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Monday
Jan122009

Brazilian beauty


Some of the best inspiration is coming out of retail spaces these days and one of the hottest spots for design inspiration? Hair dressing and beauty salons. This amazing urban industrial meets eco chic with a splash of venetian glass girliness is to be found in a country that is white hot with hip design ideas - Brazil. Felippe emailed these photos of his Sao Paulo salon ... "the salon is called "bob salao de beleza" (roughly "bob beauty salon"). it is named after my partner, bob toscano, the hair stylist and makeup artist that leads the team. our website is under construction. for now it features basic info such as directions, phone #s, etc: www.bobsalao.com.br. (we are currently having some problems with our web host, but that should be sorted out soon.) interiors and most of the furniture by brazilian architect marcelo escanuela (still working on his website) and photo credits to roberta dab dab."

Check out the lighting! And the cave like brutalist concrete juxtaposed with the organic feel of the timber. And that red sink! Thanks Felippe. It's a fabulous cutting edge (pun intended) salon. I'm sure your work is just as hot!

Monday
Jan122009

Stalking in Sweden


I’m real estate stalking a little further afield today. Sweden in fact. I’m a lot like Kim. I can’t get enough of Scandinavian homes and this apartment in Göteborg is gorgeous. So much white and a perfect porcelain stove. Pity it’s sold. Actually probably for the best. I have my eye on a property here in Australia. All this loveliness via brokers Alvhem.

Sunday
Jan112009

Flickr finds - random from my favourite groups

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....