WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we've found and things we think you'll want to see. If you'd like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you. So what's in this week?
- New blog crush! Kellie has a passion for all things beautiful, especially fabulous interiors. Ada and Darcy is where she shares them. Bliss!
- I'm loving these sculptures by Spanish interior designer and sculptor El loco del diseño. To see more of these amazing pieces visit his website.
- Kim and I have a soft spot for Pink. Casapinka that is. Pink has a new Etsy store full of cute vintage finds (love the Vera scarves) and handmade goodies. Every girl needs a little pink in her life.
- The BODIE and FOU Summer Sale is now on! Up to 50% OFF on designer brands including Normann Copenhagen, Cote Bastide, Albetta, Fatboy, Kathleen Hills and many more.... Ends 20th July 09. Shopping heaven. (Oh and their blog too!)
- Glitz and glam. The UFO chandelier with a curvaceous and sculptural shape is designed by Brian Rasmussen for Studio Italia Design. You'll find this innovative Italian lighting design company very illuminating. Sorry for the bad pun!
- Everything is more than OK at OK. Actually everything is gorgeous! I think I really really really need almost every item on the website. Honestly!
As I promised yesterday, here is another gem from the portfolio of Jessica Helgerson. I can't quite decide which I love more. This one is a bit more mid-century while yesterday's project was a bit more glamourous. Here's what Jessica had to say about this project:
"A complete remodel of a once run-down split- level ranch house. This project involved removing the existing kitchen entirely to create a bright, airy great room. The existing master bath was removed as well and relocated to the back of the house where it now opens on to a lovely garden. The color palette is extremely restrained throughout with dark ebonized floors, white walls, and splashes of various shades of green. All the furnishings, including the gorgeous rocking chaise, are vintage finds that we reupholstered and refinished, with the exception of the coffee table which was made by Jessica’s husband architect YIANNI DOULIS from a slab of locally salvaged eastern hardrock maple. Antiques – including a pair of Portuguese eel traps hanging over the mantle, the Chinese garden stools, a rustic mirrored cabinet, and the French blown glass demi-john bottles – add a patina of age. The master bathroom cabinets are made of kirei board – an engineered panel product made from the stalks of the Sorghum plant which is grown around the world for food."
What is it that a photographer does? Focus light on film? Document the present? Perhaps capture the dream, the desires, the life before it's lens. Helen Norman has an amazing portfolio. She's been a leader in her field for many years and it shows. She draws you in with her images and makes you part of the world she captures. I can hear the chatter in the kitchen, feel the sun through the windows and almost touch the crisp linen. She's a dream weaver. Do not miss any of her portfolio!
Jessica Helgerson emailed us the other day to give us a peak into some of her recent work. I was excited because it had been quite some time since I had blogged her work. Let me say that I love colour in my life, but I can't get over how she can use virtually no colour but white/creams and chocolate brown/black and make it look SOOOOOOO good. Absolutely gorgeous spaces, that I imagine her clients will enjoy for a quite some time, as her design aesthetic is elegantly hip and timeless. So let's get on with the first project - thanks to Jessica for sending along some descriptions (photos by Lincoln Barbour).
This project is a complete remodel of a turn-of-the-century Southeast Portland four-square. We gutted a small and disfunctional kitchen, back pantry and mud room to create a large and airy kitchen; added box beams to the dining room, separated the entry from the living room with a deep-cased opening which created two ledges for seating or plants, added a mantle, built-in shelves, and two windows at the fireplace; as well as adding a second window, a wood ceiling and wainscoting to the upstairs bathroom. Woodwork throughout much of the house was stained a dark ebony as were the floors on the first floor.
We wanted to create a space that was both glamorous for the Portland hipster couple who live in the house as well as appropriate for the house itself and its period. The new woodwork is designed to look original but the dark stain adds an element of elegance and surprise. With the furnishings we created an eclectic blend of modern and ethnic pieces that are unified by their color and scale. Many of the pieces were custom made locally: the sofa that fits into the bay window; the living room chairs which are cozily upholstered in sheepskin; the dining room benches and table top; and the blown glass sculptures, by Portland-based glass artist ANDY PAIKO.
Anyone else having heart palpitations over that kitchen and ALL the incredible light fixtures? (!!!) Stay tuned tomorrow for another one of Jessica's projects.