Jun 29, 2011

Portfolio Update: Coastal House

 We are having a huge burst of activity
on the House with the Stripes renovation.
The main ensuite's gold and black 
mosaic splashback tiles are finished.
And the copper-tiled shower wall is done too.
The bath is in - although still full of building dust!
Lights are being installed...
this one is over the kitchen bench.
Appliances are appearing.
{And no, that white microwave belongs to 
the builder and will NOT be staying much longer!}
Kitchen splashback has gone in, 
with locally hand-made glass tiles,
in colours selected to echo 
the building's 1960s origins.
The pool bathroom is almost complete,
with its beautiful blue glass mosaic tiles.

And the room with the stripes
now has the balustrade installed.
But what is that in the room with the stripes?
Is it a hidden door?
Oh yes, it is!
And a bookcase too!
What happens on the other side?
Why it is just a bookcase.
{Or it will be when it has books in it.}
But when you press it, 
hey presto!
It's a secret door! 
Meanwhile, outside, in all the mud...
the retaining wall of huge boulders has gone in.
With the fence rendered,
it's getting very exciting now it's so close to completion. 

And doesn't it look pretty with
all the lights on?

All images blue fruit.
Earlier updates herehere and here.


  1. Dust or mud, each detail shown looks amazing. What a thrill this project must be? Thanks for the peek.

    Cheers ~ Deb

  2. May I just say I have just fallen in love with your copper-tiled shower? Wow wow wow.

  3. Hi Virginia, I adore the room with the stripes and that balustrade is fantastic...a great project deserves wonderful solutions and this one...well, it is certainly getting a special treatment, well done :)
    Claudia xo

  4. Wow Virginia! It is all so beautiful - your clients are going to LOVE you! As gorgeous as it is, it also has functionality and thoughtful design; the shower storage and book case. Smaller things that make living in a 'home' so special. You must be so proud. Annie x.

  5. Hi Virginia,
    Love love love, the pool shower.
    I have just done copper tiles in my bathroom downstairs, I'll take a pic and show you, lovely arn't they!


  6. Ooohhh .. oooohhh .. ooohhh!!! where do I start with the 'love' comments. The pool bathroom, the secret door, those stripes, the tear drop light .. the BATH. Well done Virginia .. your clients will love their (your) home (-:

  7. This is a wonderful project. I love to see your reveals of it.Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  8. Dear Virginia,

    First of all, the NAME of your blog is enchanting...BLUE being my color of choice! AND THEN....you are in architecture...my first love at 17. I so wanted to study it but my feet took other paths for which I am grateful, but I STILL AM PASSIONATE ABOUT BUILDING and décor. THANK you for visiting me; I seem to remember "meeting" you once in Blogland! What a great project you have going here!

    Happy day, Anita


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