It's that time of the week again. Time for stalking leftovers. Lovely homes? Yes ... well ... er ... maybe. You see I am very finicky when it comes to my virtual real estate stalking. Fussy, particular, choosy, picky and hard to please. Not quite right, bad photos, more photos please, house is amazing furniture is deplorable, can't quite put my finger on it listings but all with something that has me nodding "yes". This week's finds include an art deco apartment in Potts Point with killer views and a killer price tag - thank goodness it is all calm and peaceful white, another apartment that couldn't be any closer to the centre of Melbourne's action, a couple of courtyard ideas and a tight little staircase I quite like. Click on the images to head to the listings. All via realestate.com.au.
Today I bring you a bit of chair porn, in the form of the butterfly chair. I have loved this chair for ages. I am fond of the shape (coincidentally, similar to that of a butterfly!), the sort of camp-y vibe of the frame (you can fold it up, stick it under your arm and go), and when it has a solid steel base and done in caramel or black leather, it is just heavenly. But beware, they can look very cheap and frail depending on how much you are willing to spend and where you buy from. My friends at Green Light Shop in Toronto have one in caramel leather - when they were located here in Ottawa I may have fondled it once or twice while visiting the shop. :) So here is a roundup of butterfly chairs for your viewing pleasure. Have a lovely weekend!
Minimalist white box with hints of sea green and berry hues, grain sack linen on midcentury chairs, chippy painted furniture, patchwork kilims and a sleek almost invisible kitchen. Is it hard core minimalism tempered by eclecticism? White box architecture as theatrical stage for well loved pieces? La Moraleja, a 1984 house refurbished by ÁBATON is open, bright, a softer, less constrained minimalism. Beautifully livable.
Cara Scarola and Andy Beers are the dream team behind interior design firm Ore Studios. Their rapport began on the first day of design school. While she maintains that she knew they would become fast friends based on their coordinating shoes, he can claim no such great intuition. (Her version makes a better story.) After three years of graduate work, dozens of late nights, and countless cups of coffee, that hunch was confirmed. By then, they had developed a shared vernacular and sensibility that informed the way they each approached interior design. Cara leads their office in Santa Fe and Andy in Seattle. These two bring dull spaces to life with comfortable decor that lightens, brightens and softens. Lovely! (...and a bit more coming up later)