Today’s reader’s home comes from Phyllis of Henhurst Interiors, and boy is it a DOOZIE!
The house was built in 1913, a traditional and modest Vermont village house, with an unfortunate 1980’s addition of a downstairs bedroom (that was the room off the kitchen we turned into a seating area.) The house had not had many improvements (there was no heat being directed to the second level, just a single open grate in the floor of one of the bedrooms) and anything that was added we ripped out (rough built-ins and an ill-positioned wood stove.) We took some walls down to the studs, moved doors to make spaces more functional, and gutted the single existing bathroom which also housed the washer and dryer. We built an addition containing a mudroom, powder room and garage on the first level and an office, laundry room and master bedroom suite above. The addition was designed in the vernacular of the original house and of this region, and in the new section we replicated the interior doors and oil-rubbed bronze hardware that were found in the old section. We also replaced all the windows with energy efficient ones in the same ‘ six over one’ configuration of the originals and replaced the exterior cedar shakes that were the siding with wood clapboards. When we bought the house it looked like a sea shanty. It was a sad and neglected ugly duckling, and to someone else it might have been a tear-down, but I knew right away we could make it beautiful. I have added before and after photos of the bath as well as exterior photos so you can see how tragic is really was. This is a perfect example of a renovation that maintains the original vibe of the home – inside and out. It’s absolutely beautiful and was obviously a labour of love for Phyllis. I am thoroughly impressed.
Here is a before photo of the exterior:
It’s cute, but OMG check out the new exterior with addition:
And here are some before photos of the neglected interior:
You won’t believe the transformation….
A before photo of the only washroom:
Here it is with a complete overhaul:
This next home is Jennie’s, located in Mercer Island, WA (just outside of Seattle). It was a 5 year project that basically took the interior down to the studs. It’s on an acre of beautiful property with alot of work done on the outside as well. This home is stunning, and the classy decorating should help sell it it no time. I adore the foyer – the black ceiling and detail is dramatic and wows from the start. The kitchen isn’t too shabby either. I would certainly enjoy cooking a big meal in there. View the listing here.
I have 2 readers’ homes for you today, both of which happen to be for sale. This first one belongs to Dave and is located in New South Wales, Australia. I would call it a “private tree house sanctuary”. It’s a 1.5- 2bedroom Bungalow-style, Art-Deco era apartment perched high on an elevated hilltop approximately 100m from Bondi Beach. It has a magical tree-scaped outlook; the home feels like your very own private retreat. It features: private timber-decked verandah nestled amongst historic trees, contemporary finishes, maintaining period detail throughout, Snow White floorboards, bathroom: (my favourite room!!) features Tuscan tiles and Brodware Neu England tapware with heated floors and towel rails, white-on-white pallet. It’s gorgeous – love how bright and airy it is. The retro vibe is a bonus and I’m smitten with kitchen island and stools. (View the listing here).
I’ve got a Canadian reader’s home to share with you all today, from Kris: I am an Art Director living in Vancouver and obsessed with midcentury modern design. Vancouver’s downtown westend has a number of amazing low rise buildings built in the late 1940’s that feature a separate penthouse on the roof. I was lucky to find one a year ago that I now call home or sometimes the “Sky Ranch”. My boyfriend Mick and I immediately painted everything white as we always do and began to fill the apartment with a mix of vintage finds like our Eero Saarinen Womb chair and Tulip table along with a pair of original Basket chairs. A few key Ikea pieces round out the mix. Our 500 sq ft rooftop deck is pimped out with Canadian designed Solair chairs in white along with Ikea’s classic Vago easy chair. Windmill palms and my favorite piece – a Weber charcoal BBQ grill – complete the mix. If Vancouver was right next to Ottawa I’d ask Kris to be BFFs. He has a penthouse apartment (rooftop no less), classic midcentury furniture, a large deck, my 2 favourite outdoor chairs…*sigh*.
Today’s reader’s home comes from Carolin: I’m 34-years-old and I’m living in Cologne, Germany, working as a graphic designer. I love living in a comfy & neat home and I do love to craft, so I renovated this 60 sq m apartment completely on my own. I painted the walls, built some lamps and the table, painted the chairs and did the art work (also the photos, as I love to photograph, too). Some furniture is new, some is from my grandma, and some are flea market finds – like the ladder, which I brought home by foot, though this was a 2 hour walk ;). I love the cosy vibe of Carolin’s place, especially how she used paint to create interest on the walls – instead of just doing the typical focal wall. And WOW – great DIY art!