Thursday, July 14, 2011

Inspired By: Chris Barrett Design


Chris Barrett's personal home was featured in the new issue of House Beautiful.  Her kitchen also made the cover.  Located in Brentwood, California, this 1,050 square foot bungalow was built in 1929 and still features loads of original Spanish charm.  From the original tongue-and-groove ceiling to the plaster walls, Barrett had a lot to work with when she bought the place.  She eventually installed the wide plank flooring, gutted and built a brand new kitchen, added French doors, and landscaped the backyard (creating a fabulous garden space).

I personally LOVE the way that Barrett mixed true antiques with modern pieces, creating a lived-in look that feels comfortable and functional.  This is something I'm always trying to achieve in interior design, and I think that she's done it so successfully.  Who wants to live in a space that feels forced or contrived?  Nothing should be too precious and everything should tell some sort of story.  I love the bright white walls, dark wood finishes, and timeless materials like white marble and porcelain subway tiles.  Love that farmhouse sink in the kitchen... and that dining banquette!!!  Can we talk about that? The chandelier, the bamboo windsor chairs... it's ALL so good.

And, let's not forget that this space is just over 1,000 square feet!



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Not only is Barrett's personal home a design inspiration, but so is her professional portfolio.  I thought I would share some of my favorite images on the blog today.  So, enjoy!




















To see more of Chris Barrett's portfolio, click HERE.




*all images were scanned by me, or taken from the Chris Barrett Design website.



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6 comments:

Natasha @ Northern Light Blog said...

Thank you for sharing these FAN.TAS.TIC images. Not only did I drool over my House Beautiful, I loved revisiting here! :)

LOVE everything!!!!!!

Kristy {The Kiki Chronicles} said...

Gorgeous. Definitely my fav from this month's HB! The other pics are beautiful as well :) Luv.

Mrs. W said...

Beautiful and Simple. I love what he does with white walls, pretty amazing!

RLG said...

Beautiful. She makes it look so easy. xoxo

Sam said...

OMG - my favorite part of the magazine this month! I have always loved her work & have her website saved on my computer for inspiration.

Sam

Jennifer said...

loved this house, and was surprised to see a few other images I've loved lately in her portfolio. was going to do a similar post myself!

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