I’m fascinated by the history that bricks and mortar hold, buildings standing still as generations of people pass through. The enduring history of life – both Happiness and Sadness is contained in each room, the pitter patter of happy young feet, alongside the aged wisdom of pioneers. What a pleasure and privilege it must be to be involved in a project with so much history, the scale of which we simply don’t experience in New Zealand.
I was delighted to stumble across this project by Hacin + Associates a rejuvenated 1932 Tudor Manor home in Newton, Massachusetts. The choice of colour and materials are based on a study of the Tudor period with an emphasis on hand-made features, mixed subtlety with contemporary design the result is a charming mix of old and new.
The clever combination is evident in the Formal Lounge – spectacular original fire surround and arch windows combined with Contemporary wood panel wall housing flat screen TV.
Traditional ‘Wainscoting’wall panels in the Dining Room combined with Wallpaper on the ceiling, a light bright contemporary space.
Bedrooms offer a relaxed atmosphere – the curtains continuing behind the master bed provide additional softness, and the attic wallpaper has a sense of soft depth.
A Grand Old Lady rightfully renovated to stand tall for future generations.
White seems to have become the default “go to” Kitchen colour over the last couple of years – it’s clean and timeless, what’s not to like right? Well tentatively step out of your comfort zone because trust me I have found a visual feast that might just change your mind, these kitchens by Jamie Blakes of Blakes London are inspirational.
Cleverly placed bursts of colour are repeated on all of the Blakes London projects, although each time the colour of choice is bold it always sits harmoniously within the room.
The Victorian Terrace Project boasts a Stunning combination of Deep Rich Royal Purple and Brass – delicious!
The hero piece of the South West London project is the elegantly rich herringbone timber flooring, the Navy Blue island cabinetry combined with Mitsy Grey is Contemporary Classic along with the simple choice of extending the subway tiles to the ceiling and encompassing the fire place rangehood.
In each situation colour has added an inviting warmth and depth to the spaces….are you brave enough?
Each week I flick through hundreds of Interior and styling images, you know how it is one site links to another to another….. it takes a while to sift through all the repetitive that and its super easy to become sidetracked. So lucky to have world wide inspiration at our finger tips! I like to apply the test of time to sites I find – book marking them and revisiting them in a week and see if they still make me ohh and ahh. Jason Urrutia’s work has withstood my test of time and my goodness I do love it! The Californian Design Studio describes it’s scope of work as Contemporary with a Classic feel.
What I noticed is the clever play on scale that is prevalent on each project, super size mirrors elegantly resting on the floor, oversized light pendants, industrial sliding doors, sharp contrasting colour pallets and yet the spaces feel comfortable, each feature finding its own space.
All the images for the Mill Valley project are stunning – look carefully and you will see tiny attention to detail like this tile detail, a very elegant way of linking the colour pallet.
Ultimate Classic timeless design – beautiful!!
Lots of things caught my eye in this kitchen, first off I’m magnetically drawn to the corner booth style seating it looks like a great place to hang out, a simple solution to a dining space! Then there is the beautifully displayed pottery collection and last but not least are the handles. Oh and the floor!
Digging a little further into Kristian Septimius Kroug Photography site unearthed this image, again many things caught my eye in particular the original exposed brick work, stunning texture and warmth.
I really enjoy working on renovation projects, the end results are always rewarding. This project was no exception. John and Fay’s family farm house needed serious attention. The layout was typical of its era, dark cramped separate rooms with no thought given to the sun or the stunning rural views.
Walls separating the dining, lounge and kitchen were removed connecting all 3 rooms into a bright family friendly space. We used the large existing laundry as a combination scullery, home office, laundry room with direct access into the kitchen, the remaining kitchen space suited a functional galley layout.
Original timber floors, simple white cabinets and bench tops, Italian glass mosaic tiles the colour of the summer sky, some funky lighting….. perfect!