Hi everyone and welcome to a new week on Desire to Inspire. I’ve been thinking of imperfection over the weekend. I went to see a house and I’m trying my hardest now to buy it. We should know in a few of days after the banks and building inspectors and valuers and agents have prodded and poked, massaged figures and stared down sellers. The house was built in 1860 and got me wondering about imperfection and the beauty of gently aged things. If we are successful I don’t want to gut renovate but to slowly add my own layers to the old house. To leave a crack or an unevenly plastered walls. To cherish the footsteps worn in the cedar stairs. To gently clean the wood burning stove and live with the warped floorboards. I don’t have photos yet to show you but instead I wanted to share the tattered beauty of another home, this one English, one of the locations from Oak Management. Why do we so often race in and rip out ?
My head is racing with too many things. Work, the blog, home (maybe even a new house… there you go I’ve jinxed it… need to touch wood). Holidays in far off places with sunny climes and pure peace and simplicity keep popping into my mind. If only. La petite Bastide near the the village of Lourmarin in Provence. My sigh is almost as strong as the mistral.
I had a very VERY busy long weekend filled with driving furniture across the city, painting, hanging shelves, organizing my clothes and helping cats #8 and #9 adapt to living at my house. I wasn’t sure I was going to have time to get a post ready for Tuesday but it’s so freaking hot here (34°C with the humidity and it’s 8:09 pm Monday night) that I need a short break. I found some interior design works of Netherland-based Studio Ina-Matt in a magazine recently (can’t remember which one – I bought a stack of them when I hung out with my sister at the hospital a few weeks ago when her husband had a brain tumour removed) and their website is under mostly construction so I don’t really have any background on them. Doesn’t really matter as these photos speak for themselves. Their kitchens are divine, ones that I have only seen in my dreams I’m telling ya. Rustic and totally gorgeous. Perfectly understated.
We’ve had terribly cold weather here in Ottawa for the last few days so I think it’s time to take a little trip. I’m thinking about a riad in the Medina of Marrakech. Problem is if I ever visited this home I’d without a doubt NEVER leave. Every detail is simply stunning. This is what paradise looks like in my dreams.
(Photos by Paola Miozza via Marie Claire Italy)
Melissa of CCS Architecture emailed the other day with some photos of an INCREDIBLE retreat in Aptos, California designed for a couple with 6 children. Located on 20 acres, the property (with ocean and mountain views) includes 2 primary buildings. The first is a 2800-square-foot main house that is composed of a ‘live building’ and a ‘sleep building’ that overlap at their roofs to create a linkage and sheltered outdoor space. The second is the Barn, a 1600-square-foot, rusted steel warehouse outfitted for use as the property’s “clubhouse.” The first floor is set up for ping pong and large-screen TV watching, and houses surfboards and other recreational beach equipment. The loft level is set up with a billiard table and sofa beds all around for additional slumber party needs. Folks, this sounds an awful lot like my dream home. And after devouring the photos below, this looks like my dream home. Brace yourselves…..