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Sunday
May132012

A couple of new decor books

I am pretty excited to share a couple of new books with you today while I head out to the cottage to enjoy a beautiful summer day and spend time with my mom (Happy Mother's Day Mom!!). 

The first one I was REALLY stoked to receive, as it was written by a fellow blogger. Maryam Montague has been living in Morocco for several years now and it is because of her and her blog MyMarrakesh.com that I have fallen in love with the country of Morocco and especially it's absolutely gorgeous interiors and architecture. The textures and colours are mesmerizing and such beautiful inspirational decor. Maryam's book, MARRAKESH BY DESIGN, (Artisan Books, May 2012), is filled with wonderful photos that she took herself (several are of her own home and boutique hotel called the Peacock Pavilions)  and gives quite an introduction to the Moroccan culture and elements of decor they are so well known for. I even busted out my vintage Moroccan wedding blanket Jo sent me as a wedding gift to use as a backdrop for the photos I took of the book. (That blanket is SO gorgeous and one of my prized possessions). I can't wait to devour every word and photo of this book - I think I'll bring it to the cottage. :) Congrats Maryam - you should be so proud of this book! P.S. Maryam's home is featured in this month's Lonny and last month's Elle Decor!

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Saturday
May122012

Itsy bitsy reader's home

Mel Munroe lives in Culver City, California. Mel lives in a 210 square foot apartment. (I had to convert it to square meters for it to sink in just how small that is. It's 19.5) Mel lives small. More importantly Mel lives large. She has put all her skills from her day job as a visual merchandiser and freelance product designer to work here in her little home. Could you do it? Could you live in under 20 square meters? More importantly could you live large in a small home just like Mel?

Thanks to Mel and Jermaine Saunders for the photos!

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Friday
May112012

A Tribeca home office 

A huge thanks to Dash Marshall for letting us know about this cool project of theirs: The Cassowary Room is a renovation of a single space in a Tribeca loft. It was originally built as a caviar warehouse in the 1890s and then renovated in 2005 before being purchased by the current owners. We rolled back time to create the caviar boss's office as if it had never been touched, only upgraded with wifi and air-conditioning. That meant designing custom lighting and woodwork and then collaborating with craftsmen to make sure everything is just right. With dutch doors the space works well as a private office when completely closed, or can be left open for more connection to the adjacent living spaces. When the owners' children are old enough, the Cassowary Room will transition gracefully to a playroom within earshot of the kitchen. I'm blown away. The woodwork is gorgeous! I would LOVE a space like this to get away from all the cats while I blog (one is sitting right next to me as I type this trying to chew on my earbuds).  

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Friday
May112012

Candy Factory Lofts penthouse

I recently stumbled upon the portfolio of Johnson Chou, and architecture and design firm based in Toronto and was very intrigued by this penthouse: Situated in a turn of the century candy factory, this 2700 SF loft penthouse suite was one of Toronto's first residential adaptive re-use projects of its kind. The owner, an avid sportsman with a penchant for traveling to remote areas to camp in the wilderness, requested a residence that evoked, within an urban context, a sense of the landscape he loved so much. What I love about this loft is the blend of modern and rustic elements. That juxtaposition gets me going every time. 

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Friday
May112012

Small is stylin'

Another real estate stalking to end my posts for the working week. See you can live large in a small space! There is something cute and youthful about this bijou apartment. Perhaps it is because a cool look has been achieved with not much money. 42 square meters. And it's up above Bourke St in Surry Hills, Sydney. Just a short stroll to so many of my fav Sydney spots. Link here while it lasts.