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Wednesday
Jul062011

Lewin Wertheimer

I stumbled upon the website of California based architect Lewin Wertheimer the other day and was taken by his attention to detail, where he seems to easily join form with function. Some are modern and some more traditional...it's all equally beautiful. 

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Wednesday
Jul062011

Left of centre ... Edwards Moore

New work from Melbourne's edgy architectural firm Edwards Moore. Working with the existing structure to provide a voice to a series of spaces within an open plan floor plate their design provides distinct spaces for working, relaxing and thinking, supporting and nurturing the creative process within PR firm, Keep Left . Ben Edwards explains "To achieve this (we) designed and fabricated a series of bespoke object and elements including light fittings using photography umbrellas, illuminated signage from reflective laminated timber and a timber planter box which incorporates the entry seating area and provides an introduction to the abstract forms and spaces beyond." Edwards Moore recently featured in the pages of Inside Out magazine with their Cubby House (after the jump) inspired by the "raumplan" concept - designing continuous spaces for living rather than regularly divided floors with limited flexibility - the house has minimal doors and walls. Sharp lines contrasts with rough texture. Reclaimed limed timber, OSB, sisal, vic ash and white concrete floor provide the neutral palette balanced by a mirrored gold box. Photos by Peter Bennetts.

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Tuesday
Jul052011

My home renovation - hardwood flooring ideas

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about my huge home renovation and addition project and my need for finishes for the bathrooms (and the almost non-existent budget we will have). Well, I am in the same boat with flooring. I would like hardwood flooring (could be engineered wood) throughout the house with the exception of the front entrance and bathrooms which will be tile. The flooring is another aspect of this renovation where we may be stuck with subfloor for a while if there are no funds for flooring materials - which is why I am hopeful that someone out there can help us out with a great deal on flooring with blog mentions etc. in return. I am thinking I would like to do something fairly light. I am a huge fan of Scandinavian/mid century/industrial styles and hope to mix these in my new home with lots of greys, black and white. I also have SEVEN cats and refuse to do white floors (been there, done that, didn't work out so well) or really dark floors. Both of these would be a complete nightmare to keep clean. We can always go back to the flooring we recently put down upstairs that you can see in this post.

I found some inspiration in my stash of photos, and my favourites are below. I did include one sort of dark floor (Luce Rosso) which I would reeeeeeeally love but if it were lighter. I love the idea of a light grey stain to show off the wood grain. And it's a bit unusual instead of typical clear sealed natural hardwood. If anyone has any suggestions for sources of flooring, or types of flooring you think would work, I'd love to hear about it in the comments or via email (desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com). Thanks!

Bo Bedre Sköna hem
Bolig Magasinet Luce Rosso
Maison Deko
Sköna hem Katarina Malmström Brown

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Tuesday
Jul052011

Straight to the top of the class

Inspired by the beautiful spaces they encountered in their day jobs, architectural photographers Anne and Jean-Luc Laloux converted this Belgian school house into fun, quirky and fab accommodation for up to 21 people. This isn't your rustic group holiday share. It's an exercise in great design and a great time with friends. Too cool for school? I don't think so. Straight to the top of the class. La Classe that is. Via Urlaubsarchitektur.

  

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Monday
Jul042011

Monday's pets on furniture - part 2

If you'd like to send us photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow our basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off...and your pet happens to be sitting on it. And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to  desiretoinspirekim@hotmail.com and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet!)

I designed this chair and it has become the perminant nap spot for my dogs Oliver (left) and little 9 month old rescue Chihuahua Henry (right). Dogs know furniture! There is never room for me on this piece. After 8 months, Oliver, now age 14, is finally allowing Henry to share it with him. Henry is now a very proud little dog with the best seat in the house!
- Patricia (Dallas, TX)

A photo of my Lions Head Rabbit, Harriet, on our vintage velvet chair. It is her favorite spot in the house.
- Brit

Lily from Austin, Texas.  :)
- Elise

Photo 1 is my American Bull Dog, Stella. Photo 2 is my mom’s Frenchie, Annie Baby. Photo 3 is my Frenchie, Georgie. Photo 4 is our English Bulldog, Gus. !
- Doub (Philadelphia, PA)
  

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