To create an open feeling throughout the home, Chip and Joanna, hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper, removed the wall between the breakfast area and the sitting room and created a pass through between the kitchen and dining room for easy serving. Then, they carried the beige wall color throughout the house creating warmth and design continuity between spaces.
An in-water walkway steps through the water for a unique pool design decoration. Plants and landscape lighting line the outer edges of the patio adding natural color and life. Potted trees rest at the columns of the open archways.
Hardwood flooring leads up to the wood staircase where the direction of the wood grain changes guiding the movement through the foyer space. A soft sea green wall color above the lower wall white paneling adds subtle color to the design. A rich wood piano is complimented with a stained glass lamp creating an inviting look.
“The challenge with an open space plan is to create warmth, balance, interest and vignettes for privacy," says designer Debra Ackerbloom. The beauty of the wine wall divider in this space is that it "allows light to pass through, yet gives the illusion of a wall. It’s sophisticated, simple and elegant.”
Responsible green features make the playhouse good for the family and the environment. The structure is clad inside and out with rough-sawn spruce boards, which are naturally weather resistant. Rainwater is captured through integral roof gutters to be deposited in a catchment barrel. The attached succulent and herb garden can then be watered using the rain barrel spigot. An outdoor chaise for one or two provides a spot to relax and is movable to follow the sun. A reclaimed sail has been repurposed to provide shade for the large south facing window in the summer. When opened, windows on both sides capture passing breezes and allow for passive cooling. One gable end of the playhouse includes a colorful climbing wall.
A small tiled floor strip running through this long bathroom matches the small tile frame of the shower with glass door and neutral marble interior. An archway frames the bathtub cubby creating a bright cut out in the room. Fitting the furniture along the walls leaves the floor space available for free movement through the room.
This beautiful and spacious master bathroom takes you through an archway to a soaking tub looking on to french doors that lead onto a balcony. The archway is echoed by the wall outside surrounding the iron railing. The natural light paired with a rounded glass chandelier create a bright, inviting space.
The gracious proportions and historic architectural details of this traditional entryway are given a light, modern feel with white walls against warm hardwood floors. The classic shape of the archway frames an interior view that extends through the living room to the family room windows.