Archive | May, 2012

In case you were thinking of running away…

29 May

I know of the perfect place….

ImageI found said getaway when I stumbled across this picture on Pinterest. Naturally, I pinned it noting the stone sink and the simplicity of it all. Curious as ever, I tracked down the link to the original source and found Byron View Farms located near Byron Bay, a beach-side town located in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Uhm… give me three seconds to pack.

This is part of the view (once you look past the rolling hills of farmland on which the cottage sits):Image According to their Web site:

“Byron View Farm commands the highest property in the Byron Shire with almost 360 degree uninterrupted sweeping ocean to mountain views, and only 10 minutes to the beach. Complementing the original 100-year-old farm house, the cottage is private and secluded, luxuriously appointed and fully self contained.”

Well, doesn’t that sound lovely? It looks as lovely as it sounds. You’ll see that I’m still obsessed with white evidenced by the few images I’ve pulled of the cottage from the site:

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G’Day Matesthanks for reading.


Off with Her Roof.

18 May

Today I bring a heap of inspiration to those of you who dream of attic living. That’s how I started this post two days ago before all the links and credits I’d been tracking down across the World Wide Web were not saved but sacrificed to cyberspace. That’s what happens when I blog after midnight.

So, today I bring what I intended to bring two todays ago—a heap of attic inspiration. 

Last week I met with Amy and Matt, who want to revamp their upstairs attic converting it into a master suite. I climbed into the attic with them and snapped this picture. It’s just what you’d expect an attic to be: rafters and more rafters and loads of potential—as long as they’re willing to take off the roof.

In the meantime I’ve been looking at attics. These are a few of my favorites.

Have a lovely day.

Get Low.

9 May

Maybe I should have titled this Lean On Me instead? Either way, the point I’ll try to make today is that these floors were made for more than walking—they’re a perfect place for setting down art. Let’s try leaning, leaning art, photography, or whatever against your walls. Put down the hammer. Put down the nail. We’ve talked about this before.

Here’s a little more inspiration for you from around the Web.




Desire to Inspire


From Grennwich

thank for reading, friends. hope your day is happy.

Bed Meet Window. Window meet bed.

2 May

I am standing in the doorway of Angela’s barely unpacked bedroom in her newly acquired 12th South home. And already, it feels like a home, even before the first thing is on the wall or unpacked.

Angela, if you’re reading this (I sort of know that she is) do not be upset about this before picture. I only shared one. We will knock their socks of with the after picture, okay?

Sorry friendly readers—just had to take care of some business. Back to the blog:

This is her bedroom, or a partial view of it standing in the doorway looking to the right toward her master bath. I know you can see that pretty claw foot tub and all that natural light. Love. it.

Basically, she has one solid wall that’s uninterrupted. The others are clad with windows or doors. She also has a plenty of vision and really good instincts. Nonetheless, she called me to help bring it all together. Enter Amy. The first recommendation I made was rotate the bed. Put it in front of the window. It will change everything about the space for the better.

Somewhere along the way someone said you can’t put the bed in front of a window. Somebody lied.

You can.
I’ve got proof. Here are a few example, many of which I shared with Angela. Be inspired!

Note: You should check out the before and after images of My Sweet Savanah‘s bedroom pictured below—such a beautiful transformation.

My Sweet Savanah

DashboardLittle Green Notebook

Elements of Style


House Beautiful

Michael Graydon

Like I said… somebody lied.

All of these beds are stellar and inviting examples of just how right a bed is in the midst of windows.

We will reveal her house room by room. We spent two hours making major progress on Saturday and came out with a task list and timeline for making it happen. Success!

In other news…

Micah came by to shoot my house. I expect to get the images from him this week—can’t wait to share. To prove that this is not just blog hype, here’s a photo I took of him working. Oh, the irony of it all… me running around with my iPhone taking bad Hipstamatic photos of him working all the while thinking I’m out of the shot and he can’t see me when he’s using a wide-angle lens and had to say a million times, “Amy J. I can see you in the shot.”  I love this guy. You will love his images.

Have a lovely day.