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A Desert House for Sale

I came across this interesting real estate listing and thought I’d share it with you. I have a particular affinity for Arizona having been there several times and this property in the desert is quite unique.

Designed by Rick Joy, The Desert Nomad House is very much at one with its desert surroundings. Joy’s architectural training can be traced through William Bruder and Paolo Solari who apprenticed under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West in Arizona.

The house is comprised of three steel cubes and are oriented in such a way that one can look out at the Sonoran desert yet also invites a view into the space from the outside.

The interior design of the home very much reflects the rectilinear elements of the exterior and the clean lines make the desert surroundings the focus. I love all the light in the home.

Not sure this would be for me as I am not too keen on vast expanses of windows at night time – you know ’cause I’m scared of the dark (sort of). But it is truly an architectural masterpiece.

What do you think?

All images via Crosby Doe Associates


A Farmhouse in Tuscany

I watched the end of “Under The Tuscan Sun” a few weeks ago and it has had me dreaming of Italy ever since.

I came across a real estate listing for a farmhouse in Tuscany when I was cruising through Architectural Digest. I just love the use of natural materials and bright colourful stucco.

The home is currently owned by Tricia Guild, founder of British textile and furnishing company Designers Guild and her husband Richard Polo, a restaurateur. Check it out:

It’s a four bedroom home and I can just feel the fresh country air coming through the windows.

The gardens are stunning and the pool has been inlaid with green shaded mosaic tiles.

It’s still available for sale for a cool 2.5 million Euros. Any takers?

All images via here


Real Estate Musings: Making A Home Less Country Part II

Remember this lovely home I featured last week?

This week I wanted to share with you the kitchen in the house and how it could be transformed. The home is beautiful. One of the best features is the amount of natural light throughout.

Check out the kitchen …

I love the light from the window and patio doors and the exposed brick. What it needs is a more unified look.

Thinking in terms of quick fixes for the space (ie not fundamentally moving things around) here’s where I’d start:

I’d eliminate the butcher block counters and add darker counters (including the island) in a granite or a quartz like this …

Right now the two upper cabinets look like they have randomly landed on the wall. I’d eliminate the upper cabinets on either side of the sink and add open shelving that runs the entire way across. Something like this …

The terra cotta paint colour is a wee bit dated so I would do one of two things: either paint it a neutral white or grey colour or add white subway tile from the top of the counters to the ceiling. Like this …

Or this …

Here is the subway tile up close …

I’d also paint out the pine stained pantries and island base in the same colour as the rest of the cabinetry and definitely ditch the trinkets such as the stars and animal accessories. And, oh yeah, replace the lighting!

And … if I had even more money to play with … I’d replace the appliances, add a kick ass range hood and reconfigure the space to create a tighter working triangle (space from the fridge to the stove to the sink).

The possibilities are endless. What would you do to this kitchen?

If you have a home you’d like reviewed on the blog feel free to contact me.

images via here and here

Real Estate Musings: Making a home less “country”.

A friend of mine recently asked for my thoughts on a house. She loves the lot, the architectural details and the flow of the home. What she isn’t so sure about is how to make it a little less “country”.

So, I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on how to take this beautiful country home and bring it into 2012 while still respecting and celebrating its heritage. Today I’m starting with the foyer and dining room.

Here are some shots of the exterior:

Lovely property!

One of the easiest things to change in your home is the colour of your walls and this house is no different. The first thing I would do would be to rid every wall of the orangey-taupey browns. I’m the first to be in love with brown but in this particular home they really date the space.

Take the foyer for example:

The front door is fabulous as are the baseboards, ceiling height and the oak flooring.

But the wall colour is dated (think nineties) and the ceiling fan/light fixture could use a little va-voom.

Here’s what I would do in the foyer:

Paint the handrail black … like this

Paint the walls a creamy white or warm grey like Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter (HC-172)

Change out the fan for a hurricane pendant like this

Now, on to the dining room:

A few easy changes can update this space.

I’d start by ditching the window coverings. Period.

Then, I’d paint out the crown to match the same colour as the ceiling. This would blend it together but the texture of the distinctive crown moulding would still stand out.

Am thinking something like Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray (HC-105) for the walls (shown below) and a creamy white for the ceiling and all trim such as White Dove (OC-17) or Marscapone (AF-20).

And, finally, I’d incorporate a new light fixture like this:

In another post I will share with you what I’d do with the kitchen but in the meantime here are some other pics of the house. It’s got fantastic potential but needs a little TLC and a splash of youth.

What changes would you make?

images via 1 -3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Staging a property for sale or for theatre?

I came across this amusing post the other day on Desire to Inspire and I just had to share some of the images with you. It is a real estate listing for a home in Sweden that includes real people dressed in old world costumes in the photos … the home has been “staged” except not in the traditional sense but think theatre “stage”.

The initial feedback from readers on Desire to Inspire was that it was creepy. I could see that but I found it hysterical and unique. Maybe I’m getting into the Halloween spirit early.

Check it out …

So, what do you think? Anyone else find this as amusing as I do?

all images from here