Saturday, October 24, 2009

Our Ibiza: The Final Chapter

Yes people, here I am FINALLY putting some photos of the house on the blog. My planets must have aligned the other day because we were finally able to have the photographer in to take some photos, and I've taken some myself lately, so here are the results:

First, the front of the house. You've all seen this before on other posts, but here it is, finally finished:

It's funny how the little features of the house are my favorites, like these custom made house numbers that were designed by our architect and fabricated by the contractor that did all the railings in the house, so they're totally unique. I love that.

Here's the view from the backyard. I thought I might feel a little too exposed because I didn't want to put any window coverings on these amazing windows, but it really doesn't bug me. We did put some shades on the master bedroom, but otherwise the trees surrounding the house give us a good filter from the neighbors.

The view from the deck looking out to the backyard. I am so happy to finally have a yard I actually WANT to hang out in, that has plenty of shade, mature trees, and is truly a beautiful place for the kids to play. We're going to be adding a lot of landscaping that will fill it out and make it feel more green and lush, but we've got that whole living in Paris thing coming up, so it will have to wait until next year.

And did I mention that I love the railing that our contractor made that matches the staircase railing inside. I didn't? Well I LOVE IT! The trellis part will have a custom made shade cloth for the afternoon sun and eventually we will grow vines up to block the sun naturally and add to the lush green of the yard.

The view as you walk in the front door. There's a cool office off to the left, but it's still in a bit of disarray, so I will have to add photos of it later.

The dining area. I love the faux Eames chairs and the great light fixture from Gus Modern. I ordered a lot of Flor Tiles for area rugs, and really love them; They're as cool as everyone says. And those windows above the table are one of the coolest features of the house. They're high enough to give us privacy, but have an incredible view of the mountains. Genius. Unfortunately I couldn't get a great shot of the effect, so you'll have to take my word for it.

The main living area. I love this room and all the natural light. I've had a lot of people tell me it feels like living in a treehouse, and I have to agree. All the huge trees are beautiful (especially now that they're changing colors), and it almost feels like you're sitting outside. I can't wait for the snow to come. I love the snow, and I know I'll love the views of it falling outside while sitting by the fire in this room. Bring on winter.

And I know you've seen it before, but how cool is this staircase?

The half bath. Funny to add pictures of a powder room, I know, but I love how the tile turned out. It is so beautiful, and I adore the color. Actually, the tile is Lush 1/3 x 3 in Moss from modwalls, and you should check out my most recent post on their blog for more photos of the tile. Awesome.

Also odd of me to include the laundry/mud room, but I love it. There's so many cabinets that I can actually keep it clean and organized, and I love the bench that holds all our shoes so they aren't in piles by the front door. And why the closeup of the cabinet, you may ask? Well, my friends, remember how I said it's the little things that make a house? That's a laundry chute that comes from the master closet. And I love it a little too much.

The kitchen. Oh, the kitchen. I love it, especially now that it is FINALLY done. It took our cabinet guys FIVE MONTHS to finish the cabinets, and they still aren't exactly right, but I love them anyway. And that tile. Love the tile. I think I'm putting modwalls in my will for making this new Lush 1 x 4 tile in Cloud just in time for me to use it for my kitchen backsplash. I love it that much. And the stainless steel countertops? They are a major pain to clean and keep streak free, but if I had to do it all again, I'd do it. They just look so cool that they're worth the extra time to clean them. I think. I'll get back to you in a year and let you know if I still feel the same way.

The master bedroom is awesome. I love it for a few reasons: 1) It feels like you're floating in the treetops when you look out the window, 2) I love all the natural light that comes in and makes the space feel huge, 3) I love the sliding barn door that closes it off or goes into the wall to make it feel completely open 4) I love that it is on it's own floor so there is a kid free area for us to retreat to at the end of the day, 5) I love the skylight that's tucked into the corner and gives us a view of the mountaintops while we're lying in bed (another one too hard to capture on camera). I'll stop there, but there's really a ton to love.

And the love continues into the master bathroom. I love the blue tile (score another one for modwalls with their Lush 3 x 6 tile in Vapor), and we had to wait three extra months to get exactly the color we wanted (they were out of stock), but it was well worth the wait. And those windows above the shower and tub add to the feeling that you're living in the clouds because you get a view of the sky as you bathe. Clear and sunny or cloudy and stormy, it's a beautiful thing to look at as you get ready in the morning. And those rocks on the floor of the shower were a bit of a sore spot with Steve. He thought they might be uncomfortable to stand on, but they warm up and give you a foot massage as you shower, so he's been converted.

And finally, the Orange Candy Bath, or so it has been dubbed by my kids. I love these ModDotz tiles from modwalls, and I love how it made it youthful, mod, and a little bit retro. Everyone loves this tile the most, and I can't blame them. It's pretty cool.

So, there's most of it. I didn't add the kids rooms and the media room because they're still being sorted out, but you get the idea. I'll add more pictures later.

So, now you have the photos, what do you think?


DL said...

Awesome. And congratulations! You have the coolest house on the planet.

Christian said...

Amazing. Beautiful. Fantastic. Congrats!!!

katieo said...

Love it.
My favorites:
-the custom house number. tres cool.
-the sink in the half bath.
-the color of the FLOR tiles in the master bedroom.
-the "orange candy" tile.
-The backyard. shade is king.
-the barstools.
We might barge in for a real life tour someday. Fantastic job!!

Mikilani said...

It is even better than the last time I saw it!!! Your stuff looks so perfect in the house. I hope that you can sit back, relax and enjoy your beautiful home. (At least until you have to pack up for Paris!) :)

Geoff said...

Nice digs, guys. We'll have to come see it in person...

pdxsteve said...

Saw you pics on modwalls - you did an awesome job. We are doing a beautiful modern kithcen with 1x4 cloud also... would you be willing to tell us what grout color you used & what paint color you used in the kitchen??

Thank you so much - your pics made the impossible task of deciding on which tile pretty easy!

Jill Bagley said...

Hello, i happened upon your blog via-modwalls.
this all started with wanting a better view of the moss tile that is in your fabulous bathroom.
i feel like i know you@!! do you live in portland? or in France? couldnt tell.
but i love your house. my husband and i have been dreaming about a house similar to that. and are getting ready to build. ALSO--i have loved Blossom Dearie for years!! so i felt i must be related to you from a past lifem :). plus---are you/your husband BYU students? We went to Byu as well!! funny.

sunderlage family said...

Ok, just a voyeur but I want a tour.? The house is great, and it's funny my friend Jill posted a comment and doesn't even know you.

Wendy (Whitney) Sunderlage....