Saturday, May 21, 2011

The house that keeps on inspiring (amazing architecture by Peter Block)

Photo credit: Erica George Dines
Peter Block is an incredibly talented architect who designs houses around the country, but calls Atlanta his home.  His houses strike me as modern interpretations of traditional architecture and design concepts (the work of Lutyens often comes to mind when I see Peter’s work), and Peter’s houses always have an incredible amount of creativity and inventiveness in the design.  In Peter’s words, “design should be simply conceived, well proportioned, nimble in terms of spatial functionality, and built of permanent materials…Intuitive design reigns.  This is true in every facet of good design”.

I had the good fortune of seeing a house that Peter designed as it was being built (seen above), back in 2009.  Reflecting upon it now, the house was in the exact stage that my house is in right now – trim work and floors going in, cabinets about to be installed – and it was fascinating to see the end stages of a house build just as I was starting the design process for my house.

It was gratifying to see that same house featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles in October of 2010, fully decorated (Beth Webb was the interior designer).  AH&L beautifully captured the feel of the house in the introductory paragraph to the article (which can be read here): “There are a lot of new houses in Atlanta that are built to look old, but there are few that actually exude an air of permanence and a sense of longevity. [This] new Buckhead home is one that succeeds at both”.  In a further testament to the beauty and classic design of this house, Peter Block won the prestigious Shutze Award for this house in the Romantic Classicism category (single family 4,000-10,000 square feet).

Photo credit: Erica George Dines
The outdoor room has particular appeal to me (I wonder what the homeowners call this space? It strikes me as a loggia).  It is the space that connects many of the ground floor rooms together, opening to the kitchen/family room/breakfast area; living room; dining room; and master bedroom.  One side of the room (seen in this picture) has an outdoor dining area with grill, and overlooks the pool.

Photo credit: Erica George Dines
The other side has a seating area arranged around an outdoor fireplace.  Note the ceiling fans in the space, made by Aria Ventilatori, based on Italian design. These fans seem to be taking Atlanta by storm - their products are sculptural, beautiful, and also highly functional.  I might have to look into getting one of these fans for my new outdoor room!  Visit their website here: http://www.aria-ventilatori.com/.  These fans are currently available through Grizzel & Mann in Atlanta, and McRae & Company in San Francisco (both to the trade).

And now, in 2011, here is the same room, styled by Ballard Designs for their recent catalog cover.  I didn’t know that catalogs used ‘real’ houses for their photo shoots, but it makes sense!

Peter Block has some exciting things going on right now.  He just launched a caseworks collection; according to the website, the collection was three years in the making,  combines “innovative details and unexpected nuances into historically based standards”.   The website notes that the Belgian collection has just been launched, and will be soon followed with the American, English, Mediterranean, and French collections.

For more information on Peter Block, please visit his web site: http://www.peterblockarchitects.com/
For more information on Peter Block caseworks: http://www.peterblockcaseworks.com
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  1. This is such an amazing house... all of it! I love the kitchen. Have a wonderful weekend. xo

  2. Beautiful detail work..the variety of stone and wood is wonderful. franki

  3. Holly a gorgeous property and the outdoor veranda is so wonderful. I thought I recognized it!

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  4. What a beautiful outdoor space! Love the bluestone?? floor. Peter Block is such an accomplished architect. Love his work!

  5. ohhhhhhhh hollllly. i've just discovered your blog, and i'm in trouble. i'm in love. this architect's work is stunning. i adore the painted brick and want to learn more as i believe our 4 year old bricked european style home is thirsting for paint! if you have a chance, will you share your thoughts on this topic or direct me to advice?

    thanks for so much lovely to distract me from my gardening today!


  6. I want to sit in that outside sitting are with all my girlfriends with wine and cheese!!! So fab! Ruthie

  7. The loggia and the kitchen are simply amazing..thanks for sharing..have a lovely weekend..do visit my blog when you have a moment..xx meenal

  8. Hi Holly, Thanks for this post....definitely eye candy! I love the minimalism and quiet palette used in these rooms.

  9. After going to Maison et Objet this year and seeing almost EVERYTHING Belgian inspired (til I was almost but not quite over it--too much of a good thing), I then attended KBIS a couple months later (April). NOTHING Belgian inspired. NOT ONE KITCHEN CABINET, at least that I saw. SO happy that Peter is offering this collection! Love the gray.

  10. I loved his quote about what design should be: "nimble in terms of spatial functionality" It is great to see every inch of a home used and loved.

    Great post!


  11. So stunning in its classic beauty. I do love that outdoor room. Can't wait to see your finished home!

  12. Peter does absolutely inspiring work. Traditional with a twist comes to mind.

  13. Love this outdoor living space....something I would love to have!

  14. This is one of the most beautiful houses I've ever seen! Thank you for sharing!

  15. *** Holly, I SOOOOOO LOVE this/these spaces!!! QUITE D*E*L*I*C*I*O*U*S!!!!!!!!!!

    Linda in AZ *

  16. Oh Peter's caseworks are to die for! Thank you for sharing!! Beautiful blog; always inspiring.

    furniture {reincarnated}

  17. I saw that image and immediately thought Lutyens! Just beautiful work.

  18. Wonderful images! I love outdoor spaces especially ones that's got sitting areas on it. Have a delightful day, Kellie xx

  19. this house is absolutely breathtaking!! and inside..amazing! lovely blog.


  20. It is always bliss to have a clean and organized house. It is believed that how you manage your house is a reflection of you is as a homeowner. That is why a lot of homeowners devote so much money and time to improve their homes, buy pieces of furniture and keep the place clean, neat and orderly. A useful home and garden tip is to plant the best of the lot from a vantage point so that when one looks from a particular window in the living or dining room, they have a lovely view of the garden. A vegetable patch could grow in the backyard while a beautiful Japanese maple could lend an aura of beauty when viewed from the patio or the dining room. Create a pathway from the entrance of your home to the driveway and plant shrubs and flowering trees on both sides.

  21. Holly,

    I love this house and bike by it at least twice a week. I love the outdoor veranda and am with Ruthie, would enjoy sitting out there with some wine and nibbles. I want the concerte (or is it zinc) table and the wicker chairs.


  22. Holly, just wanted to share with your readers that that all the paints, plasters and stains were provided by San Marco USA. We want to respect your desire to keep this non-commercial but we were truly honored to work on such a wonderful home. Both Peter Block and Beth Webb are truly talented! Since folks were asking we just wanted to let folks know we were a small part of truly inspired project.

  23. What a stunning home, and the kitchen looks wonderful - so wish I could see more. Hope you have a great holiday weekend!!

  24. Hi there!
    ...just found this blog...I am amazed by this house! So pretty!

    Lots and lots of inspiration here*smile*

    Best wishes from Norway

  25. Hello my friend,

    How are you doing?

    This home is the kind of house that will never look outdated. The material are really well chosen. Just lovely!

    Have a beautiful and blessed day!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  26. Beautiful! I love the symmetry and colors of the outdoor sitting area.

  27. That first image is so incredible! I think I really need a motor court...Thanks for the inspiration...




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