Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dream Home: The Nero Chronicles

Today’s fabulous dream home comes courtesy of the stylish and savvy, Alcira of The Nero Chronicles, a fairly new blog based in Houston. If you don’t know about it yet, I can pretty much assure you that you’ll love it! It is super stylish with an irreverent twist, just like the woman who writes it.

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Thank you, Paloma, for inviting me to join this dizzyingly inspiring Dream Home series. I found this exercise particularly challenging, as the idea of a dream house has always been fluid and nebulous for me. On the one hand, I like to think that the place where I live -- in the moment -- is exactly where I want to be. Our homes are like us, imperfect, but they are real and warm and alive, and that is something I think we all should embrace. When it comes to the places and spaces we fantasize about, I haven't enough fingers to enumerate my fictional British, French or Moroccan lives -- just to name a few. Over the years, I've cooked up mythical variations of glamorous but low-key living in a crumbling country piles, far-flung beachside villas or a citified pied-a-terres. But in each scenario comfort, beauty, a dash of exotica and a sense of gritty-around-the-edges eclecticism must reign supreme in order for me to truly feel at home. Here is the basic vision Nero's reveries keep leading back to.

There's something about a spare, understated facade with vaguely European lines

that gets me every time.

Banks of iron-framed French doors convey the feel of a modern courtyard

and low-maintenance vegetation invites cartwheels and relaxation.

Books crammed just about anywhere lend life and knowledge.

Within a framework of grace, comfort and hospitality,

Nero must have a dash of playful tension.

I adore an intimate master chamber…


with an adjoining boho-luxe seating area.

Natural curiosities would abound, as I find delight in the details.

A substantial steel soaker with a backyard view would grace the master bath.

I'd opt for light and airy in the kitchen and leave dining alfresco an ongoing option.

A home office-cum-library would corral books, bills and boxed animalia.

Perhaps an in-home specimen room would do the trick.

I'd keep the feel functional and spare in my son's lair…

but designate a louche boudoir for an as-yet fictional, brooding belle of a daughter.

Adjacent to the kids' wing, would be this laid-back hangout replete with media space and homework and snack nook.


A home along these lines feels dearest to my heart. Airy but unpretentious, practical but personal, wide-armed and welcoming.

Many thanks for inviting me to play along.


The Purse-a-holic said...

Love the tubs in the washrooms...

Confessions of a Purse-a-holic

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Very interesting choices! They're chic, rustic, stylish... hummmm... different and I actually like different! ;-)

I hope you have a BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL and HAPPY day!


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Anonymous said...

How wonderful. I love Alcira, she exudes glamour and I especially like the sentiments expressed in her opening paragraph.

meenal @ maison marigold said...

I love the second image of the exterior...just stunning..thanks for sharing paloma..do check out my post on unusual inspiration today...xx meenal

Studio 13 said...

That first pic of the front facade is amazing... love the smaller round windows... and how simple and structured the house is.

nelya said...

As usual, Alcira delivers. What a visual feast.

The enchanted home said...

Beautifully elegantly restrained exteriors and the fun, vibrant ecelectic interiors were a surprise right down to the "specimen room"..now thats a first! Love the kitchen, bathroom, living room..all elegant and pared down beautiful.

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Alcira is one of my favs. Love that girl. And gorgeous picks here, I'd stop in for a visit ;)

Meg said...

Loved it!!! I saved a lot of these :)

Kate Lewis said...

love the yellow chair in the bathroom- what a fun touch of color! great to find your blog through desire to inspire where we were both featured this week!!!

erin@designcrisis said...

I'd happily move into this dreamy abode. Airy yet unpretentious, indeed.

Jessie said...

Very beautiful, inside and out! I personally love the living room, home office and kitchen. Everything is so chic and elegant! I will be following your blog from today onwards and will link you, too! Hope you don't mind.

Have a great day!



Design Junkie said...

Ooooo...Al,I love what you've done to the place! LLUVIT! You tripping that dream fantastical!

Unknown said...

WOWzers! Just love that Alcira...her blog, her style and now this...the dream home of all dream homes! Perfect!

Unknown said...

I'm a total lover of all that gorgeous Alcira delivers and this dream home is no exception- absolute perfection!!

alison giese Interiors said...

Oh yes, that would work JUST fine!

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Dearest Readers and Friends,

Thank you all so much for your kind and warm comments. I had a grand time with this challenge.
And btw, if/when the Dream Home materializes, you're all invited to the housewarming party ;)
Cheers, Alcira