charmer could be nowhere else but in Santa Claus, Indiana.

Well, we've got the lake and a pretty pine tree, but our walkway between the house and the garage needs some Christmas cheer:


{Skona Hem}

Once inside, it's easy to see how the gingerbread house got its name:


What's not easy to see is the kitchen tucked back in the corner, but that means we're free to imagine it potentially looking like this:


This kitchen looks like a sweet fit. Plus, if you're going to have scallops all along your loft, you need to have some in the kitchen, too.

Again, it's hard to get a sense of the floor plan from the listing photos, but I think the area in front of the kitchen would make a nice dining space.  How cozy, tucked in by the fireplace like that.




That brings us to this mystery space, which I believe is the sunporch:


It definitely needs some cozy, especially of the Christmas variety.

{Pottery Barn}

Upstairs is this clean and bright skylighted bedroom:


Let's just it keep it clean and simple:

{Barbara Waltman}

Ok, clean and simple, and Christmasy!

{Barbara Waltman + Charlie Brown}

There.  Now before we finish our walk around the lake, we have one last thing to decorate: 



Now all of our gingerbread house is bedecked and be-bowed and we can get back to enjoying Christmas at the lake.  Hope you enjoyed our walk!