House Crush : Austin

Austin House Crush

Sometimes it starts with a bathroom, this thing I call a “house crush.” It can begin with any room or detail or color that catches my attention, really.  This bathroom, the old sink, the old copper faucet, the simple pine shelf over potty (we still call it in our house) are so unassuming and so perfect.

One can only assume that when a bathroom is so becoming then the rest of the house, the rooms that connect from to the other, must also have some very pretty details that I’m hungry to see.

Austin House Crush

Sometimes it starts with a bathroom, this thing I call a “house crush.” It can begin with any room or detail or color that catches my attention, really.  This bathroom, the old sink, the old copper faucet, the simple pine shelf over potty (we still call it in our house) are so unassuming and so perfect.

One can only assume that when a bathroom is so becoming then the rest of the house, the rooms that connect from to the other, must also have some very pretty details that I’m hungry to see.

That is certainly the case with this Austin home owned by designer Claire Zinnecker.

Austin House Crush

This photo gallery so full and fabulous.

Austin House Crush

Touches of pink always induce a double take.

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Austin House Crush I find myself really taken by this, perhaps, pine wood kitchen. There is something really natural and modern about it all at the same time and yet still bright and cheery.

Austin House Crush

And it’s always the little details in the home, the curiosities that seal the crush. I have a few pretty scissors hanging, out in the open, in my kitchen, so I’m totally digging this vibe.

Honestly, these are the type of posts I wonder if I should carry on with, but sometimes it’s just fun looking into the homes of other people . . . to see how they live, what they collect, and what they find cozy. A home tells a person’s story. And at the end of the day, I’m all about the story. Even if, sometimes, it told in rooms and knick-knacks, and furniture and art.

 

Photography by Molly Winters 

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Beach House Crush

Dream beach house

I’m crushing hard on this dream beach house in St. Barts.  When I saw . . .

 

this home featured on Design Sponge I might have drooled a little. The open living room, the hammock, the steps going RIGHT INTO THE POOL!  Yes, I’ve been coming back to these images all week.  And, thought you might like to drool over them too.  This home, called Villa Palmier, will have you wanting to move to St. Barts stat….or at least visit.

Dream beach house

Dream beach house

Dream beach house in St. Barts

St. Barts

Happy weekend, lovelies!

surprisingly surprisingly by Kate Holstein

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House Crush : Color

House Crush : Color

I confuse my seasons.  When it’s cold and the ground is covered in white outside, I tend to crave a little color inside.  Maybe it’s my mind remembering summer.  Green grass that cushions and carpets the ground.  Pink petaled flowers that find themselves home to the fairies.  Blue skies that make me believe the ocean is above me.

Today, the ocean sky has gone grey.  All green is frozen in a deep sleep, and a crunchy white snow is sticking to the ground like glue.  This is what I see outside my window.

Inside, I’m crushing on color.  Green Kitchen cabinets, simple sun-flowered velvet pillowcases, resting shoes in a row to make a rainbow.

(keep reading for more color and simple ways to incorporate)

House Crush : Color

I confuse my seasons. When it’s cold and the ground is covered in white outside, I tend to crave a little color inside. Maybe it’s my mind remembering summer. Green grass that cushions and carpets the ground. Pink petaled flowers that find themselves home to the fairies. Blue skies that make me believe the ocean is above me.

Today, the ocean sky has gone grey. All green is frozen in a deep sleep, and a crunchy white snow is sticking to the ground like glue. This is what I see outside my window.

Inside, I’m crushing on color. Green Kitchen cabinets, simple sun-flowered velvet pillowcases, resting shoes in a row to make a rainbow.

(keep reading for more color and simple ways to incorporate)

Color Crush

Yes, nothing says color like a can of paint, but sometimes it is a simple pillowcases and a throw blanket.

Pink Bathroom

If your craving a pop that only paint can provide, why not try trim, or painting the wall at chair rail level or three quarters of the way up?  We did this in our playroom (dining room)  a few years ago and I’m still loving it.

Ikea Hack

If you don’t want to commit color to a wall, how about a cabinet.  I la la love his Ikea hack.

Organizing Shoes

Maybe purchasing or painting isn’t really in the cards, but organizing is, because it’s January and most of us are getting around to some form of re-arranging or re-organizing.  I like the idea of these kind of shoe shelves in a mudroom or closet and grouping the shoes by color.  The color coordination has me thinking of rainbows or at least Skittles.

Hoping your day is filled with sunshine, blue skies, rainbows, or at least pretty pictures of them.

Do you crave color in the winter?  

 

 

Images : Apartment Therapy / Small Space BlogChris Patey / Thrusty Home / Buzz Feed

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House Crush / South Kensington

Kensington House Crush Bathroom Living Room

No surprise, here, of the probability that I might be crushing on a house in South Kensington.  I love the area and I love London style.  The old meets modern gets me every single time.

But…. the thing that got me about this house was the bathroom.  Yes, it’s beautiful.  But…..there is one small thing that I never ever would have thought of that makes a huge design impact….and it’s something cheap that anyone and everyone could incorporate . . . .

Kensington House Crush Bathroom Living Room

No surprise, here, of the probability that I might be crushing on a house in South Kensington. I love the area and I love London style. The old meets modern gets me every single time.

But…. the thing that got me about this house was the bathroom. Yes, it’s beautiful. But…..there is one small thing that I never ever would have thought of that makes a huge design impact….and it’s something cheap that anyone and everyone could incorporate . . . .

Kensington House Crush #Bathroom

A pink light in the shower.  How great is that glow?  I’m so wanting to try this with the addition of just a little light bulb.

Kensington House Crush #Shower via La La Lovely

Kensington House Crush #Bathroom #Tub via La La Lovely

A library with a ladder always works for me, too.

Kensington House Crush Bathroom #Library

Kensington House Crush #Kitchen

And, this kitchen was the inspiration for my beautiful brass post, last week.

Kensington House Crush #Staircase

Kensington House Crush White #Bedroom

Staircases that might make you think you are in another time and a bedroom styled so serene, sleep would be dreamy.

I’m crushing hard on this house.  I bet it might even look something like this from the outside..but, that’s just a guess.

Shop this style here :

 

P. S. More homes I’m crushing on here.

Images : Duskjacket Attic

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House Crush : Victorian Farm House

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I’m crushing super hard on this Victorian Farmhouse that belongs to a pastor and his family in Portland (as recently seen on Design Sponge).  I have a thing for homes; specifically homes that have soul.  The soul of a home.  Houses are pretty, but homes have soul.  You know, the homes you visit that have personality.  Personality in their collected pieces that tell this story and that, until all stories collide and tell “the story.”  The story of the home and it’s people.  How they grew, where they went, what they saw, who they were and who they are becoming.  The homes that have a feel that is all their own.  Peaceful.  Fun.  Restfull.  Quiet.  Creative.  Loud.  Quirky.  Relaxing.  Inspiring.  Interesting.  That is the soul of a home.

I’ve never been in this home, but I just have this feeling, this hunch, that this home is one of those.  And, I think that is why I’m so attracted to it.

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I’m crazy over this little catchall corner.  I’m working hard to create spaces to catch and contain all of the crap (sorry there is just no other word).  I’ve long been coveting expensive bins and racks and shelves, somewhat similar, but not as interesting as this one that looks like it had another life in another place or someone ele’s space.  But, it got me thinking….this might not be too difficult to make (or have someone make).  It’s going on my list.

Here’s what else is making my list, inspired by this home . . .

A comfy couch.  I love the look of ours, but I don’t lounge on it, hardly ever, because it’s not super comfortable.  Maybe if it was stuffed with down and the cushions were larger and wider and welcomed me.

I would have passed up a look like this, because there is something so very 90’s looking about it, and something so strikingly and strangely similar to a sofa my mom would have had in our house growing up (the house I live in now).  And, yet, maybe thats why I’m drawn to it like a fly to a light.  I imagine myself sinking into it and sitting for a very long while.  Maybe while watching Growing Pains.

Do you have a very comfy couch?  Tell me about it in the comments.

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In quite a few bedrooms the beds are just on the floor.  Looks easy and chic to me.

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And, Bathrooms . . . . . I’m drawn to details in bathrooms.  What kind of lotions and potions, but also what kind of lights and little details grace the walls.  Like, these tiles in the shower…all from Mexico.  There is even one with a mermaid on it.  I mean, think of the stories you could tell yourself every single day in the shower.

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A cozy chair by the bath, that makes my list, kind of like a fireplace in a kitchen.

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And, this porch.  I’m having a hard time pulling mine together this year.  It looked it’s best like this, but it’s looking a little sad, right now.  I’ve got the string lights and I’m thinking a little off centered yarn piece (a way smaller version of this DIY), or something with some plants will waken it right up.

I’m inspired and relaxed after gazing at this home.  What about you?  Now, all we need is a cup of tea.

Are you crushing on any homes at the moment?  Share a link in the comments.

PS – more homes to crush on here.

Photos by Luke and Mallory Leasure via Design Sponge

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Trina McNeilly

Trina McNeilly is a writer and founder of La La Lovely, where she has been blogging for nearly a decade. With an eye for beauty, Trina finds inspiration in styled spaces, other times in the broken places and everywhere in between. Through soulful writing in the voice of a trusted friend she shares her finds and all about being found.

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