Penzance House by Blueprints & Damask:
Blueprints by Gina:
Seriously? No budget limit, no client
specifications.. wahoo!! I won't go crazy but I will make some major
changes. This home has so much potential, and is quite cute in it's
original design. What a great canvas to work with! First, the shake
shingles need replacing but I would totally stay with the same look,
just replace with a more modern product. Shake shingles bring a very
warm cottage feel to a home, I dig it. The same for the current shake
siding that is covering the pop out above the front door, I'd take that
all the way to ground level as it really breaks up the massive front of
the home. I'd replace the current shake above the garage as well.. I'd
not change the look of it, just freshen it up a bit. (My Dad was quick
to inform me that he doesn't share the sentiment for shake..) Oh well!
is where the real fun starts.. for the entire exterior of the home I'd
love to veneer it. At first I was leaning toward stone, the house is
near the water so I was thinking a “beachy” type stone look, champagne
color. But as I searched and searched for the perfect one, I realized,
this home needs to be brick, not just any brick though, a flashed
tumbled handmade brick. I love the colors that work their way through
this specific brick style, it's more like.. burnt champagne rose.
<< I made that up.
For the trim color around the roof edge,
windows and their ledges, I'd paint those a brilliant white, white
around windows is my absolute favorite and it just keeps it looking
clean and classic. Especially when the brick itself has so much
The two entry doors as well as the garage would
look great in a dark teal color, definitely a focal point to add a
welcoming tone to the entry.
The walkways all around the home
would look fabulous in a grey concrete paver, all one size or a varied
pattern of three sizes for a cobbled look. This just brings homey warmth
to the property with clean lines that differ from the brick joints for a
tad bit of contrast.
Let's go inside: I think the interior will
be simple, but simple spaces are the best. They have a way of wrapping
their arms around you and making you feel like you'd want to stay a
while. That's the way a home should be. It looks like the wood floors in
this home already have a pretty look to them, it's a shame to pull out
good wood flooring. If we hated the color we could always tint a sealer
and add a few coats until it deepens. That's an idea, but I'd take this
flooring throughout the house and into each bedroom, they aren't huge
spaces so ripping up the carpet and installing hardwood would be well
worth it. EVERY window needs to be trimmed out with brilliant white
semi-gloss moulding, in a space like this the more ornate the better,
detail makes up for lack of square footage, in my opinion. The windows
need shutters, I'd go with cottage but there are so many to choose from.
Shutters for sure.
The first bedroom needs a new built-in unit,
more modern finishes but with a classic feel. Maybe 6 panel doors with
matching cabinet faces.
At first I was looking at the fireplace
thinking how we'd clean that up. I hate seeing painted brick, the
thought crossed my mind to do a shiny gloss type sealer on the to spruce
up.. but no.. it just needs to go. In it's place a pre-cast concrete
fireplace surround, new fresh but a throw back to the old world.
Damask by Tina:
First off let me say I love the bones of this house. My family is from
Penzance and have always longed to go there. How pretty is Penzance? How could I not want to be there? Ok here we go , no budget dreaming out loud time. As Gina said..."wahoo".
Let's now dive into the interior design part of this. The living room had great lighting and windows , but let's face it a bit of a yawn . Wall covering added a bit of
interest without being too busy. Bringing the outside in I brought in tans and
a touch of teal. Keeping with the homeowner’s warm and cozy feeling from the original
design I added distressed leather horseshoe chairs in a tan color. I wanted the
room to be modern, but still keeping in mind it’s past. We were blessed to have
nice wood flooring in the room. I just warmed them up a bit with a ultra-fashionable
Ikat motif rug featuring soft colors from around the room.
Next up is the dining half of the great room . I wanted the
colors to unify the two room. Before they felt too detached from each other. I
used the same lovely wooden chandeliers
to give the rooms a old world feeling before add more modern elements lit the
fresher draperies. To make it pop a little the back wall was given a teal paint
job to help tall the tans from feeling too drab in the space. Keeping with a modern
yet traditional feeling the dining chairs are simple tan linen armless chairs
and that Ikat rug to anchor the room.
is small like all the rooms in this house. So, first thing is to
hopefully make it feel a bit bigger. I wanted to work with the colors
the homeowner already seemed to like. This room has a nice fresh color
pallet of navy and whites. I added a blue and white striped
wallcolvering to give the room some much needed height. Keeping the
linens clean and simple are a big plus in a small room. I wanted
anything to over power the bedroom. simple. clean and fresh was the
theme for this room. No fuss no muss.
had a touch of orange and blue. In the "before" the colors don't seem
to flow for me. Art was my first thought to blend these colors. A
traditional area rug also helped to bridge these colors. Next up the
walls. I added one of my all time favorites, grass cloth. It is like a
painted wall adding color ,but it adds texture and depth with out being
too much. Just adding a little something to it. I treated this room as
more of a master bedroom and wanted it to feel a bit more elegant. the
simple a yummy bed set the tone for the room. The lines felt feminine ,
but not over the top.
There you have it our first re-do by Blueprints
& Damask. We hope liked our take on "Fresh Old World Style". Feel
free to check out all the pillows , lines, paint and such sources used
in the re-do.