17 November 2010

Mom's guest house

Last summer, when we visited my family in Portugal, I was able to see my mom's newly renovated guest house. We did not stay there, as her house was big enough for all of us... One of the reasons why my mom wanted to have a guest house in her back yard was so that her twin sister (who has lived alone for the past 20 years) would have a place to move into, as they get older.

You may know, from some of my previous posts (such as this one), that my mom loves white.... These photos were taken right after work was complete, so only the bare minimum accessories were in place.

Downstairs is a small hallway, a bedroom and a bathroom.

The stairs will eventually receive some live palm trees and other greenery... I love how the glass tiles let the light in

Upstairs is a large and open living area, complete with a fireplace and built-in shelves.

The kitchen is understated but functional.

I love this built in nook...

Ikea's Ektorp sofas with a granite grey slipcover are perfect for this space...

The breakfast nook has a retractable awning, so you can soak in the sunshine if you wish...

... And who wouldn't want to enjoy this view...??!!


  1. I want to live there. Just beautiful. Love the house inside and out.

  2. Oh! It is so livable and crisp and beautiful! ~Mindy

  3. oh your mothers sister is so lucky to know she will have a place so beautiful to live when shes ready!

  4. Wow! Very impressive~ Hugs, Diane

  5. OMG! I have 3 sisters but don't have a dream house like this waiting for a loving offer from your mother to her sister...Sweet and Beautiful! Lalo.

  6. Oh my, what a wonderful hideaway!!

  7. Quite a paradise...
    I love this guest house. The idea is fine and generous.
    Have a nice day

  8. Wow, this is fabulous! This is a guest house for a very honored beautiful. Lisa ;-)

  9. What a lovely and inviting place!...and that view, Wow!

    Kimberly :-)

  10. Absolutely stunning.The view is beautiful...Chickie

  11. Oh Isabel, it looks fantastic! In French magazines, most of the Poutugese homes featured are incredibly colourful. I love them, as a contrast to all the French monochrome, but the white looks just right in this home.

  12. I think we need to have a girl's week at your mom's guest house:-) LOVE those sofas...the grey is so pretty!!! Gotta love IKEA. We are getting one here in CO next November. I am planning on furnishing our whole basement with it.

  13. Here guest house is beuatiful and that view is stunning...hope you are doing well, have a great weekend isabel!

  14. What a beautiful view and sweet little cottage. That is so neat that your Mom and her Sister want to be together as they age!


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