terça-feira, 2 de junho de 2009

Cenas de uma casas de praia... na Flórida

When shop owner Kay Douglass and her husband, Jim, purchased this new house—designed by architect James Carter—in Rosemary Beach, Florida, they relied on Kay’s knack for repurposing old objects to create an interior space that reflects the same character as the house’s architecture. Here, Kay reveals her top 10 ways to take a beach cottage from plain-Jane to perfectly imperfect.
Dress Your Best Feature
“I stuck to a pretty disciplined palette of white, charcoal-brown, and wheat because I wanted to add character to this house with a variety of textures and materials and repurposed objects,” Kay says. “And it doesn’t compete with the view of the Gulf.”Maybe it’s because sophistication comes with age, or because they really don’t make things the way they used to. Or maybe it’s simply the allure of history—a weathered texture or the glimpse of an object’s former life. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying the fascination with all things old when it comes to decorating a house, especially one at the beach.
“Each one of these pavers is handmade,” says Kay. “They really look like old European stone tiles but they’re concrete and thus practically indestructible.” The color is Buff, one of four finishes available from Peacock Pavers.
Highlight the architecture
“Hung in a series, everyday items create a graphic focal point on an architecture-free wall,” Kay says. “When I am shopping for wall art, I’m initially drawn to the shape of an object, but I also look for woven textures and pay attention to the object’s former life.” Baskets, oars, and even hayforks grace Kay’s walls, and while shopping for clients the designer is also drawn to old shutters and wheels.Using a contrasting paint scheme of bright white and rich charcoal/chocolate makes the house’s double gallery porches, wide eaves, and planked siding and shutters stand out. ”We really wanted to draw attention to the French West Indies architectural elements,” says Kay.
“Chairs beside a bed or stools flanking a sofa were the most practical choice in this house because they take up less space and serve as extra seating when we have a crowd,” says Kay. The simplicity of the chairs’ utilitarian forms and smoothness of their worn wood add a sculptural touch and some texture to the space, as well.
“I fell in love with the dark, worn finish of this oversize French chest,” Kay says. “We needed something that would function as storage as well as a sink console, so we mounted the sinks on top and ran the pipes at the very back to conserve as much drawer space as possible.”
Despite the snug dimensions of 9-year-old Jack’s room, Kay designed this wide headboard for a pair of twin beds as a more sophisticated alternative to bunk beds that he’d soon outgrow. “This space was really vanilla before—just a tiny drywall box,” she says. “The upholstered headboard adds softness and makes the room so much more inviting. It’s everyone’s favorite design feature of the house.”
Shop Kay's Look: South of Market
Uma casa para ser usada... Gosto de lares assim bem à vontade, é prazeroso, afinal casas de verão, de descanço precisam passar toda essa tranquilidade e claro gostinho de pernas para o ar. Ai deu uma vontade de tirar férias!!! Beijos

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