While things are about to get a whole lot cozier on the blog, I had to post this ‘summery’ Los Angeles home tour because this house is too good not to share. The vibrant, sophisticated mix is one of Brigette Romanek’s latest design projects – this one for her own family. Their home is a historic Laurel Canyon manse, which provides an incredible setting for Romanek’s sharp eye for modern design. The entry hall may be one of my favorite spaces, with a beautiful checkerboard floor (reclaimed from a French château), classic entry table, and daybed below the staircase.
One of my favorite parts about visiting Serenbe is definitely just looking at all the different homes in their four charming neighborhoods. From townhomes to country homes the variety in both form and style is amazing. While the community is fairly new, the range of architectural styles gives the little hamlets a lot of character, and as it grows in, it will only get more beautiful. I took a ride around with my mom and we picked out our very favorite facades to give you a little ‘tour of homes’ in Serenbe.
In case you missed it, I’ve also shared Serenbe’s designer showhouses from 2015 and 2017, plus all the details of my weekend retreat to this sustainable community here. Read More
You may have seen a glimpse of the Serenbe Designer Showhouse on my Instagram Stories last weekend, but I’ve got a full tour of the two townhouses at the heart of Serenbe’s new Mado community the made up the 2017 showhouse. This showhouse was special because the location was at the center of a new development for Serenbe (there were homes and townhouses being constructed all around it!) and featured two compact townhomes to give visitors a chance to see two separate looks and layouts. The showhouse benefitted The Art Farm at Serenbe, a 40-acre outdoor complex that serves as a central place for artists, the arts and culture at Serenbe. The Art Farm provides a physical space to ignite passion and imagination in nature and works in collaboration with the Serenbe Institute and other partners to amplify their work and makers.
Visiting the showhouse was part of a super special weekend I spent at the Serenbe Inn with my family for fall break. I’ll be sharing more of that trip in the next week, but for now, I can’t wait to take you inside the chic showhome(s)!
It’s not a contradiction to call this townhouse British and leafy. It’s easier to associate London style with dark wood paneling and wingback armchairs. This remodel of a Victorian townhouse is completely of the moment, and speaks more to the multicultural influences of a modern London than to the stuffiness of yesteryear. The Donaldsons displayed a total lack of fear when they made bold choices to remodel, dousing everything in a bright coat of white and pouring a concrete floor to cement a space they opened up by tearing out walls. Traces of the townhouse’s origins remain in the glorious, enormous windows onto a verdant back courtyard and the wooden detailing lingering under the snowy coats of paint.
This post was sponsored by KILZ® Complete Coat™ Paint as part of an Ambassador program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
The front porch could be considered the most important room of the house at my dad’s place, a kind of open-air public living room. Cabbagetown is a neighborly kind of area, where people still spend time honoring the old tradition of hanging out on the front porch and chatting with their neighbors and friends as they walk by or come to visit. In the transitions of seasons and the day it’s a lovely place to spend time. Since it’s the face of my father’s house too, I knew that eventually I’d have to get around to making it shine as much as the interior.
The first step was to refresh the paint – a great tool I like to start with, in any project. I used KILZ® COMPLETE COAT™ PAINT that I picked up at my local Walmart to get the whole job done in a single step. This was especially perfect for the ceiling, which hadn’t gotten love in years and was difficult to reach too! As an interior and exterior paint, we also won’t have to touch it up for a while. Read More