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decor8 Reader Spaces: Geninne’s Mexican Retreat in the Trees

decor8 reader Geninne is a freelance illustrator and designer with an amazing home located thirty minutes from Mexico City, Mexico. Her husband Manolo is an architect and furniture designer who did such an amazing job on their home that she thought we’d enjoy seeing it. All of the furniture was designed by Manolo (with the exception of their stainless steel bed and some IKEA things). This home is so completely serene and lovely, something you’d see featured in Dwell or Architectural Digest, for sure. Wouldn’t you love to live like this?

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You can view a larger, detailed tour of their home by clicking here and then click on ‘view slideshow’. The slideshow is loaded with photos, including bedrooms, kitchen details, and bathrooms.

view of living room


Thank you Geninne, and your husband Manolo, for this amazing glimpse into your extraordinary space. We really appreciate it!

view of dining room + kichen areas


If you have questions or comments for Geninne, please comment below. If you’d like to give decor8 readers a mini tour of your home (or favorite room), please send an email along with a link to your photos. I can be reached at decor8blog [at] yahoo [dot] com.

bedroom

work area


(images from geninne zlatkis)

Posted in Home Tours on September 05, 2006

decor8 reader spaces: Tour Rachel’s Happy Home in Louisiana

Rachel Stuart-Haas is a decor8 reader that isn’t shy about color. She took some photos of her home so you could step inside today to see what she’s done to the place. She’s an artist based in Shreveport, Louisiana, with a baby on the way!

Living Room and view of Dining Room

The crisp white french doors are lovely, that white brick fireplace gives the room cozy charm, and of course, the organized simplicity of the space is most impressive. I love the use of a fully saturated color, like sassy red, in the dining room. That is such a popular color for dining rooms right now, by the way. The pear and cream in the adjacent rooms softens the red a bit, gives the space a fruity feel – like a fresh plucked apple or strawberries with whipped cream. The space is very fresh and energetic, at least, to me. I also like the overall flow of her space, her furniture seems to be in the right spot, but beyond furniture placement, the house has a nice layout (lucky for the homeowner!).

Dining Room (view from living room and from the kitchen)


Do you see the little black kitty in the house? What a cutie! The kit kat clock in her kitchen (meow! the baby will surely love it) is almost an image of her beloved pet, in retro plastic! So many of us long to be that organized.

Kitchen + Bedroom


Are those amazing glass kitchen cabinets (with the perfect little silver hardware) original, Rachel? I’ve wanted cabinets like this in my kitchen for many years now, but rentals seem to gut original kitchens and replace everything with particle board or wood cabinets that are absolutely blah, but ‘modern’. Glass cabinets like Rachel’s are a rare find, but oh so beautiful! Most of us take such care to purchase glassware and dishes, I dislike hiding them behind solid closed doors. I don’t mind hiding food, but I like to see dishes and cups arranged neatly in glass cabinets.

Baby Room + Screened in Porch

The wall color in the nursery is so pretty, and how many of us wouldn’t kill for a screened in porch like this one? It reminds me of my childhood home in South Carolina, all the kids had one, which we used as a room for most of the year to play in, eat dinner, etc. Rachel must love using that space on summer nights… Ah, what a great home. Thank you for sharing this with us. Real homes lived in by real people. Imagine that, what a simple concept, but so much fun! I’m loving these home tours though, and I home you are enjoying them as well. As long as submissions keep coming in, I’ll keep this as a weekly feature on the blog. 1-2 homes per week would be nice, don’t you think?

My only question for Rachel is: I don’t see your paintings around the house, do you not install them for a reason? I have artist friends that leave their walls blank because it helps them think and be more creative. Just wondering about that, but then again, I can’t see the entire space in these photos… Perhaps Rachel has her art around but I cannot see it. Either way, the space sings!

Readers: What do you think about Rachel’s space and use of color? Do you have any questions for her? If so, fire away in the comments section below. She’d love to hear from you!

(images from rachel stuart-haas)

Posted in Home Tours on August 30, 2006

decor8 reader spaces: Tour Archana’s Vibrant Home in India

I was so excited when an email arrived from decor8 reader Archana Srinivas who lives in Bangalore, India. She wants to share her colorful space with us here today on decor8! Here’s what she writes:

“I don’t know if you have received any mails from India. I am a regular reader of your wonderful blog. I agree with Danielle from the Netherlands that by showcasing homes from all over the world you get to see how people design their homes & what really goes into it.”

Archana continues, “India is a land of contrasts, culturally rich & very colourful. I live in Bangalore, India with my husband and my beautiful 4 year old daughter. We live in a 3-bedroom 1500 sq.ft house. Here you will find an amalgamation of traditional old-world charm with modern day luxury. The colours used are yellows & oranges. We have used a lot of antique chests, brass lamps & wood to create the effect.”

“The centre table in the living area is actually an old swing used for babies. We turned it upside-down and converted it into a table. We have used bright yellow ceramic tiles on top. The center of interest is the cluster of nine terracotta tiles which I hand-painted with poster colours. The antique door in the living room has been restored from an old demolished house. The triangular space on either sides has been created for placing lamps. (This is usually the practice in south Indian villages.)”

Living Room

“The motifs on the walls in my daughter’s room has been hand painted & also the lamp. The drawers store her toys and also doubles up a sitting area,” Archana says.

Daughter’s Bedroom

She continues, “The dining area has a crockery cabinet which we use as a mini bar for entertaining. The kitchen door has been cut into half to keep my daughter out while I cook and to give a feeling of space.”

Dining Area

“The 3rd bedroom has been converted into the study where we have a tiled love-seat with vibrant red upholstery and you can also see my workstation which is a huge antique writing table.”

Study

If you have any questions for Archana about her home, please ask in the comments section below so she can reply. If you’d like to share your home, or have a design dilemma, please write to me at decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com. I hope you’re enjoying this new feature on decor8 – touring reader spaces!

Posted in Home Tours on August 25, 2006

decor8 reader spaces: Tour Danielle’s City Oasis in The Netherlands

decor8 reader Danielle would like to show you her apartment in The Hague (den haag), the third largest city located in The Netherlands. Danielle writes:


“I love your idea to show photos of your reader’s houses. As you have readers from all over the world, it will be great to see houses from readers from various countries and the different tastes people have. Please find attached some photos (7) of my home (in The Netherlands). My house is not big (2 room apartment) but it is my castle and I love it. Please let me know if you would like some more information or if you would like to have the photos in a different size. Keep on the good work with your blog. I love reading it!” -Warm regards, Danielle

Things I love: The balcony (shown, middle unit with hanging shells), stained glass over the living room window, amazing mirror over the fireplace, well organized, the silver tea set, view of the lovely brick apartments across the street (with flowers!), great floor plan (and floors!), high ceilings, very tactile and organic – looks like a calming space. When I look at this place, I smell fresh lavendar or sandlewood.

Question I have: Where did you get that amazing mirror, Danielle? The closest I can find that remotely mimics it is this one from Ballard Designs… Thank you for showing us your city oasis, beautiful space. I’m drooling…

As you tour Danielle’s space, please post any questions or comments that you have for her below. Maybe you’d like to know how she got started, where her inspiration came from, etc. She is happy to reply!

Living Room
Dining Area


Okay, who is next??? :)

(images from danielle)

Posted in Home Tours on August 23, 2006

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