Bungalow Dreaming

Lots of that I spend a considerable amount of time in Florida nowadays. I’ve got super pals and clients there, and the weather inside the winter is plenty more appropriate than Buffalo, this is for sure! A few days ago, my friends despatched me a hyperlink to a list for a bungalow in the stylish Murray Hill phase of Jacksonville. Murray Hill is kind of the up and coming region proper now, adjoining to the tony Avondale vicinity.

I took one study the porch swing and at once commenced to photograph myself here. All weekend I dreamed approximately paint colors and furnishings placement, the manner I’d style the porch and matters I’d do to the yard … Needless to say, I spent my weekend day dreaming and didn’t get a element completed at the condo.

Wanna see how I’d flip this place into my unique little Southern retreat? Come alongside!

I actually don’t mind the color of the house, but the landscaping could use some work, as could that front door. (You’ll see more inside.) But I’m in love with that porch. When I was a kid, I grew up in a house pretty similar to this one actually, and I remember living on that porch every summer. I see ferns here, and a large garden area to the left with river birch trees (maybe 3) all grouped together with some good ole Florida ivy neatly manicured round the base.

This house is BEGGING for a reclaimed brick sidewalk and driveway, don’t you think? I can see that here, too! Windows are old, and unique. I discover that charming. I suppose a brand new glass nine or 12-light french door with an awesome antique heavy wooden screen door at the the front might say "Welcome Home".

Look at the ones flooring! Soaring ceilings here, no longer uncommon in antique Florida bungalows. Because heat rises, those wonderful tall ceilings help maintain the dwelling temperature more comfortable. I’d paint the partitions here white, together with the fireside brick. The interior firebox I’d paint black, and because I can not consider ever having a fire inside the space, a fern would probable live there. Kind of like in the Southern Living Idea House room that Mark did.

The cutting-edge sconces on either aspect of the fireside could need to exchange, as would the ones curtains. I’d install a few crown molding and lift the curtain rod to just below the new molding. A bamboo roman color might assist to cover all of the wall space between the top of the window and the base of the molding, and curtains from floor to ceiling will make the ones windows appearance HUGE!

The house has relevant air-conditioning, however I realize that a ceiling fan in Florida is a outstanding component. Not this one although, and now not for this room. I’d go with a chandelier in here, maybe something a little current, perhaps something a bit French? Or a lantern! Can’t move incorrect with a lantern!

Perfect! A seagrass rug might cowl most of the floors. Art could lean in opposition to the fireside. A lush green fern in the fireside with a pitcher fireside display keeping it secure from the doggies.

Again, a better front door would do wonders for this room, don’t you think? I see this room as a formal entry and dining space, since there is no foyer. I also don’t think that the flow of the room makes sense for a living room, so having it feel more like a salon/library/dining room grand foyer would be my way of working out an odd flow. No television here, this room is for sitting with a glass of wine, or a vodka soda (with lime) and talking about the neighbors, and impromptu dinner parties.

It’s also easy sufficient to exchange around room arrangements in a bungalow if you get the size proper on the whole thing. Round tables are first-rate, and depending on what this room has for width in actual life, I may cross that direction. I additionally may want to truely see a stunning old chunky leg rectangular dining desk or barley twist table in right here with long ottomans beneath. Kinda like this:

The entire thing could be loaded down with indoors layout books most of the time, much like Mark D. Sikes’ dining room:

And the benches could tuck in properly and permit for even drift around the room. It’d be a high-quality vicinity to set up buffet service for dinner and liquids on the the front porch, and it without a doubt fits the way I stay and entertain. I love gracious access methods, and even as this home would not have one – the gap could be used as such, and I think it’s part of the a laugh, do not you?

Through the living room is also a doorway into one of the 3 bedrooms, which I would probably use as a small television room. Again, making this room as entry way even more stunning and beneficial. We will take a look at that during a sec! Again … Crown molding here, curtains and bamboo roman shades. A eating desk packed with books and delightful potted ivy or ferns, and multiple candlesticks. Boom! Gorgeous! Chairs for the pinnacle of the desk ought to sit down quite underneath the windows on either side of the fireside.

It appears that this space is what the previous owners used as a family room. It’s smack dab in the middle of the front living room (now dining room in my head) and the kitchen. Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Artie, you’ll have to carry food so far into the dining room if you put the dining room in the front.” True, but really, what’s another 15 feet?

This room gets great light, doesn’t it? I can see carrying the seagrass rugs through here, and doing my large Chinese wedding cabinet between those two windows. Perhaps a television could be stored in there, maybe it just offers a convenient place for additional storage of things I don’t need (God knows, we need all that we can get!)

I should honestly see my contemporary furnishings on this room, minus the large leather-based wingback chair I have in my living room.

The doorway into the kitchen actually desires a door. So I’d deal with that right away. Paint for this room too, once more, white and crown molding. Windows treated similar to the living room.

I’m seeing my present day art collection at the partitions in each of those rooms, with wall sconces with sunglasses lining the wall behind the couch, very just like this room by way of Jeffrey Bilhuber:

Moving right along, I hope you all are having as much fun with this as I am. I seriously could do this all day. Wait, I have!

Check out that darling little breakfast corner! Truth be advised, that is wherein I could devour 95% of the time. Which makes a dining room definitely obsolete, which means the lobby/library/impromptu dining room might paintings just flawlessly for me.

Here, I’d transfer out the fixture, possibly for some thing extra like this:

And then use a spherical desk and four chairs there. Some kind of patterned fabric might make exceptional roman sun shades for this space, introducing a bit coloration.

Now the kitchen … it’s actually not BAD! I mean, it needs some beautifying, but it doesn’t need a total gut job. Not yet, anyway.

Would this now not look stunning with a brick ground? Roll with me oldsters. Check this out:

GORGEOUS! This kitchen is certainly superb proposal for the a mini-facelift of the current kitchen. Paint the ones shelves, higher home equipment and upgraded counters, and voila. Even the floors would not be all that awful to replace. Pull up the cutting-edge tile, and set up the brick veneer. Might be well worth the hassle.

Now the bedrooms! Pulling this collectively from the pics turned into alternatively exciting and amusing. Remember that room it truly is off of the residing room that I said might make a top notch tv room?

You can see it via the door way right here. It’s extremely of a jack and jill situation with a shared closet. See that rod? Easily removable, making that television room adjacent to what could be a guest room, proven above.

But allow’s appearance a bit greater on the front room, first. There aren’t any snap shots of that room online. I’m now not certain if the realtor forgot to photograph it, or if it simply wasn’t equipped to be photographed. But we will assume the exceptional, and say it became forgotten. I figure it probable appears a lot like this:

Because this room shares a doorway closet with the bedroom in the center of the house, my guess is that there are no other doors or closets on the far wall of the room. I’d build a custom daybed along that wall to act as a guest bed for guests, but it would be dressed and treated as a sofa on most days. A television on a telescoping arm would sit flush against the entry wall to the left of the door when not being used, and could articulate out into the room if needed. Two small chairs would sit apart from an ottoman for additional seating and comfort. (BTW: this is a hint and a half for what’s going on in my current apartment!!!!)

These two snap shots show the room just off of the television room/visitor room with a door into a hallway. I’m no longer sure how the hallway fits into the general plan, but, it’s there, and there are two bedroom doorways and a door to the bathroom leading off of it. This room, I would honestly deal with as a outstanding visitor room. Perhaps with a canopy bed (the ceilings can virtually accommodate it) and a small cloth wardrobe among the windows.

This may all appear to be a little tight, but I’m not exactly sure of room measurements and none of this is to scale. It’s just for illustration purposes. Getting your mind going if you will. Alright, so what’s left? The master bedroom, right! YES!

Why would I pick this as a master? Good query! It’s the closest room to the back backyard, so there may be easy expansion!

See that window to the left. That’s the window you see above. There’d be some moving of things involved, but it’s certainly not impossible. I’d probably take out the closet that’s built in, and opt for a stand alone armoire instead. Just as much storage, and prettier. Oh! Guess what peeps? I figured out that the hallway door is actually in what would be the formal living room. NEW LAYOUT!

Oh little bungalow … If only.

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