I am so excited to share this part of the tour with you today! The outside “rooms” were my favorite ones from this Southern Living Idea House, and from the sounds of your comments in the last two posts, I think you will agree. 🙂 So let’s get started!
The photo above shows the front of the house with all its wonderful stone work. The porches you see there on the right side of the house are where we are about to go. The one at the very front is the porch below – the “master porch” as it is called. There is a private door from the master bedroom that leads to this porch. It is a nice space with very comfortable seating, (from Ballard Designs) but it is not very private to me since you are right there beside the driveway. Still wondering about that one...
If you look towards the back of the house from the master porch, you will see this gorgeous patio space and that absolutely perfect view of the farm beyond. Wouldn’t that be an amazing space for entertaining??!
Here is another look at your view of rolling hills and farmland from there.
Of course we loved all the planters around the outdoor areas.
There is a smaller dining area on the patio around the corner from the master bedroom.
Do you see that small porch area up there on the other side of that patio table? That is what I am calling the “kitchen porch” because it is right outside the kitchen dining area. I would want to have my morning coffee in that spot; wouldn’t you? 🙂
If you look across from the kitchen porch, you will see yet another porch…an even larger one.
That one is called the “screen porch” (not screened porch.) It has even more seating on it – but no table for dining and no sofa for lounging – which I would definitely want if this was my porch. 🙂
But it does have that fabulous stone fireplace with copper sconces. 🙂
I think the height of the ceiling and the fact that there is a window in the upper wall is interesting (and allows for more light.)
Now let’s go back around the yard to the front of the house again.
We are going to walk to the other side. Again I think the architect and builders did such a great job with the mix of exterior materials.
That wall of windows is the wall with the kitchen stove.
This side of the house has the garage.
One thing I noted was the pots outside the garage. I am thinking I would like to do that here, but I wonder if having them on asphalt would be just too hot for the plants. Would I need to put them on a wooden platform or something?
Southern Living and its Idea House sponsors had tables with brochures set up inside the garage.
My husband took a look at them, and then we headed up the stairs in the garage. (I like the runner they used there.)
At the top of the stairs is this great little studio space!
Art supplies are set up in the corner by the stairs.
If the sofa is a sleeper sofa, this would make a wonderful place for overnight guests.
There are a number of bookshelves with storage baskets and a large desk area for two people – and another wall of windows to take in the view.
And there is a very nice bathroom with a good size walk-in shower. Definitely workable for a guest room.
(Kind of hard to take a photo of a mirror without getting yourself in it.)
And now back downstairs to the best space of all – the dogtrot. 🙂
Just park in one of those rockers, and I will get us both a glass of sweet tea. 🙂
(House touring is such hard work.)
Right behind the rockers is the best sink I have ever seen in my life. It is a custom soapstone one on a custom metal stand. My husband checked it out and told me to forget adding “make one of those sinks” to his honey-do list, but boy would it come in handy for soooo many things…especially flower arranging!
As this tour comes to a close and you look at the last of the images, I want to take a minute to talk about the house. I have read many many comments about this Idea House (and other ones) on the blog here and on a number of other sites. Many people have not liked what Bunny Williams did with it, and some have even suggested she must have had her assistants do it because it does not reflect her typical style. Others have loved loved loved it.
To be honest, I did not particularly care for a lot of the interiors. They are just not my style, and a good bit of the decor is out of our price range I am sure. (The lots alone there start at $200,000.) The fact that I love candid photography much more than painted art (much to my artist mother’s dismay 🙁 ) certainly has a bearing on whether or not I like a space, and the fact that there is no art in the outdoor spaces makes them appeal to me even more. Art is such a personal thing, it would be impossible to find pieces that appeal to everyone.
I got quite a giggle out of those of you who suggested that Southern Living should let me do their next Idea House. 🙂 Know that I am very flattered, but I can assure you that 1. The people at Southern Living have no idea who I am nor that this blog even exists, and 2. Large numbers of people would not be drawn to visit an Idea House done by me and my no-name name (and sponsors would not be willing to send their materials to the house for my use.)
But it would be fun to imagine the spaces in that beautiful house done with red buffalo checked drapes in the kitchen and dining area, some colorful wicker pieces here and there, and simply framed black and white personal family photos about. If James Farmer decorated it, he would use khaki buffalo check drapes and hang plates and antlers on the wall. It Toby West did it, he too would hang a lot of plates on the wall and make canopies for some of the beds.
That is the beauty of an Idea House..it allows you to get ideas from it (like a pajama room, like a humongous soapstone sink on a dogtrot, and like a built-in wall of storage in its kitchen.) If we were building another home, I would tour an Idea House for ideas for flooring, doors, cabinets and layout. But even beyond that, an Idea House can still allow your imagination to wander with ideas of how you would decorate it. A home should be personal and reflect your personal tastes. Granted, we would all love to see ideas that reflect our personal style, and I think many of us here do have a number of tastes in common. (Otherwise we wouldn’t all be here together. 🙂 ) The problem is that most magazines and television shows and websites do not seem to reflect what we like. But that is okay with me. Our home is a welcoming place for our family and friends, and isn’t that what we all want in the end and what’s most important?
Glory! I did not mean to turn this into a sermon. I just wanted to weigh in with all the diverse comments here and on other blogs. Hope I did not put you to sleep!
Let me finish by telling you there is one – and only one – more blog post from the road trip. (I can hear your hallelujah!) The photo above is from the last beautiful stop that I hope you will come back to see. And then…next week begins the Fall Tour of the house here. Yippee! I have been dying to show you all the October-ness running rampant here. 🙂
I’d love to hear your comments on the outdoor spaces and the studio for the Idea House…or maybe Idea Houses in general since I opened up that can of worms.
Until next time…