2015. május 26., kedd

Farmház Texasból..

A házikó 105 éves, a viktoriánus stílusban épült..

You'd never guess Bailey McCarthy had an urban upbringing by the look of her Bellville, Texas, country home. Filled to the brim with buffalo checks, antique quilts, and fair memorabilia, the century-old Victorian farmhouse is an homage to iconic country decor. "I've lived in a lot of cities, but I've always been more of a country mouse," she says. The interior designer, owner of Biscuit (a bedding line and housewares boutique in Houston) and author of the popular blog Peppermint Bliss, attributes her soft spot for pastoral life to childhood summers spent at her grandfather's ranch in Brookshire, Texas. She wanted her own children to have a similar experience, so when she and husband Pete happened upon a charming farmhouse on 85 acres, they snatched it up. Here's how she embraced her downhome roots to give this farmhouse a fresh—and timeless—look.
In this photo: Solider Boy, the family's 2-year-old Shetland pony, poses in front of the house.

The previous owners had restored the 105-year-old home, so the kitchen didn't need a total gut job. What it did need were some simple but substantial cosmetic upgrades—starting with paint. When the McCarthys moved in, the walls were beige and the cabinets, which vary in height, were white. "Painting everything black seemed like a good way to make the cabinets blend in with the wall," says Bailey. Next, she swapped out the granite countertops for butcher-block ones. "We wanted the feeling of an old farmhouse that would age nicely with us," she says. "Butcher block is practical, casual, and the opposite of trendy."

The couple finished off their mini-makeover by bringing in a few country kitchen staples: a farm table that doubles as an island; a brass light fixture that will develop patina over time; black-and-white floral curtains; and open shelves to display her collection of antique pewter and a favorite needlepoint.

Inspired by the lush landscape just outside the enormous windows (which were salvaged from an old train depot!), Bailey filled the room with rustic wood elements and pops of green. The previous owners left behind the giant antler chandelier, which suited Bailey just fine. From there, she selected an antique round table that she had stripped down to the raw wood for a more worn and weathered look. Beech wishbone chairs, which Bailey had lacquered in an apple green shade, make for a lively juxtaposition with the table. They also pop against the large antique hutch that stores her collection of copper Moscow mule mugs and green and white china. A pale pink Oriental rug with subtle hints of sky blue and chartreuse rounds out the mix.

Bailey designed this space to be roomy enough to host a crowd but cozy enough for family game nights around the fire. "I wanted a few big pieces of indestructible furniture that people could pile on, plus some modern elements so it didn't feel too 'themey,' " says Bailey. Case in point: Bailey paired the room's showstopping farmhouse icons—a buffalo check-covered sofa and wildflower chintz armchair—with a streamlined steel-framed coffee table and graphic longhorn watercolor painting (by Houston artist Mary H. Case) to keep the mix from going too traditional.
Bright idea: When weekend guests ask, "What can I bring?" Bailey suggests a beloved paperback book with an inscription to add to their library.

Bailey designed the room, which was originally the house's parlor, around her company's Wimberley pattern (named after the small Texas town known for its beautiful wildflowers). She upholstered the white-painted bed in a graphic blue-and-white-check fabric to complement the whimsical sheets. Wallpaper with a wood grain pattern, a fresh way to achieve a similar effect as unpainted, wood-paneled walls, creates a warm backdrop for the crisp bed. Gauzy eyelet curtains finish the space with a dose of pretty. "They add a country touch without going full-on 'granny,' " says Bailey.
Bright idea: A sconce provides enough light for Bailey's late-night reading habit without disturbing her husband.

"As someone who's dabbled a bit in sewing, I truly appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship," says Bailey of her antique quilts. 
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Bailey embraced her love of pink and green full tilt by painting the walls of her daughter Grace's room a soft shade of the former and choosing a traditional country bed frame in a leafy shade of the latter. An antique quilt looks surprisingly modern when paired with graphic heart-print bedding (from Biscuit, and appropriately named "Grace"). Vintage finds, like the Murano glass tulip sconces and the fair banners hanging above thebed (a Round Top find, and Bailey's first purchase for the house) infuse the space with personality.

"We want our house to be comfortable and inviting, without being fancy or fussy," says Bailey. "This is where were come to unwind, reconnect, and build memories as a family."
In this photo: Bailey and husband Pete pose with son Harry, 11 months, daughter Grace, 3 (not a fan of posing for family pics!), and their goat, Calamity Jane.


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2015. május 19., kedd

Bájos vidéki házikó..

Egy igazán bájos vidéki házikóba látogatunk el ma..
Ha szereted a shabby chic stílust, ezt is szeretni fogod:))

1. Create a netural backdrop. Creamy white-painted walls and whitewashed plywood floors (topped with three coats of polyurethane) make the small space feel more expansive. Bonus: The floors were thousands of dollars cheaper than stained hardwood flooring. Plus, a salvaged window frame filters light without fussy curtains, while track lighting illuminates the whole room but takes up very little space.
2. Hang (reclaimed) open shelves. A country favorite gets a twist with vintage, non-matching shelves hung on a single wall. Selected for practicality (they're just the right height and depth for Fifi's most-used glasses and dishes), they also add a dose of humble charm.
3. Hide eyesores with a space-saving skirt. Instead of cabinets, Fifi installed a plywood framework and skirted the fronts with burlap to stylishly conceal utilitarian pots and pans. Skipping cabinet doors with swings also created space for a console-turned-island.

4. Pull up a bench. This backless number offers equal seating to a host of chairs but can be tucked under the table when not in use (and doesn't block the view of the butler's pantry). For extra storage, slots carved into the farm table store spoons.
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5. Designate work stations. One way to maximize efficiency in a small kitchen: Assign each area a specific task. Two narrow shelves and a (pink!) marble-topped buffet serve as a coffee station in an otherwise unused corner.
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6. Say so long to stuffy window treatments. Think every living room needs draperies? Think again. Here, bare windows make for a refreshingly streamlined look that also takes advantage of the house's beautiful Florida light.
7. Go for the big sofa. No, really! Small space doesn't have to equal small furniture. Case in point: Fifi's 9-foot-long French sofa. The oversize item visually anchors the room and provides ample seating in one swoop—a serious perk in a small house. Covered in durable, affordable paint drop cloths, the neutral piece artfully blends with its surroundings, making it feel well-suited, not overpowering.

8. Incorporate versatile antiques. One reason Fifi loves vintage pieces: They can be used in more than one way. Take the salmon-hued table she uses as a desk and an old church pew outfitted with feather-down pillows. In a pinch, the arrangement easily transitions to an extra dining space. Another example? A graphic vintage hotel sign draws attention away from the hardworking heat and air wall unit.
9. Take it to the rafters. This portion of Fifi's home came with vaulted ceilings, which add another 4 feet to the ceiling height and help her office feel airy in spite of its modest footprint. An HVAC wall unit keeps the area cool—no space-reducing ductwork required!
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10. Embrace beds in front of windows. Fifi tucked her queen-size bed—a blue cast-iron number she fell in love with at a local antiques shop—in front of not one, but two windows to free up other wall space for storage pieces. The unconventional placement enhances the cozy factor without blocking light.
11. Stick with simple bedding. Set against the white walls and floors, Fifi's mostly white pillows and duvet cover establish a cohesive, not choppy, look and serene vibe. Meanwhile, a few red stripes and a floral coverlet add just enough pattern to keep the room from feeling lifeless.

12. Skip a traditional headboard. With not an inch to spare, Fifi pushed the guest room's twin bed against the wall and hung a green chalkboard in place of a headboard. Bonus: The piece doubles as a memo board.
13. Don't shy away from lucite. At first glance, translucent furniture like this Louis "ghost" chair might seem too sleek for Fifi's quaint style. But by taking up less visual space, it helps weathered pieces like the desk-turned-nightstand shine and prevents the tight quarters from feeling cramped.

14. Consider a soaking tub. The bathroom's pitched ceilings made a standard-height shower a no-go, so Fifi chose a deep cast-iron bathtub instead. To keep costs down, she purchased a dilapidated tub for $100 at a junkyard and then had it refinished.
15. Let in the light. A yard of cheesecloth strewn from Shaker pegs above the window creates just enough privacy without blocking natural light in the small space. The gauzy fabric also adds a soft, feminine finish that complements the tub.

16. Add pops of color. A thrift store ledge painted to match the home's cheery blue trim stands in for a window box below this 13-inch-wide window.
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Fifi dishes on tight quarters, big finds, and her love of open shelving.
Biggest small-living surprise: "How safe a smaller home makes me feel. It's cozy, welcoming, and reassuring to be able to see from one room to the next. "
Prized possessions: "My piles and piles of books and magazines. Even though they take up space, no tablet can equal the comfort I get from perusing beautifully photographed homes."
Monthly energy bill: "Even with my AC running continuously May through October, my bill is never more than $150."
Most repainted piece: "The armoire in my dining room. It's gone from white to sage green to petal pink to sky blue and now gray with a whitewash. I plan on keeping it that way, but who knows?"
Total number of open shelves: "Twenty-six. They're a great time-saver—no hunting and searching!"


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2015. május 12., kedd

Egy színes vidéki otthon..

Sag Harbor is a small village on the bay on Long Island characterized by charming historic houses that date from the early to mid-1800s, when it was a thriving whaling port. Seven years ago, Richard Ferrari, a real estate agent in New York City, bought a tiny, early 1800s house that his friend Bob Tortora had renovated. 
When a larger house of similar vintage across the street came on the market three years later, Richard traded up, and Bob again renovated the house, preserving as much of the original architecture as possible, including the pumpkin pine floors, handblown glass windows, ceiling beams (uncovered beneath Sheetrock), and fireplace mantels.
In this photo: The exterior was reclad in cedar shingles with a clapboard front and lsanscaped with boxwoods.

Richard and Bob updated the kitchen and baths with timeless materials, such as mahogany countertops, beadboard walls, and in the baths, subway tile and marble. 
In this photo: A mix of old and new warms the kitchen, with mahogany countertops (replacing 1960s Formica), stainless-steel appliances, and the existing cabinets, probably from the 1940s. Creamy beadboard walls and open shelves keep the room light.
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Richard added a pantry bar off the kitchen; a wine cooler is hidden in the cupboard with the old wooden door.

Richard and Bob opened up the kitchen to a new family room addition with a sloping 11-foot ceiling, and Richard opted to add a few modern amenities such as air-conditioning and a pool.
In this photo: The duo painted the early fireplace mantel black to add a jolt of color to the neutral room. 
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"The beauty of the floors and beams are 200 years' worth of nicks and crannies, warping, weathering, and nail holes. They look beautiful just as they are," says Richard. 
In this photo: The buttercream-colored living room boasts original windows.

Richard and Bob preserved as many original elements as possible, including the pumpkin pine floors. Richard put a small addition on the house, composed of the bar and family room seen through the doorways. He also requested bookshelves to line the dining room, giving the room a dual purpose, to house his library of Second World War history books. 
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When it came time to choose paint colors for the house, Richard asked his neighbor, Steven Gambrel, a noted interior designer in New York City, for a favor. "I told him I wanted a yellow living room, a red dining room, and a blue kitchen. Steven rattled off paint numbers for each of them," says Richard, "and they all turned out perfectly."
In this photo: Richard outfitted one of his three compact guest bedrooms with red accents.

Richard holds his wire-haired dachshund, Charlie, next to Bob Tortora, his contractor.
NEXT: Inside an 1830s Farmhouse in the Catskills


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2015. május 5., kedd

Vízparti házikó..

Csodás környezetben egy aprócska vízparti házikó..


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