Hey there! While browsing the interwebs I came across an article MSN did about the new Southern Living Idea House in Texas. I’m including my favorite rooms below but please … visit their websites for more information and pictures, as well as a room-by-room tour and floor plans. Sometimes, when it’s cold and blustery outside it’s nice to look at sunny pictures and dream of a tropical vacation. Enjoy!
Welcome to Tarpon Run
From Southern Living’s 2009 Texas Idea House, find the best design ideas and style tips for a coastal retreat. For example: You can give a brand-new house lived-in personality with walls covered in horizontal shiplap planking. The horizontal lines mimic the outside railings and add texture to the large living spaces.
Make small spaces live big
A window-filled alcove functions like a dining room, with a casual table, two slipcovered end chairs and a pillow-topped banquette. The built-in bench and wall of windows make this small space seem much larger. Interior designer Paige Schnell of Tracery Interiors chose two vintage light fixtures, hung with nautical rope instead of standard chains, to illuminate the space.
Raise the kitchen
“We created a stadium effect by raising the kitchen one step up,” explains architect Louis Nequette. The counters in the kitchen are standard height, but because of the elevation change, they reach bar height from the opposite side of the island in the family room.
Schnell balanced beauty and utility with her countertop choices: Calcutta marble on the island and maple butcher block on either side of the stove. “The extra-large piece of white marble lightens up the space and is beautiful on top of the espresso-colored cabinets,” she says. As a contrast to the dark cabinets on the island, Schnell selected unfinished cabinets for the rest of the kitchen and had them painted to match the crisp white trim. Sleek nickel hardware adds a modern touch to the Shaker-style cabinets.
Open up the room with a glass wall
Instead of a basic doorway between the downstairs bedroom and bath, the architects designed a glass wall as a divider, with grommeted curtain panels that can be pulled for privacy. The glass wall visually enlarges the space and adds a sense of calm to the dramatically stenciled room. The large floating bathtub invites relaxation and serenity.
Install a built-in headboard
To create an architectural headboard in a boxy space, Schnell designed a 12-inch-deep, 5-foot-high wall along the back of the upstairs bedroom. She centered the bed in front of the wall, with industrial-style tables on either side. To fill out the eclectic look, she stacked books and leaned artwork atop the ledge.
Marry exterior and interior styles
The upstairs master suite showcases a modern barn door, which slides along a track to close off the bath. Because the exterior architectural style of the house borrows from farmhouse vernacular, with board-and-batten siding and a galvanized roof, the barn door is a fitting interior detail.
Get comfortable outside
This second-floor porch, just above the front porch, has a sense of privacy, with solid railings and overhanging eaves.
Liven up the walls
Schnell designed a horizontal stripe pattern for the playroom walls with vibrant shades of aqua, green and pink. Tip: Use painter’s tape, a level and lots of patience to get this look ― you must wait for each row to dry before you move on to the next.
The architects exercised true space efficiency in this room by carving out even more sleeping space. Because this is the only room in the house with a television, the built-in double-wide daybed, covered by two twin mattresses, serves as video-game perch by day and comfy bed by night. Two beanbags round out the daytime seating.
Use every inch
Influenced by train bunks, the architects designed a row of three built-in beds on the third-floor loft, each lit with a marine-style sconce and closed off with curtains. Storage areas for the bunks line up across the hall, with a cubby and a drawer for each bed.
Built-in cubbies and drawers are great for toy storage or as a place for kids to unpack suitcases.
Amp up your storage space
With rigs to hang kayaks and a sink to clean freshly caught fish, this hardworking garage takes beach storage to new heights.
*more information found at Southern Living*