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Wednesday
Nov092011

Reader's home 

Nicolás and Jaunita live in Colombia. This is their charming home. Don't you love taking a peek into homes from all over the world? I know I do. I feel I've come to visit on a rainy afternoon. There's coffee and great conversation and I've fallen in love with their Spanish version of the Trainspotting movie poster. Lucky I'm not really there or I'd be tempted to take it down and make a run for it. Not a very good guest am I? Thanks so much for letting us visit and surprise your wife Nicolás!

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Colour zap

The latest from award winning design firm Andy Martin Architects. Chevron House, West London. "Inspired by the architecture of the existing elegantly proportioned spaces, the design sets out to exaggerate, by scaling the space by removing walls, and attaching new space to create a large Edwardian warehouse on each of the three levels. The ground floor, the public level is essentially one space which is divided only by the use of colour and material. On the second and third levels, the private floors, bedrooms merge into bathrooms and visa versa. The rear of the property has new extensions off both the living and kitchen reaching into the garden to absorb the light from the south. The client's brief to use colour extensively was applied in such that the walls and ceilings are left light in colour (off white) and that only elements or interventions (joinery etc) would be strongly coloured giving the house a lighter atmosphere with greater sense of perspective." Colour. OMG colour! It's like a zing from tingly fruit candies, the zap from sherbert powder. I think I need a green bathroom!

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Tuesday
Nov082011

Mill conversion

A big thanks to Iza who sent us a link to a converted mill in Poland (where famoust Polish writer Stefan Zeromski created one of his major novels). Jo and I are both huge fans of all conversions, particularly churches as we've featured several here before. This mill is pretty sweet, although is totally against all code (here in Canada anyway) with all those raised sections and stairs with no railings. 

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Tuesday
Nov082011

Look what a little blood, sweat and tears can get you

The other day we received the following email from Jennifer: As a long time follower of your blog, I know you do real estate stalkings. This is my home that I just finished restoring last year. It was built in 1917, nothing had been done to it, well I think, ever!!. It was scheduled for demolition when we bought it. Completely dilapidated, falling over....It took us almost 2 years to renovate it. The tears, the joy, the work....ugh...but the end product I am pretty proud of. We have just put it on the market today and I would love it if you would post some photos or the link! Any of your followers up for a move to Texas??? Now, it takes alot for me to be rendered speechless when it comes to interiors. This one did just that. And when I came to I made my husband come over to my laptop and showed him each and every photo while gasping and pointing. I'm not sure what I'm more shocked about - that this house was supposed to be levelled or that Jen is selling it. (Although she says they just finished one across the street and will send photos when they're moved in and have it all decked out - can't wait!). Listing link HERE

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Tuesday
Nov082011

Muted mulberry

Scandinavian white walls anchored by dark floors. Muted mulberry and muddied browns flirt with slaps of black, dashes of blue, fresh flashes of cool green and slivers of silver. It's a sophisticated look, an elegant look, a muted maturity, a casual luxury by Wenche Holth of Suzani Interiør.

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