Hello Again and Black Houses

One day you're sailing through life like all is well in the world.  Then one day stops you in your tracks and you become ever more present to life.  That happened last year when my Dad told me he had a brain tumor.  I put on my big girl panties and said, "alright, let's do this."  Life had to go on though because I have two little boys who depend on Mommy.  Luckily, his surgery went amazing.  He had a few setbacks later on down the road but I think, hope, this is all behind us.  What I realized though, when you think that this might be your parent's time, is that it cripples you.  I lost my motivation to blog.  It made me so sad to not work on it, after all the time I'd put into it, but my heart wasn't in it.  And well honestly, I didn't know what to say to you after such a long hiatus.  But a good friend told me "The only way out is through".  So, here we are.  We meet again but now more determined than ever! So, to quote the ever popular rapper Macklemore from his song "Glorious":

You know I'm back like I never left

Another sprint, another step

Another day, another breath

Been chasing dreams, but I never slept

I got a new attitude and a lease on life

And some peace of mind

Seek and I find I can sleep when I die

Wanna piece of the pie, grab the keys to the ride

 

Ok, so let's do this.  Let's check out some black houses!!

When you think of winter some of the adjectives you might think of are warm and cozy. On the one hand you might think of white for snow, but it also conjures up thinking of darkness.  Well if you know me, you know which one I'm thinking about more.  My favorite color, black.  Now think about this; a black house.  Some of you might automatically be on board but if you're like my Mother you might be thinking what she said to me "oh no, that sounds terrible."  Well Mother, keep scrolling and see if you are still thinking that when you finish reading this.  Of course, with anything you do in your home, or want to do with your home, it might not work.  It needs to be the right home, in the right setting to make it work.  But as you will see, a black house is very doable.  In fact Dad, it might be time to talk about your house. ;) 

BLACK AND STONE

A great way to break up an all black house is with stone.  You may already have a home that has a great stone so why not try putting up a black paint swatch to see if your home and you can handle a black house.  The stone helps give the black some life.  Of course with any color, there are so many options.  Any paint you are planning on painting make sure to put samples up.  A lot of blacks when you put them up might have a purple or brown undertone, which of course you don't want.  A nice inky black is what I would be striving for.  

A modern take on a  traditional farm house  situated on an old civil war site in nashville, tennessee.  I PARTICULARLY like the mix of the metal awning with the stone and black. 

A modern take on a traditional farm house situated on an old civil war site in nashville, tennessee.  I PARTICULARLY like the mix of the metal awning with the stone and black. 

This stone gives me the feel of an old english cottage combined with the worn wood shingles.  

This stone gives me the feel of an old english cottage combined with the worn wood shingles.  

I like the SEPARATION of the lower level with the stone.

I like the SEPARATION of the lower level with the stone.

BLACK AND WHITE

Another great way to break up an all black house is with white.  It doesn't get any more classic than black and white.  It provides a high contrast, but also brightens the house up.   

Reminicent of an old english home, but with some modern aesthetics.  if you think this is beautiful, you need to see the rest of the  exterior and interior  of the home.  The interior was designed by  Alexa Hampton . 

Reminicent of an old english home, but with some modern aesthetics.  if you think this is beautiful, you need to see the rest of the exterior and interior of the home.  The interior was designed by Alexa Hampton

all the moody feels 

all the moody feels 

a modern rustic danish cottage with a simple, yet eye catching  kitchen .

a modern rustic danish cottage with a simple, yet eye catching kitchen.

a craftsman bungalow in black with a curved door and pergola?  ummmmm, yes please!! 

a craftsman bungalow in black with a curved door and pergola?  ummmmm, yes please!! 

BLACK AND WOOD

Another great way to break up black, but in a more modern, crisp way, is with a nice warm wood tone.  I'm sure you've seen black and wood inside a home, well why not carry it out to the exterior of your home?  The exterior of your home should set the tone for the inside, so it's all cohesive. 

I'm loving all the different widths of the vertical lines on this house.  Between the main part of the house, to the second floor, to the metal roof, yet somehow it all works.  You will be shocked to see what the  other 3 sides  of this house look like.  

I'm loving all the different widths of the vertical lines on this house.  Between the main part of the house, to the second floor, to the metal roof, yet somehow it all works.  You will be shocked to see what the other 3 sides of this house look like.  

knowing that this  house  is designed by  bob and courtney novogratz , this exterior will be the only neutral part of this house.  It's like a sorbet before your dinner.  It cleanses your palate before the real invigorating meal, the interior.  

knowing that this house is designed by bob and courtney novogratz, this exterior will be the only neutral part of this house.  It's like a sorbet before your dinner.  It cleanses your palate before the real invigorating meal, the interior.  

A houseboat? Sure why not.  If you watch HGTv's  fixer upper  then you know this is a killer before and after.  What makes this exterior so unique is the wood is not painted, but has a treatment called shou sugi ban.  shou sugi ban is an ancient japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire.  which makes it the perfect treatment for a house that will be getting wet.  

A houseboat? Sure why not.  If you watch HGTv's fixer upper then you know this is a killer before and after.  What makes this exterior so unique is the wood is not painted, but has a treatment called shou sugi ban.  shou sugi ban is an ancient japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire.  which makes it the perfect treatment for a house that will be getting wet.  

BLACK ON BLACK

Alright, so now that you've gotten warmed up to the idea of a black house.  Why not take it ALL THE WAY?!  Wait, is that from a movie? Sports?  Anyway, an all black house should still be broken up with perhaps the trim in a different sheen, or maybe a completely different black color.  The black materials on the house may be different, or maybe you've run materials in different directions.  No matter what you do, do something.  Break up the black somehow.  Something as "small" as the house in a more matte finish and the trim in a more high gloss will define the spaces and your home.  

the large wall of windows help break up the darkness of the black.  

the large wall of windows help break up the darkness of the black.  

your green plants will pop off black.  But what I think will really pop off the black is chartreuse green plants like potato vines.  

your green plants will pop off black.  But what I think will really pop off the black is chartreuse green plants like potato vines.  

a classic a-frame house

a classic a-frame house

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So, have I sold you on your own black home yet?  If so, you might be interested in this next house.  

This is the  HGTV Dream Home 2018  that you could win.  You need to see this  before and after  to see how a blah beige house turned into this stunner.  Again the power of of windows breaking up a space.  

This is the HGTV Dream Home 2018 that you could win.  You need to see this before and after to see how a blah beige house turned into this stunner.  Again the power of of windows breaking up a space.  

I want to thank you so much for taking the time to read this, but mostly for following along on this journey with me. I'm so ready for this year and more determined than ever to bring you some pretty spectacular spaces that will hopefully inspire you as much as they inspire me.

Tucker 

 

 

 

Black Doors and Windows

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."  Walt Disney

Well if that quote doesn't speak about my current state, I don't know what would.  I started this journey of blogging out on a limb, not knowing if anyone would read it.  But crazy enough, there are a few of you out there!!  So I'm going to keep opening that door and see what happens, as I too am curious as to what the future holds here at The Berkshire House.   

But back to design.  I have noticed quite a spike of homes with black doors and windows lately.  Black is such a classic color, but it seems that most homeowners just stick to the traditional, tried and true, of white windows and doors.  My assumption would be that they think they can't pull it off or they are scared.  However, in the right setting, it can be a breath of fresh air for your home.   

CURB APPEAL

It's the first thing your friends and family, and potentially prospective buyers have once they arrive at your home.  So why not make an impact with something a little unexpected.

This home has such a cohesive feel with the tones of the roof, siding, windows and trim

This home has such a cohesive feel with the tones of the roof, siding, windows and trim

via  Elle  

via Elle 

simple elegance via  ryan street & associates

simple elegance via ryan street & associates

As much as I love an open concept home, I do miss the days of "rooms".  I do understand the ease of an open concept house, but I miss the days of a separate formal dining and living room.  It seems that with technology only getting better, so much of our lives are spent around a television.  Can we not just sit, as grown ups, and have a conversation without a TV in the room? 

LIVING ROOMS AND DINING ROOMS AND KITCHENS, OH MY!

I love how much light is brought into this kitchen by having a wall of windows

I love how much light is brought into this kitchen by having a wall of windows

Remember Nate and Jeremiah's  kitchen ?  

Remember Nate and Jeremiah's kitchen?  

What I also love about this trend is that it's a creative way to have an open concept space, while also defining each particular space in a unique way.  Although the walls are glass, it still in a way, gives a sense of privacy to each room.

via  themenos
I think these homeowners must have children and realized that an entire door of clear glass might be a a bad idea.  It's a hell of a lot harder for  kids to put handprints on rippled glass! 1 point parents

I think these homeowners must have children and realized that an entire door of clear glass might be a a bad idea.  It's a hell of a lot harder for  kids to put handprints on rippled glass! 1 point parents

BATHROOMS

An alternative to the frameless showers so popular today.  

INSIDE / OUTSIDE LIVING

I hope this has helped inspire you if you're about to take on a similar project at your home.

Thanks for reading!!

Tucker