This lakeside weekend home in North Carolina is an absolute DREAM! (And OMG it's a WEEKEND home?!?!) As I always say, a 'cottage' is where you can get away with anything. Here, the owners nixed the idea of a dining room in favour of a deep upholstered niche and shuffleboard table, and instead of a traditional boat dock opted for a 'party dock' - a floating lounge complete with wet bar, TV, swimmer's platform and loungey furnishings. There's even a bedroom converted into a gym with climbing wall. All made absolutely beautiful thanks to interior designer Heather Garrett. Perfectly rustic yet perfectly sophisticated and the perfect summer hangout. (In case you missed Heather's loft, it's here)
The August issue of Inside Out magazine hits the newsstands tomorrow and alright it's all white! (Oh bad pun.) Managing Editor Lee Tran Lam explains a little more in her latest email.
I know that white can seem a little intimidating – and too much white can conjure an image of those clinical science labs in the movies, you know the kinds where some horrible virus is unleashed? So we wanted to show how you can have white interiors that still have warmth and personality (and still are practical, because we all know how much of a stain-magnet white can be)!
This featured home belongs to textile and wallpaper designer Karina Pires, who runs House of Six. Even though the home is near Bondi Beach and she has two young kids, the strong use of white throughout has not been a nightmare to clean. And that's despite (boldly) painting the floors a good shade of white! "It doesn't chip, it's not shiny. It's been two years and we haven't repainted," she says. "The floors are also easy to maintain and, surprisingly, they don't ever look very dirty." She did spend a long time experimenting with the right paint to coat the floors with, so it seems like her constant juggling of many test pots paid off! She's also added vivid rainbow hints throughout, so it's not an overly bare home – these well-deployed bursts of brightness definitely add a mood-lift to each room. A small dose of colour goes a long way. Megan Morton styled the home beautifully and Françoise Baudet did a great job photographing it.
Wow! It's like dropping Skittles into a milk bottle. What fun! Can't wait to see more in the latest issue out tomorrow. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You can read along on Zinio, Google Play, the Apple Newsstand and Nook.
Some of you may not believe this, but after reviewing everything I thought I had decided on for the flooring on my main floor, I made another decision. Brace yourselves.....I AM GOING TO PAINT OUT MY MAHOGANY WAINSCOTING! (You can revisit that awfulness in this post) I realized that if I am going to redo all of this flooring that I am totally unhappy with, how can I keep this mahogany that I really REALLY don't like? It will be a big job that I can hopefully hire someone to take care of so I do not end up in the mental hospital down the road, and I have not yet come up with a plan for the colour. I figure I will deal with re-staining the floor, see what the result of that is, and then find something that works with it and the Farrow & Ball lotus wallpaper I am dying to use for the upper parts of the wall. So on this note, I thought I would share some photos of foyers with painted out wainscoting and wood paneling that I came across while doing a little research. (Dear gawd, what have I gotten myself into!)