Here in Canada.. well on the West Coast anyway, interior ceilings in all but THE most expensive homes [and even some of those] are covered in a sprayed on plaster finish called 'popcorn'..
It looks not unlike artex, which we Brits are all very used to of course. But unlike artex.. which is a flexible finish designed to disguise shrinkage and cracking caused by modern central heating, popcorn is a purely to disguise the taping and jointing required when sheets of dry lining [dry wall] are connected. It serves no useful purpose what so ever... it's just cheaper than finishing a ceiling smooth. It's supposed to be decorative, but most people hate it..
In this home however, the builder has created a sort of coffered ceiling with tongue and groove and molding, which has a much less formal feel than a traditional smooth ceiling with detailed crown molding would have had.
It softens the modern cleans lines of the rest of the finishes and also serves to draw the eye upwards showing off the mixed 8 and 11 ft ceiling heights to their best advantage.
The different ceiling heights also help deliniate the one large space into zones, living/kitchen/dining.
None of which relates to the Tour or the decorations per se.. but these 5 homes are all SO much more than just a Christmas showcase.
Back to the kitchen then.. in the photo above you can see the mix of dark stained cabinets on the lower portion of the island and the solid Maple cabinets above.. but walk round the other side of the bar and...
I hope you can see from this shot that the lower cabinets on the other side are painted in a dark charcoal blue.. very French. A wonderful touch.
You can also see the stone clad fireplace... another feature that draws the eye. The design team suspended a few simple baubles, [using the decorator's best friend.. fishing line] in front of the chimney breast, in keeping with the white and silver theme..
The Dining room is open to the rest of the great room.. I've mentioned that already I think.. but the lower ceiling height and the 3 surrounding walls give it a sense of cosy which can be very hard to achieve in these big open plan rooms..
and sparkle: from the silver ribbons on the chair backs and the glass candlesticks and silver chargers & cutlery.
There's an imaginative use of mirror in this area.. Not only the floor standing Silver framed piece you see in the first photo......
But also the substantial black framed example above the sideboard.. which the designers again adorned with sparkle.. Plus the cute and effective mirrored letters set up to read H O M E down the wall at the far end of the room.
The white fabric runner against the dark table cloth gave the effect of a tuxedo, very much in keeping with the hollywood glamour feel throughout the house.
Aside from the natural wood tones inherent to the home itself, only black, silver, white and glass accents were used. This created a monocramatic scheme which allowed all the natural greenery to really pop.
And I really like the use of the glitzy 'jingle bell' wreath on the mirror... and the silver bases on the table lamps. Sharp !!
Actually the lighting throughout the home was cleverly used, helped in no small part by the fact that when the house was built the pot lights in the ceiling were put on zoned dimmer switches, so light levels could be varied from area to area. That's a relatively small additional expense at that stage of building a home.. but boy oh boy it makes a huge difference.
Through then to the master bedroom suite, where again the designer used a shaggy white rug borrowed from Home Depot to brighten the space, and the hollywood theme was really punched home with the corner tree..
Now I will be the first person to admit that a lot of
ideas that I and I'm sure other designers use are .. shall we say 'borrowed' ;o) from magazines or photos or other rooms they have seen.
But this was a genuine stroke of genius apparently... and I'm certainly going to pinch it.
The design team harnessed a very literal interpretation of the glamorous theme and used black and white photography of old movie stars and incorporated them into their tree design..
Marilyn Monroe was an obvious choice since she epitomises everything associated with the word glamour... but the idea would work equally well with family photo for a more personal touch.
As did the ensuite.. which was really an all singing all dancing example of a private bathroom..
It had a huge shower with enough jets to make for a pretty good carwash ;o) and I'm sure all that plumbing didn't come cheap...
Plus a toilet that had enough gizmos on it that it probaly makes breakfast in the morning.
But again it was the accent pieces that elevated the room, because now that I have a chance to study the pictures, I can see that the finishes, whilst nice, are actually pretty run of the mill.
The vanity is nicely configured with a make up table between the sinks, giving both users of the room lots of space. But the slab doors are very plain and would not be expensive.. I know that IKEA has a range exactly like this for example.. and the mirrors on the walls are all plain, standard size, bevelled edged frameless mirrors available at any DIY store.
I really enjoyed this home, and thought that given that most of the items therein were begged borrowed and stolen, that Sharleen and Bethany [with much assistance from clever local home stager and Tour committee member Alice East] did a marvellous job.
Alice was the driving creative force behind this home's Christmas design from last year's tour too.
More natural elements in the kitchen, these trees are made out of stripped tree bark..
Stylish simple and not over adorned works just as well when mixed with more glamorous accessories.
The warmth and comfort of the soft shaggy rug... the shine and sparkle of the glass and silver accents, and the outdoors brought indoors with the cedar sprays. Nice job ladies. ;o)
More to come... stay tuned.