I don’t know about you folks, but there is nothing I like better than a good old dose of showhouse excitement, and holy moly does the House of Windsor rock my socks. Seriously, these interior piccies made me clap my hands in actual glee.
It’s a collaboration between Windsor Smith and Veranda Magazine – they’ve built, from the ground up, the most fabulous 8,000 square foot airy, luxurious and modern family home, and brought on board a bunch of Windsor’s designer pals to help shape the interiors. The designers selected are essentially a roll call of the who’s who of interior design 2011: Windsor Smith, Martin Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland, Candace Barnes, Peter Dunham and Tara Shaw, among others.
According to Dara Caponigro, Editor of Veranda, it was designed around the concept of function informing the way people live, about marrying up style with comfort. Windsor adds that she wanted to build a house that would bring families closer together – you can see how this is achieved through ideas such as scrapping the dining room in favour of an eat-in kitchen where everyone gathers around the big farmhouse-style table, and instead of creating his’n’hers bathrooms and dressing rooms, having shared spaces.
I’m a smidge late in writing about it as the house is now closed to the public but I am literally jiggling around in my seat with the anticipation of seeing the full set of piccies in the October edition of Veranda.
Anyhoo, so let’s get on with the tour!
The floorplan shows the scale and grandeur of the place:
Entry Hallway – Windsor Smith
This foyer is actually kinda similar to her own entrance hallway in some respects, such as the white/grey marble diamond flooring, traditionally informed seating and interesting pendant fixtures. Love how open and airy it is – the perfect graceful introduction to a large family home.
Kitchen – Windsor Smith
This kitchen is impeccable – I am OBSESSING over that marble farm sink paired with the subtle grey millwork, and those open shelving units are le bee’s knees.
I’m also struck by how pared back and refined Windsor’s rooms are – it’s so common these days for showhouses to be totally OTT, with designers feeling that they have to make some massive bonkers statement. It’s really refreshing to see design that is fashionable and on trend (eg. farm sink) but also just gorgeous to look at – if this were my kitchen I think I’d just sit at that farmhouse table all day drinking coffee and staring at my amazing sink!! Well okay I guess I wouldn’t, that would get boring quickly, but I would certainly hold a LOT of dinner parties to show it off…
And here’s a (pretty crappo I admit) shot of the farmhouse table – the mismatched industrial chic chairs are fun and I love the placing of the pendant lights along the length of it.
Here’s a better one! Those reclaimed floorboards, *sigh*:
Media room – Martin Lawrence Bullard
Ok, I’m going to stick my neck out here and say that I actually really dislike this room. I can see that it’s set up to be a cool modern media den, and I’m sure lots of people love it, but those horrible sofas and the jarring wallpaper/kelly green accents are really setting my teeth on edge.
Martin used his own Majorelle design on the walls:
Lady’s office – Peter Dunham
Weirdly though, I really love the black/grey/kelly green combo in this room. I think Peter’s got it spot on with the gorgeous animal print enveloping the walls and the vintage-style desk being amped up with a fierce pop of colour. The sisal rug, white beadboard ceiling and raffia chair ground the scheme and stop it becoming too brash and OTT. Love it!
Also slightly enamoured by the inspiration board above the desk – one day I shall have a leopard print upholstered inspiration board, you mark my words…
Peter used his own raffia chair…
…and his g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s Gattopardo fabric:
Make sure you stop by for more jaw-dropping eye candy tomorrow!
(photo credits: Veranda, Simplified Bee, The Editor At Large)