This morning a book arrived at my house and what a great way to start off my long weekend (I am off work today). the find is "The Housing Works book of decorating with thrift shop treasures, flea market objects and vintage details". In other words this is one of my new favourite books as that is how I love to decorate! It's FILLED with fabulous photos of spaces that are a wide variety of styles (eclectic, hollywood regency, modern, shabby chic...), and text about not just what to look for, but also how to look at an object to identify a great piece. To my surprise, while I flipped through the book I noticed features by our friends David Jimemez, Vanessa De Vargas, and many designers and stylists we have showcased here on DTI. Here's a little sample of what you'll find in the find, which is written by Stan Williams and photographed by Jim Franco (check here for where to get your hands on a copy).
I am addicted to real estate sites, I'm addicted to the Scandinavian look and I stalk Alvhem. This is what I have found on my latest visit. I think I have cracked their code though. Take a large Swedish apartment. Paint white, strip coverings from the floor, make sure the light is good, fill with fabulous furniture including an obligatory iconic chair or two, design a sexy kitchen, style with accessories from your own homewares store where everything is so covetable that it hurts, make sure your clothing props are hip, employ a talented photographer and sell sell sell.
David Carter is an interior designer based in London, and his portfolio has some of the most dramatic and theatrical designs I think I've ever seen. "The qualities that define a Carter interior are glamour, luxury and wit, but this is also combined with an uncompromising commitment to quality and a sharp eye for detail. He loves mixing old and new, and he is equally adept at conjuring up all the theatrical flamboyance of a Marie Antoinette-inspired boudoir as he is masterminding the muted machismo of a Bond-esque bachelor pad. He has designed DARK rooms which provide an entrancingly seductive sanctuary from the world, and LIGHT rooms which seem to dance with an ethereal other-worldliness. All share his bold romantic vision." I commend him on his fearlessness. Life is too short to live in a home filled with nothing but blah. Blah is for sissies.
It's warming up for our northern hemisphere readers so it's a perfect time for a little garden inspiration. Australian landscape design firm Greenart Gardens does just that. Wonderful outdoor rooms and gorgeous greenery. I don't think I'd want to come back inside with garden spaces like these.