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Saturday
Jan102009

Castle


WINKS returns next week but I couldn't wait to share one email from my inbox. Rachel Castle is the creative force behind Castle, beautiful bedlinen and embroidered artwork. Rachel and her extensive factory (her very patient mum) handcraft these beautiful pieces for the home. Castle loves crisp white cotton bedlinen, with a little bit of handprinted colour for sheets and pillowcases. It's crisp white coverlets with printed buttons tossed with yellow and charcoal, polka dots and flowers and a collection of lovingly handstitched one-off pieces on vintage French linen. It's fresh. It's fun. It's modern meets vintage with lashings of indie. It's so cute!

Friday
Jan092009

Happy weekend everyone!

...and wishing I was here...


...instead of here....

Friday
Jan092009

Bedroom inspiration

Over the holidays we received 2 emails from readers looking for help with bedrooms. The first is from Brehanna: "I'm having a little problem. So I'm a sophomore in college and a couple of my friends and I are going to rent a house for the upcoming school year. Each of us gets our own bedroom. I want to do a classic room with a pop of color somewhere. I love the 40's and 50's. You know the classic actresses such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. I already collect black and white photos and plan on putting those up too. But after that I'm lost...HELP please."

Now that doesn't sound too complicated. But I'm tempted to say go Hollywood Regency, rather than classic. Classic can be a bit...boring dare I say (what is classic, really?). I found a few I'd consider classic (?), some with a bit of Hollywood regency thrown in, and some that display black and white photography to maybe inspire other ideas. I even threw in a couple photos with bold walls (teal, black and coral) that black and white photography would look incredible against - but if your landlord would flip over that you could just paint a rectangle over your bed and put some of the photography there. Whatever you decide Brehanna, you're going to have a blast. It is college after all. (PARTY!!!)

Atlanta Homes MagAngus McRitchie
David NettoRob Fiocca

Then there was Trisha's email: "I was wondering if you can help me out. I need to redecorate my room which i will be sharing with my baby (I'm due in May). Any ideas? It's 3.42m x 3.70m."

Now there wasn't a whole lot to go on here, but in any case, I found some photos that might inspire this soon-to-be mom. I'm figuring since the room is small, keeping it white or pale colours would be a good idea so it's calming and soothing. My stash of photos had basically none of bedrooms for both baby and mom so I mixed it up a little bit with some for both. Any of these schemes would work. I love the first 3 photos with the hanging bassinet but there could be feasibility issues with that. Cute nonetheless.

Mari ErikssonMari Eriksson
BoligtorvetDesign*Sponge
Debi TreloarDomino
ohdeedohTrine Bukh

Friday
Jan092009

Beautiful barn


Clean simplistic living space in a barn in Oxfordshire. Stone walled rose garden with box hedging and lavender. Light filled spaces with whitewashed walls. Sun on stone, space for art and massive timber beams. Modern fittings but rustic charm. Sound like heaven? Then this barn conversion might just be for you. From where else but location company Airspace.

Thursday
Jan082009

I'm lovin'....

Ok, I'm still thinking about bookshelves and this room certainly isn't lacking in the bookshelf department. I adore this space. So light and airy and the furniture is so plush you would just sink into it after grabbing a book from the shelves. What a smart idea to break it up a bit with a space for a tall mirror. And don't even get me started on that light fixture...