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Wednesday
Oct152008

Clare Cousins Architects


Wonderful modern homes designed by Melbourne architectural and interior design studio Clare Cousins Architects. I love the use of unusual materials and colour particularly the turquoise colour blocking. These are great examples of integration of internal spaces with the outdoors, so important in climates like Australia's. It's all to do with sympathetic orientation, materials and building design. No McMansions here, just stylish contemporary dwellings that are not only comfortable family homes but break out of the cookie cutter mentality. I've included some of their commercial work too. Such clever ideas, the shelves, the simple paper lanterns.

Wednesday
Oct152008

Nan Whitney


It's all about the stylist you know. Great rooms and great photographers but stylists rule the shoot. I love the way they take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. Nan Whitney has a wonderful eye. She creates classic but casual, light bright and fun rooms. I love the whole vibe going on here. Beautiful rooms I could imagine living in surrounded by family and friends. That's the dream she creates.

Tuesday
Oct142008

Random on a Tuesday

I mentionned in my post yesterday that I'm really REALLY busy this week. So when I have a moment to spare here and there I will post some random photos. Here are some living rooms that caught my eye in my photo stash.





Tuesday
Oct142008

Remaining kitchen purchases

I am blogging my entire kitchen renovation from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, and I'm taking care of the rest.

If you'd like to be brought up to date, check out my kitchen remodel blog for an archive of previous posts. I posted recently about some of the major purchases I've made for the kitchen such as lighting and appliances, and now it's time for the countertop, sink, faucet and backsplash. One of these I have no clue about and would love some suggestions.

From the get-go I had an idea in mind for the countertop, and I kept going back to it. White. White. White. One of my main goals for this kitchen is to keep it bright and light since the space is small. I thought white countertops would help in this regard. I want to paint the walls white (or really light grey like the rest of the main floor), and thought if this continued on the countertops the space would flow nicely. I am not very knowledgeable on countertop materials, so I started at a kitchen/bath design store and went through samples of granite, marble and man-made stones like Corian, Silestone and Caesarstone. They had a kitchen in their showroom that had the most gorgeous white countertop I had ever seen, and it turned out to be Zodiaq quartz by Dupont. I asked for a quote, and a couple days later the salesperson called and asked if I was sitting down - never a good sign. $4200. WHOA. I then asked for a quote for Corian (turns out it's about as pricey since it's made of mostly petroleum) and honed granite, and they were both a little steep (the Corian was about the same as the quartz, and the granite a bit cheaper). I quickly learned going to a kitchen and bath store is not ideal for selecting a countertop. I went across the street to a granite shop and got a quote about $2000 lower, so going directly to the supplier is obviously a wise choice. But no one makes a white granite, or at least one that is mostly white. I went to Planet Granite a few days ago desperate to finally find something, and I found EXACTLY what I wanted:


More of this post HERE

Tuesday
Oct142008

Guido Barbagelata


Big, bright, bold .... bravo! Strong gutsy images from Italian photographer Guido Barbagelata. The colours are intense, the composition is spot on and the photos have a real presence. This ain't no wishy washy portfolio. Italians have style and a great eye for beauty but Guido takes it to the next level. You'll find his work regularly in Marie Claire Maison and Elle Decor.