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Saturday
Dec172011

Design Crew

Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! Carolina needs some suggestions this week.

I emailed you a few weeks ago telling you how much help your blog has been to us on decorating our new home. Here are a few photos of what we accomplished so far. We are stuck at finding the perfect dining chairs for our custom dinning table. Maybe you can help us get a little inspired. The chairs we had originally picked are not available (the factory closed). We are thinking about chairs in different colors since our walls are all white.

Now here's the table (and it is a beauty, oh be still my beating heart) ...

And here are some other shots of Carolina's house in progress. There's still a way to go but what a great start.

Know the perfect chair? Jump right in with your 2 cents worth. Links would be lovely too ;)

Friday
Dec162011

Paul Brissman

Before a weekend of holiday parties, almost last minute shopping, and other seasonal chaos (or in my case studying), I thought I'd provide you with a little visual respite via some gorgeous photography by Swedish (but now based in NY) photographer Paul Brissman.

 

  

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Friday
Dec162011

Methodist Chapel conversion

It is no secret to regular readers that Kim and I have a "thing" for church conversions. Today's remodel is amazing. A minimalist conversion of a stunning stone-built Grade II-listed former Methodist chapel (1868) in peaceful countryside on the Dorset / Wiltshire border. A once austere house of worship is now an austerely beautiful house to worship. Designed by Gary Tarn and for sale through The Modern House Real Estate Agents here, the price will have you selling your soul but oh my what a home! (Many thanks to professional house stalker Selina for the introduction to this website.)

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Thursday
Dec152011

Artamus Hall

As I mentioned earlier today, I had to share with you all a few photos of Priscilla Glover and Ivan Spaller's home. This is really quite astonishing, hence right up their alley. I am (on a rare occasion) rendered speechless. It is a High Tudor house that we have named Artamus Hall. Attached are pics of the facade - before - then lifted 5 ft. Then completely reworked. Now this...

 

wait for it....

 

 

...waaiitt for itttt....

 

 

Thursday
Dec152011

Barcelona Modern

The Austin design duo Priscilla Glover and Ivan Spaller (of Spaller Glover Design Build) are at it once again. I have blogged 2 of their projects in the past: "church turned castle" and "extreme gingerbread". This couple has so much creativity between the two of them it's astounding. And this works very much in their favour as they specialize in one of a kind, or once in a lifetime, sorts of houses. This latest project, Barcelona Modern, is located in downtown Austin, Texas and is gorgeous and inspiring as always. Our current project has been something we drafted up years ago and then modified to fit the lot. It is a study in Early European modernism with the intrinsic classical touches of that period- some deco influences (lighting and doors), chevron floor pattern, push-button lighting, glass door knobs, factory style doors. And it has all the comforts of a modern energy efficient home. I love it all - from the round and multi-paned windows to the mirrored riser with tree trunk steps.
Stay tuned later for a peek at this couple's own home. :)

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