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Wednesday
Nov262008

Paradise is coloured blue


Blue. It's the colour of paradise. I never knew that until this morning when I was turning the pages of a magazine and drinking coffee. I saw an ad for one of the Great Barrier Reef's latest resorts Qualia, world-class luxury, situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island. With winter setting in in the Northern Hemisphere I dedicate these blue soaked shots of paradise to all the northern readers watching the thermometer plunge. Wicked of me to tease you.

Tuesday
Nov252008

Ondine Karady

Ondine Karady is most likely a familiar name to many of you. She was on season 2 of Top Design, and was a set decorator on Sex and the City, which she left to open her own boutique design firm in Soho. Her style is funky and eclectic, and her portfolio is full of wonderful spaces filled with bold patterns, mid century and vintage furnishings and fun colours.









Tuesday
Nov252008

More kitchen progress

This blog chronicles 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 the arrival of the cabinets, and now for the arrival of the appliances and some other odds and ends that have been completed.

Since my last post things have been moving along in my kitchen. The end is near and I could not be happier with the way the space has turned out, and I am dying to cook my first meal in probably 6 weeks. This post is going to be a bit random, of different projects that have progressed, and next time I'll show you details of the lighting.

Let me start with the arrival of the appliances. I was so stoked to see them in the kitchen. To finally have a fridge that has a freezer in it...to be able to have ice in my drinks without having to go down to the chest freezer in the basement and bash a bag of ice on the ground. It was a scary sight to see them being moved into the house though, let me tell you. The movers removed all the packaging and then carried them into the house, through my narrow front door in the pouring rain up my rickety steps. I held my breath. The stove, I was told, weighs about 500 lbs. Amazingly, it survived the trip into the house. It was left in the middle of the floor while it awaited the gas guy's visit for the hook up.



The uppers were installed, in about 15 minutes, while I was upstairs locked in my bedroom with the cats. LOVE EM.


Here is a photo of the kitchen with the uppers in place and, well, at least the fridge in place.

To see more of the progress, click HERE.

Tuesday
Nov252008

Arent & Pyke


I'm so excited to share today's post with you. For so long I have had this website bookmarked waiting for construction to finish. At last it's time to be inspired by the work of Sydney designers Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent & Pyke. Influenced by mid-century modern and the international style their work is about passion and balance, details and texture. It's all about optimism! To truly appreciate these rooms you must must must go to the website, click on view larger and experience them full screen. I'm moving in!

Monday
Nov242008

Pierre Yovanovitch

Pierre Yovanovitch, a Parisian, started off as a clothing designer and switched to interior architecture and design only a few years ago. "He sees his work as a search for an intuitively felt balance between necessities that are frequently contradictory: luxury and simplicity; audacity and discretion; impertinence and wisdom." Each of his spaces is even more intriguing than the last.