Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Home Design features Granny Flat!

Simply Elegant Home Designs is now offering a new house plan featuring an above garage "granny flat" apartment - The "Deephaven Eclectic Cottage".

Earlier this year one of my designs was featured in a new book called "In Laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats" (Taunton Press, by Michael Litchfield).  The book features ways that folks can add value to their homes by adding second dwelling units.  This seems so relevant to me given our current economic climate.  Therefore I decided to develop our first house plan that features a second dwelling unit.  The result is our "Deephaven Eclectic Cottage" - illustrated below.

Form is dominated by crossing gables punctuated with shed dormers.  Careful attention was paid to the scale, proportions and patterns developed by all of  the various building elements.

The apartment above is accessed by it's own entry at the back of the garage.  If desired the garage can also be segmented to provide a private parking zone for the apartment.  The main floor features gracious open living spaces and a wrap around front porch.  The screen porch is placed at the outside corner thus minimizing its impact on natural light and views from the spaces within.
Upper Level Floor Plan.  The apartment (above the garage) includes it's own kitchen, living, bathroom, eating areas and bedroom.  The apartment can also be accessed from the second floor of the main house.
"Black and White" color study - front elevation.  This demonstrates the simple yet sophisticated character of this home.
Rear Elevation
Right Side Elevation
All in all I think this is a really exciting new house plan offering.  More information on this home can be obtained at the following:  "Deephaven Eclectic Cottage".

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Exquisite Lamps ~ Peacock Gypsy

I've always felt that beautiful lamps are to a room what jewelry is to an outfit.  When I came across these glorious lamps on Etsy, I just had to share them with you.  The colors and attention to detail are extraordinary.  Visit the shop here.  
Have a beautiful weekend!

Friday, July 22, 2011

New Jewelry

Had so much fun making these new pieces!  Available for sale on my website.  Hope you're all having a good weekend, and staying cool!

The Blonde ~ Alphonse Mucha

Red Vixen ~ love her so much, I made one for myself!

In The Garden
Summer Lake

Classic Red

Purple Gypsy

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Photograper Malgorzata Maj ~ Sarachmet

Malgorzata Maj is a Polish photographer (working under the business name Sarachmet) whose work I've long admired.  Her mystical, romantic photos have graced book covers, magazines, and other publications worldwide. Find her website here.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Totes & Bags

How do you like to tote your stuff for summer?  As a self-proclaimed "bag lady", I love creative ones, and (natch) handmade is the only way to go.  Below are some favorite Etsy finds, with links to buy if you're as smitten as I am!
Vintage Junky Style ~ Etsy 
Dahlia Handbags ~  Etsy
Cayenne Peppy Bags ~ Etsy
Janine King Designs ~ Etsy
Pua Wear ~ Etsy
Sew Trendy ~ Etsy
Kiss a Fat Dog ~ Etsy
ErikaPeach ~ Etsy

Monday, July 4, 2011

New Jewelry

Had such a great time creating this line...romantic and summery!  Available for sale on my website. I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!  xx ~Barbara