Thursday, 5 July 2012

Memories of Hammocks

Laze away in a hammock | Coastal-style decorating | Traditional decorating ideas | PHOTO GALLERY | Homes & Gardens | Housetohome

There is nothing that looks better than a beautiful hammock in a backyard, cottage or porch.  It is so appealing.  I remember heading out with my sleeping bag and spending the night  sleeping on a hammock at my grandmother's cottage in Vermont.  Waking up with the sun heating up your face.
Or sneaking away in the afternoon to relax and read a book in the hammock overlooking the water, until invariably someone comes up and gives a quick one handed flip and boom you are sitting on the ground with a few extra bruises.

Today, I would not even attempt to get in a hammock.  When my second son was a baby,  I got into a hammock with him and we turtled right over onto the ground.  Some mother!   There is no grace in getting in and out of a hammock.  So i will just look longingly at them and hold onto my memories......

Friday, 22 June 2012

Obsessed- Another Green Pool Post

A Light Show at Night
A Garden Oasis

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

The Romance of a Sleeping Porch



Ahhhhh,  I can imagine curling up in this bed with a book. The only problem is that it seems to be right on the street so I might wake up multiple times through the nite certain there is a face at my window. :)

sleeping-porch

This invokes memories of warm summer breezes.....



Of course the kids would be up at the crack of dawn grrh.....

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Combining Architecture, Pools and Green Living

The Architectural Potential

To Fit into the Setting

Integrated Architecture

A Link to the Landscape
A long lap pool
A Soft, Natural Style

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Contemporary Flower Pots/Privacy Shields

Modern Contemporary Flower Pots Modern Contemporary Flower Pots

I would have a really difficult time watering these, but they are quite striking and add alot of visual interest to an outdoor area.

Flower Pots Home Depot Modern Contemporary Flower Pots

I love how it looks at night.  Very romantic!
Made of Aluminum by Bysteel.

Beauitufl Flower Pots Modern Contemporary Flower Pots

Monday, 16 April 2012

Pools in Harmony with Nature and Lifestyle



I have always wanted a pool in my backyard.  But there has always been a reason against it.  When the kids were young we lived in High Park with a postage size backyard.  I bought a swim spa and we kept it running year round.  It was amazing to go out in the winter with the steam rising and the kids could actually swim in it.  I could do laps. But it was an eye sore. When we sold the house the new home owners did not want it so we had to find a way to get rid of it. 
I have been told time and time again that a pool has a negative impact on selling your property and there is a significant cost to putting one in.  As a result, if we were going to get a pool we would buy a house with one. That house has never come along.
Last year I looked at putting a pool in our backyard, with landscaping it was going to cost around $100,000 for nothing extravagent.  I couldn't justify it.  I am getting older and less thrilled about putting on a bathing suit, that will only get worse with time.  The kids are older.  Then I came across the concept of a Green Swimming Pool.  I loved the idea.  It really becomes a water feature in your backyard, vs a swimming pool.
These pictures are more swimming oriented but you could make it to look very much like a pond- so you could swim or just have a beautiful landscape

A Boating & Swimming Pond with a Stream 2

Apparently these are big in Europe but rarer in Canada.  There is a company in BC that does a fair number of these pools withwaterfalls, streams and bridges.

All insects and pond life find a balance so there is no need to fear infestations of mosquitoes or an invasion of frogs - any small creatures that do exist live in the plant zone while you relax in your own swimming zone.
Tempted...

A shady spot beside a garden pond

Small and Simple



The concept is


Thursday, 12 April 2012

Can Furniture Bring a Family Closer Together?

Outdoor Spaces Decorating Ideas by Kettal-5

A few years back I bought a double lounger for our cottage.  It was one of the best investments I ever made. In the afternoons I would stretch out with my magazines, some pillow and a cool drink and invariably I would have company on my lounger. One of my boys would join me their book, my husband or the dog.  The only problem was generally the dog was wet and smelly and was trying to get warm after a swim in the lake.  It is funny how a piece of furniture can bring a family closer together..

Outdoor Spaces Decorating Ideas by Kettal-2

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

House built into the Stone


Kelowna House by David Tyrell - Oveview
This house has the wow factor- cut into the stone.  I am a little suprised they were allowed to dynamite out the stone.  I know a few people have been able to get away with it in Georgian Bay in the past but I thought those days were long gone. Still it is beautiful and meshes with it's surroundings beautifully.
Kelowna House by David Tyrell - Swimming Pool
The house was designed by David Tyrell and is located in Kelowna

Kelowna House by David Tyrell - Kitchen


Phenonmenal water views as you work in the kitchen.  Interesting coffee table below, I can't quite figure it out.

Kelowna House by David Tyrell - Living Room And Interior

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Spruce Up Your Pool Deck- Even Above Ground

Pool Deck Design Idea from Linea Italia Inspired by Kube 1 Pool Deck Design Idea from Linea Italia Inspired by Kube

We all want beautiful stone surrounding our pools, making it feel like a northern outdoor landscape. Unfortunately we all can't afford it.  This photo gives inspiration for how to make a wood deck a little more upscale and fun.  It would even work for an above ground pool.  A bit of potted greenery, punch colours and voila....

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Infinity Pool Dropping onto a Sand Beach

Amazing Beach-Front Designs Brazilian Beach House-1

The architecture on this property is beautiful. It is symetrical but has layers. I love the combination of old and new: concrete, wood and old stone around the pool.  I haven't seen an infinity pool on a sand beach front but it works. I really appreciate modern architecture and I am drawn to photographs of it but I would definitely need an interior designer to give it the warm feeling that I crave on the interior.

Amazing Beach-Front Designs Brazilian Beach House-2

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Monday, 5 March 2012

Before and After Edition 2


After: Inviting and Organized

White Paint, an L-shaped couch and lots of accessories make all the difference in a previously dull and dark room.  The cut out in the bookcase also opens up the room. Suprisingly small things make a big difference

Before: Perfect Potential

Before: Dark and Cramped

Scary!!  I like this transformation because very little money was spent. It looks like only one window was replaced to make it the same size as the others.  Other than that loads, and loads of white paint and a palette of white and warm brown with a dash of colour.  Very nicely done.

After: Light and Airy

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Monday, 27 February 2012

Seriously, A dog Bed????

Pinned Image

Wow!!  A dog bed fit for a king.  All I can imagine is my golden doodle bolting in the house his fur caked with snowballs, or even worse drenched from an afternoon swim in the lake and then rolling around in this lovely piece of art to dry himself off......

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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Bedrooms with a View

Kelowna House by David Tyrell - Bed Room

I stayed at a hotel last year on the beach in Florida and the bedroom had views like this.  I was in heaven.  I love the tranquil colour scheme


Great idea on TV placement

Beautiful-bedroom-view-sea

Beautiful-bedroom-view



No View on this one but it is stunning in it self.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Hmmm A pool in my bedroom?









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Sunday, 19 February 2012

The Barn On Lake Michigan


Exterior view of the home called "The Barn" with multiple bedrooms, a large kitchen, a dining room, main gathering room, and a 4-story silo with a spiral staircase. Builder Ric Puls has been instrumental in building this estate that features multiple buildings on the property along the Lake Michigan lakeshore in Manitowoc County. The estate also includes a meditation hall, the lodge, a studio, and gazebo. Sue Pischke/HTR August 3, 2011

A beautiful structure, the light must be incredible.  I love how the building is built into the hill for a walk out

Exterior view of the home called "The Barn" with multiple bedrooms, a large kitchen, a dining room, main gathering room, and a 4-story silo with a spiral staircase. Builder Ric Puls has been instrumental in building this estate that features multiple buildings on the property along the Lake Michigan lakeshore in Manitowoc County. The estate also includes a meditation hall, the lodge, a studio, and gazebo. Sue Pischke/HTR August 3, 2011



The large kitchen inside the home called "The Barn". Builder Ric Puls has been instrumental in building this estate that features multiple buildings on the property along the Lake Michigan lakeshore in Manitowoc County. The estate also includes a meditation hall, the lodge, a studio, and gazebo. Sue Pischke/HTR August 3, 2011

Exterior view of the home called "The Barn" with multiple bedrooms, a large kitchen, a dining room, main gathering room, and a 4-story silo with a spiral staircase. Builder Ric Puls has been instrumental in building this estate that features multiple buildings on the property along the Lake Michigan lakeshore in Manitowoc County. The estate also includes a meditation hall, the lodge, a studio, and gazebo. Sue Pischke/HTR August 3, 2011

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Connected to the Outdoors. This could be Georgian Bay

Ranch Style Cabin with Amazing Oceanfront View 1 Ranch Style Cabin with Amazing Oceanfront View
 
This beautiful cottage is in Sweden but it could just as easily be in Southern Georgian Bay.  I love that every room has a connection with the outdoors.  I can picture myself relaxing in the outdoor room.....
Ranch Style Cabin with Amazing Oceanfront View-3
 

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Blending Old and Contemporary Architecture

Folded Corten House 9 Revitalized 1920s Residence: Folded Corten House

I never would have imagined that you could combine an old rather featureless 1920's home with a very contemporary addition.  The reality is it really makes the house.  It is also unique in that the exterior is a piece of folded steel.

Folded Corten House 10 Revitalized 1920s Residence: Folded Corten House

Credit goes to designed by Austrian studio X Architekten with offices in Vienna and Linz.

Folded Corten House Revitalized 1920s Residence: Folded Corten House

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