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Friday
May022008

Michael Wells

The following photos photographer Michael Wells' portfolio are so outstanding I can't decide which is my favourite. It could be the first photo because of those gorgeous white chairs. Or maybe the second because of the bold wall colour choice. Or maybe the last photo because I've always had a thing for a bright white kitchen. Or maybe....

Friday
May022008

Real estate stalking for real


I thought I'd share this lovely light and airy home I found in my almost daily ritual of stalking real estate sites. With loads of glass, polished wooden floors, a neutral palette and touches of blue to match the crystal clear pool this beachside home is rivalled only by it's lush gardens and pool house. No come to think of it I think the pool house wins. Someone else can buy the house and I'll rent the pool house!


P.S. Almost at the $100,000 over at housesforthehomeless.com.au. As I write this they only have $6,000 to go. So if you live on this side of the world you still have a chance to help before the target is reached - in only 2 days!

Friday
May022008

Megan Van Linda


I found Megan Van Linda's beautiful landscaping while checking participating designers' websites at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Her gardens are so pretty with soft lush plantings and stylish furniture and garden "rooms". I know what I'm doing this weekend. I'm buying succulents and moss to fill my clam shell. With such a wonderful eye and a super green thumb it's no wonder she was asked to deign an alfresco space at the showcase.

Thursday
May012008

New photos from Sköna hem

I have said time and time again how amazing the Swedish magazine Sköna hem is (although I've only ever seen what they offer online). They have some new photos up of 2 homes that, once again, blew me away. One, a little MCM, the other, a little shabby chic.

Thursday
May012008

Men and their leather couches

Michele wrote in the other day looking for a bit of help: "After much negotiation (and compromise on my part) my husband got the leather couch of his dreams, but I am finding it hard to find inspiration on the web for how to decorate around a dark leather couch in order to make the room look fresh and light as opposed to looking like a men's club or cigar lounge. Perhaps I am asking for too much. I noticed you don't have a "Leather" category so I was wondering if I could give you a nudge because I could really use the help!". Here is a photo Michele sent in which I was pretty relieved to see because at least the couch has clean lines.


I went through my photo stash and came up with some dark leather (and fabric) couches in living rooms that hopefully can provide inspiration to Michele and anyone else out there who was convinced by their significant other to jump on the leather couch bandwagon. I'm seeing a spicy colour on the wall behind the sofa, with jewel toned pillows, a beige with brown spotted cowhide rug and a mid-brown (teakish) wood coffee table, or glass. It's not as difficult as you may think.

Jason LoucasKelly Wearstler
DominoHomes & Gardens
Sköna hemDixcot Locations
Annette EnglishBNODesign
Burnham DesignTim Beddow
Zownir LocationsHouse and Garden