new home inspiration {upstairs, downstairs}…

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i was determined that the staircase leading to the second storey of our new home would be, in itself, a feature…

as with the rest of our house design i wanted it to represent well-considered, standalone design…

perhaps i’m running from my past of making do in converted old buildings, but in this home i’m desperate to avoid all those odd angled ceilings & awkward spaces you’re so often left with, the culprit of which is more often than not the staircase…

cantilevered stairs

at first i wanted our staircase to lead up from the lounge room at the back of the house with a clean-lined, cantilevered design…

crossed lines staircase

i love the fact that the structure {or lack thereof} is on show…

understair nook

& the workable nooks that can be created in the negative space…

a nomadic abode_staircase option 1

but this idea was nixed for two reasons…

firstly, the footprint of our house is less than 7 metres wide on the ground floor &, as we have to step-in the second storey, less than 6 metres upstairs: chip away from this a minimum of 1 metre in depth for a staircase & unfortunately it doesn’t leave an abundance of living space…

secondly, placing the staircase at the very back of the house would make accessing the second floor a bit of an unnecessary hike from the front door…

so we resolved to place the staircase more centrally, off the hallway {between the kitchen & the ensuite}…

the only problem with this plan being there’s not the space to accommodate my preferred design {a single run staircase} & instead we’re going to have to install a return, winder staircase {&, with it, its limitations}…

screened stairs

on the upside, i have found a few designs i love the look of, like this screened run {it reminds me of a harem}…

crisp & clear

or this glass-encased version which not only mimics the original open-air & cantilevered design i preferred, but also allows light to flood the stairwell & hallway alike…

ben de lisi

even this enclosed staircase, in the home of ben de lisi, could work if we do decide to go down the more traditional route…

regardless, the best part of this new stair placement is the landing it creates upstairs…

landing

it took a few attempts to crack the design for this {most problematic was how to get the stair run to end where & how we wanted}, but when i happened across this image i knew this was the look i was going for…

our staircase will open up onto a landing that runs the width of the house & faces {albeit slightly off-centre} double glass doors leading into the study, which itself overlooks the double-height living area beyond…

i think {& hope} it will create a sense of arrival when you reach the top of the stairs & lend the design as a whole an air of intent…

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new home inspiration {master ensuite}

a nomadic abode

second to planning a kitchen, i think the master ensuite could ultimately end up being the most stress-inducing of rooms to design: with the cost & detailed planning involved coupled with an infinite amount of options, getting it right is going to be difficult, but crucial…

so, it’s kind of surprising how much i’m enjoying the process {drainage & soil pipe discussions aside}…

after years of being subjected to ill-conceived, cheaply-fitted rental bathrooms squeezed into an alcove the size of a broom closet, it’s going to be positively blissful to have a room befitting the luxuriating it shall accomodate…

ensuite

our master ensuite will be accessed via the walk-in robe {which itself is set behind the bedhead wall} &, as it currently stands, sits approximately 3 metres deep & 4 metres wide…

bathroom layouts

 

despite its lofty dimensions it’s proving tricky to resolve the layout {a quick floor plan & some elevations are helping}, but then that could be because of my rather hefty wish list…

freestanding baths

top of that list is a free-standing bath…

there’s something so deliciously decadent about having a bath plonked in the middle of a room surrounded by nothing but empty space: it instantly ups the wow factor & makes everything around it feel more luxe…

i’m tempted by the classic claw-foot baths of old, but at this stage i’m leaning towards the crisp, smooth lines of a modern piece with a freestanding mixer unit…

Freestanding

throw in a nearby window & a full-length mirror & i’m pretty much sold {though i’d swap out this leather ottoman for a rustic wooden stool to provide more contrast & utility}…

walk-in shower

next on my list is a shower big enough to bathe a baby elephant in…

dispense with shower trays & doors {i have an aversion to both} & just give me a lofty, glass-encased cubicle with clever drainage…

wet room

an overhead shower rose & an inbuilt niche for soaps & shampoos up the ante…

open air

& i wouldn’t say no to a bench {what, am i the only person under-50 who likes to sit in the shower?}

bathroom vanity

my dream vanity is long, sleek & floats like a dream on a breeze: simplicity is key…

floating vanity

concrete, stone or perhaps marble counters will achieve the streamlined look i’m after, whilst wall-hung taps leave surfaces uncluttered…

but when it comes to wall & floor finishes i’m still up in the air…

navone

i love the notion of some patterned tile to introduce some flavour…

patterned tiles

though i think the key to keeping this look timeless & classic is by keeping the colour palette simple…

alternatively i’ve recently seen some stunning decorative effects using wallpaper in bathrooms…

plastered

this one beautifully suggesting architectural details which are otherwise lacking…

raw

but then there’s always something to be said for keeping things minimal courtesy of some skillful plastering effects…

decisions, decisions, decisions…

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new home inspiration {master bedroom}…

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happy monday again all!

i hope you enjoyed this morning’s edition of country kitchen alchemy

now i’m back with something a little different for you to ponder this evening…

so last week i kicked off a new series called new home inspiration & i’d like to continue each monday with a different theme {there’s lots, so stay tuned}…

the plan initially is to share my inspirations for each space as i take you on a virtual tour, of sorts, through the new home…

so far we’ve covered the entrance & how my dreams for a dedicated entry were dashed…

now it’s time to shuffle a few paces down the hallway & head into the very first room we encounter along the way: the master bedroom…

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new home inspiration {the entrance}…

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we’re still tweaking our house plans so not a lot of progress to share with you on that front just yet, but i thought it might be fun to take you on a virtual house tour, of sorts, over the next few weeks/months showing you some of my ideas & inspirations for each space as i go…

& i guess it makes sense to start that process today at the beginning: the entrance…

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formulating a plan {our new home}…

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i’ve been up half the night formulating a plan: a house plan that is!

it’s yet another iteration of the same floor plan we submitted to our architect months ago for him to base some drawings on before we left for australia…

the same plan we walked through with him whilst back home & the same plan i’ve been pondering ever since our trip, trying to resolve some niggling issues in my head {it seems entrance ways & staircases are the thieves of my dreams}…

but first things first…

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