When I came across a Cape Dutch house in Coral Gables, Florida, the architecture reminded me a little of the Spanish mission houses built in the early 1900's in New Zealand. The stucco exterior and terracotta tiled roof, not to mention the architectural curves are similar to the Spanish mission houses, however, the architecture of the Cape Dutch style has a charming cottage appeal to it.
Monday, 20 October 2014
Friday, 17 October 2014
It is spring in NZ, well it certainly was this morning but now the rain is back and another cold snap with it and I am ashamed to say I have just turned my noisy heat pump back on. The promotional brochure, stated 'quiet', however quiet it is not! How I wish I had central heating, when we lived in the UK my whole house was toasty and silent, I wonder, is it because I conjure up images of those cumbersome radiators found in our state schools. Central heating designs have come a long way since the days of those old fashioned curvatures. I took a look around the Internet and discovered vertical and horizontal designs befitting the most contemporary homes.
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
1I would have to say on Lee Caroline, that the most popular posts feature the words, 'country, French, or cottage'. I live in a cottage and love to incorporate a little country, yet at the same time I like to portray a fresh modern approach rather than a shabby chic look. How can one achieve a balance of modern country, lets find out, starting with the kitchen.
Monday, 13 October 2014
Friday, 10 October 2014
Gone is the separate formal lounge of the past, today's living is about being able to interact with family and friends while in different work or relaxation zones of your home. When it comes to designing a space that is open-plan it is important that there is continuity in the interior design. As well as your choice of furniture style, it is important to look carefully at the layout to make sure that all your areas 'flow' and it is easy for people to move from one space to another. I have gathered some interior design inspiration to give you an idea of relaxed, open plan spaces and have also included some cosy living areas that I feel are aesthetically pleasing to the eye as well as having a functional layout.
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
I am sorry for my absence on Monday, we were among the 80,000 homes that have had no power since the early hours of Sunday morning due to a fire at a sub station in Auckland. Unfortunately we were also among the 18,000 that were the last to receive power again, yesterday. No power = no hot water = no cooking = no heating and of course no Internet, which was for me was worryingly the most devastating part. It is scary how dependant we become on an everyday necessity that is suddenly taken away from us. I felt so very sorry for the elderly with no family nearby, I just hope that their neighbours helped them out. We have no elderly neighbours so I pretty well sat and wallowed in my own sorrows, surrounded by House and Home magazines and sudoku puzzles and wrapped in a duvet. So, Monday's post was not to be, although I did share a home tour on my facebook page yesterday and wanted to share more images with my blog readers today.