9/14/2014

Olde Castle Loop


Hello!  Today we've meandered to Oxford, Mississippi, and this spiffy two year old home.

 The house is very open concept, and the front door opens into the dining area and living room.


Like the last post, we have an interior brick wall for character, but the color variation in those bricks contrasts too much with the paint color and wood floor tones.

I couldn't resist using the Benjamin Moore Visualizer to make it all flow a bit more smoothly.


You'll see why I chose those particular colors in a moment.

First, let's focus on the dining area:


I just want to quiet that corner down, as quickly as possible.

{Better Homes and Gardens}

I like how this design takes the focus off the brick wall and also brings texture to the floor.  I also like that the light fixture reinforces our change from bistro restaurant wanna-be to sleek and sophisticated.  It's gone from Chef Boyardee's dining room to Giada de Laurentiis'. 

Let's add a little of that polish to the living area:



I know, that's a piano, not a fireplace, but you see where I'm going with this.  

The bathroom is nice, but the finishes are a little standard:


{Angie Hranowsky}

This design gives the room the attention to detail that it needs.

Last we have the bedroom- not sure if it's the master or not, but it needs a little style and sophistication as well.


{Jason Urrutia}

There, that looks a little more comfortable, doesn't it?

This house may not be an Olde Castle, but it has the potential to be stylish and sophisticated all on its own.  Thanks for stopping by!




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9/08/2014

Ivy


Welcome to fresh, modern country style in Wilmington, Delaware.  This 1900 home, while updated, still has plenty of nifty original features to play with.

Original features include this brick wall in the entry:



I like this very natural vignette against the brick wall.  I like the contrast of the glass bottles against the brick.  For the opposite wall, a simple black bench and some folk art, like this:


{Karin Blake}

Not to be left out in the nifty wall department, the living room features stone:


{Ginger Barber}

I'm a big fan of any room Ginger Barber designs, and want this perfect modern country furniture assortment and arrangement for our room.

The dining room might not have stone or brick, but it does have built in shelves.



Let's add kubu chairs, a farmhouse table, and...

{Loi Thai}

...beautifully accesorized shelves to make an unforgettable dining room.

The dining room opens to the kitchen.


{Karin Blake}

While we don't need that stylish range hood, we could certainly use those updated pendant lights, barstools, and wonderful country accessories.

Here is our office space at the top of the upstairs landing:



Now, on to the bedrooms.  




Finally, here's the wonderfully airy master bedroom:


{Country Home}

There we have it.  A house with good bones like this one makes it pretty easy to drum up some decorating possibilities.   Thanks for stopping by!


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9/01/2014

Tiverton


Hello and Happy Labor Day! Today's post finds us in Tiverton, Rhode Island in a little pink house for you and me.  It was built in 1875.

My thinking is, if you're drawn to this sweet house in its happy color, you're not going to leave your entry looking like this:


I think a design like this might just be the ticket:

{Country Living- with original Benjamin Moore Coral Essence chairs repainted Seaside Sand}

Little pink chairs for a little pink house, and a bright and happy wall color.

Here is the dining room:


{Katie Rosenfeld}

This design is like a scaled-down version of design team Diamond Baratta's work.  It has a nice air of casual drama.  It's a Julia Roberts dining room instead of a Bette Davis one.  

As for the living room...



We can continue the same bright and clear paint theme, but just soften it, since this room gets the most use.  I'm not sure who designed the room above, but it reminds me of Phoebe Howard's work, so we'll use her as inspiration for the other side of the room:

{Phoebe Howard}

The kitchen is pretty fabulous as it is. 



I just couldn't resist adding a window valance to tie in the colors from the other rooms.

Now to wrap things up, here are our clear and bright bedrooms:


{Country Living}



{Serena and Lily}


 Before they listed this home someone thought to freshen up every room with the same shade of neutral gray, but where's the fun in that?  Instead, we've given this little pink house a fresh and individual look of a well-loved home.


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8/26/2014

Blois



In 1993 I vacationed in France with some friends- one of whom became my husband two years later.  Wonder if all that beautiful and romantic scenery had anything to do with it?

One of our many unforgettable destinations was the Chateau de Blois in the Loire Valley.  

"Residence of 7 kings and 10 queens of France, the Royal Chateau of Blois is a site reminiscent of the power and daily life at court in the Renaissance...."

{chateaudeblois}


Near there I found a listing for the pretty villa pictured at the top, which was built in 1900.
Here is the living room, with beautiful parquet floors:



This room can handle the drama of eggplant-colored lacquered walls.  
Can you picture how pretty it would be by candlelight?


{Better Homes and Gardens}

I think I clapped when I found this image- I like how well it goes with the rest of the living area.

Off the kitchen is a catchall/office space that could use a little of the candlelit drama.



I think I'd paint the walls a duskier green, and add a Persian rug in purples and reds, and it would be all set for a romantic petit déjeuner pour deux. 

Here is one of the bedrooms.  I bet that armoire is telling us about the state of the closets, or lack thereof....



{Country Living}

Fortunately, a well-styled armoire and an iron bed and quilt go a long way for making up what a room may lack.

Here is another charming bedroom:



What this room lacks in matching-ness to our room, it compensates with cozy villa authenticity.

We also have this bonus space at the top of the house:


{Jacques Grange}

How fun would it be to turn it into a wonderfully rustic bathroom under the eaves? 
This would be a great complement to the bedroom space above.

I like to end on a garden note, and this one has nice potential:



How could we pass up the chance to add a beautiful dining space along that row of trees?

This property typifies some of the beauty to be found in and around Blois.  
No wonder I'm still daydreaming about it, 21 years later!


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