Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Color Palette of the Land and Sky

It's interesting to read about a couple's dream cottage on a remote, windswept spot on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. They originally wanted to build on the coast in northeastern Maine, but picked a spot a little farther up the coastline in Canada.

They bought the 54 acre parcel of land for $450,000 and decided that they wanted to build a cottage which fit in well with the landscape. The architect modeled it after existing barns in the area, and the interior designer paid close attention to colour.

"The windows frame views in every direction: Cape Breton Highlands National Park to the north, the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the west, forested hills to the east and headlands to the south. And the landscape dictated the way the house looks inside as well.

The interior designer "took long walks, photographing the densely wooded terrain in different seasons — the changing colors of the spruce, pine, birch, maple and cedar trees, and the goldenrod, rosa rugosa, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries."

“We designed this house based on the color palette of the land and sky. There are 10 different shades of blue, gray and green.”

A lobster-crate-style deck wraps around the exterior; inside, a channeled window seat spans the width of the living room. Green pots and chartreuse goblets sit on the open shelves in the kitchen, over blue-gray cabinets. The maple floors are all stained white.

And an added feature?...the closest neighbor is half a mile away.

Via: NYT