Archives for August 2014

A SPRAWLING RANCH IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Interior Design: Windsor Smith

It’s hard to believe that this sprawling ranch home in the rolling hills of California is smack dab in the middle of the city of Los Angeles…..but it is, and it occupies about 3 acres of land in Brentwood. The homeowners (the wife to be exact and her two daughters) are equestrians. So, naturally, this is a horse property complete with horses, of course! The mother and her two daughters workout with their horses practicing and competing in various dressage events. Oh my, certainly something I have always dreamed about. As a former hunter/jumper/equestrian rider and horse owner, I always fantasized about living on a ranch with several horses……Sigh and Sigh again!!!

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The home embraces the beautiful, genteel elements of classic Italian and Spanish Colonial styles. I love the thick beams, cascading draperies and tall mirror. Speaking of those cascading draperies, what Windsor Smith has to say about the window treatments, not only speaks to their practicality but also to the principles of design. “Of course, during the daytime, the curtains protect from the glare”. “The roof lines are not high, so I hung the drapery at the top of the wall to lift the eye. . . .rather than use a big, heavy treatment, I chose a small rod that’s less ornate and more youthful.”

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A bold painting by James Nares in a traditional dining room.

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Another view in the dining room with bold art, antique table and 18th-c. dining chair.

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An expansive kitchen, with windows framing a gorgeous vista.

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The gorgeous vista. There are the horses!! My dream!!!

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I think this speaks for itself. . . .dream, dream, dream. . . .

Visions to Inspire. Design to Enrich.

Could you see yourself here?

 

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HAVE A SEAT

Being able to carve out some space in your  home for an intimate seating arrangement is such a wonderful way to creatively make use of a space whether it is a bedroom retreat or a small niche on a stairway landing. I hope you enjoy some of these images that I came across at Luxe magazine.

HAVE A SEAT and become inspired……..

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Here a pair of cream-colored settees are nestled just so along the curve of each wall. A beautiful Fortuny-like chandelier hangs dramatically over the round table that is flanked by a couple of benches for another spot to linger.

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What a cozy retreat to read a book or enjoy an after-dinner Cognac. A very organic vibe has been created by marrying texture and pattern, as seen in the zebra-print wing chairs with classic nailhead trim.

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A beautiful Master Bedroom sitting area with French doors leading to a balcony overlooking the backyard. What a lovely spot to sip your morning coffee and let your mind wander over the days events.

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A console table helps to divide a seating area with a pair of oversized sofas.

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Here, a small seating nook was created on the outskirts of a great room with spectacular lake views, which must have been used as inspiration for the ombre-style drapery fabric.

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A gathering room with neoclassical architectural details that have been paired with pieces that pay homage to 20th-century styles such as the 1970s mirror and the contemporary lounge chairs that reference the Art Deco era.

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A sitting room at the entrance of the Master Suite has been flanked with thick bookshelves, creating a small library.

ROOMS TO INSPIRE, DESIGNS TO ENRICH

HAPPY MONDAY!

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INSPIRATION YELLOW

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Happy and Bright

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To learn more about these images, click here.

May your weekend be happy, sunny and bright.

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

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I absolutely love lemons….from the color, to all that you can do with this lovely fruit. I have put together a few inspirational pictures for you to enjoy along with a recipe to try.

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A Delicious Lemon-Lime Recipe to Try. To see recipe, please visit here.

Thanks for stopping by

Images via my Pinterest.

 

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