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Friday
Dec232011

Some décor from South Africa

In between finishing up my Christmas shopping and wrapping presents, I found a bit of time to do some blog research and came across the site of South African magazine Garden and Home. While it was generally a bit too traditional for my taste, I did come across some likeable spaces that I thought I'd share. (Can you blame them though? Those poor folks don't have Ikea!)

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Friday
Dec232011

Up in the hills

A series of pavilions along the ridge of the hill. Walls that slide open to invite the outdoors in. Glass louvers provide for additional cross ventilation. Platforms respond to the changes in the site's natural topography. And the pool? An inviting spot for escaping the hot Australian summers. Bowen Mountain Residence by CplusC. A weekender that takes it to the next level.

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Friday
Dec232011

Reader's small kitchen remodel

Linn emailed us a little while ago with her cool kitchen remodel.

"I really just wanted to share some before and after pictures of my tiny kitchen which my husband and I spent a few weeks remodeling. Our small bungalow is from 1946 and it has a rather tiny kitchen which we wanted to preserve the integrity of, yet update and give a new fresh feel. We installed a black and white (marble and granite) checkerboard floor, refinished the old wooden cabinets and drawers, installed a stainless steel counter and tiled the walls with subway tile all the way to the ceiling. We did all of this ourselves on a budget of little over $6000 (including buying new appliances)."

Befores then afters ... obviously :) Great job Linn and Linn's other half! Check out all the details on her blog The Home Project.


Thursday
Dec222011

Simon Eldon, again

I sang the praises of London-based photographer Simon Eldon only 3 months ago, but he contacted us recently to let us know he's always updating his site. Sure enough, I went over to have a peek and there were new goodies ready for another post (including some he shot for digital magazine Heart Home I blogged about yesterday). These are fantastic shots as always, and I especially love that blue kitchen.

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Thursday
Dec222011

Martyn Thompson - Interiors

Still looking for last minute gifts? All done and deserve something special for yourself? Need a little design book inspiration? There is still time to visit a bricks and mortar bookshop (remember those from pre-Amazon days?) and pick up a copy of Martyn Thompson - Interiors. Come on let's face it. We are all hard core interiors addicts and this is a book will feed that addiction so well. Thompson's work is moody, dark, the antithesis of picture perfect. His photographs reek of atmosphere. He tells stories with shadows. A painter's approach almost to what he captures through his lens. From the homes and creative spaces of John Derian and Thomas O'Brien to Achille Castiglioni and Hella Jongerius this book is so beautiful in the hand, so lush. Still a couple more shopping days left. Buy it for someone you know will appreciate it ... yourself.

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