Friday, February 24, 2012

Delray Beach Florida Project Update

Things are finally coming together at the house in Florida....
here are a few recent pics!

The Office

The Living/Foyer

The Family Room/Kitchen

The Patio/Pool Area

Thanks to The Pink Pagoda for inviting me to 
the Blue and White bash linking party!  

Check out her store full of goodies like these...
as well as her gorgeous blog by clicking the invite below....


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love is in the air....

Please click on the card....

Photo from D. Robu

Hoping all your valentines are sweet!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Barn Door Chic

Having hung out in a few Texas barns when I was young I remember lots of things about them....the warm fuzzy smell of hay and fur, the sound of rain on the tin roof, the soaring ceilings that kept the heat up high, the  exposed wood on the inside, and lots of sliding barn doors. 

I've always wondered if there is a reason most barns are red....
Does anyone know why??  

Here is a cute barn that isn't painted yet....

So lately I've noticed lots and lots of barn doors making it into interiors....a great idea I think as long as your not worried about sealing noise in or out.

Here are a few ideas for bringing barn doors into the house:
These first three are my favorites!

Barn Door Laundry

Barn Door BBQ

This door hides a kitchen pantry....
Clever barn door!

Here are a few bath barn doors in various colors:

Here are barn doors used for home offices.....

These doors do double duty...

Love the use of blue painted doors mixed with the rustic wood and white floor!

Barn doors make great-room spaces cozy...

Check out the rustic brick floor and the fretwork on the doors....LOVE!

Most famous barn doors by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Ozzy Osborne and family...

Black doors look basic but charming...

Shabby chic barn doors...

Barn doors are super versatile and a clever way to keep annoying door swings a non-issue in small or tight spaces.  They easily add character and color to a space and are also a great way to assure handicap access if need be.  

So if you are looking for fresh door ideas, 
look no further than the barn door and dress it up or down to suit your personal style.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sam's Chevron

Today will be a short post as my son
Marco is home in my bed with a fever :(  

Poor baby!

I came across these bright and colorful chevron trims from Samuel and Sons and thought they were nice enough to share with you....

The black and white is my about you? 



Monday, February 6, 2012

Villa Volpi

As many of my readers know, 
I have a particular fondness for Italy so when I discovered 
this property my heart beat a little faster...

Arial view of Villa Volpi

Perched atop the sand dunes of the Tyrrhenian Sea, 
the magnificent Villa Volpi was commissioned in 1958 by the Countess Nathalie Volpi Misurata and features 1300 feet of coastline only 60 miles south of heart of Rome! 


The property lies between the sea and a freshwater lake similar to Mar-a Lago in Palm Beach and is 26 acres in size.  

Designed by Milanese architect Tomaso Buzzi, the style of the villa is Classical with nods to Palladio and the Greek style of architecture that inspired him.
Villa Volpi from the Sea

Entrance to the Villa Volpi

Villa Volpe was featured in Casa Vogue April 2008....
the views are mind numbing-ly stunning.

I found it interesting to see Buzzi's as well as other sketches included in an article from Italian Casa Vogue.  They show the design process and how the villa was conceptualized by him. If only I could speak Italian, then I could have learned a few more details about the villa in the article. 

I'm not sure why but the furniture company Henge is mentioned for some reason.  The campaign style furniture sketches resemble those in the picture above.

Notice the bookcase tucked under the stairs....for many reasons these interiors remind me of Alessandra Branca's work who I adore....

Alessandra Branca

While the style of the villa is formal I found it refreshing to see that the interiors weren't overdone in a heavy handed grandiose fashion.  They remain classical but comfortable with little stools to easily move around and cozy book nooks for reading.  Perfect for a beach house! 

Chaises for lounging in the sun....

This is my favorite shot of the villa....breezy elegance personified. 

A few sketches of furniture and furniture details....
those Nautilus would make a great lamp finial don't you think?!

Villa Volpi was also featured in Elle Decoration

Here is a Tod's ad filmed at Villa Volpi...

To further add to my heart palpitations, 
Villa Volpi is offered for sale for the Russian tycoon's bargain price of $23 million (marked down from 33!) Expensive but for a property this unique not TOO outrageous....

I could absolutely see this villa made into a luxury hotel and spa by say....Tom Ford!  Of course we would have to collaborate a bit on the interiors.... 
(double sigh....)

A designer can dream can't she?




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