Monday, August 8, 2016

In love with a cottage

Once and a while you spot a photo on Pinterest that announces, "I'm your new favourite thing." That was the case when I discovered Lighthouse Cove Cottage by TMS Architects. We've been thinking about updating our cottage after our home is planned and finished (Yes, always getting ahead of myself) and I pinned this photo for future inspiration:

This cottage is much bigger than ours, but we're considering an add-on garage with master bedroom and bathroom above. Also a porch across the cottage facing the lake. We hope to spend summer (and then some) up here. Love the stone!

All photos from TMS Architects

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Still deciding

Before we decide to knock down the current home, we thought we'd noodle over what we can do to renovate. We love living among the trees with a view to a creek (that often becomes a river) and the fawn and flora that goes along with it. I hadn't expected to see coyotes, owls, hawks, ducks and a plethora of birds (well, yes, birds I expected).
So with renovations in mind, we're drawing floor plans. If the interior doesn't work then renovating the exterior is pointless. With that said, I found a lovely inspiring photo to transform the front of the house on Houzz.

Here are the as-is shots:


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

My kind of town....Chicago is!

Now and then, you have to look at exteriors and then again, you have to look at buildings, because, they too can be beautiful. On a recent trip to Chicago (for the first time), I was WOWIED! by such architecture. My photos aren't that great, but you'll get the gist. Super cool city - can't wait to go back!
(all copyright of Rooms Bloom)
Entering the city, as the L-Train goes by. There's a river here somewhere!

Cars parked under the condo!!!! Cool!
Boat garage beneath!

Trump Tower

Not that he needs promoting, but the guy builds some beauties!

The Trib

Chicago Tribune

I think this is Michigan Ave, but I forget. I was dog-tired walking around in the rain all day and probably overwhelmed with the Magnificent Mile (I can't believe I didn't take a photo in Room & Board!).

Not sure, but kinda neat!
Millenium Park

Millenium Park
Art in Millenium Park - The Bean
Art in Millenium Park
Art in Millenium Park

Cool art that changes expressions - I won't bore you with the rest of my silly moment.
View from Sheraton Hotel
Navy Pier

Magnificent Mile=SHOPS!
Mmmm...lost again!

Water Tower Place
Old Water building

A walk along Chicago River

View from The Sheraton

And of course, we had to hit Oak Park and see FLW's house!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Onto next project and home...

 Still unpacking boxes and getting a feel for the house, and so far, it's a good feeling.

What looks a bit dated and small on the front...

opens to a pool in the backyard. What we fell in love with, is the lot, inspiring in us, a future, modern treehouse rebuild.

We'll spend the winter deciding whether a major reno is needed with an addition to the back.

 Or do we live as-is and knock it down in a few years. I can't bear to move again.