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Friday
Oct032008

Hotze Eisma


Do you notice who takes the photos of your favourite rooms in interior design magazines? Do you file your tearsheets for future reference but never google the stylist or the photographer? I've been drawn to the work of Hotze Eisma ever since I stuck a post-it-note on a page of shots of stylist Reineke Groters in Elle Decoration a number of years ago. Since then I have found that whenever a photo of a wonderful and quirky home tugs at my heart strings it's inevitably one of Hotze's. I bookmarked his website months ago to share but somehow I never did. Go there now. You'll discover an amazing talent and the most wonderful and prolific portfolio. Careful you don't overdose!

Images from Hotze Eisma

Friday
Oct032008

Real estate stalking


Stalking again, this time in the leafy, exclusive and oh so expensive suburb of Toorak, Melbourne. Wonderful white voids cut with panes of glass provide drama. Inside blurs with out while water weaves its way where one least expects it. Hate to have to clean the glass but love the idea of opening walls and cut out windows.

Thursday
Oct022008

Compact in every sense of the word

My younger sister's boyfriend Dave sent me a link to this video today, with the subject "Maybe this should have been your kitchen :)". My kitchen is pretty small, but not this small. Thanks Dave, but I think I'll stick to my Greentea kitchen. ;) (video via Gizmodo)

 

 

Thursday
Oct022008

Rachel Whiting

I was pretty much rendered verklempt when I discovered the portfolio of Rachel Whiting, a photographer based in London. The light and composition are so perfect for these relatively simple spaces. There seems to be a little something special and noteworthy in each photograph.

Thursday
Oct022008

Lighting

This blog chronicles my entire kitchen renovation from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their 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’ve described my cabinets in detail, so now I thought I’d start in on all the fun purchases that goes along with a kitchen renovation. These next few posts I will cover things like the appliances, sink, faucet, countertop, backsplash and lighting.

I thought I’d start with lighting, one of my favourite items to dress up a space. I have always been drawn to lamps and pendant lights, so when I was planning the lighting for the kitchen, I wanted to make it a focal point. But once I decided on making lighting a feature, I started to panic a bit. There aren’t many decent lighting stores in this city, but I did check out a few. I started looking online as well but got a bit concerned about some of the shipping prices. One online store was quoting 20% of the purchase for shipping and other related costs. This renovation is going to have me in debt as it is, and my house needs a TON of other work, so I have a really hard time spending my hard earned money on high shipping costs. So I really wanted to try and find items locally.

Since my kitchen will be long and narrow, I will need a long and narrow dining table to be placed down the center of it (I have no dining room). I made a pretty simple decision to hang pendants over it. My first thought was a Nelson bubble lamp. I’ve always wanted one. But I really like the look of the saucer lamp, and I think that one would work better over a round table. I started looking locally and found something at a large lighting store called Multi Luminaire:


I liked the industrial look of it and it was similar to ones I had considered ordering online. They had 2 sizes, one for $80 and one for $120, and I figured I would get maybe 3 to hang in a row over the table. But then....

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