Two Polish homes today! (Don't you love visiting other countries?) First up Barbara, a student, sent us photos of her room. It's a great example of stylish DIY on a strict student's budget. Easy to see why Barabara's space is so cute. Just check out the lovely jewellery she makes (in this same small room) on her blog Bibelot.
Our second reader's room today is from Monika who shares her home with her pets ... just not your usual pets. I'll let her explain. "It's a pretty hard job to make the house/room where you have lots of animals look good. Of course I'm not talking about dogs breeders but about rodents. Lots of cages and stuff everywhere. I am a happy gerbils breeder, there are about 30 gerbils, just in 12m2 and I hate when house is a mess because of it. That's why I decided to build some cages for my rodents using IKEA and a little bit of imagination." Monika I think it's brilliant! I want to come back in my next life as one of your gerbils. This is such a clever idea for kids' rooms. Rodents, insects, snakes, lizards. See - things that make you go eeeeekkk can be stylish too!
As I've mentionned a couple of times, my husband and I have been doing a bit of research looking for architects to help us plan the additions we want to make to our WAY too small and WAY too boring home. Our cat-sitter used to live on a street a few blocks from us where there was one of the coolest yet simplest homes I've ever seen around Ottawa. We recently saw the home in Ottawa Magazine and found out it was designed by local architect John Donkin. It's 1700 square feet and his client had 3 requirements: a garden, a visitors' apartment, and a strong street presence. The visitors' apartment is cantilevered sideways over the lot which creates a shaded area in summer and a covered parking spot and sheltered entrance in winter. The mix of materials on the facade is exactly what I'm looking for and the kicker is the front of the home (iron?) has rusted over time and turned the most beautiful deep orange shade (second photo found on the blog Move That Bus!!!). Check out more of his designs after the jump.
Time for another great photographer. Love the white white white and that light ... gotta be a Scandinavian snapper. (The IKEA shots are a give away too.) Love the softly darkling of his shots. Softly darkling? OK I made that up but you know what I mean! Marcus Lawett is the super talented photographer and if you recognise some of the shots it will be because they were styled by Sofie Andersson, now Sofie Lawett. My Swedish obsession continues. More after the jump.
Back in April I blogged about a magazine from Singapore called Home & Decor that our wee blog was featured in. My list of favourite shleter magazines from around the world is slowly growing, and this one tops the list. Singaporeans are some super stylin' folks! They seem to love colour, light airy spaces, and modern furnishings. Here are some photos from their website that really caught my eye.