Big changes in the works on my end... now I can't stop thinking about living the "Urban Loft" lifestyle at least once in my life. We know it would mean giving up a lot- moving from a 3500 square foot 60's contemporary to a 1200 square foot raw space... Im hoping the absence of walls will make that 1200 feel bigger?
In any case, I've began to collect inspiration for a possible new space. Nothing set in stone, or brick, or exposed ceilings yet. :)
Dreaming of laying on new chaise lounges outside, its May 14 and I still used my heated seats and steering wheel this morning. Summer, however, is in sight. Renovations going strong this week, but wanted to give my readers some outdoor inspiration... Simply amazing outdoor fireplace solutions, and some interior money shots. Just because.
This is it, the last weekend I'll be a homeowner. I say goodbye to my little urban cottage to move to a first ring suburb in a great midcentury inspired house (with a great guy). There will be one last push this weekend to get everything out of the houses and two garages. Which means I need to find lots of space in the new house to place these items...
Here's some semi-random inspiration to match the million thoughts running through my head right now...
Texture over color is my rule of thumb for creating the most inviting spaces. When people say they want "COLOR COLOR COLOR," I have to read between the lines a bit. Inherently textured pieces have a range and depth of color that is just not achievable with prints and solids.
I do think my new office may need some feathers. Masculine feathers, of course. Also, a magnified photo of a tortoise shell is destined to be my next piece of framed art.
An unused all seasons room is being upgraded after years as a rumpus room cum wood stove room cum makeshift greenhouse. The addition was designed with a vaulted ceiling in mind but ultimately dropped for attic storage. We want to reopen the ceiling, remove the woodstove, add a gas fireplace, replace floors and windows, and create the perfect family gathering place to watch movies and relax in loads of daylight. Initial thoughts for treatment of the ceiling and fireplace ideas below.
What am I most excited about? An element or two of corten steel.
In the land of the "cabin," I dare not even use the word- it conjures terrible thoughts of golden oak, various wildlife references, garage sale/hand-me-down furniture, and a musty smell in the air.
I know it doesn't have to be that way- lately there have been many a daydream about a clean modern space surrounded by forrest. I picture floor to ceiling windows to leave open in the summer, and watch the snow in the winter. Stress free living and social spaces shrouded in natural undyed fibers and hardwoods.
Here's several images that peaked my interest and I'll be adding to my Rural Retreat Inspiration folder.
All images copyright of their owners and are not my own.
As stylists present more and more appealing bohemian mixes of ceramics and tabletop items, dinner eaten on a set of of basic white porcelain becomes less exciting. What becomes clear is to pull off the sought after "eclectic" look in a dining space relies on choosing a palette of textures, color, and pattern that appears effortless and still collected over time.
Beautiful examples below. All images copyright of their respective owners.