A few days into 2009 and I'm stalking already. Oooooh I have found some wonderful houses and I don't know where to begin. How about this Sydney home? Great views (hell fabulous views!) funky interiors, a sleek modern kitchen and a sophisticated bathroom. My kind of beach house. Yes please Mr Bank Manager. Here while the link lasts.
A Flickr contact and fellow Ottawan Liz has been VERY busy over the last couple days. She has completely redone her bedroom and I had to post about it here because she did a fantastic job. I am also completely jealous because all I have done to my pale yellow (barf) bedroom is rip out the closet, leaving a gaping hole in the floor and chunks of drywall missing, and it is really starting to get on my last freaking nerve. Anyway, here is what Liz had to say about her bedroom makeover:
"I can't tell you how much I love our new bedroom decor. Thomas and I have been planning this room since we moved in over a year ago and now that it's done, I can't even imagine how we put up with the bland walls for so long! It took us 2.5 days of painting and building IKEA furniture. We still want to replace the outlet covers but that will have to wait until one of our dads can help us because that involves electrical work. The closet doors in the photos need to also be replaced but we need to save up more dough for that because it's going to be pricey! Also we will eventually do new base moulding and some crown moulding in white. The pictures in the white frames are going to be changed, we just haven't found the right ones yet. We just couldn't pass up the deal we got on the frames so we decided we'd just ditch the ugly pictures inside :)"
I love everything she has done to her bedroom - the colours, the symmetry, the use of white furniture that stands out so beautifully against the walls, the painted headboard....YUMMY! Liz has gotten the decorating part of my brain going (more than usual) and I am so going to get my ass in gear and start planning my bedroom.
Here are some details of her sources: "The paint we used was Aura by Benjamin Moore. The headboard is painted on the wall using a matte and a semi-gloss finish in the same colour (Bittersweet Chocolate). The accent wall blue is Caribbean Blue Water and the rest of the room is Sea Star. White furniture is from IKEA except for the white ottoman which is from Bouclair Home. Accent pieces are mostly from Homesense and Winners."
So much talent coming from the great southern land of Oz. Here are some of my favourites this year. Aussie interior designers, architects, stylists and photographers rock. Oh so many fabulous rooms I think there might have to be a part two very soon. Enjoy!
|Dan Magree||Greg Natale|
|Coop||Concept Interior Design|
|Amanda McLauchlan||Maree Homer|
|Jared Fowler||Greg Natale|
|Amanda Prior||Arent & Pyke|
|Scott Weston||Steve Back|
|Richard Birch||Sue Ferris|
I've gone through my files and found my favourite "outdoor rooms" for 2008. I love living outside as much as possible and if I had spaces as stylish as these I doubt I'd want to come back inside. Whether a chair pulled up casually in a favourite garden corner, a private place on a veranda or an architect's dream melding outside with in there is inspiration a plenty.
|Claesson Koivisto Rune||Lucyina Moodie|
|Eric Staudenmaier||Eric Staudenmaier|
|Quentin Bacon||Magni Design|
I will be posting over the next few days my favourite photos of the year, by room type. The bathrooms from this year (and by this year I mean that I've saved on Flickr after Jan 1 '08) that have inspired me are below.
Reasons I love these: old world beauty, most amazing tiles EVER, fun wallpaper, sleek and simple, copper tub (OMG), mosaic tiles, glamourous, quirky in white, insane view, dramatic, earthy, oversized artwork, dark and moody, bold colour...