Beautiful Farmhouse

Recently I came across a stunning home that stopped me in my tracks. By Yoanna Kulas, this beautiful Farm style home is located near the shores of Lake Michigan. Below is the imagery of this beautiful home, along with a bit of background about the project.

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Completed in May last year, this is the second home that Yoanna has built with her husband. Wanting to downsize from their previous home – a large French provincial home on three acres of land – and move closer to the city, nearer the beautiful Lake Michigan in Winnetka, they found just the right property. Surrounded by beautiful trees, she immediately had a vision for the new home.

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Wanting to live a much simpler life and create a lovely environment for her family, Yoanna is both fascinated and inspired by Belgian style architecture and interiors, and also very much influenced by Scandinavian design. The style is simple, feminine and minimalistic, keeping the color palette neutral, mixing different textures and bringing light inside by choosing the right windows. The interiors are surrounded by beautiful things without clutter and unnecessary objects.

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Taking two years to complete, Yoanna worked with architect Michael Abraham of Michael Abraham Architecture and Mick De Giulio of De Giulio Design for the kitchen and master bath. She carried out all the other interior (and landscape design) herself, carefully choosing every element including wide plank European White Oak flooring, White Carrara honed marble countertops and custom wood cabinetry. The same approach was applied to the furniture, lighting and accessories. The master bedroom and kitchen lighting is by Belgium brand Delta Light, and the dining room table and benches and kitchen counter stools are by Antwerp-based AM Designs. The living room features Togo sofas and chairs by Ligne Roset, lamps by Flos and hand made hemp rugs from Turkey.

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Large-scale art works that feature throughout the home are by Wesley Kimler and Marc Chagall, and the beautiful kitchen china is by Belgium designer Piet Boon. Wanting to create the master bedroom and bathroom as a calming place to relax and unwind, Yoanna chose Gervasoni Ghost furniture by Paola Navone and a beautiful freestanding bath. The gorgeous powder room accessories are by London-based designer Malgorzata Bany, whose work I introduced you to here.

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Function and livability were hugely important when it came to the design of the home. The incredible indoor-outdoor flow is defined by huge steel and glass doors that open up to a covered barbecue area, where natural timber furniture creates a seamless connection with the interior. The landscape design beautifully compliments the exterior of the home, a mix of white stucco and cedar wood, while the custom front door, hand made in Poland, creates quite an impact.

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First published http://www.thedesignchaser.com
Photos are by Belen Aquino 

Beautiful Dining Room Designs

As a self-proclaimed lover of food, I believe the dining room is the most important room in a home (next to the kitchen, of course), so picking out a table, choosing the right chairs, and adding that perfect rug to tie it all together are very important. With so many ways to style the dining room, from rustic wooden tables to sleek touches of gold, here are some favorite looks to give you some much-needed inspiration.

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Clean & Neutral
Go simple with natural tufted chairs, a sleek wooden table, and tons of white
flowers. The neutral palette is really versatile, great for changing up your
tabletop for different occasions.

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Modern & Bold
You can still keep your dining room relatively neutral with bold, modern
pieces like these exaggerated wooden chairs and metal taxidermy.
The combination is effortless.

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Inspired by Scandinavian Style
We’re always a fan of Scandinavian style, especially this simple
combination of light wood and modern white chairs. The faded palette
and modern silhouettes are staples of Scandinavian design.

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Mix & Match
Love the idea of mixing and matching your dining room chairs.
Choose one color palette to keep the look cohesive.

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Beautiful Reading Nooks

Reading is one of my favorite past times however lately I’ve been doing most of it
on plane while traveling. During the year it’s usually reserved for bedtime but when
I do have the time I prefer one of these type of spaces. Though summer calls for
outdoor reading spaces, reading nooks are a must all year round in Seattle.
For tips on how to create a cosy space, check out this article These four
beautifully styled reading nooks feature warm, muted color palettes and serious
arm-chair inspiration.

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Via Woonhuis, featuring The Swamp Oil on Canvas by Dutch Painter & graphic artist
Anton Mauve (1838-1888).

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Loving these colors. “Modern Mustard” Styling by Pella Hedeby / Photography by Ragnar Ómarsson for Ikea Livet Hemma

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Gubi Beetle Lounge chair in velvet. Via Artilleriet Blog

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Love this moody space in festive green. Styling and photography by Daniella Witte
for Ikea Livet Hemma

Beautiful Art Walls

Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out how to hang art. Here is a great resource Artfully Walls. This company makes it so much easier! You can browse through pre-curated gallery walls based on theme, room or even designer picks.  You can see everything in scale, buy all the items (framed!) or just some, edit the layout and even download a pdf of how to hang it (including recommended spacing).

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You can also arrange your own wall with their Workspace Wall Designer feature which is so much fun to play with! If you really want to make sure the print or prints you want will look right in your space you can download their app  and a picture of your blank wall and arrange the pieces virtually!

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Beautiful Scandinavian Design

I am so enamored by this this classic Scandinavian apartment belonging to designer Hanne Bloch featured on Bo Bedre. The mix of mid century furniture, rustic materials and design simplicity blends so beautifully together. The Serge Moille lighting fixtures, the classic white tufted mid-century modern lounger, the Eames dining chairs — all of it works perfectly together. And the dark stained hardwood floors work sets everything off perfectly!

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Beautiful Blueberries

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I love random excursions such as the Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm in Bellevue, WA of all places. A beautiful “off the side of the road” U Pick oasis in a residential neighborhood for blueberry lovers and for those, who like myself, love to meander every now and again.

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I really wanted to sit on this swing all afternoon and meditate. Love the old pine wood.

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Fields of blueberries where you can pick your own for hours on end but if
you are lazy like me you can purchase them onsite.

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And little did I know that there were so many different varieties
of blueberries! I think I’ve only eaten one but for those who want
to know here is a list.

Emerald
Jewel
Misty
O’Neal
Sharpblue
Sunshine Blue

And speaking of blue, I am currently in LOVE with blue and in fact will be covering an old
chair in blue velvet. Here is some inspiration.

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