Here's a little peak into the family home of UK writer Polly Kelly. The home features a large Georgian house, a coastal beach hut and New England-style stable. It's gorgeous and is featured on many pages of Atlanta Bartlett's book "easy elegance" (photographed by Polly Wreford), and is available for hire for photo shoots. Each space has so much character, charm and such wonderful bones (the stone and wood floors = YUM!!!) that you could easily pull off any number of styles, like Polly has.
If you'd like to send us photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow our basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so both pet and furniture takes centre stage. (Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture...and your pet happens to be sitting on it). And second, the photo must be of decent quality. For example, if it's REALLY dark or fuzzy (camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks!
"As and avid reader of your blog, I wanted to submit some pictures of my French Bulldog, Navy. Here he is sitting on the beautifully designed and affordable West Elm overlapping squares arm chair. This is one of his favorite napping spots, especially when the sun it hitting it just so. You can see more pictures of Navy on my blog: www.navybeanonline.blogspot.com."
"I would love for Junior to be remembered. He is sadly no longer with us - he was a sickly little cat who only made it about 2 years. These are from when he was a baby."
"I have attached some photos of my lovely dog Finn hanging out in my sitting room. I think she looks quite regal sitting in my husbands favourite chair."
- Paula (Ireland)
"I'm attaching a photo of 2 of my favorite things: my pup Pepper and my Eames rocker. Conveniently, Pepper enjoys it as much as I do!"
"I’m obsessed with your site almost as much as my dogs! Of course not quite, but I do visit everyday and get so much pleasure and inspiration from your pictures. I am a jewelry designer – so everything inspires me. I also keep dreaming of how I will be redecorating. I keep saving your pics for inspiration! Love, Love, Love!!!!"
- Jill (Kim - Do check out her jewelry = GORG!!!!)
"For your consideration, Finn, man about town...
He has a brother, Thomas and for some reason that I still haven't figured out they love to have there photo taken, I have never posed them not that you could every pose a cat) they just seem to have the knack!"
"I thought I'd send along two shots of my pets on furniture for your series:
1) The first is my dog "Wallace" a corgi-terrier mix lounging on his favourite chair
2) The other image is my Himalayan cat "Gil" trying to figure out what fabric swatch will best match him for his chair."
- Deborah Cameron
"This is Opal and her red Ikea chair. Since the day we brought the pair of chairs home Opal has taken over them. She looks so gorgeous on a red background that we let her have them. Opal is a rescue from KittyKind in NYC."
- A&B from NYC
"Here are my best favourite photos about my pets. I hope, you like it!"
- Zyta (Hungary)
...and because I could not resist this photo...
"thought you might find this pretty funny... I added it to my blog the other day."
**** I just found out this morning that Jewel, my uncle's golden retriever and a huge part of our family, was put down a couple of days ago. She had a large, painful cyst on her paw that would not go away and kept growing (seen in the photo). I unfortunately don't have one of her on furniture (my uncle would have given us crap for allowing that). We'll miss you Jewel!
Something a little different on WINKS this weekend. Our favourite (and most generous) architect Scott Weston sent us photos of his latest project overlooking Sydney Harbour at Point Piper.... the before photos that is ... but what a before! Liberally sprinkled with hints of what's to come I thought a Saturday was just the day to drink in all the details. Once again Scott has included his incredibly detailed models as well as drawings to help us understand the design process even more. WINKS returns in its original form next week but for today take it away Scott!
We have been working on the project since April 2009 and now it's finally at construction stage- it's a bit like going through a pregnancy or long gestation and then seeing it finally come to life. Our Client works in the publishing and media field and purchased this deceased estate 'Art Deco' apartment with beautiful bespoke joinery by cabinet maker 'Paul Kafka'. While looking at the cabinets I came across a name plate inside a door (refer photo) and did some research and found out that his work is on display at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
During the process of designing the apartment and borrowing on the items that were built-in to the apartment we decided to reference Art Deco but not mimic it. Unfortunately, most of the bespoke joinery which are so beautiful could not provide the functional requirements of the Client's family needs and how the apartment would function in the long term future. The entire apartment had the existing clothing wiring with bakelite fittings and requires a completed re-wiring as does the gas, plumbing to kitchen and bathrooms to bring it up to Australian Standards. So it was with great distress that we had to remove these items (items were taken away by interested parties) and demolish bathrooms that were built back in the 1940's..... to last forever.
Detail shots of the Study Model with individual models to each room detailing the materials and finishes.
It was great to see that these spaces were built to last not like the built-in obsolescence that is most typical on more recent apartments. Rather than waffle on I thought I would attach a visual feast of images of the existing conditions, the model and concepts of each and every room and the materials and finishes we have specified. Essentially each room references 'Art Deco' with selected rich veneers but the twist being when you open up the joinery it contains a solid colour to the internal carcass. So for example the master bedroom is 'Birds Eye Poplar' with internal cabinets in Black Tulip (aubergine) and felt lining. The kitchen is simple chic black and white with mauve internal cabinetry, mini mosaic black and white tiles and linoleum flooring. Bathrooms are exquisite jewels with the Client exclaiming yesterday "she has her perfect princess bathroom" of coral, black and light pink with circular mirror cabinets back lit. We even have the pleasure of placing original Fornasetti cabinet within the apartment to complete the design. Will keep you posted on the work as it progresses and my Client moves in prior to Christmas holidays. Enjoy the images!!!!
OMG! I'm floored. An amazing Art Deco time capsule and a stunning re-interpretation. Thanks Scott. Finished pre-Christmas? Can't wait to see the final result.
Many of you will probably remember Leila's OTT girly glam loft that we blogged about a few months ago. It seems Leila has an OTT collection of incredible clothing she shot in her OTT loft. She sent along some photos and I had to share a few of them with you all. There's more on her website too. (I looooooooove her totally sexy dresses - I need one of those for my trip to Vegas in November).
A reader named Rose sent along an email that I also had to share: "This past weekend I met this photographer at a Flea market in Brooklyn and couldn't stop looking through his book of Polaroid photographs. His prints look like memories or something. Like someone stopped time for a minute..and the way he prints them (on watercolor paper) give them this surreal aesthetic that looks like a cross between a painting and an old photograph. And with some of his surf shots you can keep the feeling of summer last all year round. As a fellow aficionado of all things creative, thoughtful, and lovely, I thought it wouldn't hurt to pass his site your way as I think you'll be equally obsessed: shehitpausestudios.com". Consider me obsessed! The photographer is Matt Schwartz, and his work is currently for sale at Anthropologie. Like Rose, I too love the vintage vibe of his photos. Do check his site for many more photos and his online shop.