Fabulous French Friday. Is there such a thing? Well there is today because I had to share this delicious Haussmannian apartment in Paris by Studio Razavi Architecture. The bones are great, those white walls and floors the perfect foil for the covetable furniture and art collection but there's a surprise in the kitchen ... after the jump.
I was approached recently by Garaga, a Canadian manufacturer of garage doors, who offered me a brand new garage door of my choice. I was elated, as garage doors have always been a bone of contention with me. Here in Ottawa builders always install cheap, run of the mill garage doors on houses and you are guaranteed to see this on every house in the suburbs in particular. Something that has rattled my cage for as long as I can remember is how much I hate that most homes have garages that are set forward from the rest of the house so it is ALL you see. Yet no one seems to put any thought into the design of their garage doors. My current home is located in an old neighbourhood (1940's) and most garages are detached and located in the backyard at the end of a long driveway. Lucky for me because my garage is a bit of an eyesore. It really needs to be re-built one day as it is in rough shape and leaning to one side which is why I turned down the offer of a brand new garage door (soooo bummed). It would just look ridiculous. I will however absolutely take Garaga up on that offer when I have a new garage. :)
To show you why I am so bummed, here are samples of some of the fantastic garage doors they have designed, starting with some modern ones....
And some with a bit more of a traditional/country look
Becky of Libby Kirwin Real Estate sent over some photos of this fantastic penthouse condo in Newport, Rhode Island. Libby worked with an investor to transform a dilapidated neighbourhood elementary school into a 13-unit condominium building, which sold out pretty quickly and I can see why! With exposed brick and beams and lots of ceiling angles for added architectural interest, this is a dream! And those hardwood floors are gorgeous but I can't believe the stagers covered it up with so many large rugs. Other than that I am in love.
Is your week dragging on like mine? Even though the hump day has passed does it still feel like you are wading waist deep in molasses? If the answer is yes then it's time for a virtual getaway to the Greek island of Rhodes, to the latest hip and happening, bohemian lifestyle, fun in the sun, über stylish holiday resort. Welcome to Casa Cook. After you've checked in and thrown your bags in your room I'll meet you by the pool.