Sometimes you've known and admired someone's work for a long time that you take it for granted. I spend hours each week searching for names and portfolios to feature here. Sometimes I need to remember the obvious. Vanessa De Vargas is known to many of you. She is a talented L.A. based interior designer, high end vintage furniture store owner and writes her own blog Turquoise and for Apartment Therapy Los Angeles. Here are some of my favourites from her portfolio including new rooms. Love her work!
Paul Owen and Stuart Vokes are award winning Brisbane architects. They explore the interaction between internal and external space creating outdoor “rooms” that push the boundaries of a home beyond its four walls, playing with the ideas of enclosure and comfort. There is a preference for making plain buildings with humble materials. I’ve included a few of their indoor spaces showcasing the simple, Zen like feel of these family homes. Don’t be fooled though. Space is cunningly carved up to be as useful as possible and economical building materials ensure that these ideas are easily accessible to all.(Don't forget to click on the images to view them larger.)
I am a shoes-off-in-my-house kind of person. I don't know where your shoes have been...if you have a rock stuck in the treads and are going to scratch up my floors, or if you didn't notice the neighbour's dog's little treat he left on the lawn that you managed to step in. If you're embarassed to ask for shoes to be removed, then why not spell it out for people? (I'm not that anal about it, really, but I thought this was really cheeky).
P.S. My stones and wood garden ties just arrived from Rona. Let the landscaping begin!