Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian readers out there. I hope you enjoy the day off and partake in some typical patriotic nonsense like an overload of beer consumption, food and fireworks - all at someone's cottage on a lake. The weather is supposed to be GORG here in Ottawa which will be perfect for the aforementioned activites - and coincidentally Wills and Kate's visit. :-) In the spirit of Canada Day, I thought I'd feature some spaces decked out in red and white (like I did this day back in '09)- and while red is probably my least favourite colour, it is a quick and easy way to inject some drama and energy into your decor.
I couldn't help myself. I had to dip back into New Zealand architects Sumin Chaplin's portfolio again. This time I was drawn to their contemporary take on the rustic shed and the old barn. Rich with texture, warm with aged timbers, always a fabulous view and just out and out comfy. Stylish yes but never precious. The barn I can see full of kids and dogs, friends and long summer days. As for the boatshed after the jump, imagine cooking freshly caught fish in that kitchen as the sun starts to set on another perfect day out on the water. If you haven't already you must visit their website. Their portfolio is amazing.
We feature a plethora of gorgeous spaces that are often designed by designers and styled by stylists...meaning they're pretty close to perfection. Not a thing out of place. Which is why I love Quarto & Sala so much. I've blogged everyday homes from this Brazilian site in the past (here and here), and I was craving normalcy (and a bit of quirkiness) again today.
Is there a land more beautiful than my own Australia? Yes I believe there is. I think at last I have to admit that New Zealand is just a little more stunning. Just a little more. This slice of perfection is the Alan Pye Cottage, part of the iconic Huka Lodge at Huka Falls, Taupo, New Zealand. Eclectic luxury created by interior designer Virginia Fisher and Christian Anderson and Sumich Chaplin Architects (on whose site I found these pictures). Words fail me. Stunning landscape matched by sophisticated interiors drawing influence from the English Arts & Crafts movement. A powerful colour palette references the hypnotic turquoise green waters of the Waikato River. So many Kiwis cross the sea to Australia. I think we Aussies should be slipping quietly over to New Zealand. Paradise!