Ever have those days when you want to throw out everything you own and start brand new with a totally different style? Not that you don’t like your style but sometimes it’s fun to think about going ultra modern if your traditional or going Mediteranian if Martha Stewart is your everyday cup of tea. I have those urges from time to time, like I’m sure a lot of you do.
The other day, the Hallmark Channel aired The Parent Trap staring Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills. It’s one of those feel-good classics that just doesn’t compare to modern day movies (ya’ll know by now how we love a good classic!). I could watch it over and over again and never get tired of “Let’s get together, yeah, yeah, yeah…”
I’ve seen this movie over 60 times – and that’s no exaggeration. Though I usually find myself unconsciously mouthing out practically every single line and singing along with every song, this time around, I was focused on another character: the rustic, mid century modern home that is known as Golden Oak Ranch (Susan’s California house):
Even though Golden Oak Ranch was a “reel” place rather than a “real” place (sorry, I had to go there), it still makes a part of my heart long for 50+ sprawling acres in Southern Carmel Valley. What was supposed to be a 2 hour and 15 minute movie turned unto a 3 hour home design retrospective because I kept pausing to take in the architecture and furniture. I guess that goes to show my mind has been all about houses lately!
I love, love, love the rustic stone walls and exposed beams paired with the perfect mixture of modern and Spanish-style furniture pieces.
The fireplace in the den (pictured below) is so massive that it almost goes unnoticed. The clean lines of the furniture strike a perfect balance with the eclectic selection of accessories and art pieces. Take any of these pieces, put them in a modern-day house, and it would look like something you picked up at Crate & Barrel last week. It’s a perfect case of how interior design tends to evolve and revolve.
Ordinarily, I love a crisp white kitchen. On the other hand, in my daydream of a house in Southern Carmel, a kitchen that includes chunky exposed brick, picture windows, and zebra wood is A-okay in my book! I’m even digging the pops of color in the cookware, vase (behind the glass door) and the telephone sitting on the counter.
The pale yellows, blues and pinkish orange in Susan’s room are charming and age appropriate. When I was around 10 years old, I remember telling my mom I wanted a headboard just like this one:
And you can’t forget the funky, oversized orange and white lamps. I could totally see David Bromstad or Candice Olson using those in a room today.
One of my favorite features of the ranch is all of the connecting outdoor spaces. The living spaces seamlessly come together through adjoining courtyards. Who wouldn’t love that?!
While I’m at it, I’m going to take this daydream a tad further. If I had my own version of Golden Oak Ranch, it would start with something like this:
1. Carmel Mission by the Sea / Art.com 2. The Nines Sofa / Crate & Barrel 3. Wine Barrel Sconce / Restoration Hardware 4. Old Door Ox Yoke Sofa Table / Direct from Mexico 5. Silver Horse Statue / Chinese Antique Shop 6. Azar Rug / Restoration Hardware 7. Aged Tin Round Mirror / Direct from Mexico 8. Cole Chair / Room & Board
A girl can dream, right? Do you have a favorite movie house you wish you could move right into? If you could totally change your style on a whim, what would your style be? This week anyway ; )