Category — Renovations

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

Calm + Bright: A Church Conversion

Here we are, only a week away from Christmas! How are you feeling? Hopefully not too overwhelmed or stressed. I’ve got a lot to do but I’m feeling oddly relaxed about it all, which will likely change all too soon! But seeing these photos (featured in the December issue of Chatelaine, which my Spruce Collective girls and I just happen to be featured in too :) instantly brightened my mood and alleviated my writer’s block last night. I’m a sucker for a good house conversion and I doubt there could be anything more peaceful than living in a former church, unless of course, it meant living in this former church:

Chatelaine Magazine. Photo by Sian Richards.Chatelaine via The Marion House Book. Photos by Sian Richards.

Chatelaine Magazine. Photo by Sian Richards.

Chatelaine Magazine. Photo by Sian Richards.Chatelaine

Chatelaine Magazine. Photo by Sian Richards.

Chatelaine Magazine. Photo by Sian Richards.Chatelaine via The Marion House Book. Photos by Sian Richards.

This stunning church-turned-home belongs to Alison Westlake (owner of the Toronto flower shop Coriander Girl) and her husband, Tyler. Together they took on a pretty ambitious renovation (you can read more about the process here) of the nearly 150 year old building and I just love how bright and airy it is, not to mention their subtle Scandinavian-style take on Holiday decorating. It’s like a breath of fresh air, isn’t it? Have a wonderful Wednesday!

December 18, 2013   3 Comments

Outside the Box: A Warehouse Conversion

Tired is an understatement and I’m feeling pretty spent after our weekend at The Urban Market. But all of the hard work was well worth it and we had an awesome weekend, starting with our sneak peek party on Friday night (so fun!) and continuing with a busy market day on Saturday. Everyone had a great time and I cannot wait to share photos and more details with you later this week…I feel like I’m still absorbing the experience! While decompressing last night, I stumbled across this inspiring warehouse conversion featured in Est Magazine. It’s no secret that I love a good barn conversion and I absolutely love it when people can look outside the box and see the possibilities in otherwise overlooked buildings and materials. Rather than tearing it down and starting from scratch, these ambitious homeowners worked hard with their architect to create a warm family home while salvaging materials from the former old blind factory. There are more lovely pics over at Est but here are a few of my faves…

Photo by Tara Pearce for Est MagazinePhotos by Tara Pearce for Est Magazine

Photo by Tara Pearce for Est Magazine

Photo by Tara Pearce for Est Magazine

Photo by Tara Pearce for Est Magazine

Photo by Tara Pearce for Est MagazinePhotos by Tara Pearce for Est Magazine

Surprisingly bright and inviting for an old warehouse, don’t you think? I’m back to work now and we’ve got plenty post-event cleanup to do before jumping into holiday decorating later this week…phew! But it’s all fun “work” (well, mostly!) so no complaints here! Enjoy your week :)

October 28, 2013   5 Comments

The Domino Effect: Greenwich Glamour

Although I haven’t actually flipped through the new issue with my own two hands, I couldn’t be happier that Domino magazine is back on the shelves. It was the first go-to design website (pre-blogging) that I visited regularly, (especially while studying interior design) and I was sooo sad when it closed down…especially when my collection of deco files disappeared with it! Before Pinterest, it was my favourite way to “collect” inspiring interiors. But it’s back and based on this stunning Greenwich Village townhouse, it’s better than ever. Come take a look…

Birch + Bird: Domino MagazineAll photos by Brittany Ambridge for Domino

While this family home is definitely more glamourous than those that usually catch my eye, it is anything but pretentious. The fine finishes (those herringbone floors!), neutral palette and gold accents throughout are seriously pulling at my heart strings and I love that they could translate into the average home just as beautifully as they do here….

Birch + Bird: Domino Magazine

Birch + Bird: Domino MagazineAll photos by Brittany Ambridge for Domino

Owner Ali Cayne worked alongside her architect throughout the extensive renovation and made all of her own decorating decisions. “The whole idea behind this house is to nourish and feed people, “ says the busy mother-of-five and restauranteur.

Birch + Bird: Domino Magazine

Birch + Bird: Domino Magazine

Birch + Bird: Domino Magazine

Birch + Bird: Domino MagazineAll photos by Brittany Ambridge for Domino

Beautiful, isn’t it? Although, somehow I can’t quite picture 5 kiddos running through it! You can see more photos over at Domino too. Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!

October 9, 2013   0 Comments

Creative Play: Art Room Inspiration

As promised, I thought I’d share some before pics of our upcoming basement renos and one of the rooms that I’m most excited to tackle is the art/playroom. Living in less than 1200 square feet with 2 very creative and artistic little girls has been, well, a challenge. Our dining room table is currently the creative centre (the eye of the storm, so to speak) and while I absolutely love watching my kiddos create masterpieces and use their imaginations, it’s become quite the struggle getting them to clean up after themselves. And it’s often felt pretty unfair (some projects just take more time!) but mealtimes sitting around the table together are pretty important too. So, the thought of a separate space that they can spread out in and we don’t have to trip over crayons/glitter/glue/pom-poms/popsicle sticks/etc/etc sounds like absolute heaven. We’ll be delegating our basement suite’s living room as the art studio because it’s a decent size and is the brightest room downstairs. Here’s a quick shot of what the room looks like now…

Not much to look at but we’ll be brightening things up soon with a fresh coat of white paint and it will stay nice and cozy with the gas fireplace in the winter. It’s not a huge room by any means but it won’t take much to bring it to life. Here are a few creative children’s rooms on my inspiration radar…

Micasa via Handmade Charlotte

Mandy Lynne

Little Bird’s Boutique

The Design Files

Livet Hemma

I’ll be sourcing out plenty of storage solutions for all of the little bits and bobs but since the space is in the furthest end of our basement, I’m going to try to be somewhat relaxed when it comes to keeping things spick-and-span. I’m all for a little organized chaos now and then, especially when I’m not tripping over it :) Hope your week’s going well so far!

September 11, 2013   4 Comments