Sunday, August 29, 2010

New Tar Paper Star

I am such a fan of the site Fun and VJs, run by Anita in Brisbane, Australia.  She has a Queenslander house, which, to be honest, I'd never even heard of before reading her blog, but now I know it is a lovely architectural style native to Queensland in Australia, developed in the 1840s and still in use today, characterized by verandas, raised living spaces, and corrugated metal roofs.  VJs refers to Vertical Join timber, locally referred to as tongue and groove.
Anita's sow's-ear-turned-silk-purse is our latest Tar Paper Star, so check out her site and read more at the Tar Paper Stars link above.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Paint Colors at the Cottage

I've had a lot of questions about the paint colors used on this house, so I thought now was a good time to download for all of you working on your own cottages. 

One thing to note is that the ceilings are the same as the wall colors throughout.  This is a new technique we're seeing lately that really makes the woodwork stand out.  I was afraid that going away from white ceiling would make the rooms feel smaller, but it actually has quite the opposite effect.

Kitchen Cabinets & Trim:
Benjamin Moore Int RM 02, Super White, satin finish.

Kitchen Walls & Ceiling:
Benjamin Moore 463, Woodland White, flat finish.
Stair Woodwork:
Benjamin Moore Int RM 02, Super White, satin finish.

Stair Walls & Ceilings:
Benjamin Moore HC-173, Edgecomb Gray, flat finish
Bedroom Cabinets & Trim:
Benjamin Moore Int RM 02, Super White, satin finish.

Bedroom Walls & Ceiling:
Benjamin Moore 1577, Artic Gray, flat finish.
Child's Room Cabinets & Trim:
Benjamin Moore Int RM 02, Super White, satin finish.

Child's Room Walls & Ceiling:
Benjamin Moore HC-171, Wickham Gray, flat finish.

Exterior Trim & Fence:
Matched to Marvin Window clad color, Stone White, semi-gloss finish.

Exterior Shingles & Siding:
The exterior is not painted, it is covered with integral color HardieShingles and HardiePlank Siding in Boothbay Blue




Door Trim:
Matched to Marvin Window clad color, Stone White, semi-gloss finish.

Front Door:
Benjamin Moore 538, Vienna Green, semi-gloss finish.






Good luck to all of you out there in the painting stage.  You're almost there!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Modern Kitchen Fun

I've been meaning to post pics of this kitchen for a while.  I just adore the way it all came together.  This is another great design by Lorin Hill Architects, of the English Tudor house fame.
The house is classic mid-century modern, but a previous owner had poorly installed a cheesy Home Depot kitchen without permits.  At the "encouragement" of city officials, that room was torn out and the resulting kitchen has changed the whole feel of the home. 

The slab cherry cabinets and white granite lighten the weight of oversized pot drawers, and the orange accent wall (including door and trim) adds an element of playfulness while slyly downplaying the galley layout of the space.
Large rectangular floor tiles give the feel of stained concrete and heat registers run through the cabinet toekicks keep the floor area clear.  Period light fixtures from the underground favorite Schoolhouse Electric Company top off this great mid-century kitchen makeover.