Wednesday
Oct312012

Psssst ....

It's no trick. Definitely a treat. Christmas has come early. Freedom is having a family and friends special for readers in Australia. 15% off November 1-4. Yes 4 days only. Rush instore. Dare I say start the Christmas shopping early. Yes only 54 days till the big day. Or better still if you don't really "do Christmas" (that would be me) it's a good time to spruce up for summer entertaing.

Wednesday
Oct312012

 Glen2961

Stone and concrete are warmed with wood accents. Walls slide back blurring boundaries. Multiple living areas welcome social interactions whether cosy conversations or large parties. The hub is the kitchen with family life spreading out to greet the outdoor spaces. Yes we all know we want to call up our friends, mix the drinks and have plenty of towels on hand for when we climb out of the pool. A sense of casual sophistication. Easy going but stylish. A trophy house? Yes but you deserve it. The latest home by SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and Three14 Architects in Higgovale, Cape Town.

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Tuesday
Oct302012

Krakvik & D’Orazio

Here's a little peek into the portfolio of Norwegian interior stylists Jannicke Kråkvik and Alessandro D’Orazio (while I listen to the crazy winds that seem to be trying to uproot my 12' wide house thanks to Hurricane Sandy).

Tuesday
Oct302012

An unplanned blog break

Jo and I just received an email from our blog host that their data centre, located in Lower Manhattan, is flooded and it looks like we'll be going offline shortly. Hopefully they can get things up and running again pretty quickly. So sorry folks, but it looks like Jo and I may be getting our first blog break since we started this blog almost 6 years ago. We'll keep you all posted on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Thanks, and our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Tuesday
Oct302012

ix design

ix design is an interior design and architecture firm based in New York that I recently came across while doing some creative googling. Directors Gary Spanier and Michael Wood only have a couple of residential proejcts under their belt but both are really well executed. A perfect blend of modern and contemporary where the resulting vibe is classy without being pretentious, and completely liveable with impeccable attention to detail. This first project is a West Village loft located within a structure built in 1931 as a truck garage then converted to condominiums in 1983, the apartment’s immediate design challenges included an awkward geometry, limited natural light and outdated décor. In response to the owner’s desire for an inviting, warm retreat, a natural walnut was used throughout to anchor and reinforce the unity of the space. Juxtaposed against a bright architectural envelope, plush, engaging fabrics and contemporary lighting infuse a dash of luxury while classic modern furniture pieces provide functionality and a simple sophistication.

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