Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Chic and Gorgeous Seaside Cottage Renovation

Moving from the "Sound" side house from the earlier post this week,
I thought I would show a very different kind of waterside home.
Jill Johnson is a designer who lives in Manhattan Beach, California.
The house was redone on the inside and outside from scratch - and
as you can see above - with fantastic results for a 1800 sq ft home
where every crook and cranny was put to good use.

I really adore the kitchen and how she used accessories to add a
splash of color (greens and blues.)

Can you believe this was the kitchen before? 
The kitchen was a complete teardown.

A closer look at the details of the kitchen - white cabinets
with luxurious marble and nickel pulls.  Green and blue dishes
and accessories litter the kitchen.

As I mentioned before, the house is only 1800 sq feet and so
every space there was, nooks and drawers were built in
including this sofa across from the kitchen.

The original exterior of the house.

After exterior renovations...Now that's what I call
a Major upgrade on the curb appeal of this home. 
The new window shutters, wood shingle siding and
 brickwork all make a huge difference including
opening up the car port space.

Here is Jill Johnson hanging out at the front door of her home.

A before shot of the master bedroom.

This is what her bedroom looks like now.  Absolutely
divine isn't it?  I adore the colors she used and love her
taste in furniture and fixtures.

A fun living room with lots of different prints.

Her baby's bedroom with a "To die for Armoire" in a
shade of Robin Egg Blue.

What a fun and cozy dining room.  I'm a huge fan of gray and so
I find it cool how she painted the table gray to match the wallpaper
and fabric on the chairs.

Did I mention that I love this woman's taste in furniture?  Right
down my alley with all of the Hollywood Regency references
with the faux bamboo furniture.

So what do you think?  It's sort of like a cottage with a chic and
sophisticated edge to it.  What's your favorite room or thing from
the house?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Real Estate Stalking - Lakeside Cottage on an Island in Washington

I Love to look at houses.  Even if I'm not in the market to buy or sell a
 home, I still subscribe to newslsetters checking out houses on the market. 
Saw this wonderful house that's on the market.  The house is in Port
Madison, Bainsbridge Island in Washington state.  It really is the
quintissential lakeside home.

Home Profile:

- 3794+/- sq ft main house
– 3 bedrooms, 3 baths
– Walk out lower level
– 820 sq. ft. Guest House (1BR/ 1.75 BA)
– 2 car garage w/workshop
– .78 level acres w/view
– Direct beach access for boats
– Newer private well, 4 BR septic

The owners are avid boaters who built their dream home in 2008.
The nautical design was inspired by a home in Coastal Living
Magazine and combines some progressive materials, green
concepts and a northwest contemporary layout all while
maximizing natural light - essential for the Pacific Northwest!

Isn't the setting gorgeous?

Now that's a gorgeous looking backside of a house.

Inside, it's open and airy.

The view and sunlight are just fantastic.

You couldn't ask for a better lakeview from the deck off of the kitchen.

A spacious island kitchen with top notch appliances and finishes.

While induction heated stove tops definitely have their pros, I love gas
 burning stoves for cooking.  Something about the open flame and heat
that's hard to replace when it comes to cooking.

Gorgeous red toned flooring.

The dining and kitchen open up to a nice family room with a fireplace.

I get dibs on this bedroom for sure!!

It's hard to go wrong with a black, white and grey color palette.

At the top of the house seems to be a separate living unit.
Could perfect to be rented or for the in-laws.

A laundry room that opens onto a deck.

I love this boat bed!  What boy would turn down a bed like this?

Love the marble countertop and you can see a little bit
of the unique flooring.  Definitely a traditional yet very
classy bathroom.

You really can't have lakeside living without decks around the house.

If you're interested in the house, definitely check out Leah Applewhite's
site.  It has tons of information and even more photos. 

I hope you enjoyed this real estate "stalking" tour ^_^  Here's a
question for you...Would you rather live by a lake or by the ocean?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Desert Retreat Part II - Sharq Village & Spa in Doha, Qatar (Dining & Spa)

A continuation of our tour through the Sharq Village & Spa in Doha, Qatar
brings us to this fabulous outdoor dining space with a fantastic view of the
shoreline.  Qatar is a peninsular nation that is attached to Saudi Arabia on
one side and lies Northwest of United Arab Emirates.

They have an upscale and chic restaurant
with gorgeous lighting and furnishings.

Love the cascading light fixtures and the tufted curved banquette. 
 Shades  of green, brown and purple seem to blend really smoothly
together.  Just gorgeous.

In this space, you know you that you're in the Middle East.

The whole property is indeed structured like
a village inside high fortress like walls.

Here is the very grand entrance to their spa called The Sixth Sense.

Love the organic and rustic feel of this washing area.

Talk about a space that is soothing, serene and beautiful.

I certainly wouldn't mind spending the day at this spa.

I'd say the pool area ain't too shabby either.  A desert may not be the very
first you think of when you think of a vacation - but a desert by the sea,
why not indeed.

Photos from Kiwi Collection and Sharq Village & Spa

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Desert Retreat - Sharq Village & Spa in Doha, Qatar (Rooms & Scenery)

Many of you know that I love to draw inspiration from around the world.
I found this fabulour spa retreat called Shaq Village & Spa in Doha, Qatar -
not your every day sort of retreat.  I gotta tell you though, it's one of those
places where you know that you are in a whole different world.  I've always
loved Moorish  design which overlaps with Islamic architecture.  Above is a
very romantic bedroom with a desert and middle eastern flair.

Here's another room with a great balcony with a fabulous view.

Can you imagine gazing at a pink and orange sunset
like this? The sunsets must be absolutely gorgeous.

Some beautifully cultivated succulents in a courtyard.

A lounge area with a variety of exotic lamps and lanterns.

I just love the rich fabrics and tones used in this room.  Some
parts of Moorish design seems to overlap at times with the
Indian use of colors and intricate cut outs for windows.

The high ceilings of the buildings reminds me of a fort in the desert.
The scale of the place must be grand and like a city within a wall.
More photos to come of this place later in the week.

Do any of you share my love of Moorish design?

Photos from Kiwi Collection and Sharq Village & Spa