Yesterday I shared this home from House Beautiful on the Between Naps on the Porch Facebook page. I’ve posted some pretty awesome houses on Facebook before but they usually don’t get seen by that many folks since Facebook has such a complicated algorithm for sharing.
Well, I’m not exactly sure what happened yesterday, maybe the FB share-blocking-machine temporarily broke down because this beautiful blue home was shared over
1,690 1,900 times, at last count. Wowza, that’s a lot of sharing! With that much interest in this stunning home, I knew I had to give you a tour of the inside.
This house looks like it belongs seaside, doesn’t it? It is on water, but not the ocean kind. This wonderful home is actually located on Lake Michigan and though it may look old, it was built just six years ago.
Let’s go inside and take the tour. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the exterior color is a Pittsburgh Paint color called, Citadel Blue. Such a pretty color! It looks like the color of the sky, doesn’t it?
The Interior Designer for this home, Martin Horner, wanted to give the home a one-of-a-kind look so he incorporated design ideas from many different countries and cultures. He was greatly influenced by a trip he had taken to Morocco so you’ll see a lot of Moroccan influence throughout in the way of pattern, decorative tile and dark wood.
In an interview with the designer HERE, Mr. Horner said, “In Michigan, people are expecting boats and buoys, and then they walk in and say, ‘Wow.’ Here are all these treasures — handwoven fabric, exotic tile, ebonized furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl. It’s as if the clients came back from a trip to the Orient with all these artifacts and incorporated them into the house.”
The Marlin hanging above the fireplace was caught by one of the owners during a family fishing trip. The tile around the fireplace is kaleidoscope Moroccan tile from Urban Archaeology.
In the library you’ll find a Fortuny light, wood columns that were carved in Bali, throw pillows made from Japanese orbis and a vintage American flag. Each room is filled with lots of pattern but it all works together per the designer because “the palette is so consistent.”
Mr. Horner said in the interview, all the pattern and texture throughout the home works because everything is in shades of blue and cream.
Love all the flow blue and blue/white transferware! It’s so pretty contrasting against the white of the cabinet.
I really like the blue mercury-glass pendants. Even the ceiling got a special design.
A close up of the backsplash tile…
Wow, look at that amazing view! Do you like the dark ebony island in the kitchen? It provides a nice contrast, doesn’t it?
Would you be brave enough to mix this many patterns together in one room? You have to really be fearless and go with your gut. I count 9 patterns: wallpaper, chest, rug, chair, top of the seat at the foot of the bed, pillow shams, medium size pillows in front of shams, small darker blue pillows and whatever the item is in front of the small pillows. Looks like there may also be tile on the top of side table by the chair…that would make a 10th pattern.
There are two more patterns on this side of the master bedroom, the fireplace tile and the stool, bringing the count to 12 visible in just these two photos.
Mr.Horner said he chose a softer and more soothing color/pattern for the tile around the fireplace in the master bedroom since it’s a bedroom.
This wall of the master bath was tiled, kind of hard to see in this photo. Again we see the ebony-stained woods coming from the Moroccan influence.
A blue and white wallpaper for the master bath…
I love the nautical influence in this room. The 3 1/2 inch plantation shutters are so pretty for this space.
You’ll find additional photos with more information about light fixtures, furniture, fabrics, etc… in this article at House Beautiful where the above pictures were found.