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Friday
Jan302009

Misool Eco Resort

Marit, a DTI regular, wrote us recently about her resort in Indonesia and we had to share this dreamy place with everyone. Those of you living through a terrible winter (like myself), I am warning you that the photos below might result in a few tears shed so I recommend having a tissue on hand. "Your blog has been a big inspiration to me as we've been designing our resort and home in West Papua, Indonesia. We're an eco resort in the true sense of the word, using only reclaimed wood in the construction of our 11 cottages, dive shop, restaurant, and pier. I could go on and on about that stuff, but I think the aspect that might be of most interest to you is our Water Cottages, designed by UK-born but Australian-based architect Viv Faithfull at WH Architects in Melbourne. There are 8 of them built on stilts over a tranquil lagoon."











"I designed the sideboard in the first photo and our Javanese craftsmen built it. It took 18 men to move it into place! The rattan furniture was made in one of the local villages. Together with Conservation International, we made a project to bring rattan artisans from Bali to Papua. The local villagers now have an income that doesn't rely on unsustainable exploitation of marine resources. And we have great, locally made furniture!"





*sniffle sniffle* See? I told you! Thanks so much Marit for sharing your incredible home with us. Maybe one day....

Friday
Jan302009

Dairy House dreaming and the perfect stranger


I've never met Adam but I want to run away for a weekend with him to a perfect getaway cottage in Healesville in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. You see Adam sent Kim and me a link to his flickr set of a recent stay at the Dairy House at Harvest Farm. Gorgeous weekender and gorgeous setting. And Adam? Perfect. You see the man knows food, really really knows food. Can you think of a better companion for a weekend in foodie heaven?

Thursday
Jan292009

TZG

I saw the home of Australian architect Brian Zulaikha in the latest issue of Dwell and was so enthralled by it I had to go poking around his firm's website. Tonkin Zuliakha Greer Architects "has always preferred buildings to be made of materials which are unfinished and direct. Natural materials such as stone and timber, now becoming luxuries, are strategically related to areas of high occupancy. Brick and concrete are used as a thick or solid matrix which holds the building together. Steel, with its demanding grammar of connection and exciting delicacy, is celebrated for its sculptural richness. Thin cladding is used only where necessary, preferably in unfinished durable metal – copper, stainless steel, zinc." Such a natural and organic feel to the spaces, which insist on uncomplicated decor so as not to distract from the beauty of the architectural details.













Thursday
Jan292009

Cynthia's pad

Cynthia sent us photos of her Australian pad I'd like to share. I looooove the black swan chairs, and the symmetry of them with the windows on either side of the marble/granite fireplace. I'm also diggin' the large artwork, dining chairs and buddha head thingy. Fantastic pad Cynthia - thanks for sharing!!

Thursday
Jan292009

Cats on a daybed

Katia from Finland wrote this morning with the following: "Your recent post about the kittens in the sink inspired me to send you one of my favourite photos of my cats. Here two -of my five darlings- lounging on my daybed in front of Ikea Billy bookcases. And if you look closely, in the lower right corner you can also see what these darlings do to furniture..." WOW - someone with almost as many cats as I have! And Katia, your poor furniture - I always say they're lucky they're so cute...