House Envy – Lakeside House with Classic Style

House Envy – Lakeside House with Classic Style

This house is undoubtably a classic in style and colour palette and is sure to give you serious house envy. This home is awash with a beautiful soft palette of whites, taupes, greys greens and blue.  This colour scheme is a muted version of all the colours found outside the house in the sky, lake, trees and stones. Don’t call it Hamptons though because the location is lakeside in Altanta USA.

What makes this home special is the balance of natural materials such as wood and stone used throughout against the main player – white. I spied this beauty way back in 2012 and its still just as relevant for inspiration today.


Im sure that this kitchen is quiet large in size and what we cant see is the actual size of the room and the butlers pantry. I do love the extra table/counter space on castors in the kitchen area.  It’s unusual to have a split “island” bench so to speak, but I love that its flexible and a prep area also doubles as a casual dining table 

Open shelving gives the right balance on the back wall and I love that they used the small space next to the range hood for a pretty & practical space.  Its hard to spot but the lower cabinetry next to the oven is in black.  The butlers pantry has a library ladder to access the full height of the room and cabinetry that stores all the glassware & china.

When you have large open living areas the key to making a space work is to create zones.  Even though there is what could be considered a more formal dining area, I love the timber table that sits in front of the white lounge. This table is not necessarily for eating, but games, cards, coffee, or just conversation,

The zones are also structured by the use of the jute rugs. This whole room is based on texture, from the rugs to the reclaimed timbers and shiplap panelling.

The master bedroom is so simple and beautiful.  The white and taupe colours are perfect. and are carried through into the ensuite. Can you spy the glass pendant hanging over the mirror?  Its little details like this that make this home amazing.

The other rooms and spaces continue the classic palette of whites, neutrals and greys. Just the right amount of blue makes an appearance in one of the guest rooms.

Fixer Upper’s Scandi + Industrial Style Renovation

Fixer Upper’s Scandi + Industrial Style Renovation

If you are looking for inspiration for a small space, here it is.  Check out this boathouse renovation. It has a very scandi + industrial vibe!

I have finally been able to watch an episode of Fixer Upper, with the amazingly talented Chip & Joanna Gaines. I follow their blog and have seen the images of their work but i had never seen an episode of the show until now. I love their style and ability to mix farmhouse with modern in most of the renovations they do.  I watched an episode the other night that made me ooh and ahh with the final transformation.

They took an old boat house, this colour and material palette & created a completely fabulous result.


 The open plan kitchen space is pure genius to run the counter all the way down one wall. Open shelving and those overhead lights are a genius way to overcome lack space due to a window.  They have gone right over what would be considered a no go zone but without taking aways from the view and adding extra style.

I just love the use of awnings over windows inside.  It is not the first time I have seen them and they can look great and add an extra element to the design. Keeping the colour palette consistent is one of the reasons this small space seems much bigger. Moving from room to room the black, white, tan and timber tones work to make the space feel cohesive.

Quad bunks were the ideal space saving choice and in a space where you could go nautical i love that they have taken a more industrial theme approach. The bathroom with its mainly black tiles is proof that even in a small space black does not mean it will look small or closed in. The tiles create a sense of luxury and character in what is a very tiny bathroom.

This renovation proves regardless of whether you have a large or small space, on land or on water…you can design any space to look and feel amazing. One of the reasons I love this reno so much is that they did not go for the obvious nautical or coastal theme. 

If you need help with your renovation or design concepts we would love to help, check out our Design Services.

This Beach Cottage Is The Perfect Mix Of Coastal & Classic Style

This Beach Cottage Is The Perfect Mix Of Coastal & Classic Style

Beach cottage style designs are becoming trendier these days maybe because of the influence of Social Media. There are so many elements to love about this house. The fresh beachside cottage feel, lashing of white inside, classic styling and so many clever design ideas.

A marble slab was installed under the kitchen window and creates a great servers and bar area. No need to have bifold windows as long as you can open your kitchen windows out or up, you can create an instant bar.

Outdoor servery kitchen window marble benchtop

This house is the ideal holiday home, overlooking the ocean and sleeps 12!  Originally featured in House Beautiful (USA) Magazine back in 2012, this beachside cottage proves it has timeless appeal.

In the dining room the banquette seating with ample storage underneath also moonlights as a guest bed. If you would like to recreate this style in your home, check out the Shop This Look at the end of the post.

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The nautical styling is not too kitsch and seems to be balanced by a some modern industrial elements. What caught my eye in this kitchen is the great use of a chalkboard under the high bench with stools.

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The owners had a fridge custom made by an Antique Vintage Appliances to look like and old ice chest.  The dutch door is another interesting feature in the kitchen.

Retro icebox refrigerator-marble-countersin cottage kitchen

Two fabulous ideas from the image below. They have used two different types of paint finishes on the boards, one gloss and one flat. Not sure if its the same paint colour but because the reflective quality is different it would create the look of varying colours.

The other design idea I absolutely love is the use of the antique roller world map that is used to cover the TV when not in use….genius

Vintage poster used to cover TV

Bunk beds are essential in a holiday home. These have been styled to appeal to both kids and adults. The curtains on the bunks provide privacy but also echo the porthole theme. Using grommets of various sizes and metals is a clever design element.

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Metal lockers for guests keep their personal items in the bathroom. A great example of the successful mix of nautical and industrial styling.

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The downstairs living room uses some industrial style metal crates that have been turned upside down to become coffee tables

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The exterior shingles the colour of driftwood, french inspired linen tablecloth, metal stools and
the ocean behind make this a deck styled to perfection. Hope this house has provided some great ideas and inspiration for your home or holiday abode.

To help you create this look in your home I have created a “Shop This Look” below.


Shop This Look - Coastal holiday home

1/ Cushions 2/ Linen Tablecloth 3/ Pendant Light 4/ Tolix Stool 5/ Table 6/ Chairs 7/ Tea Towel 8/ Chest 9/ Tray

A Minimalist Home To Inspire You To Live With Less Clutter.

A Minimalist Home To Inspire You To Live With Less Clutter.

This lovely white abode has just the right balance of crisp white, clean design and highlights of warm wood and texture. This house is in Seattle USA although it looks just like a Sydney beachside cottage. The house was styled in the photo’s for a real estate listing {thats why it looks so clean and there are no personal items anywhere} Although I love that it is so paired back you can see the actual design layout and the fixtures.

This home is a wonderful example of how to pull off a crisp white design while still keeping your home warm and inviting.

They have used dark walnut flooring to balance the room and other wood elements throughout. The dark table and stair handrail provides a great contrast. The use of black door hardware with handles and hinges is a small detail but has a big effect.

Dining room banquette seating Seattle House

The window banquette seating in the dining room is a great idea and use of space in the narrow walkthrough area. The mirror reflects the one pendant to create a feeling of space and seeing 2 pendants where there is really only one.

I really love the large window seat. The big glass panel allows light to be flooded into the dining and stairwell area.

Kitchen 3 Seattle House

There are feature walls that have paneling, that bring texture and interest to the all-white rooms. In the picture below you can see 3 different wall finishes, gyprock, paneling and subway tiles but they all work because they are all the same colour.

Living room chair Seattle House

Master Bedroom 2 white and grey Seattle

A sea of soft neutrals completes this coastal styled master bedroom. Makes me want to remove all my excessive stuff in my home and make it a clean minimalist design.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s LA Homes Exterior

Gwyneth Paltrow’s LA Homes Exterior

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s stylish LA house is a delight to look at. Now this my friends is a house…… It is utterly full to the brim of fabulous spaces so I will cover it in 3 posts, firstly the exterior, the kitchen and then other rooms.

I am imagining this is my home and I can hear the gravel crunching as I drive through the gates….sigh. The photography in these first few images make the house colour look a little dull. But the sunny LA atmosphere makes it more interesting to have a look at it personally.

Gwyneth Paltrow LA House exterior 1

This image is not the best as it makes the front doors and planters look black, when they are a beautiful rich blue.

 Gwyneth Paltrow LA House exterior 4

I love the simplicity of the colour palette, the painted brick and the quioning (corner brick work). The house was designed as a concept house by designer Windsor Smith.  It was commissioned by US magazine Verandah and different designers worked on various rooms.

Gwyneth & Chris snapped it up for a cool $10 mil.

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This style of home looks like it could be in Sydney or the outskirts of London but it is in LA. To me that proves that classic design is both timeless and has no geographical boundaries.

Gwyneth surely must love to stay in this house. Stay tuned for the kitchen, its amazing!

Angie Sig
House Envy – Federation Style Home’s Modern Renovation

House Envy – Federation Style Home’s Modern Renovation

This stunning white Federation home in Auckland NZ has recently undergone a modern renovation and oh my…its fabulous. This home is featured in the latest issue of Trends Renovation.

New Zealanders have their exterior colours worked out.  They have a different light than we do here in Australia, but they balance this by having their exteriors in a slightly greyed off or muddier version. This creates a look of depth rather than eye blinding bright regardless of the colour.  Its for this reason that I love the trendy and modern Colours of NZ palette that Dulux brought out recently.

This house has been given new life for a family with the extension that has been designed and executed so well by Darren Jessop of Jessop Architects Auckland & Sonya Cotter Design

I love the large skylights in the verandah (very clever) that allow natural light to flood in. Note the lovely ash colour of the decking, so many options other than a deep reddy brown that can look to heavy.

It is the simplicity of the house that draws me in with the white on white colour scheme allowing the original period details of the house to shine.

And just when you think its going to be a wash out of white inside….the black cabintery does a stellar job of creating a dramatic modern kitchen.

I love the mix of the black and white here.  So bold and it really makes that fabulous Carrera Marble splashback shine.Modern, sleek but to me also a family friendly space…love it!

A brilliant design is the secret wine cellar from an automated trap door in the kitchen, brilliant!!!

Great use of a charcoal in a living room. The panelled ceilings are just gorgeous.

To read all about this amazing villa please click here to go to Trends Ideas.

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