'Hobbit House' in Pennsylvania Countryside

It’s not unusual for homeowners to have a space, or even a small outbuilding, devoted to your hobby or interest. However, Pennsylvania architect Peter Archer and his customers, a Chester County couple with grown children, took that idea way past the norm.

The husband is a significant collector of J.R.R. Tolkien novels, manuscripts and artifacts, and wanted to make a small cabin to home and protect his group a cabin that would bring into life the hobbit dwellings in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. “He had been collecting since the early 1970s and had simply run out of space in the home. A fantastic piece of his collection was in boxes stored across the home,” Archer says.

Although Archer was not especially well versed in Tolkien’s work and background, he immediately brought himself up to speed. “Upon starting the job I read the publication The Hobbit and watched the Lord of the Rings movies, but more importantly, looked at the selection of writings by Tolkien, including excellent sketches he had done to exemplify his job,” he states. “I remember at the beginning saying we’d be happy to design the arrangement but were not going to perform a Hollywood interpretation.”

Pennsylvania architect Mark Avellino collaborated with Archer to bring the strategy to life. He “worked closely with me to interpret Tolkien and make the beautiful details that make this such a special building,” Archer says. “Also there were a host of landscape and builders individuals who put their hearts and souls into the making of what’s been coined a ‘Hobbit House.'”

at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple lives in the main home, a Brief walk from the cabin.
Location: Chester County, Pennsylvania
Size: 600 square feet
That’s intriguing: the plan of a distinctive “blossom” window originated from Tolkien’s own sketches. The semicircular halves of this window open by a center hinge.

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An 18th-century piled stone wall on the property made this website, a short walk from the primary home, a natural selection for the Hobbit House. From the beginning, Archer pictured a structure built to appear like it had risen in the wall. “Other substances were selected for their colors and textures, timelessness and compatibility with the rock,” Archer says.

A stone path leads from the primary house to the cottage’s front entry.

Stonework: Ted LeMastra, Allentown, Pennsylvania

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The cottage seen in the back garden — is stepped downward to stick to the grade of this property, enhancing the feeling of having grown organically from the old rock wall.

“The location ultimately selected was ideal in the first rock wall was a retaining wall at the point, with a change in grade of approximately 4 feet,” Archer says. “This enabled the building to have a more human scale at the front, while on both sides and back the roof sits about 4 feet above, giving an amazing scale, nearly a miniature and certainly appropriate to a hobbit.”

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The 54-inch round hobbit doorway, a detail straight from Tolkien’s text, was crafted of Spanish cedar. Although lots of professionals insisted there wasn’t any way to create a hinge that would work together with the door’s perimeter, a Maryland blacksmith managed to invent a single-pivot model that met the challenge.

Exterior windows and doors: David Thorngate, New Castle, Delaware; ironwork: Michael Coldren, North East, Maryland

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Handmade French clay tiles give the roof a distinctive profile.

Dimensions: Northern Roof, Montreal

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Archer’s crew paid careful attention to the stonework through the cabin and grounds to ensure it’d feel suitable to the first 18th-century wall.

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A low, whimsical rock bridge arches above a drainage ditch. “Once the building was created, the customers fell in love with it and wanted to go farther and make walls and gardens befitting a hobbit, but place in rural Chester County, Pennsylvania,” Archer says.

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Custom light fixtures in the reception area give period taste; textured stucco inlaid with slivers of roof tile cloaks the fireplace. A arch and rafters made from Douglas fir define the ceiling and add to the air of beautiful craftsmanship.

Timber framing: Summerbeam Woodworking, Oxford, Pennsylvania; inside and exterior millwork: French Creek Woodworking, Elverson, Pennsylvania; lighting: Vintage Lighting, Malvern, Pennsylvania

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Framed with timber arches, the library area forms the center of the cabin. It provides the owner with a quiet place to read, reflect and research, surrounded by the Tolkien works and mementos he so dearly loves.

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The cottage’s distinctive butterfly window, made from mahogany and so named because it appears that the wings of a butterfly when open, originated from Tolkien’s sketches, in addition to his descriptions of hobbits preferring windows that showcase views of these woods. The semicircular halves of this window open by a center hinge.

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As with the doorway, blacksmith Coldren created custom iron hinges for the butterfly window.

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An eyebrow roof accommodates the curve of this window.

Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd..

In the English country tradition, the cottage’s mahogany windows have diamond-shaped muntins. Shards of roof, put into stucco in a diagonal pattern, arch overhead.

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A small courtyard frames the stunning stone chimney. The stucco surrounding the windows is studded with the same tile fragments that appear elsewhere in the cabin.

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Blended Doors for Standout Style

If you want to create a smooth, uninterrupted aesthetic to your space, you might be missing one element that could really complete your look: the blended door. The blended door (not a technical term) is essentially a door that blends directly into the wall application. Visual interruption is prevented by this sense of unity in the aesthetic.

Check out these photos for inspiration. Blink and you might miss these sneaky blended doors.

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Not merely is this bedroom soothing in soft blues and neutrals, but also the blended door prevents any distractions from this tranquil space. Notice the way the designer attained the look by continuing the architectural detailing the door and painting it the same shade as the walls.

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Look very carefully at the corner to the right of the fireplace. Can you make out the door that is blended? Again, since the architectural detailing is continuing over the door, you hardly see the door in any way.

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Slanted walls may make a room feel constricted; the very best way to counterbalance that is using a clean aesthetic that won’t confuse the attention. Here, a fresh door is cut directly from the wooden wall. With no noticeable handle, you might walk clean past it.

A fast glance at this space and you may think, “Oh, what beautiful paneling surrounding the fireplace …”

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… only to be amazed that one of these panels is really a door. Creating the same panel layout on each side of the fireplace accounts the space, regardless of whether the left side opens as a door or not.

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After the timber paneling used for your door is transported across the space, the eye reads it as a layout element versus a door.

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Another way to help the door blend in is by extending the material past the door itself. Here, the wood paneling is continuing between the two doors and past their borders.

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The track probably gives away this door, but nonetheless, a sliding door in precisely the same material as the wall provides a coordinated appeal.

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You can disguise your pantry door using a chalkboard in addition to mimic cabinetry on the floor. Visitors will be amazed when they visit compose a note and the door falls open to an additional room.

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Really want to trick your customers? Wallpaper directly over the door. Friends and family will be delighted by your smart design.

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Kitchen Workbook: 8 Components of a Cottage Kitchen

Cottage isn’t just a decorating style. Cozy, joyful and unpretentious, it harks back to simpler times and evokes a feeling of simple, carefree living. And since the kitchen is usually one of the busiest spots in the house, it is logical to translate that mindset to your cabinetry, appliances, fixtures and more. If you are arranging a kitchen remodel or remodel, consider these ways to infuse your kitchen with cabin comfort.

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1. Soft colours. The cabin palette is usually light and airy, and kitchens follow suit. It’s difficult to go wrong with crisp, classic white, but soft yellowish, pale turquoise or mild khaki all seem appropriate and fresh also. Or try a mixture of cabinetry colours: one shade on the island with a contrasting hue on the cabinets.

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2. Open shelving. Installed in place of conventional upper chimney, spacious shelving recalls the days when kitchens were utilitarian than cosmetic. Not just was cabinetry pricey, but open shelves allowed cooks to retrieve tools and dishes quickly. Nowadays open shelves are as much about aesthetics as about design: Their openness helps make a space feel bigger, and they frequently house accessories along with kitchen implements.

You do not need to be obsessively neat and organized for open shelving to seem attractive, but you will want to make an attempt to not allow clutter build. Keeping dishware to one colour, as shown here, creates a dramatic effect.

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3. Beadboard. Nothing says cabin kitchen clearly than beadboard. This grooved style of paneling warms cabinetry and walls and provides architectural interest with a minimum of fuss. Because it has so much visual impact, you do not require much to make a cabin impact. Go the classic path and then paint it a creamy colour, choose the same hue as your cabinetry or sand it marginally for an obsolete, distressed look.

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4. Farmhouse sinks. Also called apron-front sinks, these beauties have made a comeback in recent decades. They feature a broad, shallow head and an extra-deep bowl which can accommodate large pots or heaps of dishes. Farmhouse sinks create a feeling of country living, yet they’re unfussy enough to work with cleaner-lined spaces. Even though some versions on the market have raised or cosmetic detailing, streamlined styles such as the one displayed here would be the most classic.

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5. Furniture-style cupboard details. Years back, before cupboards since we know them came into fashion, freestanding armoires, pie safes and presses were the guideline. Evoke that time frame with the addition of furniture features to built-ins. Tuck bun feet beneath lower cupboards and corbels beneath upper ones, or paint an integrated hutch a contrasting shade to provide the illusion it isn’t fixed.

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6. Cup pulls. Cup-style drawer pulls, like those that might have been found in an old-fashioned general shop, give an excess dash of time flavor to cabin kitchens. Pick a finish with patina, such as oil-rubbed bronze or brushed nickel.

7. Hardwood flooring. Before carpeting became de rigeur, hardwood floors were the standard, and they match cabin kitchen style. You can either leave the planks bare to demonstrate the natural splendor of the grain or paint them in a solid colour or a pattern like checkerboard. However, hardwoods aren’t the only choice for cabin kitchen flooring — linoleum, vintage-look tile or perhaps slate could work also.

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8. Pendant lights. Low-hanging pendants help a kitchen feel comfy and also provide all-important task lighting. Select models which have a retro feel, with colors of weathered or weathered glass or brushed nickel. If you prefer, combine the pendants with vintage-inspired sconces and perhaps even a lamp or two to make a gathered feel.

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Layout Calendar: March 2–22

Whether architecture, film or books are something, this roundup of upcoming events throughout the country has something to you. Continue reading for our 5 top picks.

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FILM FESTIVAL — March 1–11, 2012
Cinequest Film Festival
Unfinished Spaces, directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray
Showings: March 2, 1:45 p.m.; March 7, 6:30 p.m.; March 10, 4:15 p.m.
Camera 12, 201 S. Second St., San Jose, CA

As part of the Cinequest Film Festival, watch a documentary film telling the story of three visionary architects revealing a different kind of Cuban revolution. Back in 1961, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara commissioned three visionary architects, Roberto Gottardi, Ricardo Porro and Vittorio Garatti, to design an advanced artwork school campus on the grounds of a Havana golf program. Construction started for the National Art Schools, but as Castro’s political motives altered, the project was brought to a halt, and dancers, musicians, and musicians were forced to master in half-completed classrooms. The architectural miracle was neglected and almost forgotten in the aftermath of Castro’s revolution. Four years later, the exiled architects were invited by Castro to complete their unrealized architectural dreams, and Unfinished Spaces records their passionate journey.
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TOUR — March 18, 2012, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Millard Sheets: A Legacy of Art and Architecture
Pomona, Claremont, CA

Combine the Los Angeles Conservancy and its Modern Committee since they take you on a one-time-only docent-led tour exploring the architecture and art of Millard Sheets. You will visit the next six sites: the prior Millard Sheets design and mosaic studioin Claremont (photograph); Garrison Theatre, Scripps College, where Sheets directed the artwork section for 19 years; Pomona First Federal, now the American Museum of Ceramic Art; Pomona First Federal, now U.S. Bank; Pomona Mall,the first pedestrian mall in America west of the Mississippi; andHome Savings Tower, currently Chase Bank.

From 5:00 to 6:15 p.m., participate in a panel discussion with artists Betty Davenport Ford and John Svenson, mosaicist Brian Worley, architect Rufus Turner and Millard’s daughter, Carolyn Sheets Owen-Towle. Read more information here.

Sheets was a nationally famous and extremely influential artist with the California School of painting who helped found the Otis Art Institute. Though he was never a licensed architect, Sheets’ work endures today, marking the Southern California architectural landscape. This tour is part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration of ethnic associations.

Price: $30 general public, $25 L.A. Conservancy members, $15 students, $10 kids 12 and younger. Purchase tickets here.

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DISCUSSION — March 8, 2012, 7 p.m.
Of the book Project Japan: Metabolism Talks
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum
Fifth Ave. at 42nd St., New York, NY

Hear from architect Rem Koolhaas, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and New York Public Library Director of Public Programs Paul Holdengraber since they discuss Koolhaas and Obrist’s brand new book, Project Japan. Part oral history and part instruction, the book captures Japan’s radical postwar manner of nation building, researching the comradery among architects that are unthinkable among today’s competitive professionals.

Some of those topics Koolhaas, Obrist and Holdengraber will cover include the way the activist state mobilized its best abilities and meticulously planned the future of its cities, the way the press adopted the architect as a serious agent of social influence (think anti-“starchitect”), and also the way the areas of architecture, art, sociology and engineering collaborated to generate something fresh.

Price: $25 general admission, $15 Friends of the New York Public Library. Purchase tickets here.

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LECTURE — March 9, 2012, 1–2 p.m.
Depending on the book Landscaping for Privacy, by Marty Wingate
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Linnaeus Room, Glencoe, IL

Combine backyard and travel author Marty Wingate as she discusses her Most Recent book, Landscaping for Privacy, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She’ll discuss how to design a calm retreat even in the urban environment. She’ll share practical tips on plant choices, hedges, purchasing displays and methods for creating the most visually satisfying use of distance. The lecture will be accompanied by a book signing.

Price: $10

CONFERENCE — March 19–22, 2012
2012 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) annual conference
Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light St., Baltimore, MD

With the theme “Celebrating Our Past, Shaping our Future,” this seminar celebrates the Interior Design Educators Council’s 50th year since the top organization for interior design educators. The seminar comprises programming and keynotes that reflect on past achievements and look to the future of the profession, and provides an engaging forum for interior design educators at each level. Keynotes will be by Jo Heinz, interior designer and managing principle of Staffelbach; and Rosalyn Cama, president and principal interior designer of CAMA.

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French Colonial Mansion in India

Only a hundred miles in the bustling town of Chennai in South India, the former French colony of Pondicherry rolls into view using expansive cashew plantations, little fishing villages and palm-fringed beaches. This French colonial beach home on the Bay of Bengal is famous for its hospitality in hosting international businesspeople and diplomats amidst acres of coconut groves and inside rooms full of Indian artifacts.

Dr. S. Devendra, known as “Doc,” has been opening the doors into the five-bedroom estate mansion as 1991, as a shore retreat for friends and partners of Shasun Pharmaceuticals, the family business and one of the world’s largest suppliers of aspirin.

in a Glance
Location: Pondicherry, India, near the Bay of Bengal
Size: 10,000 square feet; 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, multiple sunrooms, multimedia conference room
That is intriguing: A stone that is raised platform to the grounds functions as a stage for musical performances from local groups.

Wendy K. Leigh

The primary entry door has been reclaimed from a historical abandoned temple at the Tamilnadu region of South India. A classic wood carving accents the entrance from above, while hand-formed vintage pottery pieces flank the entryway.

Wendy K. Leigh

The French colonial structure spreads elegantly across manicured grounds in the end of a long, winding driveway curving toward the sea. Windows line the front, sides and back, affording expansive views of the estate landscaping and shore. Ivy-covered stucco and stone form exterior walls, with curved balconies extending from bedrooms, living spaces and sunrooms.

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Antique furniture in the Chettinadu and Pondicherry areas in Tamilnadu provide an authentic air to the inside spaces. Working with Anita Goubert, a regional antiques dealer and close friend in Pondicherry, Doc has selected each slice carefully to signify a variety of phases of history in South India. This wood-carved divan and encompassing seats are decorated with vibrant cushions crafted from formerly worn vintage saris.

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A second-floor covered sunroom is available from all five bedrooms in the home, using a wooden swing extended from rafters in the grand ceiling.

Wendy K. Leigh

Bedrooms have a minimalist style with white bed coverings, mosaic tile floors and black custom-designed solid wood window shutters. Individual baths are attached to every bedroom, with modern showers installed. Doc himself makes the journey from Chennai several times a week and intends to retire here, near the sea and the quaint, French-inspired village.

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Ceramic inlays are a surprise feature inside the railings of one of those dozens of beds in this home. Designed to accommodate the numerous guests who are welcome here, some of the larger bedrooms have around six beds.

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A guest bathroom on the bottom floor is available from the estate grounds and swimming pool. It’s three sinks, a separate changing room and an enclosed sauna.

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Pottery features greatly in the décor. This lamp was fashioned from early earthenware and sits atop one of those numerous reclaimed paintings which are tucked into each nook.

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A specially designed multimedia room permits the owner to host business conferences on a dedicated floor of the home. Outside of working hours, Doc frequently arranges for guests to relax by meditating at the world-famousMatrimandir,an enormous marble and gold ashram in the countryside less than five miles from the shore house.

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Sunrooms are sprinkled throughout the home, linking outdoors to indoors, many with views of the beach and water.

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Family, friends and business partners can relax in the intricately tiled outside aquatic place, which comprises two pools and a spa, with the bay shimmering in the background.

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Breezy walkways connect the entire home on both floors and overlook the Bay of Bengal. Benches afford views of the sunset and sunrise from several positions on each floor.

Wendy K. Leigh

Kudapah stone floors from Kerala adorns outdoor spaces, with natural cultivated bamboo overlooking a stone water container.

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The bounty of the farm grounds is on display on any given day, with mounds of coconuts heaped up outside the pantry and kitchen. Palm trees sway in the sea breezes, which are relished — temperatures in Pondicherry frequently reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Coconuts are left to dry in sunlight prior to being turned into desserts by the numerous servants.

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Stone walkways on the estate grounds cause outbuildings sheltered by coconut palms.

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Statues and fountains of carved stone blend into the landscaping and fit the property’s exterior and interior style.

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A traditional outdoor bowl of drifting new flower petals offers “namaste,” an expression of welcome and warmth.

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Complex Family-Friendly Flat

When a San Francisco couple with a new baby purchased their flat in the Marina district, they understood they weren’t in it for the long haul. They planned to stay about three to five years while their loved ones grew and then to move on. “Because the customers knew this was not going to be their house forever, we decorated with pieces they would have the ability to take with them to their next home,” explains Ali Davin of Jute Interiors. Following is a glance at how she designed for the customers’ future with innovative design, family friendliness and versatility.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Two and two kids
Location: San Francisco
Size: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

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Blue, brown, gray-green and tan make a wonderful palette for the playroom, and the dark color of the sofa helps hide stains. “Everything in this apartment is quite childproof,” Davin states. She utilized sturdy exterior fabrics where possible.

The painted wall stripes incorporate Davin’s signature shade, Benjamin Moore’s Texas Leather. The picture over the sofa, of neighboring Ocean Beach, was a present from the client’s mother.

Zebra Shade: Jonathan Adler
Side Effects: Roost
Sofa: Crate and Barrel

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The kitchen, dining room and living room are all open to one another. “My customers inherited this kitchen,” she states. “While they wouldn’t always have picked these countertops and cabinets, it was not worth changing themso we brought in the tile backsplash, pendant lights and Bertoia stools to bring some design,” Davin states.

Berlin pendant lighting: Roost
Bertoia counter stools: Design Within Reach
Backsplash tile: Ann Sacks
Counters: Caesarstone

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“My client’s preferred color was gray, and she brought me that the problem of Domino featuring Jenna Lyons’ townhouse because her inspiration since she loved the way they used lots of gray with these pops of yellow,” states Davin. This soft color palette carries through all the open area and retains the dining room and living areas sophisticated, light and cheerful.

Drape cloth: Charcoal Ribbons by Hable Construction

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The dining room incorporates an interesting and flexible mixture of materials, textures and eras; it includes a custom-made dining settee, reupholstered seats in the 1950s, a metal and wood table and a pendant light. The outcome is a comfortable, beautiful and practical space.

Pendant light: Design Within Reach; dining table: Hickory Chair

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A comfortable sectional sofa holds a mixture of pillows that are muted. A leather ottoman can be utilized as a coffee table or extra seating. The painting, by artist Nancy Christensen of Charleston, South Carolina (a friend of the client), picks up the lavender color of the Scottish throw.

Sectional sofa: Room and Board; pillow cloth: Osborne and Little; zebra carpet: Williams-Sonoma Home

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This office was created with a possible future transformation in your mind. The gray walls and vibrant blue window remedies could be incorporated into a nursery, and the Parsons desk could take on many functions in just about any room.

Parsons desk: West Elm; Eames Eiffel Base Shell Chair: Design Within Reach; roman shade cloth: Quadrille Veneto Collection

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If their second child came along, it was easy to transform the workplace into a nursery school, swapping out the desk for a crib as well as the Maintain Calm and Carry On posters for flags with all the letters of the baby’s name. Pops of pink have been added to the gray, blue and white color scheme.

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The couple used this room as a nursery (as shown) if they moved in. Now their son is older, they’ve swapped the crib for a twin mattress, a very easy transformation from baby to larger boy bedroom.

Background: Porter’s Paints; crib: Nurseryworks

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Future transitions drove the design of the master bedroom as well. “My customer knew this furniture would be for the guest room in their second home, so we stuck with serene, gray and gender neutral,” Davin clarifies. “She also wanted a mattress which resembled Cameron Diaz’s character’s mattress in the film The Holiday.”

The background has an enjoyable Art Deco floral print that does not overwhelm the space. Swing-arm reading lamps make it feasible to put a tufted occasional seat where a nightstand would normally go. Like the remainder of the home’s furnishings, those in the master bedroom work nicely for this phase of the family’s life and will continue to do so in the next.

Velvet headboard cloth: Schumacher; background: Cole & Son

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Wild Triangular House at Boulder

For many people, this odd, many-sided house in Boulder, Colo., could introduce a design conundrum. For Judi Lesta,”It is the love of my life, a dream space where nothing is out of bounds”

A aerial view of the modernist architect’s design on Boulder’s architecturally traditional University Hill reveals two limbs made up of 16 identical triangles, each culminating in a steepled skylight. Its designer, Charles Haertling, was a civic-minded architect with powerful Frank Lloyd Wright influences, and his signature style was to make organic, natural components. In cases like this, that the rooftop triangles have dual representation: They are thought to be leaves of nature, together with all the huge ceiling beams posing as veins, and additionally to represent the Flatiron peaks that serve as a backdrop to the city of Boulder.

Unaware of Haertling or his designs, Lesta purchased the home in 1989. “I was really lucky to have stumbled upon it,” she says.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Judi Lesta, owner of The Amazing Garage Sale
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Size:
2,200 square feet, 3 bedroom, two baths, with loft

Leslie Bentson

Upon arrival at the front door, one gets hauled to a Seussian, topsy-turvy frame of mind. The home, known as The Noble House, was first commissioned and built from the Noble family in 1958. It is one of over 40 buildings made by Haertling in Boulder from 1953 to 1983.

The home was known as the Space Craft Home, the Pyramid, the Teepee and the Umbrella. Haertling himself dubbed it a wigwam structure. Over time, it has grown into the neighborhood landscape while maintaining unique standing and continuing to catch the interest of passersby. The city of Boulder has designated the home as a historic landmark.

Leslie Bentson

Much of Lesta’s décor, like the black Herman Miller chair, is first to the age of her”triangle palace” A gold and purple color scheme is carried throughout the home. When asked the number of chandeliers she has (both inside and out), she says,”Too many to count dust”

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Looking down from the attic, the dining area gives great visual of this geometrically shaped doors and windows.

Leslie Bentson

A sizable trianglular window lets in light and also a cinch to the corner of their living space.

Leslie Bentson

One of the two steepled skylights provides a perfect view of the eight triangles making this up wing.

Leslie Bentson

The house sits in an above-ground, concrete base. Indoors, the four cutout triangles are windows that also serve as shelves.

Leslie Bentson

Each area has four triangular windows. The top hinged bit lifts up to a screen and see to the outside ground. A number of Lesta’s pictures of Grace Jones and the Bee Gees adorns this neon window.

Leslie Bentson

Lesta uses one of the bedrooms as a hangout and memorabilia space in the days as a freelance photographer in Los Angeles. Lesta’s photography portfolio comprises DEVO, Bob Marley, Blondie, President Ford and Donna Summer.

Leslie Bentson

A bit by Austrian artist Egon Shiele hangs alongside the customized fireplace. The angles on the hood and chimney mimic the roofline and mountain peaks.

Leslie Bentson

When Lesta moved to the Noble House, all the walls were whitened and the décor antique. Since then, she has painted partitions, floors and stairwells, and adorned each corner of room using trinkets and collectibles. “It is a very freeing home,” she says.

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One of the few rounded items in the residence is the violet, metal spiral staircase leading to the attic.

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Judi Lesta in her front door.

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5 Ways to Make a Better Entrance

The entryway is the first observable part of a home’s interior, so it’s important to keep it tidy and trendy. But it also has the inevitable tendency to develop into a catch-all for everybody’s junk collected through the day. The crucial thing is to keep both functions in your mind when establishing your entrance. This is 1 space guaranteed for use each and every single day, so treat it as an area instead of just an awkward transitional area. These 5 tips should help you produce a functional and tidy and welcome to your residence.

1. Clean out everything but the requirements. Do away with miscellaneous papers and piles and hone it down to the essentials. As soon as you determine what’s a necessity in this space, you’ll have an easier time figuring out just how to keep it organized.

A built-in like this is excellent, since it doesn’t allow for any extraneous items. There is a definite spot for coats, hats and other staples — everything else makes its way into the rest of the house.

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You don’t require a good deal of space (or a built in of any kind) to make a wonderful entryway. A sliver of wallspace beside your front door is everything you want. The smaller the space, the more important it’s to keep it clutter-free. This entryway just has a small shelf for knickknacks, a mirror, and a place to carry important reminders.

2. Create a communication centre. Your entryway is the 1 spot in your house where you’re guaranteed to catch a family member’s interest. Everyone has to pass by it on their way in and out of the home, so use this by putting a bulletin board, calendar, chalkboard or whiteboard nearby.

Alter Your Control Center

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Possessing a room for your household’s electronic accessories is another great addition to the entrance. Today, almost everybody has a mobile, computer, music player or other chargeable device, and it can be difficult to keep things right. Setting up a spot for each one these necessities close to the entrance signifies that items will not get lost, and your daughter will never forget her iPod again. This magnificent charging console was custom-made, however you can make the same appearance with a charging station set on top of a small table or console.

Green Apple Design

3. Establish zones by owner or item. The best way to keep things arranged within an entryway would be to encourage your family and visitors to divide things up by type of item, or from owner. Set up baskets or bins and tag them by family member, or organize them by sneakers, gloves, hats and other ordinary items which clog up the entryway. Even the cubbies in this photo are great, but if you don’t have the option of building them in, get big bins and tag them with your family members’ names.

Produce a Makeshift Mudroom

Tim Cuppett Architects

Another option is installing basic coat hooks, and labeling each person with another name. If you’re living in a multi-person household, having a zone for every person can be unbelievably helpful. Additionally, it is very important to organize things in a means which makes it comfortable and easy to keep them. Shoes should move on the floor so they can be kicked off fast, while jackets and hats must hang at eye level.

Desire to Inspire

4. Make business clear. Let us face it: No one in your family is going to keep things tidy and clean unless you make it ridiculously easy. Be sure that it’s clear where everything goes in the entryway so that there’s no confusion. Put out shelves for scarves and bags, little bowls for change and a rack to keep shoes tidy. Look for open containers to the smaller but significant items — like keys or cellphones — so that they’re easily visible and accessible on your way out the door. Hooks, bins and baskets should all be tagged.

Fill out a shallow tray with pebbles to keep dirty sneakers confined. Additionally, it indicates to guests and to take off their shoes here before coming indoors.

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5. Keep it cheerful. Tour entryway sets the tone for the rest of your house, thus make a welcoming location. Put a bench, seat, small stool or other location for visitors to sit and take off their shoes.

Lauren Liess Interiors

Make certain there’s something fun or pretty in your entryway for visitors to enjoy. A pop of color, artwork, a fun pillow, plants or cute wall hooks can all bring a smile to visitors’ faces.

Placing down a rug at the entryway can make a massive difference also — it separates the space a little so that it seems like its living room — and certainly will catch dirt monitored in. Mirrors are a great idea also, which means you can have a last look in your outfit or cosmetics before you depart for your day.

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Sensible Style for Your Holiday Powder Room

Your powder area is a great area to express your imagination and pleasure your customers, particularly at holiday time. As it is likely to be modest, you’ll get more bang for your bathroom design buck here than anywhere else in your residence. By way of example, you just need one fantastic sink and faucet and no expensive tub or shower fittings. Take the opportunity to luxe out! Paint it a vibrant color. Add a decorative lighting fixture and drape it with holiday greenery. Below are a few sensible style tips for creating your powder room fun and functional this season.

Webber + Studio, Architects

If you’re contemplating freshening up your powder room this season, consider painting it at a holiday bright color like red or green. You will add a strong punch to your area that will carry you well into the new year.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Winthrop Guest Towel Holder – Bed Bath & Beyond – $19.99

Be sure your powder room has a guest towel holder. There’s definitely one available on your style and complete! This is a superb time of year to fill them with guest towels in holiday colours for a fun accent.

Linens ‘n Things

Christmas Central Pack of 6 Red Flameless LED Wax Christmas Battery Operated Pil – $91.99

I love candles, but just where I will continue to keep a close eye on these. Together with the traffic your powder room is likely to see during holiday season, I recommend flameless candles as a milder choice. They don’t all give you odor, but they won’t set your house on fire .

Faiella Design

Consider replacing regular flowers with seasonal selections and adding seasonal guest towels and accessories to set the tone for the holiday entertaining.

Contemporary Bathroom Faucets – $348

I like sensor taps for spaces. They decrease the spread of germs and decrease water waste. The important thing is finding one in a style and finish that works with your powder room’s overall aesthetics. Right now, there is still more option in the modern end of this spectrum, but that’s slowly changing.

Elad Gonen

Do not make your holiday guests wonder where the extra bathroom tissue are available. Add appealing lidded baskets in accessible space, like below this spacious console sink, with rolls of additional paper. If you’re so inclined, you can probably find some on your beloved holiday-themed color.

Restoration Hardware

Campaign Hook | Restoration Hardware – $36

Though your holiday guests probably won’t be disrobing on your powder room, a hook that may hold a handbag or jacket would be appreciated. Choose one in a style and finish that matches your space. If you’re tight on space, hang on the rear of a non-pocket doorway.

Pottery Barn

Kensington Pivot Mirror – $199

I like pivot mirrors for powder rooms, as they let guests of all heights have complete visibility. There are so many styles, sizes and finishes available today you’ll probably have no trouble finding one that works to your area.

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Home Design: Living La Vida Linear

The shape of a home’s floor plan comes in many factors: the dimensions and boundaries of a website, distant views, the type(s) of inside spaces desired, etc. With this in mind, no shape is ideal or universally applicable; each is appropriate to a home’s unique circumstances. It could be a box, an L-shape, or in the instance of the following examples, linear. This sort of plan prioritizes viewpoints, solar orientation, and cross-ventilation, in addition to movement along a strong axis.

Ziger/Snead Architects

This long glass box the River House — overlooks a river. As may be seen from this view, the thickness of the house is very shallow: a single area, roughly 20 feet. Seen from the other side …

Ziger/Snead Architects

We can observe how the house acts as a bridge, spanning a valley with entry to the lower level and the river outside. This opinion clearly illustrates the switching screen-glass-screen-glass that happens on the long sides.

Ziger/Snead Architects

Here we see the willingness of the plan and the easy cross-ventilation that occurs with such a shallow depth.

Resolution: 4 Architecture

This two-story rectangular box also orients itself into a body of water. The siting also points the house towards a mature tree overlooking the water, and it extends a deck outward in the house. See inside, next.

Resolution: 4 Architecture

The shallow depth of the house is evident in this view of open living space. Cross breezes are also aided by ceiling fans. Note the wood louvers beyond of the sliding doors, for cutting down on sunlight.

Ian Moore Architects

This linear building appears quite wide from this entry approach, but the shallow depth of the plan is evident from the transparency of the space beyond the bridge. The way the house cantilevers in both ends enriches the amount of the house, which makes it appear to balance with this entry plane that slides beneath the house. See inside, next.

Ian Moore Architects

The main reason behind this plan, besides natural venting (heightened by the pitch of the roof), are the stunning views. A linear strategy makes it possible for every room to catch perspectives.

Webber + Studio, Architects

The linearity of the house is toned down by the variety of the window openings on the two floors and the cluster of trees about centered on the strategy. See inside, next.

Webber + Studio, Architects

The openness of the plan is not only from side to side; it may also be located from floor to ceiling, specifically within this generous living room.

Greico Designers/Builders Dallas

This is another house where a long plan is broken up, this time by the articulation of the outside wall. Alternating between brick, wood, and glass, the overhanging wood roofing ties the different parts together.

Hufft Projects

This previous house can be regarded as a blend of two linear plans; together they form a V-shape. Nevertheless the same considerations apply as in the previous houses, with the extra advantage of cradling outdoor area. Here we can see two long bars radiating from every other. Watch the backyard next.

Hufft Projects

The aptly called Bent/Sliced House suggests an alteration to a long, linear strategy. In its eventual incarnation, the kink in the design goes towards shaping the outside area. Note how the outside dining terrace ends in the bend in strategy. Although this house departs in the strict linearity of the previous examples, it also acts as a transition into my next ideabook, where I look at U-shaped plans.

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