Several of you have asked to see the inside of our home. Although I have done several posts about parts of our home, I have never given you a tour in a single post. So here it is...
The stacked cement pillars as well as the pathway are made up of the broken concrete pieces that once were our old driveway. I found the vintage gate and the pair of urns at a the Santa Monica Flea Market.
Our little green dutch door allows us to open the door without losing our pups.
It also works well on Halloween!
Welcome to my home! It is a casual place. We built it 7 years ago, but Steve and I wanted it to feel like an old beach cottage.
We incorporated many vintage architectural pieces in the design including these old columns and the blue corbels. Everyone in the family has their own "locker" for their stuff by the front door.
There are actually 3 of these Murano glass ceiling fixtures that illuminate the downstairs. I found them on 1st dibs when Michael Bruno first started his wonderful site. We have no recessed ceiling lights, so our whole home is lit with ceiling fixtures, wall sconces and table lamps.
The living room is in the front of our house. It used to be all white, but I wanted it to feel cozier. I warmed up the space by putting grass cloth on the walls and painting the back of the bookshelves Vert de Terre by Farrow and Ball. The color matches the green stripes in my Bennison drapery fabric. The bound sisal carpet with a small hook rug on top also added warmth and texture.
Here is a close up of my Bennison pillows. I found the painting on the wall at a flea market. I just love her. I have several English bamboo pieces in my home, like this book book case.
Behind the living room is my dining room.
Here is the another view of the dining room. As you can see, our home has a very open floor plan. It works well for a home this size and makes our home feel nice and airy.
The big mirror on the wall was once a church window, and the ornate corbel came from an old home in New Orleans. I found both elements at a flea market when we were building our home.
My kitchen is behind my dining room. We lit the kitchen with school house fixtures and old holophane pendant lights. The ceiling is covered with tin ceiling tiles painted white. Windows behind the cabinets allow the light to illuminate my pink depression glass. Cups and plates are displayed on open shelves.
The counter tops are honed Carerra marble, and the backsplash is white subway tiles.
We paneled the refrigerator and used a Victorian screen door for the pantry.
The island is painted a light green and has a butcher block top. We inset Carerra marble around the island sink to keep the wood away from the water.
My little desk is to the left, but it's always so messy that it never gets into the pictures!
We used all green glass knobs and pulls on the cabinets.
I love my little skirted farmhouse sink.
Across from the kitchen is our family room. My globe collection sits above the TV.
My 1920'a carnival chalk dog collection found a home in the shelves by the window.
A little computer desk sits in a nook to the right of the TV.
The window seat to the left lifts up for game storage.
This enclosed garden room used to be my back porch. We added all of the windows about a year after we built our home when we realized it was too chilly to eat outside most of the time. The farm table is huge and allows the kids to have tons of friends over for dinner.
This cozy seating area is at the other end of the garden room. It is a great place to sit and watch the kids in the pool or just read a book. I keep dreaming of putting a little desk in here. I would love to work and look out into the garden.
In case you were curious, this is what the back of my home looked like before we enclosed the porch.
Time to go upstairs...
I recently did a post about my wallpapered laundry room, but I will include a couple of images here as well since it sits at the top of the stairs behind a pair of french doors with frosted glass.
Like the kitchen, the counter top is Carerra marble and the backsplash is white subway tiles. All of our faucets in the entire house are from Newport Brass.
For Leila, Steve designed a little bed nook with shelves for her books and stuffed animals. We found some corbels to put in the openings. I bought the lighting on E-bay. We used lined match stick blinds in all of the kids' rooms.
Leila's bathroom was in the wallpaper post as well, but it is too cute not to include in the tour.
Sorry, the boys' rooms were too messy for photos....
My bedroom is my favorite room in the house. It really does feel as if you are up in a treehouse. I found all of the rugs at flea markets, and all of the chandeliers were either purchased at t flea market or on Ebay. It was a wonderful way to furnish my home, but an impossible way to furnish anyone else's home. Because Steve and I are early risers, I was able to use unlined white linen to cover all of the windows.
I found the mantle on Ebay as well (again, something I could never do for a client).
The doors lead out to a small balcony.
My pretty little antique vanity sits on this side of my bedroom. The wall is covered with Steve's beautiful drawings.
Thank you for stopping by!