Thursday, July 30, 2009

Yellow Kitchen Love

How fun is that yellow oven? And how great is that kitchen island? When I spotted this photo (from Canadian House & Home), I fell in love. Yellow kitchen love.

What do you think of colored appliances like this one? Would you ever consider buying one? What color would you choose?

As a girl who grew up in a home with dated brown appliances, I'd be afraid to spend that much on a color that I might grow tired of in a few years. But I'll never say never. Right now this yellow is looking pretty good to me!

I'm linking this post to Hooked on Fridays, a blog party that celebrates the things that make us happy. This kitchen is what I'm hooked on this week. Visit Hooked on Houses to see what everyone else is talking about--or to join the party yourself!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

David Hinchen's Houses


I just discovered David Hinchen, an artist who paints architectural illustrations and fine art house portraits. Some of my favorite pieces are the ones he painted of houses by the sea. This one is called "The Dunes:"


In an e-mail to me, David told me a little about his work: "My paintings celebrate the visually absorbing shapes, colors, textures and eccentric details of the urban landscape. I've developed an original technique which is characterized by precise ink images with acrylic tones painted over each other, resembling semi-opaque layers."

This one is called "East End Porch," and I would love to be sitting on it right now:


You can see more of Hinchen's work and read more about him at his website. He also has an Etsy shop.

P.S. I've got photos of the old stone farmhouse from the movie "Marley & Me" posted on my other blog today if you want to see them!

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Yellow House on the Water in Brisbane

I like looking through the real estate listings in other countries because you get to see houses that are a little bit different than we have here in the States. I found this beautiful yellow house that sits on the river in Brisbane, Australia, and fell hard for the "wraparound verandas."

I've always had a thing for yellow houses with white trim. When my husband and I bought our first house, it was gray. We painted it yellow and it really brought the house to life. We had a front porch, too, but nothing like this!

The verandas stretch all the way around the back of the house:

It sits on 12 riverfront acres and includes stables for horses. Oh, and there's a pool.

It's listed as "price on application," which translates as, "If you have to ask, you can't afford it." Want to see more? The listing is here.

P.S. It's Movie Monday at Hooked on Houses--my favorite blog day of the week! I'm featuring the Grogan family's charming starter home from "Marley & Me."

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Indian Key Chest

I spotted this Indian Key Chest on the Cottage & Bungalow website and wish I had an extra $2,645 sitting around to buy it. So pretty--especially in the beach house setting.

I even like the description of the colors: "Shown in Butter Pecan with Blueberry Crisp accent." Yum. Sounds good enough to eat.

Today is Hooked on Fridays, a blog party I host on my other blog at the end of the week to celebrate the things that make us happy. Come join us!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

An 1880s Farmhouse in the Hamptons: Classic in the Front, Contemporary in Back

This 1880s farmhouse in the Hamptons may look like a traditional older home from the front, but walk around back and you'll discover something much more modern.

It has been completely renovated to be eco-friendly. And it has a decidedly split personality. There are some more traditional-looking rooms, like these:

And then you run across some much more contemporary spaces, like these:

It really made me do a double-take when I first saw these. It looked like they had combined the photos from two different listings. The house is listed with Corcoran for $8.95 million. You can see the rest of the photos and get more information about the listing here.

P.S. I'm featuring photos of the classic white house from the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie movie "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"over at Hooked on Houses today.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What's Blue & White & Red All Over? This Beachy Kitchen!

I love a red and white kitchen. They always seem so happy. I have a white kitchen, and I bring out the red accents in the winter to warm things up (it's aqua and yellow now for summer). But I never really thought I'd like to see so much red in a beach house kitchen. Until now.

PK, a decorator who blogs at Room Remix, wrote a post last week about decorating with red and showed these two photos from Coastal Living. I love the red frame on the blackboard, the striped canisters, the "Beach" arrow sign--and the view.

P.S. I don't have a picture of my kitchen decorated for summer, but I did post my family room with the aquas and yellows if you want to see it: How I Furnished My Family Room on a Tight Budget.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Sailboat Chair

When I first spotted this piece of furniture on the Anthropologie website, I admit I was a little puzzled. It looked sort of sailboat-like, sort of hammock-like. It was sitting on a dock, near the water, but had legs like a chair. Hmmm. A furniture mystery! So I had to investigate.

They call it a suspension chair. To be precise, it is a $558.00 "design marvel crafted of chestnut-hued wood and a carefully strung cradle of taut jute." (Hand that copywriter a medal for Most Creative Description of a Strange Sailboat-Shaped-Chair-Hammock Thing.) Oh, and it costs an additional $75 to ship. *Cough*

I'd be tempted to get it except, well, I don't have a dock to set it on, and I'm not sure how well it would look on dry land (aka my living room). What do you think?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Summer Love


I realized something today. Maybe I want to live near the beach so badly because I love the summertime, and it seems like coastal living would be a kind of endless summer.


I have friends and family who live in coastal towns, and I'm sure they'd be the first to set me straight on this. But let me have my dream. My dream of days filled with sunshine and sand, flip-flops and lemonade, lazy mornings and late nights. Everything just seems easier, lighter, and more fun this time of year.

I was in Target today and they had set up their Back to School section already. I wanted to cry! I'm not ready to face the idea of fall yet. I want to pretend it's never coming.


Come on--let's run away. Just follow those little footprints in the sand. Looks like endless summer ahead!

{Photos top & bottom via Coastal Living. Center photo mine, of my daughter Lily on the beach in Siesta Key.}

I'm linking this up to the Hooked on Fridays party I'm hosting over at my other blog today because I'm hooked on summer. I'm also adding this to Melissa's Beautiful Life party. Go see what everyone else is talking about today! :-)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Let the Sun Shine In

I'm in a yellow kind of mood. I find myself ripping pictures out of magazines and catalogs like these that have pops of bright, sunshiny color.

I came "thisclose" to buying this yellow cabinet from IKEA recently. Looking at it now makes me think I might just have to go back and get it. Surely I can find someplace in my house for it?

And I love this chair from Anthropologie. Hmmm. Where, oh, where, could I use a yellow chair?

Do you have a certain color that's been calling to you lately?

I've read a couple of books about color theory that say that when you're craving a color, it represents something that's lacking in your life. Like light blue represents creativity (which is why I painted my home office light blue recently!). Purple means you have a longing for spirituality. And yellow, as I recall, stands for communication.

(Photo at the top from BHG.)

P.S. I'm giving a tour of the Queen Anne Victorian home used for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" over at my other blog today. If you've ever been curious about what it actually looked like inside, take a look!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

An Easy, Breezy 1850s Guest House

When House Beautiful featured this 1850s guest house recently, I thought it looked like it could easily be found near the ocean. I was surprised to read that it's actually on a 180-acre farm in Round Top, Texas. It just has that easy, breezy charm of a cottage by the beach.

The unpretentious central hallway has a big wicker basket to stash your boots in. The wood floors were painted with a checkerboard pattern to make the small space look larger:

Who wouldn't have sweet dreams in a serene little bedroom like this?

The bathroom console was found at an antiques fair:

The living room:

Love the big porch swing--and the big porch!

A rustic gazebo on the property looks like a great place for family gatherings:

Check out House Beautiful for the rest of the beautiful photos of this guest house and read an interesting interview with its designer, Ginger Barber.

I'm linking this up to the Hooked on Fridays party I'm hosting over at my other blog today because I'm hooked on this guest house! Something else that makes me happy: my Grandma Hazel, who turns 93 today. I posted one of my favorite old photos of her on my Facebook page from the 1940s, if you want to see it. :-)