I received an email this morning that totally made my day. Here's what Dylan wrote: "I just wanted to write as a local Ottawan and say that I am a big fan of your blog and follow it daily. If you're interested, I've attached a couple of pics of my bathroom that we completed last year. I'm a future designer (currently in school) and this is my first real project. It is in keeping with the style that your blog seems to feature (neo-baroque?). Anyhow, thanks for posting so many amazing pics! Its nice to see good design does exist in Ottawa!" This renovated bathroom is straight out of my dreams. And since I have 2 totally awful bathrooms to redo eventually, I think I'll be looking Dylan up for some advice and sources. Be still my heart. (Dylan, you've got an amazing career ahead of you).
Abby wrote me with this request: "Congratulations on your amazing kitchen redo! I am about to embark on the same project, and am hoping you can offer some inspiration photos - both to give me ideas and to show my better half what the heck I'm talking about. My kitchen is very dark - no windows - so I'm planning to do white cabinets with white countertops (though I'm also toying with doing the cabinets in the palest shade of grey, still with the white countertops), to keep things luminous. I prefer a modern style, though some Regency details are fine, and like just about everyone I'm fond of Shaker cabinets. Definitely nothing country. I'm sure you looked at a million kitchens when you were planning yours, so I'm hoping you'll have some great thoughts for me!"
A kitchen with no windows?? And there's no way you can put one in? Or a skylight maybe? How sad! Going with white is a great idea because the light will reflect off the surfaces and keep it nice and bright. And I've already told Abby that I highly recommend the quartz I chose for my kitchen because it has all sorts of little grey and mirrored specks in it that sparkle. :) I have many photos of white kitchens, so I've selected some non-country ones for Abby and her better half. Hope this helps and good luck with your reno!
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The week is winding up and what a way to finish. These stunning photographs by Sydney based John Paul Urizar have it all. We've featured John Paul's work before but a recent revisit revealed more fabulous shots. Love the light, the composition, the fact that they are so luscious you just want to jump through the screen and start living in them. It's a modern funky vibe captured so expertly through Urizar's lens. Don't forget the rest of the portfolio ..... yum.
So as promised, here is more of Harts Lane. This is the 2 story studio behind the main cottage. Where the cottage was bathed in white and mostly pale colours (the black wall in the kitchen being the exception), this is dark, moody and very funky. I don't know which I adore more.
I'm also including some photos of Simon's other interior design works below because they were too fabulous not to feature. I mean, why stop now?
We received an email from Brigid, who wanted to tell us about her friend Simon Carver. Seems Simon and his partner Stuart have a cottage in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia which is avail for rent, called Harts Lane. They renovated and decorated it themselves, and it was featured in Inside Out magazine some time ago. There are 2 dwellings on the site, a white Victorian cottage and a black modern extension 'Cube' studio space. The house was decorated with a bit of a country style with artwork by local artists, and features a gourmet kitchen with a polished concrete countertop. The homes, inside and out, are incredible. I have to admit, when I finally got my hands on some photos, I was giddy with excitement to share these with you. This is for sure on my top 5 list of favourite spaces I've ever posted on DTI. Seriously, it's that good. Good enough that this post is of photos of the cottage, and a post later today will be of the studio. See for yourselves. :) (A big thanks to Brigid, Simon and Phil!!)