Do you relate?
It’s the downside of Pinterest. No matter how much you love your house, you’ll find spaces & places on Pinterest that you absolutely covet that will just never work in/at your house – leaving you wishing & yearning, knowing they’re unattainable. There’s changes that the budget simply won’t allow, and that’s a whole different story…. I’m talking about the spaces or design ideas that just don’t jive with the mojo you’ve already created, or the structure that already is. You. Won’t. Have. It.
With that incredibly disheartening thought in mind, I’m showing you my very own “I Wish” list. The pins that both delight & depress me. I’m going to show you around My Pinterest House.
We have a fantastic outdoor area (in Real Life)….But not this kind of fantastic. A full height, stone, wood burning fireplace conjures up chilly Fall evenings & cool Spring mornings outside by the fire. And nothing uber-fancy, just lots of stone and character.
Leading away from the multi-seasonal outdoor space, you’d head directly into the Sleeping Porch. I’d be fine if it looked like this one from Maple&Magnolia. Though I’ve never had one, I’m certain the name is misleading in that you don’t have to sleep here – the idea of just saying you have a Sleeping Porch is extremely romantic and eccentric and lovely – and I would spend hours reading and relaxing here. And being eccentric. And lovely.
Let’s continue the tour inside, shall we?
This first picture was our ‘inspiration’ for our Real Life Master Bedroom MakeOver (here, here, & here). And overall, we did okay, stayed true to the ‘vibe’. But it will never have those gorgeous vaulted ceilings with white washed beams, or an adjoining sitting area.
From the Master Bedroom, this corridor with a charming white washed brick wall would lead to a romantic and elegant Ensuite bathroom….it hits all the marks for me – soft & timeless in style, graceful and lived in.
Of course the heart of the home is the kitchen.
The “dreamkitchenIcouldneverhavewhereilivenow” could be either of these…I’m not picky. I love the natural light in both of them, large expanses of windows overlooking the same rolling hills and lush acreage that the outdoor fireplace & sunporch views offer. And oh look, more exposed ceiling beams.
Adjoining the kitchen would be the Keeping Room. Similiar to the Sleeping Porch, I’m mostly captivated with the name. And it would definitely need to have exposed brick:
housebeautiful/j randall powers
The Keeping Room would naturally open up to the Family Room.
Last but most definitely not least, interior ‘barn doors’. In picture 1, a brilliant alternative to French doors, Picture 2, an armoire front….probably in the space that at one time was a “formal parlor”, and is now a Gathering Room. We’d Gather.
Do you ever look for the ‘common threads’ in your design pins? The details that, if you put them all together, show you exactly what you want, what you really really want? (you totally just sang that, didn’t you?) According to my pins, I need a large, old, country manor of sorts….On acreage, preferably located somewhere with a mild climate…..Clearly, there’s some details to iron out.
Of course it makes sense (with the acreage) to have a barn on the property (small is fine)….a work space for DIY projects. This is quite perfect:
MacMurray Ranch (Gallo family winery) by architects Backen, Gillam & Kroeger[/caption]
As further evidenced by my Pinterest boards, I also want about 15 dogs, a kangaroo, horses and deer. And I want them all to cuddle.
So, is it just me? Or does Pinterest create dreams of totally unrealistic spaces for you too?
If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, I can help you create the extraordinary. Fall in love with your home.
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