Wednesday 31 March 2010

Mcalpine Booth & Ferrier #4

This is my fourth post showing McAlpine Booth & Ferrier's work. Previous posts here, here and here. These are photographs that appeared last year in different magazines.

ELLE DECOR - August, 2009

ELLE DECOR - August, 2009

VERANDA - June, 2009

VERANDA - June, 2009

VERANDA - June, 2009. How about a picture hanging in front of a curtain?

VERANDA - June, 2009

VERANDA - June, 2009

More images right here.

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Small House Makeover

Good morning to you dear readers. Some of you have asked to see smaller houses and rooms so today I'd like to show you how a house in Santa Monica, California, which had been billed as a teardown, was given a second chance by owner Julie Hart.

Tiny cottage renovation (© Lisa Romerein/Sunset)
This is the front of the house before the remodeling began.

Tiny cottage renovation (© Lisa Romerein/Sunset)
New oversize windows and skylights invite in the sunshine. Walls are painted a light-bouncing white, while white ceramic subway tiles brighten the kitchen.. For contrast, the wooden floors are stained in a custom mix of ebony and dark walnut shades; the high-gloss polyurethane top coat reflects even more light.

Tiny cottage renovation (© Lisa Romerein/Sunset)

The bare living room before.

Tiny cottage renovation (© Lisa Romerein/Sunset)

Owner Julie Hart sparks the mostly white interior with colourful accent pillows, Moroccan leather poufs, throws and pottery.

Tiny cottage renovation (© Lisa Romerein/Sunset)

Casement windows open the redone master bedroom to backyard views.

Tiny cottage renovation (© Lisa Romerein/Sunset)

With interior walls and the ceiling removed (and support beams installed), the living, cooking and dining now take place in one large open area at the front of the house. From there, traffic flows easily out of sliding glass doors to a new entertaining deck at the rear.

Tiny cottage renovation (© Lisa Romerein/Sunset)

As funds allowed, a home office and laundry area was added as well as small garden with a bubbling fountain.

Photography Lisa Romerein.

All images and information from here.

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Tuesday 30 March 2010

Interior Designer Serena Crowley

Interior designer Serena Crowley from California opens up he Canaan, Connecticut where she lives with her husband Paul and their children Mckenna and Theo. Let's take a tour of her sunny welcoming home.

The Crowleys’ living room; walls of windows and French doors give the space the feel of a conservatory.  Walls are painted a soft gray and furnishings are in creams and white. Artwork and an antique Oriental rug add punches of color, and potted banana palm trees connect the room to the outdoors. French doors open to a bluestone patio softened with clumps of purple thyme.

The dining room is almost as sun-filled as the living room. China cupboards accent three corners of the room; a fireplace fills the fourth. French doors open onto a sunny terrace.

All images and information from Traditional Home.

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Monday 29 March 2010

Aix en Provence Residence

Good morning to all of you dear readers. Monday takes us to this magnificent 18th century “Bastide” in Aix en Provence, in the region of Provence-Alpes- Cote d'Azure, France. It has twenty-five acres of private parklands with olive groves and cypresses, complete with a care-taker’s lodge and numerous additional outbuildings. Situated in a beautiful and quiet countryside location and only three hours from Paris.

I must say the house itself is breathtaking, I love these solid old houses with their splendid gardens but I don't care much for the decor. Wouldn't you change the furniture in the living room and dining room? Let me know what you think.

Bastide de Maitre - Main house


La Bergerie soir - farm house evening

Dining Bastide

Upstairs farmhouse - la bergerie

Reception in Farmhouse

Cuisine Bergerie - kitchen farm house

Bedroom in Bastide

view from Bastide



La piscine

Piscine et pool house

More images and information right here.

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Sunday 28 March 2010

Built on an Island

This summer home was built on the island of Mustique in the Grenadines. Before building began, rocks and boulders had to be dislodged from the cliffside using dynamite and jackhammers .All the hard work was well worth it as the result was this gorgeous view of the turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, and barren coastline.

Perfect Placement

Weather proof furniture to relax in and enjoy the view from the veranda.

Thoughtful Design

Natural materials inspired the home’s exterior palette with walls the colour of wet sand. This pergola adds shade and structure to the pool terrace.

Sweet Sleep

A high, vented roof and ceiling fans keep hot air from building up in the bedrooms. The white paint and fabrics contribute to this bedroom’s cool feeling.

Wide-Open Spaces

The only glass in the house’s architecture is in the French doors to the veranda. The wide openings provide cross-ventilation and expansive views of the ocean from nearly every room in the house.

Relaxing Environs

Another photo of the veranda overlooking Pasture Bay. Maybe I would add a hammock and take a nap listening to the soothing lullaby of the waves.

Have a happy Sunday!

All images from Coastal Living.

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Saturday 27 March 2010

Interior Designer Lyndsy Woods

I love the way interior designer Lyndsy Wooks mixes styles and uses cream and earthy colours to make these elegant but warm and livable rooms.
She has her own company L Kae Interiors. Hope you like these photographs I selected for you.

Sit in this rocking chair with a good book and have a splendid weekend!
All images from here.

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