Category — Architects, Designers + Stylists

Southern Charm: A Modern Farmhouse

Before I chat about anything else, I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you who commented and sent all forms of moral support my way after Monday’s very personal post. It felt natural to share the truth (I’m all for keeping it real!) and it seems as though most of you can relate in some form or another. Life is funny, isn’t it? So many hills and valleys and unexpected turns along the way but this is one twist that I’m really looking forward to. Our corner of the world just happens to be one that’s ridiculously expensive to live in but I’m all for dreaming big and this Nashville renovation is definitely a country dream. And it’s big. Really big. I’m absolutely in love with how the architects preserved the original 1850′s front + exterior of the home and added all of the modern conveniences to a large (massive, actually) addition in the rear. Designed by HS2 Architecture, this family farmhouse manages to blend traditional, modern and some rather quirky + unexpected elements into one very liveable home. Come take a peek:

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.HS2 Architecture via HGTV. Photos by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison. Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photos by Caroline Allison.

The original bones of the farmhouse were maintained yet some walls were stripped down to the studs to allow light and sight lines to flow throughout the main floor. Such an unexpected feature for this home but I think it’s brilliant! Adds a fun, eccentric touch don’t you think? It’s always inspiring to me to see such a combination of styles juxtaposed together in a space and actually working, like they do in this home.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photos by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison. Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photos by Caroline Allison.

And the property. Seriously. How are there even pastoral vistas like this in existence? I don’t think I’d ever leave! You can see many more stunning photos of this Nashville home on the HS2 Architecture website so be sure to check them out. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

April 9, 2014   1 Comment

Hollywood Hideaway: A Bright Family Home

We’re only a few days into Spring Break here and I don’t know about you but it feels like everyone and their dog is currently sitting on a hot sandy beach except for us. Boo hoo! But we’ve been filling our time visiting with friends (ones who aren’t beachside either) and taking jaunts around the neighbourhood and local parks so I can’t complain too much. We’ve got a two week break so I’ll get more organized planning day trips next week but for now it’s been pretty nice just to lounge around and enjoy some lazy mornings. I’m still craving sunshine and this light-filled Hollywood home is pretty much the ultimate antidote. The stunning photos are courtesy of Brittany Ambridge and you can see more shots of the entire home here. Home to fashion designer Chay Wike, this hillside retreat was recently featured in Domino Magazine and I immediately fell in love with the lofty beams, vintage touches and mix of materials used throughout:

Brittany Ambridge | Domino MagazinePhotos by Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino MagazinePhotos by Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino MagazinePhotos by Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino MagazinePhotos by Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Pretty special, isn’t it? Built in 1933, Chay and her family did some minor renovations when they moved in but retained the home’s original architecture and charm, including some imperfections (like the concrete kitchen floors, which I absolutely love). Surrounded by nature and overlooking the bright lights of Los Angeles, this home is a true gem. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

March 19, 2014   3 Comments

Blogger Style: Simply Grove

Confession alert: I’m a voyeur. Well, when it come to interiors and home decor, anyway! Always  have been. Some of my first memories are walking with my mom through our childhood neighbourhood at twilight, covertly peering into lighted windows (from the appropriate sidewalk distance, of course!) and I totally still do the same today. Creepy? Maybe, but that’s what blinds are for, right? We’re all curious about how other people live (aren’t we?) and I think that’s why I started blogging in the first place. I truly love seeing what makes a house a home and, if you’re reading here today, I’d imagine that you do to. I plan on sharing more pics of my own home and homes of friends in the near future but for now I’ll continue to share other spaces that inspire me, like the home of blogger Kirsten Grove:

Home of Kristin Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.Home of Kirsten Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.

Home of Kristin Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.

Home of Kristin Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.Home of Kirsten Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.

Home of Kristin Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.

Home of Kristin Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.

Home of Kristin Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.Home of Kirsten Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.

I especially love seeing stylish family homes that don’t break the bank. Kirsten and her family rent this fantastic space and used some special touches (like temporary wallpaper, how cool!) to make this house a home. Do you have any “cheap tricks” that you use in your own home decor? Please share!  You can see even more photos snapped by Allison Corona of the Grove’s home over at Style Me Pretty. Hope you’re having a great start to your week :)

March 17, 2014   9 Comments

Pattern Play: A Warm Silverlake Home

What a crazy burst of weather we’ve been having! Blizzard conditions on Monday turned into sunshine + bird-chirping Spring, total switcharoo but I’m definitely not complaining! I’ve got Spring cleaning on my brain and, inspired by our recent “freshening-up” over at my store, feel ready for a few bright + de-cluttering changes around our house. Considering my mild addiction to discount rug websites (like this one) and the endless quest for the perfect living room area carpet, it’s no wonder that this home tour on SF Girl by Bay caught my eye a couple of weeks ago. Layered with subtle pattern and texture, natural wood accents and bright pops of colour throughout, it’s hard to believe that this home was dark + dated before designer Natalie Myers got her hands on it:

Silverlake Home via SF Girl by Bay. Photos by Amy Bartlam. Design by Natalie Myers.Photos by Amy Bartlam via SF Girl by Bay. Design by Natalie Myers | Veneer Designs.

Veneer Designs. Amy Bartlam Photogography.Design by Natalie Myers | Veneer Designs. Photos by Amy Bartlam.

Silverlake Home via SF Girl by Bay. Photos by Amy Bartlam. Design by Natalie Myers.Photos by Amy Bartlam via SF Girl by Bay. Design by Natalie Myers | Veneer Designs.

Veneer Designs. Amy Bartlam PhotographyDesign by Natalie Myers | Veneer Designs. Photos by Amy Bartlam.

Silverlake Home via SF Girl by Bay. Photos by Amy Bartlam. Design by Natalie Myers.Photos by Amy Bartlam via SF Girl by Bay. Design by Natalie Myers | Veneer Designs.

Silverlake Home via SF Girl by Bay. Photos by Amy Bartlam. Design by Natalie Myers.Photos by Amy Bartlam via SF Girl by Bay. Design by Natalie Myers | Veneer Designs.

 So bright and classic, isn’t it? I absolutely adore the layered rugs in the living room and the vintage furniture + accessories used throughout the space. That bright turquoise door is pretty awesome too! I generally tend to paint doors out to match the walls but why not trick them out in a bold accent colour? Could you live here? I could.

February 26, 2014   0 Comments

A Montecito Home: My Kind of Minimal

Well, hey there Wednesday! Mid-week just kind of came out of nowhere, didn’t it? We had a really full weekend with Sadie’s birthday festivities and a lot of extended family all topped off (coincidentally) by our latest BC stat holiday, Family Day. How lucky are we to live in a province/country that recognizes the importance of family? It felt great to have nothing on the agenda on Monday except hanging out together. Speaking of hanging out, if my name was on the deed of this dreamy white rancher, I’d find extremely hard to ever leave! Designed by architect Michael Eserts, this Californian beauty ticks off all of my wish-list boxes from lofty ceilings and oiled wood floors to an open floor plan and views that bring the outdoors in. Photographed by Jessica Comingore, I think this house tour is the perfect antidote to an otherwise dreary day:

Photographer: Jessica Comingore. Architect: Michael Eserts | Eserts Studio.Photographer: Jessica Comingore. Architect: Michael Eserts | Eserts Studio.

Montecito residence. Photographer: Jessica Comingore. Architect: Michael Eserts | Eserts Studio.Photographer: Jessica Comingore. Architect: Michael Eserts | Eserts Studio.

Montecito home. Photographer: Jessica Comingore. Architect: Michael Eserts.Photographer: Jessica Comingore. Architect: Michael Eserts | Eserts Studio.

Photographer: Jessica Comingore. Architect: Michael Eserts | Eserts Studio.Photographer: Jessica Comingore. Architect: Michael Eserts | Eserts Studio.

Montecito residence. Photographer: Jessica Comingore.  Architect: Michael Eserts | Eserts Studio.Photographer: Jessica Comingore. Architect: Michael Eserts | Eserts Studio.

Montecito residence. Photographer: Jessica Comingore.  Architect: Michael Eserts | Eserts Studio.Photographer: Jessica Comingore. Architect: Michael Eserts | Eserts Studio.

I just can’t get enough of the natural light in this home! Doesn’t it look like it would be cool on a hot day? Yet somehow equally cozy next to the fireplace on a chilly night? The landscape and setting amidst the big trees is pretty fantastic as are the clean lines and attention to detail outdoors and in. Definitely my kind of minimal! Enjoy the rest of your day and I’ll be back to chat on Friday :)

February 12, 2014   0 Comments