Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays From Beaux Mondes Designs

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Julio,Dan,Daniel & Cocco

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Home Inspection

We completed the home inspection and based on the seller's disclosures the findings were unsurprising.  The home may require tenting for pests and  some dry rot,  plumbing and electrical repairs will need immediate attention before we can start on any cosmetic work i.e. new floors,light fixtures and appliances.  The roof looks good for another decade.  Not bad for a 78 year old log cabin in the redwoods! Below are more photos,  as promised, of the interior and a diagram of the floor plan.
Front of the cabin
Papa Dan and Little Daniel inspecting the grounds
Rear Exterior
Backyard(perfect for a pool)
Great Room
 An old wood burning stove to the right helps heat the cabin during the winter season
Love the open space with the stone fireplace and high ceilings.
Another view of the great room with 2 of the 3 bedrooms to the left of the front door. 
All the paneling is redwood.

Kitchen (more redwood!)
One of the 3 bedrooms
Bathroom(shower stall directly opposite of the commode)
One of the smaller neighborhood beaches across the road from the cabin
View of the river looking west from the beach

View of the river looking east  from the beach


Current 3 Bedroom Floor Plan Courtesy of Realtor
I altered the above floor plan to show one of the immediate projects which is to convert Bedroom 1 into a dining room with french doors to the  front deck.

Please stay tuned for future photos and updates on the transformation as well as design inspirations and ideas for this project.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

American Masters Presents: Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

I watched this great documentary tonight on PBS about Charles and Ray Eames, the famous architect and painter couple.  I enjoyed very much.  Check your local PBS listing for the next showing.

From PBS
American Masters presents the first film made about America’s most important and influential designers, Charles and Ray Eames, since their deaths in 1978 and 1988, respectively — and the only film that explores the link between their artistic collaboration and sometimes tortured marriage. Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey’s definitive documentary delves into the private world the Eameses created in their Renaissance-style, Venice Beach, California studio, where design history was born. Narrated by James Franco, Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter premieres nationally Monday, December 19 from 10-11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on PBS (check local listings) as the 25th anniversary season finale of American Masters.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Guest Post : Sir John Soane's House, London

Sir John Soane’s House, London 

By: Isabella Woods
For all those who aspire to a maximalist utopia, there can be no greater spiritual home than that of Sir John Soane, in the Lincoln’s Inn Field area of London. If one were ever to tire of Paris for a day, then within two and a half hours by Eurostar, the joys of Georgian London await.

John Soane

Sir John Soane (1753-1837), the son of a bricklayer, became one of the greatest architects in England. He designed the Bank of England building, parts of the Houses of Parliament and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. He also designed his own house over a number of years. It was an imaginative and daring design, with light bathing the interiors from above, and dramatic spaces opening up all around. His understanding of the use of space and light was revolutionary, and perfect for displaying his extraordinary collection of antique artifacts and art. And what art he collected - paintings by Hogarth, Canaletto, Turner and Reynolds; antique sculpture; plaster casts; architectural models showing different building techniques and a huge Egyptian sarcophagus. The artifacts fill the house in every available space, reflected in hundreds of mirrors that dot the walls.
A Gift To Art Lovers
So passionate a teacher was he that, upon his appointment as Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy in 1806, John Soane began to organize his vast collection of art works, books, casts and models so that his students could come and see them and sketch them. He created his own museum from his possessions, and people have been visiting it ever since. He wished it to be bequeathed to 'students and amateurs of art and architecture', and his wish was granted. In 1833 he negotiated an Act of Parliament safeguard the future of the house. It has been preserved exactly as it was the day Sir John died in 1837.

Drawing Room (photo courtesy of John Soane's Museum)

Labyrinthine Design
Described as “ of the most complex, intricate, and ingenious series of interiors ever conceived” by The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture, a wander round the various rooms certainly confirms this. Interconnected rooms joined by corridors and doorways on several levels take you on a serpentine route through the house, where no square inch is the same as its neighbor. One of the delights of the building is the range of levels, which lead you from the brightly lit top of the house, down through to the dark and gothic-like basement rooms, with many detours on the way. This contrast between light and dark make the house a complex experience, and the architecture challenges your expectations as well as the art works. The design ideas have influenced architects and designers from all over the world, especially the use of domed light-well ceilings.

Paintings Room
(photo courtesy of Sir John Soane's museum)

Crammed with sculpture, drawings and priceless paintings, Soane shows his superb taste off well, by careful placing of items in a totally unstuffy, un-gallerylike manner. He places things next to each other that just look good that way, rather than insisting they come from the same period, or are of a similar value. He has an eye for symmetry and clearly possesses the knack of artistic ensemble that some seem born with. The furniture is simple and exquisite too, and of the highest quality. There’s not a microfiber sofa in sight here. It is all totally original and authentic, just as Soane would have bought it in the 19th Century. He might have just stepped out of the room. In the picture room, where many of the most important paintings are displayed, there is evidence that Soane finally began to run out of wall space, but he overcomes this with ingenious invention. The paintings are mounted on wall panels, which can be folded back to reveal more paintings behind them. Simple, clever and highly inventive.

visitors to the Sarcophagus Room 1864 (photo from wikipedia)

The Sarcophagus
One of the star attractions is the Sarcophagus of King Seti I, a Pharaoh of the XIXth Dynasty in Egypt. It was discovered in 1825. Now housed in the Sepulchral Chamber at the back of the Soane house, the alabaster tomb has always attracted attention. Regarded as one of the most important finds ever made in Egypt, Soane managed to beat off opposition from the British Museum to purchase the treasure for a mere £2,000. He was so delighted with it he held three days of parties to celebrate, inviting over a thousand people to view it, lighting the room and the sarcophagus with oil lamps. What parties they must have been.

Sad Life
For all the richness of his life in art and architecture, Soane was an unhappy man. He was very sad that neither of his two sons shared his passions. The elder son, George, died; the other was a drunken idler, who wasted money and, when he later became a writer, mocked his father’s collection in newspaper articles, and was promptly disinherited. After his wife died in 1815 John Soane lived a lonely and isolated life in his beautiful house, which he called his ‘Mansion of Woe’. But he never stopped collecting. No true lover of art and architecture should miss the chance of a visit on a trip to London. But be patient, and visit on a night when there is a candle-lit tour, and marvel at the vision of the greatest collector in the world.

Dining Room (Photo courtesy of John Soane's Museum)

Visiting Information
NB The Museum holds a special candlelit opening on the first Tuesday evening of each month, 6-9pm only and it cannot be booked. Long lines form well before 6pm so we suggest coming as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Monday, December 12, 2011

RE: Vacation House Hunters Resumed

Thank you everyone for your positive wishes.  Our offer on the vacation cabin was accepted.  Now, for the scary part...the inspections.  I will continue to keep you posted.  Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Vacation House Hunters Resumed

Back of the home
This 1930's 3 bedroom 1 bathroom bank owned fixer upper log cabin was listed just a week ago.  We fell in love with the pictures and immediately scheduled an appointment with our realtor to view the house this past weekend.
Front of the home

The home is a "distressed property" in need of repairs...but as they say "it has good bones".
Living room w/kitchen on the right and one of the bedrooms on the left
 I really love the property and its close proximity to the beach ( across the street) and down town (5 minute drive).   I immediately knew how I wanted to design the spaces.
Back of the home
   Little Daniel, dwarfted by the backyard redwoods.

Back yard
Despite the condition of the house, its charm and fairly large leveled yard makes this property a great find.  As a result we are bidding against 4 other offers.  Keep your fingers crossed. we will post an update as soon as we have one.