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Tuesday
Jun182013

Photos of note

When devouring the portfolio of photographer Jonas Ingerstedt the other day, I found a few photos with elements I wanted to take note of. 

I love wood left in its natural state - even plywood. This wall of shelving is so simple. LOVE!

I am a little distracted by the really cool Magis chairs but after wiping off my drool I noticed the rod along the ceiling - awesome minimalist idea for basic lighting. 

And speaking of lighting, I'm still smitten with bare bulb light fixtures, and hanging them in this set-up is really creative. Especially when highlighting objects directly below. 

Tuesday
Jun182013

Reader's home - Nataliya's Ottawa suburban project

I'm super excited to share this home with you today because it's from my city of Ottawa. Not only that, suburban homes here are always super boring, poorly designed and really poorly finished. Nataliya and her husband did a FAB U LOUS job with their home and I am so happy to find out there's one more person in O-town with good decor sense! 

When we bought the house 3 years ago, it was a spur of the moment purchase. We really wanted to stay in our neighbourhood and felt that we had grown out of a townhouse. A backyard with a deck sounded divine...until the move in day. Hubby and I shared a beer on that deck and freaked out all over each other about the amount of update this house needed. The floor plan is the typical suburban house with separate kitchen, dining, living and family rooms. Not to mention the most awkward in the world fireplace placement.
With a small budget that had very little room to pay a contractor, hubby had to learn how to do everything himself. And I had to choose all the finishes myself. Thankfully, there is desiretoinspire.net!! Kim and Jo provided a world of inspiration for the regular DIY'er and made my job of choosing tile, paint colours and everything in between infinitely easier.
3 years later the house is freshly renovated from top to bottom. To celebrate all the hard work the house was photographed by a local photographer (Shabana Beg). The photos represent so much hard work, but also personal grown. The house was our labour of love and we are so proud of how it turned out.
P.S. Funny fact, in a few weeks we're moving into a different home and I can't wait to put my design stamp on it!

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Dear Kat Teutsch ...

Your portfolio is brilliant! The colour, it's graphic quality, the sense of fun, the punch of personality these photos pack. You've put a smile on my face and a couple of decorating ideas into my files. Fabulous photography by Kat Teutsch.

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Tuesday
Jun182013

Algreen Arkiteckter

A simple yet stylish renovation of the old custom officer's house in Hammerhavn, Denmark by Algreen Arkiteckter. Simple beauty to drink in the stunning beauty of the restless Baltic Sea and the old harbor.

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Monday
Jun172013

Jonas Ingerstedt

Jonas Ingerstedt, you are my new photographer crush. And I've got it BAAAAAD. Jo featured your work a few years ago, and I'm sorry we forgot all about you. The spaces you have photographed are absolutely incredible, and made even more incredible by your ability to perfectly capture them through your lens. Who would have thought I'd love an orange and black kitchen so much? Or light blue kitchen cabinets? Or a pink hallway? And my love for Tom Dixon's copper shade pendant has grown stonger because of you...

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