Cindy Hattersley from Rough Luxe Perspective asked a group of bloggers including myself to do a post on creating their dream home. I have been creating my dream home in my head since I was a teenager, so naturally, I jumped at the chance. I thought it would be so easy! I would just visit my inspiration file and search out all my favourite images and voila! Well, it turned out that, as much as I love so many interiors that I see, when it comes to a home for myself, I am fussy, fussy, fussy!! So after many, many hours of deliberation, what you see here, is as close to my dream home as I am probably likely to get.
My entryway would look something like this, lots of grey weathered wood, a feeling of spaciousness and fairly sparsely furnished.
I would have one beautiful piece of furniture placed in this area, displaying a few of my favourite things.
My family room would be spacious, very comfortable and geared for easy living (picture lots of boys sprawled on every sofa, a couple of dogs following suit, a coffee table filled with the remnants of family life, empty glasses, pizza boxes... you get the picture!) There would have to be a large flat screen hidden in one of those gorgeous cupboards, a sound system in the other. As much as I appreciate technology, I don't like to look at it!
My living room would be a quiet, elegant space, where I could escape the chaos of family life from time to time and read, drink tea or chat to a friend.
My dining room would be big enough to accommodate a large table, a fireplace for winter, and french doors to be opened up for summer.
I, somewhat surprisingly, ran into problems when looking for my dream kitchen. Nothing I saw matched my dream in its entirety. So I had to improvise. I would like an island along the lines of the one above....
....a weathered wooden floor like this one....
....exposed trusses and a chandelier like this....
...and a colour palette like this one above.... If anyone sees a kitchen like.... please send it to me.... I need it to complete my dream!
I would have a beautiful courtyard leading off my kitchen for morning coffee, or a pre-dinner glass of wine.
My laundry room would be quite rustic, with a brick floor like this.
My study cum art studio would be along these lines....
... and my husband's study, something like this. (I didn't consult him on this one, I suspect he might have other ideas!).
Our bedroom would be spacious, airy and comfortable....
....with a dressing room to match....
...and a calm, elegant bathroom where I can soothe away the troubles of the day.
My guest bedroom (above) and bathroom (below) would be romantic and inviting. Would you like to come and stay?
For my boys' bedrooms, I turned to Restoration Hardware because that it one thing they really do well.
This one above, for my 15 year old...
.....this one for my 13 year old....
.....and this one for my 10 year old twins. (Just for the record, I didn't consult them either...they like the type of bedrooms you see on Extreme Home Makeover...Say No More!)
This remains my all-time favourite boys' bathroom.
I would love to have a sunroom like this leading out onto the swimming pool area.
I love this swimming pool that can be turned into a water feature when the fountains are turned on.
I would need an outside dining area close to the house...
...as well as one under the trees at the bottom of the garden.
The garden would be largely informal and a bit overgrown, mostly featuring green and grey.
So there you have it, my dream home..... no jacuzzi's, no media rooms, no wet bars... only simple family living..... just the way I like it.
Please visit the blogs below to see all of their wonderful dream homes.
Till next time
Image source: 1. Ottima Cibo via Lanalou 2. Tumblr 3. Apply Hoare via Eclectic Revisited 4. Linen and Lavender .net 5. Living Rooms 6. Tovves Sammesurium 7. Hickman Design Assoc 8. Garnier Kitchen 9. Casa Decorada 10. Pinterest Brooke Gianetti 11. Barnes Vanze Architect 12. David Bowen @ Salisbury Artisans 13. Design Chic 14. Best Home Decorators.com 15. Searching for Style 16. Decor de Provence 17. eclectic Revisited 18 Velvet Palette 19 Kelly Harmon 20-22 Restoration Hardware 23. Providence Design 24. Blue Room lady Tumblr 25. The Foo Dog ate my Homework 26. France Vacation Villa 27 Tumblr 28. Shoot Factory