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A railway depot turned into a lovely home


I love this house that Elle Decor featured on their website recently. Jeweler Federico de Vera revamped an abandoned railway station into this marvelous and very stylish home. Read the rest of the story here.

Railway station turned home

Mind you; it’s his weekend home. It inspires me to rethink my plans for our cottage. It’s lovely as it is, but can do with a bit of a spruce up. It’s still a bit too cluttered and I am not sure I can still fool myself into thinking the faux-wood paneling has a Mad Men feel to it. Maybe a lick of white paint on the wall for a start…

our cottage. I was thinking white for the walls and a darker colour for the window panes

And maybe a slate grey for the outside with white for the window panes and doors. And a red and white scheme for the shutters….

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Cartoon-like home in Thailand cost just $8.000 to build!


It reminded me of the Maison Bulles house for Pierre Cardin on the French south coast. And it reminded me of another real live version of the Flinstones’ home. Either way, this is a clever piece of work. The owner built this wonderful little home for as little as $8.000. His name is Steve Areen, once a flight attendant for Delta, now non conventional entrepeneur making money with music, photography, blogging and, as this project shows, by saving money on living costs. He used materials sources from the local area and did most of the work himself saving on labour costs. It took him only 6 weeks nonetheless.

Dome house by Steve Areen / photo: Inhabitat.com

Dome house by Steve Areen / photo: theownerbuildernetwork.com

Dome house bathroom by Steve Areen / Photo: Inhabitat

Dome house by Steve Areen / photo: Izona

Brazilian artist recreates ‘Gilmore Girls’ town out of paper!


OK, so this might harm my image a little bit, but I watched Gilmore Girls. There, I said it.

The dialogues irritated me, the French gay guy was so phony it was annoying, most of the characters were dull and the girls actually pushed my wrong buttons too. But OH MY LORD those houses! Talking about your American Dream. This was before Desperate Housewives, so I had yet to see the homes on Wisteria Lane, but I wanted to live in Stars Hollow, I really did.

Stars Hollow aerial view. Not sure what town they used. If anybody knows, please let me know.

It off course is not a real town. In fact, it is a backlot at Warner Brothers studio’s called ‘Midwest Street, built in the 1940’s for the movie Saratoga Trunk. However, the town in the show was inspired by Washington Depot Connecticut, when producer Amy Sherman- Palladino spent a night in the local inn. A lot of the filming for the pilot and some later used street shots was done in Unionville Ontario, Canada.

A store front in Washington depot CT, the inspiration for the Gilmore Girl’s town of Stars Hollow

Brazilian artist Bruna Salvador Conforto, must have been watching in equal awe, yet she managed to use her inspiration for something more tangible. Some of you might know her for her recreation of the apartment from Friends.. in paper! That already was quite the achievement, but it wasn’t enough for Bruna. Her latest project is, you guessed it, a paper version of Stars Hollow!

The town of Stars Hollow, of the TV show Gilmore Girls, in paper as created by Brazilian artist Bruna Salvador Conforto

Lorelai’s home in Gilmore Girls recreated in paper!

For more movie and TV homes check out the Famous buildings and Movie locations section here at Homevoyeurs. Or test your knowledge in one, or more, of the TV home quizes. Time for a new one of those soon actually…

Book review: Prefab Houses


As you might know, I have a thing with prefab homes. Always have. I love the idea of a cleverly designed home, fit for a contemporary lifestyle, put up in a matter of weeks, sometimes even days. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I got this marvellous Taschen Book ‘Prefab Homes’ as a gift from friends. I am helping them with a design and install for a new bathroom and I recently had my birthday but still out of the blue they surprised me with this marvellous gift.The book is written by Arnt Cobbers and Oliver Jahn, two well-known architecture and design authors. I can highly recommend it. It’s the perfect coffee table book, with tons and tons of inspiring pictures and stories about various prefab home designs and their designers.

Prefab Houses Taschen

Prefab Home

Another page spread from the book Prefab Houses by Taschen

The book is also available in the Homevoyeurs webshop for $47,38. You might be eligible for free shipping!

Prefab Houses Taschen book

Prefab Houses Taschen book

An early example of a prefab home in the book

Ginnifer Goodwin’s Hollywood Home in Elle Magazine


She might not be a household name yet, but she must be doing something right to afford a pied-a-terre in Whitley Heights. This small enclave nestled between the Hollywood Hills was once home to Charlie Chaplin. Ginnifer recently opened her doors to a team of Elle Magazine to show her home. The house is quite modest, and the views are nothing to boast about, but it sure looks very charming and inviting. I have always been a big fan of Hollywood Regency style. In this case it might be a bit too girly for my liking, but nonetheless; chapeau! Design firm Nickey Kehoe was responsible for the decorating.

Ginnifer Goodwin’s home in Elle Magazine. I love the rug in the kitchen!

Ginnifer Goodwin’s home in Elle Magazine

Ginnifer Goodwin’s living room. I like the ottoman and Picasso-esque painting. I would have added a bit more contrast on the fire-place as the shape sort of asks for it.

sources:
Hookedonhouses
Elle Magazine

Have a yabbadabbadoo time in this house in Malibu!


Had to post this. It’s been done before for sure, or at least contemplated, and I still think the architects of Maison Bulles in Théoule-sur-Mer France were inspired by the Flinstones, or possibly the Jetsons. But never have I seen a house so in keep with the theme as this one. It’s in Malibu, off course it is. TV host Dick Clark  decided to put it on the market shortly before his death in April this year. My guess is that the asking price of ‘only’ $3,500,000 is because it is not everybody’s taste. Cause if it is, and you’re rich, than the house with its magical ocean views is yours for a price well under what the neighbours paid!

For more check this post on Homeadore.com

Floor plans of famous TV homes by Brandi Roberts and Inaki Aliste Lizarralde


Artists Brandi Roberts and  Inaki Aliste Lizarralde draw the floor plans of TV homes. For example Eddie Monsoon’s townhouse from Absolutely Fabulous; the Golden Girls’ Miami bungalow, Frasier’s Seattle apartment , the NYC apartments from SATC, Friends and the Big Bang Theory and the offices of Stirling Cooper Draper Pryce.

Inaki Aliste Lizarralde’s floor plan of Friends apartments

Inaki Aliste Lizarralde’s floor plan of Carrie’s apartment in SATC

Brandi Roberts sells the prints as art. In her own words:

“Fantasy Floor plans was born out of my love of drawing, pop culture and TV. My hand-drawn floor plans merge Pop Art with celebrity to make art that doesn’t just entertain, but captures the evolution of the American TV home over the last seven decades”.

I hear her! Many times have I tried to imagine the lay-out of Monica and Rachel’s great flat. or the lush place of Frasier in the show of the same name. Or come to think of it, the bungalow of the Golden Girls…. I even considered drawing them out myself on more than one occasion.

Brandi Roberts floor plan of Golden Girls bungalow

But as much as I love this idea, I immediately noticed some errors. I know I know,  jealous much? But may I?

Saffron’s room in Ab Fab for instance… There are several scenes where it is clear that her door is in the middle of the room. Also, the room is in between at least two other rooms as there are also scenes with people passing her room. And Serge’s room is drawn at the left end of the hallway while in the scene where Eddy is considering knocking down the wall it is clear the room is immediately next to hers and the hallway leads straight into the door. But still, what a great idea and damn her for beating me to it……

Brandi Roberts floor plan of Absolutely Fabulous