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Tuesday
Feb102009

Visual Oxygen


All things beautiful and inspiring. Rooms and objects, art and photos. Belviana used that wonderful phrase "visual oxygen" when she emailed to tell us what Desire to Inspire meant to her. We blush, mumble "aw shucks" and borrow/steal the phrase for a semi-regular series of beautiful images that inspire us. They don't have to be rooms. They just have to lift our spirit and feed our imagination.

Megan Morton has been a great friend of the blog sending us images of her work as one of Australia's leading stylists. So when an email from Megan landed in my inbox with some of her latest work I knew it would contain something special. Megan collaborated with Benja Harney from Paperform to create these for Australia Travel and Leisure.

Tuesday
Feb102009

Galo Verdesoto


It's amazing what you can find when you follow link to link. While devouring the fabulous photos on Paul Whicheloe's website I was lead to the work of Galo Verdesoto. This New York based architect has a flair for drama. His contemporary space are clean and elegant,open airy and bathed in beautiful light. Positive and negative space play off each other and colour is a vital counterfoil to the lashings of lovely white.



Monday
Feb092009

Paint question

Laura wrote us an email with the following:

"I was inspired by this entry to ask you a question. There is a lot of discussion about the perfect white paint, but I have yet to come across a discussion about the perfect off white/cream/beige paint. I know people use it because I see it every so often in Domino. One of the things that I love about Domino so much, is that they talk about paint colors. White is discussed a lot. But, I've noticed that if there is a picture of a space with an off white/cream colored wall, the paint is hardly ever mentioned. If the perfect white is so often hotly debated, why not the perfect off white?

I am really looking for the perfect color for a room in my house that I am working on. Just to prepare you for the picture, we had a terrible water pipe leak and as a result we had to tear down most of the left wall and some of the ceiling. You can see in the picture the new dry wall. Also, our windows are very special. They were made from old telephone pole wood. Every window in the house is some variation of this window. I don't plan on painting the wood or the baseboards. I've already painted one bedroom a robin's egg blue that looks beautiful. I plan on painting the master a light gray (right now it is a horrible yellow). But this room I wanted to do in a cream color. Hopefully, this will be a child's room someday and I want a nice neutral background that will be able to take on blue or pink accent colors. As you can see in the picture the color that the previous owner's of the house used is a beige, but it has a lot of yellow in it, which I don't particularly like.

Here is the room. I apologize in advance for the chaos, but I am still working on the drywall:"


What a beautiful window - and a whole house of them?!?! I am very jealous. I explained to Laura that I had absolutely no experience with off-white, while I always stick to pure white or light grey when I'm looking for a neutral paint colour. My suggestion for a non-off-white would be a light grey as I think it would be really pretty with blue or pink. But I thought I'd throw this out to you guys if anyone has any paint colour suggestions for Laura. What's your favourite off-white or beige?

Monday
Feb092009

Bathroom lighting dilemma

Ian wrote us last week with a request for some ideas for this bathroom: "I'm trying to get my bathroom lighting sorted and I've decided against harsh overhead lighting with the plan of having the mirror lit either side instead which is a much more flattering light. However, I've looked everywhere and can find barely any ideas! I was thinking of a couple of Glo-balls coming out of the mirror, or recessed lighting, or a pair of Tolomeo lights coming out of the wall etc. Anything other than a horrid downlighter above my head! I wondered if you may be able to help me and post some much needed inspiration on your site?"

I went through my photos of bathrooms and selected some that hopefully give Ian some ideas. I personally think 2 glo-ball-like lights hanging on either side or wall-mounted Tolomeos would look fantastic. (I've got Tolomeos on either side of my range and I LUV them!). Examples of these and others are below.

Cossman_de BruynAmi Mckay
Dolly HowarthIFI
Location WorksKate Hume
House Beautifulmlk studio
Better Homes and GardensJeff Andrews

Monday
Feb092009

Come join the 80s bandwagon!


Here's my chance to woo you to my 1980s' bandwagon. Children's rooms, office space and storage. There are some very clever ideas here and with a colour tweak or a slight accessory change these rooms could be very now. See everything from the 80s wasn't that bad! Except vertical blinds, too much knotty pine and those plastic door/drawer handles - I will never forgive who ever designed those. Now I just have to wait for power suits with shoulder pads and big big hair to come back and I'll feel right at home. (Just kidding.) Once again and for the last time images come from Making the most of Bedrooms & Bathrooms, by Mary Gilliatt, Orbis Publishing, London, 1983.