Monday, April 23, 2012

Sally Wheat does it again! House Tour

Four years ago while doing my regular blogolandia rounds I stopped over at Joni's and lo and behold, there it was-one of the house tours I have gone back to and studied over and over and over again- Sally Wheat's home!  I loved all the neutral tones.  They were so calming-exactly what I need after a long day.  Although it was all neutral, it was far from "boring beige."  Each room was filled with just the right amount of interesting art from architecturally interesting items like antique shutters and Bolivian driftwood to oil portraits to butterfly collections to religious relics, etc.

And so, when I heard she was redecorating, I could hardly contain my excitement.  Admittedly, while I am still partial to neutral, classic decor, I do enjoy pops of color.

Without further ado, here is Sally Wheat's new home as featured in Modern Luxury Interiors Texas Mag.

Love the big statement abstract print over the Dorothy Draper Chest in the entryway.

Amanda Talley painting over the fireplace, check!  Really like the pops of pink in this room.
I think she simply reupholstered the sofas she already had in a grey velvet.  She kept the antique shutters.  Everything is still neutral with a little bit more color.  Still soothingly calm.  Love it.

The living room is electric, but still subdued.  That Queen Elizabeth print, the hot pink La Fiorentina upholstered chairs, that vintage mirrored coffee table, and abstract paintings, oh and the African milking stool...Love it all.  Although I think the Queen Elizabeth print definitely MAKES this living room.

The blue velvet Milo chairs and that chrome and sheepskin? bench look amazing next to the warm, traditional, wood trestle table.

Below is a closeup of the wallpaper in the dining room.  Isn't this little lucite bar adorable?

The Master.  Quite the Master indeed.  Neutral with a little funk.

The Dorothy Draper chests frame that fab bed perfectly.

The master bath.  What is there to say?  An oasis.  That brass bamboo chair makes my heart skip a beat.

Not much changed in the kitchen save for some art and accessories...And why would this kitchen change?  It's classic.  Melds seamlessly with the new design of the house.

The breakfast room

Love the vignette below.  I am pretty sure the photo leaning up against the wall is part of the Praia Piquinia series by Christian Chaize.  I was so happy when I saw the Harry Allen Golden piggy bank that I had been lusting over for so long before I decided on another golden piggy bank.  ;)

Her son's room-  The industrial Circa lighting light fixture, the old album covers, the metal framed bunks, the guitar...this room is perfectly cool and all boy without the falling prey to 
the "blue boy room disease" as I call it.  

Sally Wheat has most definitely done it again.  To check out more pictures of her newly designed home or of her other projects, visit her facebook page.  It's full of goodies!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

DOMINO is Back?! Yay!!!!

They have just released the Spring/Summer issue and word is that they are selling out like hot cakes! Gold ones at that! So get thee to CVS or wherever you can get your hands on one, or two, or three (don't be greedy! Get one for your friend ;)

Go forth and be happy! :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

MLS STALKING! Dutch South African Village Coral Gables, FL HOUSE TOUR!

 George Merrick founded the City of Coral Gables with a Mediterranean style home in mind in the early 1920s.  However, he later decided to develop villages in Coral Gables to include as many as 15-20 themed villages with specific international architecture.  The purpose behind this endeavor was to attract more Northeners to purchase homes in “The City Beautiful”.  

As he planned this project he made sure to hire the most noteworthy architects in each style of home to design each village.  However, Merrick was unable to finish the project.  Only 80 of the 1,000 planned houses were built as a result of an economic downturn and a hurricane that struck South Florida in 1926.  Nevertheless, the 80 that he did complete, remain to this day some of the most sought homes in Coral Gables to this day.

The Dutch South African Village, one of Merrick's original villages,  is a collection of houses in the southern part of Coral Gables, south of US-1, off of Le Jeune Rd, near the Cocoplum Circle.  

These houses were designed to resemble the farmhouses of Dutch colonists who settled in South Africa in the 17th century.  This group of homes, advertised as the first of its style in America, were completed in May of 1927 and were designed by Palm Beach architect, Marion Sims Wyeth. 

As I was looking at the MLS, I came across this stunning Dutch Colonial Coral Gables home, and I knew I HAD to clear my schedule for the next few minutes to share it.  It's beautiful, and it's a perfect example of the rich, historic homes you can find in Merrick's villages in City Beautiful.  
I love the contrast of the ebony stained door, white facade, red shingle roof, and terracotta tiles.

 This house strikes the perfect balance of simplicity and drama.  
 The ceiling in this room is fantastic.  That painting leaning up against the wall on the right and the height of the fireplace really draw the eyes up.  I really like how simple they kept the fireplace.
The room below is one of my favorite.  The Dutch Colonial bed surrounded by a sea of white and coupled with a modern wire bookcase really updates that Dutch Colonial look and doesn't make it feel so heavy.
 I really like the simplicity and the industrial edge of this bathroom.

This kitchen, while more modern than I would prefer in my own home, is quite beautiful.  It reminds me of a kitchen you would find in a Spanish shelter mag.
The home looks spectacular at favorite time of day.

 Adorable outdoor sitting area.

I am going to try to find some homes in some of the other villages in Coral Gables and post them soon.  Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Jeez Louise these kitchens!!! GWOW!

You all must think I am terrible at keeping promises...I am sorry!  I moved across the country to the 305...Miami aka "home" and have been transitioning.

Well, nothing like a little kitchen porn to bring me back to blogland.  Ay Dios mio!

Be still my heart...carrara marble counters (or is it quartz? they finally made a GOOD carrara imitation), the hardware, the floors....and don't get me started on the lighting.   Add to all that awesomeness some Bells of Ireland, and I am sold....

Don't mind me...I am picking my jaw up off the floor.  Below we have the what I think is a pretty darn good recipe for a kitchen/breakfast nook.

Black casement windows, Circa Lighting Hicks pendant, Moroccan tile, French bistro chairs, and a pop of pink.

And this amazing kitchen with the charcoal grouted subway tiles and brass fittings...Love the farmhouse sink coupled with the industrial faucet.  Wonder if that sink is the DOMSJO?

The Spanish modern vibe of this one is soo cool.  Love the traditional terracotta floors, bistro chairs and trestle table coupled with more modern globe light fixtures, black casement windows, and industrial range.

Y esta?  This one is one of my all time favorite kitchens evah!  Tommy Smythe, Sarah Richardson's design sidekick is a genius!!  This kitchen is delectable.  The perfect balance of old and new.  Those classic herringbone patterned floors are gorgeous.  The antique looking verdi gris lantern, the sleek, modern stainless steel countertop, the classic shaker style cabinetry updated to include very of the moment black lowers and white uppers, classic carrara marble, industrial range and hood, vintage farm table and bentwood chairs.  This kitchen is smashing!!!

And these are the first wood grain cabinets that I like in quite a while.  I am partial to painted cabinets in case you hadn't noticed, but the stain on these wood babies is beautiful.  And the brass hardware is perfect.  Love the rustic vibe of this one.

All images via pinterest

Gosh I can't wait till we find a house here in Miami with a kitchen to gut!  Stay tuned!