Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Another sister doing it for herself

A little while back I posted about a fabulous home of a single mother, see here. Being a single mother myself, I'm always encouraged to see the homes of other single mums featured in magazines - it sends me the message that being alone doesn't necessarily preclude you from having a gorgeous home!

Well here is another gorgeous home of a single mother, this time owned by Marisa Rose. The home is named "Jacaranda" and I think it is as cute as a button!



















The exterior of the home was inspired by the township of Seaside in Florida.

It's great to see big budget, grand homes in magazines, but I also love to see well designed, carefully built homes that are more modest in scale - cosier, and more realistic to the average joe! As you can see from the photo above, this home is built on a narrow block, which is very common here in Australia now as our suburbs become more built up.

Marisa told her builder father exactly what she had in mind, and he drew up her vision onto plans.


















To make the small home seem roomier, Marisa ensured there were high ceilings and tall windows to maximise the light and sense of space.
See the tall lamp made from vines in the picture below? I was all set to buy one like this myself when I saw it in a shop window....until I went in and checked the price - too expensive for me! But it looks brilliant in Marisa's house.














Did you notice that this blue couch looks pale blue in the first photo and more of a brilliant blue in the second? These pictures are actually taken from different magazines - I'm not sure which image is more 'true'. Normally I like subdued colours, but I prefer the brighter blue in these pictures.
Marisa's home is predominately white with blue and tan touches from cane and wood - with lots of texture. Gorgeous!

Lots of lovely cushions on the couch add a nice touch. Note the hues in the artwork reflect the colours of the couch.


















I love the earthy brown colour and the texture of the cane chairs in the dining area - I think they really add interest to the room.


Lovely little touches are everywhere - flowers, seashells, books.
















The open plan living/dining/kitchen area leads on to the back garden with a 40 year old jacaranda tree.


















The immaculate kitchen is streamlined and practical. If you look carefully you can see the benchtop leading on to the dining area is high enough to cover the mess at the sink - great idea if you don't want to look at your kitchen mess all the time! And as you can see, Marisa has lots and lots of drawers - I can tell this is a woman after my own heart - she seeks beauty and practicality!




















Marisa's bathroom is a calm and soothing haven, I imagine this is a place she must relish having a long soak after a hard day!





































A lovely little spot for a cup of tea....
























The photo below indicates that Marisa is as imaculate and stylish as her home!






















Check out the military precision in Marisa's wardrobe!





And isn't her little daughter adorable?




















Images Madison Magazine and Australian House and Garden.

On a separate note, I'd like to extend my sympathy to my lovely blog friend Terri at Windlost, who has just lost her father. Her father died of the same rare disease that took my father last year. She has written a beautiful, heartfelt post on the loss of her dad and the experiences her family has been through since her father first got sick. My thoughts go out to you Terri.
Best wishes,

23 comments:

Lee said...

What a beautiful home Marisa has created for herself and her daughter. It's rare for me to look at a house and love it exactly the way it is (I always think about the changes I'd make here & there), but I think I could move into this home and not change a single thing. It's perfect. Lee :)

finominal said...

What a beautiful home! I sometimes think that it is easier to create a beautiful home when you DON'T have to cater to the tastes of the male species. I know I would find decorating a far more soothing pastime if I didn't have to gain approval first! Why oh why can't he just learn to just let me be free to explore my creativity...and ignore the credit card bill while he is at it???

Sabina said...

What a lovely house, inside and outside. Sure it needs a lot of work, to keep it like this!
Sabina

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Sweetie, YOU are proof that a single mom can have a beautiful home. I know what you mean, though, about being inspired by other single moms.

Marisa's home is beautiful. There's lots of great inspiration there. Thanks for sharing!

Karla said...

Beautiful home! I love it's perfect simplicity! Thanks for sharing :)

~Karla @ It's The Little Things...

LaurenFaythe said...

I love the open patio/kitchen and that closet! If I could only be so organized!

Amber said...

This house is so beautiful! I wonder if it is always that tidy! Makes me a bit nervous!!Congratulations on getting chosen as Blog of the week. You deserve it!!

My Favorite and My Best said...

well now that is just about the prettiest house ever!! i LOVE the living room and how it just opens up into that yard area!!! i am sooooooooo jealous.
xoj

RLG said...

Simple, fresh, and timeless. Well done. xoxo

The Tiny Homestead said...

thanks for sharing that house. I love it! It's charming, but totally a manageable size.

Leigh said...

Isn't it lovely to see someone build a beautiful and original house that suits their lifestyle and is not the usual cookie cutter creation - lovely post, thank you.

Christina said...

I just have to tell you that I love your blog. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Wow amazing home. Lucky for her to have a father that is a builder! Loved every room and my favorite part of it all is that home has it's own name.

Blair said...

That home is truly gorgeous. Something incredibly refreshing about it!

Rachel Mallon said...

All the blue in the home really makes it so serene and calming. Beautiful home!

My name is PJ. said...

That's a really beautiful home...but I like to think that, when her house isn't being photographed, the shoes in her closet, or at least A shoe in her closet, may be tossed onto the shelf in a haphazard hurry. :)

AnastasiaC said...

i blogged about this house last year - just fell in love with everything about it!!!
your blog is lovely too!

Marie said...

Isn't that just the perfect house??? Luv the outdoor spaces as well, and of course the shoe closet!
-marie

Betty Jo said...

Beautiful home! Your blog is beautiful too and I've linked you to mine. ♥

Solange said...

wow, I admire single mothers! I know the work which comes with raising a child and next to that your work, the house, the household chores, so I find it really something when a woman does it by herself.
Love this interior, especially the living room and bathroom, so cozy and elegant.
great post!!

Solange :-)

citysage said...

Wow wow wow. What a stunning home. The bathroom in particular is calling to me! And it is so inspiring to see single mums taking care of their kids but also taking care of themselves too---because in the end, a happy mum means even happier little ones! And I would be a very happy mum indeed if I lived in a house like this ;)

www.designfabulous.com said...

I love this house. Really beautiful and simplistic. I am looking for an arc floor lamp and I really love the one of the dining room table. Really creative, a typical chandelier just wouldn't fit here.

CARLA BERNARDES said...

Hello I love this house, you can move me to plant it by email?
Karlabernarde@hotmail.com
grateful
carla