Archive | House Tours

Virtual tours of modern, historic and celebrity homes and their outdoor spaces.

Basic Outdoor Shower

basic outdoor shower with Riobel head and hand shower mounted on a tree - House&Home via Atticmag

A basic outdoor shower is easy to rig up and the look opens up a natural world of creativity.

Two years ago, while visiting our daughter in Michigan, we watched the contractors install a basic outdoor shower on the back deck that leads to the pool. The entire project took most of the morning and by afternoon the little ones were rinsing themselves off after a swim. Adding a basic outdoor shower isn’t as complicated as it looks and it isn’t necessarily expensive either.

Apart from the irony of a working shower attached to a tree [top], showers don’t get more basic than this one.… Continue Reading

0

Lake Camp Bunkhouse Shed

bunkhouse shed - adorable vintage tool shed converted into a lake camp bunkhouse for family and friends - Atticmag

A 1950s lake house tool shed was converted by the owners into an adorable bunkhouse shed for family and friends.

This adorable brown-painted shed is different from the fanciful themed sheds in my Backyard Shed Crazy post primarily because it’s electrified and beds are built in. Strictly speaking this one falls into the category of a guest cabin — as opposed to a folly — at least by my definition.

But the fun of having a shed of any kind is fixing it up and finding a way to use it. At our pal Marsha’s Lake Camp in Maine, the bunkhouse was converted for use by her grandsons, family and friends of this military family.… Continue Reading

3

Backyard Shed Crazy

backyard shed - Ann Voskamp’s furnished she-shed mini-barn at the edge of a cornfield - A Holy Experience.com via Atticmag

The lowly backyard shed goes by many names but having a small, quirky out building is a plus for any home.

Small backyard sheds are trending. These may be called she-sheds, bar sheds, she-caves, he-caves, or a writing cabin like the one at the edge of an Ontario, Canada cornfield where author and blogger Ann Voskamp [top] types out her best selling books. Furnished with rugs, a sofa, and a desk, the cabin allows Mrs. Voskamp, who describes herself as a “farmer’s wife,” to work at a remove from her six children.

Sheds are may be art studios, potting sheds, garden sheds, cabin sheds, mini barns and back houses.… Continue Reading

5

Modern Outdoor Showers

modern outdoor showers - poolside deck shower with MGS stainless steel floor mounted CB406 shower against a wood plinth - MGS via Atticmag

Flat and square with an emphasis on their shapes and surfaces, modern outdoor showers are just a bit showy.

There’s something wonderfully elemental about showering outdoors on a hot, sunny day whether you’ve just taken a swim in a friend’s pool, or you’ve stripped down in the privacy of your own yard after working up a sweat in the garden. But this collection of modern outdoor showers suggests something a bit more formal — a level of luxury geared to impress and be used by guests. That’s not to say they are elaborate. Quite the opposite.

On an elaborately planked and planted deck, alongside an infinity pool, a towering 8-foot tall, wooden slab is the anchor for an supremely elegant outdoor shower [top].… Continue Reading

3

Celebrity Kitchens Are Just Like Ours

celebrity kitchens - Tommy Mottola and Thalia’s white and stainless steel kitchen with pro ovens - AD via Atticmag

Are celebrity kitchens just like ours? The answer is yes, and why is something of a surprise.

When I saw these four celebrity kitchens in Architectural Digest I thought to myself: they re not especially formal, they have a variety of styles, and they were created according to the needs and wishes of the owners. That’s what makes them just like ours.

Take the all-white kitchen, with stainless steel accents, [top] in the Greenwich, Connecticut home of Mexican pop star Thalia and her Casablanca Records exec husband Tommy Mottola (Mariah Carey’s ex). With two small children and a love of entertaining, the expansive kitchen fits Thalia’s definition of informal luxury — “we cook, we eat, we have music,” the singer said. … Continue Reading

1

Danish Coastal Cottage Style

coastal cottage - black painted exterior of Danish coastal cottage in typical black and white Gilleleje regional style - femina.dk via atticmag

An adorable coastal cottage, north of Copenhagen, lures me with a simple style that’s typically Danish.

I’ve often wondered why I see so many black and white interiors coming out of Scandinavia — notably the stunning kitchen with glossy black cabinets that I featured in my post Dark Kitchen Drama. Then last week,  I came across a modest coastal cottage in the Danish town of Gilleleje, within commuting distance to Copenhagen. All in black and white, it had a wonderfully graphic runner and curtains in a hallway near the kitchen. I included that photo in my post on Switching Up Black and White Stripes, then went back for a closer look.… Continue Reading

0