build me a home: mudroom edition
When we were looking at floorplans, the areas I looked first for were: an entryway where the kitchen couldn’t be seen, a mudroom, and a large pantry. Kind of weird, huh? In previous homes we’ve owned, I’ve seen that if we have a “dropping” area where coats, backpacks, computer bags, keys, homework can go then the rest of the house seems less cluttered. Thus, comes my love for mudrooms. They don’t have to be huge, but a bench and some hooks can restore some sense of order in the bedlam of…
Thanks to These 9 Zen Bedroom Ideas, You May Experience the Best Night's Sleep Ever | Hunker
Yup, we’re all human, but that doesn't mean we can't achieve a slice of that Buddha-like tranquility. Start by thinking of your bedroom as an oasis for relaxation and reflection, so you feel calm every time you look around the room. Scroll on for nine zen bedroom ideas to help you find your center.
How we are hiding the refrigerator in our kitchen remodel. - Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
My last post detailed our refrigerator conundrum… read it if you enjoy stories about a vapid woman grappling with not-real-problems. Here is the synopsis: In our kitchen, the refrigerator makes our layout not symmetrical. Lack of symmetry is unacceptable. At some point, there was a doorway here (in the layout below, the * asterisk denotes […]
The Beauty of a Rug
As an interior designer, we consider rugs as an essential part of a room’s decoration. They define spaces, frame ambiences and establish interfaces whilst conveying a sensation of warmth that creates a welcoming work or home environment. Rugs convey emotions and beyond the impression created by their beauty, colours, textures and design, rugs also affect…
Fixer Upper: Texas-Sized House; Small Town Charm
Chip and Joanna Gaines help a Hillsboro, Tex. couple update a spacious but neglected house built in 1920, transforming it into a stylish and inviting home that's ideally suited to a growing family.
Elrington Road E8
Elrington Road E8. This gorgeous Victorian terrace has been renovated to high spec to retain original features with a modern twist. Features a lovely entryway, galley kitchen with green subway tiles and brass units, parquet flooring, childrens nursery, open fireplaces, mid-century furnishings, modern glass extension with window seat and a quaint summer house in the garden, a perfect backdrop for interior décor/product shoots.
Chateau de Montgeoffroy: Same As It Ever Was
Chateau Montgeoffroy in the Loire Valley. The central building was built in the 18th century in between the 16th century wings with rounded turrets. The moat and chapel are also from the 16th century. Of all the 300 magnificent chateaus in the famous Loire Region in France, Chateau de Montgeoffroy, one of the last to be built, is considered one of the finest. The region surrounding the Loire, France’s longest river, is known as the Valley of the Kings, or the Royal River, because so many…