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Monday
Jun232008

Stephen Shubel


Kim has featured Stephen Shubel's work before but I just had to revisit. This is his own space, a 1906 fisherman's cottage. I love the gentleman traveller, bon vivant feel it has as well as the quirky touches. I love a room that doesn't take itself too seriously but at the same time has all those little treasures you cherish close to hand. This is the sort of place that I'd love to spend time in to discover all the wonderful objects scattered about, their provenance, their stories.

Monday
Jun232008

Let's go retro


Today's our last look at Inside Today's Home, 4th Edition by Ray & Sarah Faulkner, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1975. What a treasure trove of "interesting" 70s rooms it's proved! Can't get enough of these old design books. What about you?


Sunday
Jun222008

Kim's place

It's been a busy weekend so far here at casa di Kim. I should be studying for a big test coming up at work, but who wants to study when it's beautiful outside and there's tons of thrifting and decorating to be done? I thought I'd share with you all what I managed to get done around here and some of the things I picked up yesterday.

I FINALLY got around to painting my rattan patio set. Luckily I bought 4 cans of spray paint (Key Lime), because that's how much it took - and it really could use a final coat. But by the end of the fourth can, my fingers were killing me. And next is to stencil the mammoth fence behind it for some added oomph.


About a week ago I went to Zone, one of my favourite home decor shops, in search of some deer heads to put on the wall above my yellow chair in the living room. It was looking a little bare with only my cuckoo clock. I couldn't find any that would work, so instead I bought a box of magnetic plastic flowers by Umbra. Not sure that I like them, but I stuck them up anyway and I hope they grow on me, because I'll have 25 holes to fill otherwise.




A parcel arrived from Jo last week that I was SO EXCITED about. She sent me 4 Balinese flags for my backyard, a bunch of pillow covers made from some awesome fabric she found on eBay (I'll use them in my bedroom if I ever get around to decorating it...the pillow in 2 photos above is one of them), a bust vase and a West German pot. The box showed up totally smashed in on one corner, so I'm amazed everything made it in one piece.


Yesterday I went to pick up a framed Tretchikoff print I won on eBay the other day. Now if I could just find more of these in thrift shops around here. I haven't figured out where she'll be hung yet.


I also went to a thrift shop near me and found a few goodies. (I almost ended up with 2 more peacock chairs but luckily they were too big to take home). The magazine rack is in the living room (see second photo above). The glasses are so pretty, with etchings in the glass you can't really see.


On a walk downtown last night (the rain finally let up), I found a little Asian dress shop that was open and acquired a few more trinkets.

That's it so far....it's still early in the day....

Sunday
Jun222008

Flickr finds - inspiration boards

Saturday
Jun212008

Jo's place


I hate my kitchen. It's 80s grey laminate with chunky wood trim and it's ugly. Alas I rent and what makes it worse is that I rent in Australia, land of the "can't do anything to your apartment" rental laws. I'm in the process of sewing a new roman blind and looking for handles to swap out the chunky wooden ones (which of course appear not to be of standard size - sigh!) but I thought I'd cheer the place up by painting my fridge. No new shiny fridges were harmed in this exercise. I don't have a new shiny fridge. My old faithful has been with me for a while but the seals are good and it's energy efficient(ish) and I just can't justify a new fridge. I shop for fresh food everyday (love doing this) so I don't need a big gee whizz bang refrigerator. This one will do me just fine. The chalk sayings have changed almost daily as does my "favourite" postcard art. Decal from here.