My Design Weekends

container homes are all style

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, August 13, 2012

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I first heard about container homes and the creative things people were doing with them, a few years ago.  I listened with great interest ... fascinated to think of the challenge and the potential !!

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All they require are windows and doors...of any size or proportion and a coat of paint.

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They can be joined together side by side or on top of each other ....

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Somehow they suddenly become a design statement ..... minimalist and state of the art.  I just love the way they seem to nestle into their environment.

Amangalla ..... gracious elegance

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, June 17, 2012

Another wet weekend indoors .... the bonus being the time it has allowed me to peruse my inbox in slightly more detail than normal.  In the process I was delighted to find that the latest Habitus Living online magazine had arrived. It's images of Sri Lanka's Amangalla I thought worth sharing. 

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I quickly became lost in the world of Old Ceylon and the grandeur of this retreat ... so very Aman.

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Dating back to the 1600's these grand old structures have had a number of incarnations .... the New Orient Hotel, an icon in Galle and the hub for passengers from the P&O and Dutch East India Company vessels. In another life .... the Dutch governor's residence and army barracks.

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The current Amangalla retreat captures it all .... large timber shutters on windows, wide timber floor boards, huge chandeliers hanging from the 6 metre ceilings, cord pull lights and the most fabulous and interesting solid timber furniture !!  They certainly have captured an era .... so pared back and yet so elegant. My favourite pieces .... the gorgeous wicker recliners !! 

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They could so easily have thrown masses of colour into the interior .... very brave not to .... the vision being 'to allow the centuries-seasoned building's soul to shine'.

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I have always had a fascination with Sri Lanka .... just to explore the different regions.... the beaches, the tea plantations .... and maybe even a visit to Amangalla.

 

stone houses and a weekend in the southern highlands

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, June 11, 2012

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Yes another wet weekend in the highlands but it doesn't seem to have deterred the holiday makers and visitors ..... people everywhere .... impossible to even get a seat in a cafe.  

Out of town, however, it is all very atmospheric .... misty rain and wintry landscape .... this is why people come to the highlands !!! 

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Driving through the countryside the many dry stone walls that this area is known for, are now more visible .... and seem to go on for miles. 

I have always been drawn to houses made of stone .... and there are quite a few in the highlands. They just seem to nestle into the landscape.

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On the inside, exposed stone works best with a soft neutral palette of creams, caramel and greys.

The use of timber whether it be natural, limed or painted ..... compliments or can contrast with the stone beautifully.

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Apart from its beautiful texture, exposed stone has a warmth that brings an interior to life. If a whole house made of stone isn't possible .... maybe a stone fireplace and hearth is !!

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images: at home 


 

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