Saturday, February 19, 2011

Love Lavender?

Good Saturday morning! If you love levander then you must click on over to Lilies and Dandelions blog as she is hosting a give away. Lavender goodies and a Restoration Hardware pillow.

Be sure to check out her post on cleaning with lemon and lavender too. I know one of my current goals is to replace all the harsh chemicals in my house with natural cleaners. I'm sure this post will help get me started!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Dream House: Part IV - Master Suite

This is the last space of my dream home. From the great room you enter a hallway flanked on both sides by book shelves.


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Once you pass through the hallway you enter the master suite with a room with a sitting area for reading. Near the sitting area and opposite the bed is a dual fireplace shared with the bathroom and filled with flameless candles on a tiered metal stand.



A private patio just off that with a hammock stuffed with a feather bed, monogrammed pillows and a throw for afternoon reading.


A bed alcove created by curtain panels with a king size bed. The linens are all grey egyptian cotton with touches touches of a peacock blue velvet throw. A chandelier over the bed with chocolate brown crystals.








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An open closet area with metal racks for shoes and hanging items. A dresser for folded items and chez for easily slipping shoes and tockings on and off. A luggage rack with vintage luggage to hold my collection of scarfs. A dress form used as a valet and a dressing table near the window to apply makeup and hold jewelry.


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An archway leads you to the spa. French doors open to the private patio and lead back to the library area. A copper tub sits on the room near the dual fireplace with a surround of linen curtains.





An open shower area with a drain on the floor and plenty of natural light to bathe by with a small half wall for the toilet.






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What does your dream house look like?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Dream House: Part III - Media Room & Patio

Wednesday I posted about the entry and Friday I posted about the great room. Today it's all about the media room and patio.

Off the great room are large metal barn doors that lead to the media room. They can be closed for movie viewing or fully opened to be included in the larger great room space. Panels of burlap are a backdrop for a rotating group of favorite movie posters.



The media room has shelving around the top for our collections. This and the larger pieces in the great room are the only collections we have.

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A large garage door opens on to the patio space in nice weather that enlarges the great room space.







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More eye candy tomorrow!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dream House: Part II - Great Room

Wednesday I posted about my dream house, specifically the entry. Today we move in to the great room. I like the idea of a great room because it seems very efficient to me. Kitchen, living and dining all in one space.

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From the entry you pass through a large arch in to the great room. Immediately to your right is the kitchen area which is essentially a wall for the refrigerator, sink, small pantry and open shelving for my collection of hotel dishware, silver and glassware. Industrial containers store mother of pearl handled cuttlery. All of the china, serving pieces and cutlery have been collected over the years and only match in patina and color. A rolling library ladder rests just to the side and is ready at a moments notice to reach the uppermost shelf.



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Imagine the bar in the photo below replacing the wooden island in the photo above. On the great room side it would be at bar height to eat and drink at. On the kitchen side it would have a cooking and cutting surface.
The light fixture over the bar and kitchen area is perfect for task lighting and enjoying a beverage.





The dining space is informal as the table is often being used for a craft and sewing station. A long table with a missmatch of burlap and velvet covered chairs surround it. Over the table is s trio of black crystal chandeliers. A bar in the corner is a converted dresser.


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The great room propper is seperated in to intimate spaces of chairs, sofas and tables by house plants, screens, curtain panels and large objects of art.




Yes that really is a peacock perched in this room. I think that would be awfully fun as long as the species were not endangered and it was not killed solely for this purpose.






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The above photo are nesting tables made from thrift store frames, table legs and personalized artwork inside. I'm going to try this idea in my current home.

Next post will be a couple rooms off the great room.