Hope you all have a warm and sunny weekend full of fun decor projects and more gardening. While you're out running errands for those projects, I highly suggest you stop at your local bookstore and grab a copy of Sixx Design's "Downtown Chic", that I mentioned in a post late last year (or online). Jo and I recently got our hands on copies and it is SO inspirational for those of us who are renovating houses on tight budgets. The book showcases seven of Robert and Cortney Novogratz's projects, from town houses in NYC, a country house in Massachusetts to a beach house in Brazil. I have a hard enough time going through renos in my house with 6 cats, and these guys did it with 6 kids. (!!!!) The photos are exceptional, as you may have noticed in posts we've published here, here and here of their work. Oh, and if you get to page 20, check out who they've got listed under blogs they frequent. :-)
Mark Carl Ciolli is an interior designer from New York whose work I spotted in one of my new books "The Find". He seems to be such a versatile designer as his portfolio is a mix of Hollywood Regency and contemporary. The first 5 photos below are from Mark's seemingly high end and very glam 350 sq ft walk up studio apartment in Manhatten's Lower East Side. I say seemingly because Mark is a thrifter, and many items in his apartment were huge bargains. The dove in the 5th photo was $1. The art in the third photo is a print mounted within 2 flea market frames for a total of $48. The stacking tables in the 4th photo are from Target. Being a thrifter myself, I applaud Mark's skill at mixing vintage with valuable pieces.
I'm totally loving the contrast in these photos from Sandbox Studio. Light bright white and wonderful. Moody rich timeworn and industrial. Whether it's an inspiring room or a vignette that sets the mood these snaps sell the message ... and that's what they are meant to do. You see Sandbox Studios produce compelling images for ecommerce and retail advertising.
There are many countries I'd love to visit, and Italy is at the top of the list. I think it would be a wonderful experience to see where my mom came from. After visiting the website of Italian photographer Adriano Bacchella, it's like I've already been! The villas he has photographed are so unmistakably Mediterranean and rustic and gorgeous that I want to sit down with a great big bowl of pasta and a glass of vino and take it all in.
... viewing this house may be harmful to your health. Your pulse will race and your heart will flutter. You may even feel butterflies in your stomach. Anki (thank you thank you) emailed a link to this wonderful home. "This house was in my local paper and I thought you might like it. It's a summerhouse on an island in the Gothenburg archipelago. It's got a very Danish feel and it's furnished with a nice mix of Scandinavian design classics, IKEA finds and stuff the owner bought while travelling." Gorgeous!!! (Photos by Martin von Brömssen.)
And Anki has an interesting story to tell about Alvhem. "Gothenburg is also the home of Alvhem and a friend of mine sold his apartment through them. Most apartments are emptied and then completely redecorated before being put on the market. It's a fascinating process, a bit like the process of storytelling in the advertising world. They (Alvhem and my friend who works in advertising himself) decided that the apartment that previously had housed a family of 4 with small kids should be inhabited by a woman in her 30s and then they styled the apartment with this in mind." That's why the apartments are always so perfect ... had a suspicion didn't you!