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Saturday
Apr092011

Teeny, tiny reader's home

Elizabeth lives in a 350 square-foot apartment in the lower east side of Manhattan. YES, it's that small! However she and her boyfriend have managed to make it look cute, inviting and cozy! And best of all they are very happy in their small home. To find out more about why they live in such a tiny space you can head to her blog In Between Seams. Could you do it? Even with the pay off of living in Manhattan?

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Friday
Apr082011

The definition of eclectic

My previous post talked about a mix of styles. I found another home in keeping with that idea. This one is furnished from elements all over the world - a German chair, a Chinese stool, Balinese artifacts, a Provençal table mixed with Bertoia side chairs, even my favourite - Moroccan beni ourain rugs. Mikel Irastorza, the interior designer, has some rather large kahounas. :-) (Via Nuevo Estilo)

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Friday
Apr082011

A welcome mix of styles

I really REALLY love the following home I discovered last night while doing a quick jaunt around the internet. It's Spanish, built in 1900 and maintains alot of the original architectural detail - the mouldings are to die for! The juxtaposition of these details with the vintage furnishings with a retro vibe is what makes it so appealing to me...and those incredible tile floors. (Via Le Journal de la Maison, photos by Amador Toril)

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Friday
Apr082011

The colours of life

Back in November last year Sydney architect Scott Weston of SWAD shared the beginnings of a wonderful project, a renovation of a small house in Rozelle. (You can read all about it here.) It's finished. It's fab. And it's here. I'll let Scott tell you all about it.

As promised a few shots of my house in Rozelle just completed this week with the steel frame table finally made (steel angles inset with charcoal tiles) and hand-painted this week and elegantly positioned to the outdoor deck. It was nice to visit this week and just have lunch and a coffee with the Client..... pause........just stop to take in the space......very calming and to reflect on what we have completed. The house also was given a Hindu blessing and I was honoured to take part with the family in the proceedings and the wonderful food that was prepared by the Client's mother. The house was a fantastic foil to the procession of women and children in silk saris which continually walked past my 'hermes orange' joinery wall with looks of great delight on their faces. How to take a sows ear and literally turn it into a silk purse with a dramatic open plan and hero wall in split batten joinery of orange laminate (no greasy children's hands to scuff the corridor wall). Build in all the joinery and customise the internal carcasses in both colour and functional necessity. Operable commercial aluminium sliding doors and louvers for maximum northern light and clerestory for cross-ventilation. No air-conditioning just ceiling fans and elegant uplighting. Simple hardwood shiplap facade and steel skillion roof lifting to the north and cantilevered 1.2 metres by steel angle outriggers. Select the loose furniture and hang the artwork and choose the 'kenzo' and 'missoni' bedlinen. A hand in glove match between Architect and Client. Desire to inspire please enjoy the visual feast!

  

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Thursday
Apr072011

Reader request - butcher block counters and sinks

Today's reader request is from Nat: I was wondering if you could help me find more inspirational images of kitchens. I want to put butcher block counters throughout my kitchen and don't know what type of sink to choose: (1) undermount; or (2) drop in. I don't like the look of drop-ins, but I'm worried that with an undermount sink I run a chance of ruining my counter edges. I've read around blogs that this should not be a problem if you seal them properly. But I'm looking for images to convince hubby that this will be worth the extra work. I haven't had much experience with butcher block (I do LOVE it) but I would guess with a good initial seal and re-sealing as required, you could go with either. I'd had an aversion towards drop-in sinks for a loooong time now but after taking a close look at the photos I found of sinks used with butcher block, I actually think I prefer drop-ins (and those in white ceramic). Perhaps you'll agree after having a look at the following photos...

design*sponge Katie Sellers
Julia Wong Designs Living Etc.
Marie Claire Italia Apartment Therapy
Hus & Hem jj Locations
The Yvestown Blog Apartment Therapy

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