I'm so lucky here in Australia. We have some of the best house magazines in the world. Lots of great homes featured, loads of big fat juicy pictures, resources, trends and the magazines aren't three quarters full of ads. My favourites include Vogue Living Australia, belle (it's about time they got a website) and Home Beautiful (this is improving leaps and bounds) but I guess if I had to name my all time favourite it would be a tie between Real Living and the magazine I'm featuring today - Inside Out. These are from their digital sampler. Just enough eye candy to get you hooked into a subscription and there's nothing better than flipping through the pages of an Australian magazine.
It's difficult to know where to begin with the portfolio of Swedish photographer Martin Löf. OK it's easy to see the guy has so much talent. It's easy to see that he gets to photograph the most amazing homes. It's easy to see that you just want to move in. What isn't easy is which one to call your favourite. They are all stunning photos! The first set is a story he shot of Swedish artist and interior decorator Carouschka Steijffert's home. Swoon!
And I couldn't leave without just a few more shots. The light, the colour, the composition ... everything is perfect. I'm so taken with his work. Catch it all here (and don't skip the intro).
First I would like to say a quick congratulations to my lil' sis Jen who got engaged last week. Her fiance Dave occasionally sends me links to photos and stories he thinks I may want to post on the blog. This one I HAD to post. I have mentionned that I have a very narrow house, being about 12' 2" wide, but the structures below are ridiculously narrow. I may never complain again about how annoying it is to decorate my narrow house. The first is in Paris, and the rest are in Japan where space is CLEARLY at a premium. (Thanks Dave, soon to be bro-in-law!)
WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we've found and things we think you'll want to see. If you'd like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you. So what's in this week?
- No subject in the email. No message. Just a name and a link to a blog site. So I went and this is what I found. Laura Lucio designed “The Flying Mirror” in silver or gold and it's gorgeous!
- If you are as big a fan of vintage furniture updated with a modern twist as Kim and I and if the thought of a fire engine red bench sets your heart racing then you must check out Gardenhouse. This West Palm Beach store blends indoors with outdoors, colour with panache and vintage with one of a kind. Cheryl Maeder (she's the fine art photographer) and her husband Gary (he's the artist and metal sculptor) are the dynamic duo behind these fabulous pieces.
- When Kim was posting her flickr finds last Sunday little did she know that one of her finds wellfleetwaters was actually Wellfleet Waters, textile designs by 2 sisters who have designed their first line of 100% cotton canvas fabric, inspired by the oceanside palette of colours of Wellfeet, MA on Cape Cod. They're bright and fun and great for indoors or outdoors. AND you can by them direct not to the trade! Online store is coming soon so keep an eye out.
- I love WINKS. Kim gets an email from Helga in Iceland about her friend Olga in the Netherlands. Kim forwards it to me and I get to post about Olga's amazing designs. Just right for the northern winter, beautifully cozy and unique. Visit Volki Recycled Design for even more inspiration.
- Jenn emailed with a great new site. "I found your blog and just wanted to let you know about Wall Blank - we just launched in October. We put a new limited edition print (sometimes photo, sometimes screenprint, sometimes another type) up every weekday. They're only available for one week. On Fridays, the artist donates their work and 100% of the proceeds from their print go to a non-profit cause of their choice." Great prints, limited editions. very limited time and a day of 100% donations. Getting artists' work out there and getting money in the donation coffers. Great idea.
- I want, I want, I want to go to this shop right now! Can I throw a design tantrum until I do? Daniel Petix was very bad and emailed me to let us know about "The End of History", the mid-century mecca in the West Village that he and proprietor Stephen Saunders opened in 1997. He writes their blog and from what I have seen I wish I was in New York now. So there are two choices for all of us. Visit the store in real life or live vicariously through the blog. Mid-century heaven.