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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

Thursday
May012008

Real estate stalking for a cause


Some of you may know that I no longer work as an interior designer but now work for a homeless health team. During the day our team provides outreach mental health assessment and treatment to the homeless within the inner city of Brisbane, Australia. At night I blog about beautiful houses. Quite a dichotomy. More than 100,000 men, women and children are homeless in Australia on any given night. Half of these are younger than 25. Today I heard that my usual real estate stalking website realestate.com.au has partnered with Mission Australia for the month of May to House the Homeless, a campaign to raise both funds and awareness of the plight of homeless people in Australia, and more specifically, Sydney. For each person who clicks on housesforthehomeless.com.au, realestate.com.au will donate $1 to Mission Australia, up to a total of $100,000. 100% of every dollar raised will go directly towards helping house the homeless so please make a difference and visit now. Click over and perhaps allay a little of the guilt that comes from dreaming of gorgeous and expensive rooms. Some people just dream of a safe place to sleep.

Thursday
May012008

Warren Smith


Kim and I are completely immersed in the search for fabulous photographers. Rooms may be well designed and buildings be cutting edge in say their approach to environmental sustainability or spatial planning but whatever their claim to fame unless you are actually there the only way their innovation or beauty can be conveyed to the ordinary person is via the talents of exceptional photographers. Warren Smith specialises in interior and architectural photography. He brings to life what are basically walls enclosing a space. He takes a designer's creativity and weaves the spell that makes a magazine reader go "OMG I love that". Do not miss his landscapes portfolio. Breathtaking!

Wednesday
Apr302008

Nick Bowers

I've been saying for ages now that I'd love to learn how to take better photos. Well, doing research for this blog and coming across so many fantastic photographers' websites isn't helping. My spare time is down to almost nothing - so taking a photography course is not in my near future. In the meantime I'll drool over portfolios such as Nick Bowers and dream some more.

Wednesday
Apr302008

Keith Scott Morton

Keith Scott Morton has been a commercially renowned photographer for more than 2 decades. He specialises in interiors and home furnishings. his is a truly inspiring portfolio. With work found in the pages of Country Living, House Beautiful and British House and Garden I was first introduced to his work for Christine Churchill's The Collector's Eye: Decorating with the Objects You Love. (My copy has suffered a little from over use.) Don't just stop at his commercial work on his website. Take the time to stop by his private work and read the fascinating history behind this stunning work.

Images from Keith Scott Morton