Monday
Oct292012

Like a rock

Solid as a rock. Anchored to the dunes. Protection against wind and spray, sun and seasons. A stylish shelter from the elements. More from Martín Gómez Arquitectos. Stone and concrete, timber and glass. An imposing facade hides an intimate family home. Punta del Este in Uruguay must be a beautiful place to live.

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Sunday
Oct282012

ReOrient 

Yesterday I didn't have a packed schedule of chores/errands so I convinced my husband to take a little trip with me across the river to Wakefield, Québec to visit the showroom of ReOrient. Michelle, the owner, had emailed us last week to let us know about her shop (I was unaware of it's existence) that sells 100% reclaimed teak furniture from Indonesia, and that they were having a big showroom sale this weekend. The hubby and I were immediately smitten with their furniture from the moment we walked up to the porch where some items were on display - and ended up purchasing 2 of them. :-) Michelle explained the process of how they come across this reclaimed wood - the majority of it being from old furniture or buildings being torn down. Her pieces are then crafted in Indonesia and shipped here. It is a very green company - the bench I purchased has a metal base, which is recycled metal melted down and shaped into bars made to resemble scaffolding. They also ensure that the manufacturing process does not exploit the environment, animals or people involved. Here is a sample of the items at ReOrient (to note - the showroom is closed during the winter, but their products are carried by several retailers in Ontario and Québec).

We purchased the bench and the stool above. The bench will be delivered this week (sadly, too long to fit in our car) but the stool came home with us - photos at the end of the post.

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Saturday
Oct272012

New books by Richard Powers

On my wish list three new books featuring images from one of the world's best interiors photographers Richard Powers.

New Paris Style by Danielle Miller. Published by Thames & Hudson. The glamorous homes of Parisian creatives from the fashion, design, film, music and art worlds. The chicest French style we are all craving.

The Iconic Interior by Dominic Bradbury. Published by Thames & Hudson. 100 of the 20th and 21st centuries' iconic interiors from across the world. Piero Fornasetti, Alvar Aalto, Marc Newson to Jonathan Adler. John Pawson, Frank Lloyd Wright, David Hicks and Tony Duquette. Inspiring and informative. Throw in the sexy photography amnd what more could a design junkie want.

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Friday
Oct262012

Retrouvius update

I was completely smitten with the work of interior design and architectural salvage firm Retrouvius when I blogged this London team back in '09. It's about damn time I blog some of their latest work. Their aesthetic and love of reclamation really tugs at my heartstrings. I want them to father my design children. And I want founders Adam Hills and Maria Speake stashed away in my back pocket so I can make use of their creativity and ability to find the coolest sh*t whenever I please. Realistically though, how about we all just enjoy some of their latest brilliance. Oh - and they have a book that just came out. (P.S. Can someone please tell me the name of those square uneven tiles in the first several kitchens? I've loved those for ages and would love to get my hands on some one day).


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Friday
Oct262012

Stalking bottlebrush in the backyard

From its red front door to the beautiful red fluff of the bottlebrush trees in the courtyard this North Fitzroy, Melbourne single storey terrace brings a smile to  my face. Love the dining room, the alfresco eating in the side courtyard and the small sitting room next to the kitchen hub. One last thing. Would the gardening gods please give me that espaliered "whatever" tree it is. I have a spot next to my garden shed that would be perfect for it. Real estate stalking .... again. Link here while it lasts.

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