Costa House Inspiration: Anderson Cooper's Brazilian Home
I realize I haven't posted much about the Costa house recently, and that's because right now there really isn't that much going on. After deciding on the layout, our architects let me know that we wouldn't be hearing from them for a while (while they create our first 3D model) and other than sending them my Pinterest board for inspiration I really don't have much to do with this part of the process which, as expected, is killlllliiinnnggg me. Not because I want to micromanage the project, but more so because I just want to see what is happening. I'm pretty sure that the day the first draft drops in my inbox it's going to feel like every Christmas I've ever had... all rolled into one! Then, the real work will begin, and we will tweak the model until it's exactly what we are looking for, while at the same time sourcing everything. In short, that's when it is going to get really real.
I will say, it has been nice to not think about the house so much. Over the summer (especially while we were down there) it's all I thought about and right now we are in the sweet spot where we know it's happening but it feels so far off that we don't really have to think about it on a daily basis. I've found this time to be very productive for me because it's given me time to really think about the design on my own and I've come to realize that what I thought I wanted when we first found our land and what I want now are so very different, it's hard to believe only a few months have passed in-between.
Initially, I thought I wanted a bold and loud beach house. I've had this dream of a large white California style home filled with bright colors and patterns for so long that when presented with the chance to actually build my dream home, I immediately wanted to create that vision. Over time, I've realized that "that" house just isn't "this" house and I've really started to think about the Costa house in a completely different way. That "California style" house would be great if we moved to San Diego or even to the suburbs here, but I've realized that the Costa house is different because Costa is different.
I saw this transformation in my own head happening when it came to deciding what I wanted the exterior of the home to look like. It was really hard for me to give up on my dream of a Spanish style bungalow, but the land and the area demanded something different and now I'm so happy that I let that go because I think the direction that we are heading is so much better. Like with the exterior, the same transformation is happening with the interiors and more and more I want the house just to be simple and clean and the word that I now keep going back to is that I want it to feel "organic."
The whole concept of the home is based around bringing the outdoors in and I really all I care about at this point is that the interior compliments the surroundings rather than competing with them. Don't get me wrong, there are certain things I'm never letting go of (like my patterned tile) but now I'm looking at colors and patterns that are more muted and for elements that would naturally be found in the area. To that end, I've decided that I want a ton of wood detail (beams, cabinets, etc...) and I want the interior to have a slight rustic feel. New, but warm. Colorful, but soft. Styled, but not overdecorated... you get the idea.
I was having a hard time finding a home that really encapsulated all these elements until I saw Anderson Copper's Brazilian vacation home that was recently featured in Architectural Digest. I was on the plane on the way back from California and when I started to leaf through the images and I swear I wanted to stand up and scream "this!!!!!!!!!" (okay, I may or may not have had a cocktail first) but really, THIS!!!! THIS is exactly the "feel" I want our home to have... It's clean, it's warm, it's beautiful and most importantly it suits the area where it's located and it does so perfectly. Behold, my (new) dream home and current Costa house inspiration.
I don't even know where to start with this house.
Basically, I want to just pick it up and put it on our land or just copy every single detail. This house is so perfectly done for this area, and that's exactly what I want to do with the Costa house. I'm not sure if that means buying most of our items in country (or from Bali which is where a lot of local owners get this items from) or if it means just being more mindful of the things that I am choosing from here... but whatever needs to happen (short of a ton of money) to make that happen, you can bet I'm all over it. Let's be honest, I'd be happy to settle for this backyard because those lights over that dining table... those lights now haunt my dreams!
So, now I have my (final) inspiration... we have a layout, we have an architect, soon we will have a 3D model... dare I say we are actually making progress? Stay tuned, so much more to come! Xx