Dream Home Series 4- Cozy Attic Spaces

The attic was the space in my home that always held the most mystery to me because I was rarely allowed to go in it due to the exposed nails in the ceiling and insulation. But I dreamed of a space where I could explore for hours. Remember the movie the Goonies circa 1980 something when the kids went up and found one eyed willies map to buried treasure. Well, I wanted that but alas I am hear projecting my design desires in this weeks post. 
 In my dream home I aspire to create a cozy intimate space that has an ere of mystery while is reminiscent of the the past. Functionally, it will serve as a get away where I can relax reflect and feel very safe as well as a place to read. Aesthetically, I wish it to maintain some kind of rustic element in the roof and flooring and have an inter play or light and darks. Well, I hope these images inspire you. Please feel free to share comments and thank you!
This image holds has a fantastical feel. I love the exposed dark ceiling, white curtains, and light coming through the patio door. 

I am drawn to this image because it really appeals to my inner child and its desire to explore through nostaligic and handed down family pieces. While junky, its almost a comfortable mess.

The third image is a screen shot from the movie the A Little Princess. Its the attic at on top of the boarding school/orphanage. What really appeals to me is the flooring and massive amount of space and HUGE windows! The following  image is what the girls were able to create with their imagination and help from a nice man next store who also seemed to have impeccable taste. 

I am drawn to this fifth  for mainly the same reason as the first. However, the amount of transparency the space has due to the amount of windows really adds an element of creativity. I say creativity because there is something about being at the highest point of your home  able to look out endlessly that evokes a sense of fantasy which for me at least goes hand in hand with fantasy.

The sixth and seventh image is a bit more modern than the others with its contemporary style and renovated ceiling and floor. But, it still appeals to me because I really enjoys the idea of the attic serving as an additional media/ lounge room to the house. 

I like this space because it has multiple functions as a bathroom and bedroom. In this particular space the exposed beam and that darned exotic wood screen really get me. I mean isn’t the idea of the attic as a spa get away in your own home a seductive one?

I like the slanted ceiling look when its accompanied by windows and this room that is what I am most drawn too…I would have to say that having the attic as your master/ guest bedroom would be a unique feature in your house and would free up other rooms for other purposes. Imagine how snug a rainy morning would be.

I just see this as the epitome of snug.   Sometimes windows are not needed just warm lighting and texture.
Lastly I think the attic serving as an additional office in the home is a great way to gain desired work space in an often under utilized area. This homeowner leaves the bones of the structure exposed giving it a slightly rustic feel in an all around clean cozy looking room. Well done. 

Please notice. I do not own any of these photos. ALL images were acquired through unknown sources utilizing google image search engine. If anyone has a claim to know where these are from feel free to message me or leave a comment so I can give proper citations. Thank you.

Dime Saver DYI: Series 1

Design aspirations know no budget but your bank account does! That is why I  have decided to start posting some of my favorite DYI projects that can help you satiate your need for change without you having to spend your last dime. Need not be put off!

The first DYI is one I found many years ago. My mother wanted new granite countertops in the kitchen but couldn’t afford so I tried this out on her laminate! Before your begin I suggest trying out different techniques on a piece of project paper (you know the kinds kids use for school presentations) this way if you don’t like your colors you didn’t risk everything.
I guess that what I’ve been doing other people have thought of as well so if your a visual learner here’s a CBS video I found that shows you the basic process. Take a look!


Materials Needed:

Faux granite kit or

Three paint colors ( I used cream, brown, and lighter warmer brown)



Paint roller
Foam brush
Old towel
Sponges (different textures)
Work or rubber gloves
Masking tape
Fine-grit sandpaper
Wood or plastic filler

Prep Work: Tape off any surfaces.

1) Sand down the surface. The purpose of this is to take of any protective layer on the formica or laminate. Second is to provide track for the primer to grip.

2) Wipe clean of dust. You don’t want weird clumps in your final product.

3) Prime. Use the larger brush or roller. You can use any multi-purpose primer and if there are any minor damages (we had a burn mark that left a dent) just fill it in with the plastic filler or coats of primer and sand down to even out surface. Now let it dry!

4) Sponge on color from lightest to darkest, occasionally going back over with a lighter color. Use separate sponges for each color. Let it dry.

Tip: Decide on the look your going for by referencing a picture or going to Lowes or Home Depot and taking a sample back with you. While I recommend using more spontaneous gestures to create a natural look, this reference will help you keep on track.

5) 3-4 coats  of polyurethane.

6) Sand again to smoothen.

Dream Home Series 3- Patio and Pool Spaces

Hey everyone! I am back again with another entry for my dream home series. By this point I have a collection of inspirational photos found using stumble and google. However, this time I feel like these really capture what I would I would want my outside space to look like…As you see my eye really is drawn to open but intimate spaces that have a nice lounging area and infinity pool. The space as a whole would be awesome if it blurred the line between outdoors and indoors on some secluded property. I don’t know why but this part is so much easier to envision. I hope you enjoy.
What I like about this first space a photo from the Kona House…is that the infinity pool isnt too deep but acts as a functional pool as well as water feature. I also like how the indoor outdoor lines are blurred with the outdoors furniture, rug, and kitchen.

A blue oasis if ever one! I just love this idea and layout. I believe that this pool is located inside and further pictures reveal that it can be covered up with glass during the daytime to  walk. Imagine if this was your bath??? Or even if it was a pool how baller would it be to be able to wake up in the morning and take a dip. How heavenly!

I will admit I am a sucker for this type of architecture. This set up is so grand but at the same time relaxing looking. I mean look at the columns and the roof. Plus I am in absolute love with the outdoor bed! Now this may just be silly but for some reason I am reminded of that movie the King and I. And lets just say that if I was rolling in that type of money I would surely share this space with my king.

Do I need to say anything about this!!!?? I mean this is just spectacular. I don’t think it would ever get old! I am really in love with the vibrancy of this photo and the color scheme of the decor. It simply compliments the natural environment to the full.

If I could take on a character from Sex and the City I would save up my money and live here in a second!!! What an awesome view! Although there is not a pool in this outdoor space I do like the quaint size as well as the many feature (sculpture, greenery, fire pit?) incorporated. I feel this is just a very good use of space!

What draws me into this space probably draws from my fascination with tree houses…but its really is the marvelous tree and deck. I mean the infinity pool is just floating on this thing! How fun would it be to wake up drink your coffee on this bed then climb the tree for a view. 

Pool over ocean …need I say more! KOOOOOOL!