Today's reader request comes from Hillary: "I've recently been gifted a Corbusier chaise lounge. (I know, right?) It's fantastic, but I'm really having a hard time incorporating it into my existing surroundings. My partner and I have been living together for about 6 months now and because we're in India (not my native place) and I moved here two years ago with only a backpack and he's living on his own for the first time after college, we have no other furniture. Well, not none. We have Indian mattresses spread on the floor covered with pretty fabrics for seating, and an old door (surrounded by more mattresses) for a dining table. How can I start to meld these two seemingly polar-opposite styles? I think what will help is that soon I am inheriting an old chair and pouf from my boss that I can reupholster and paint black. Do you know of any good examples of successfully combining something so high-modern with a surrounding that is so... not high-modern?" Talk about a SWEET gift! (The first photo below is of the chaise Hillary is referring to). What I really love seeing in spaces is a mix of different styles because it's unexpected, interesting and quirky. So perhaps most people would not think to pair a Corbusier chaise lounge with Indian mattresses, but WORK IT GIRL! I would do something like this: Pick up a couple small sheepskin rugs (faux if possible) and throw one on the mattresses and one on the chaise. Stick a pile of Indian covered pillows next to the chaise, then add some simple modern side tables on either side of the mattresses (Kartell Componibili storage units would be cute). Something along those lines, where the Indian/ethnic and modern items are blended together. Based on that idea, below are some photos of spaces that made me think of your dilemma, where I can see both that chaise and Indian mattresses/fabrics working. (Hillary, do send us photos when you think you've got it figured out - we'd love to see what you come up with.)
I'm feeling a little festive today so I thought I'd share this absolutely incredible seasonal treat with you today. It comes from The Ammar Girls (Debrah, Alexandra, & Olivia) of Virginia. "I've been noticing some recent photos on Desire to Inspire have featured holiday decorations. I wanted to share this photo with you of our mantle. I've been working on perfecting the shape of this piece for about 4 holiday seasons now and each year it gets a little more refined."
"Each ornament is individually wired, twisted and secured to the garland. You can imagine what a timely, tedious process this is. Not to mention, they are glass balls so you have to be extra gentle handling them. I'm estimating there are over 500 total ornaments." INCREDIBLE!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us ladies!!
Hello Craig Wall! Welcome to Desire to Inspire. Love your work. Scrub that. LOVE your work. Fun, relaxed, cool and casual. New photographer crush? I think so. Love the white bright light in these shots. So Aussie, so fresh. Great eye, great understanding. You make me want these rooms. Inspirational, aspirational.
A reader named Theresa emailed us recently with the following: "My name is - as you may have seen - Theresa, I am a 23 year old student of Book and Media Production in Leipzig/Germany. My large interest in Fashion, Interior Design and everything vintage. I am living at my blog www.neu4bauer.blogspot.com for more than 2 years now. What I like best about my 60 sqm appartment in the Eastern part of Germany are the high ceiling with ornaments, the amazing light because of many windows and the fact that almost all furniture (table, desk, drawers, ...) are made by my grandfather or taken from the attic of my grandma. We did a lot of refurbishing last year ;)" I am completely jealous of Theresa's space. Those windows! The ceiling height! The herringbone hardwood! And she has decorated it sooooo beautifully. (Geez, when I was a student I lived in a freezing cold, tiny, low ceiling basement apartment on the main bar strip). Thank you for sharing your home with us Theresa!!
A little beach side shack would be perfect at this time of the year (remember it's summer here in the land of Aus) and after Kim's post yesterday I thought I'd share another shack I found while real estate stalking. Somehow I don't think you could call this Sunshine Coast waterfront home a beach shack though. Minimalist modern lines with hard edges but loads of luxury. The public areas are particularly appealing. Imagine that view as you rinse the dishes (if you ever do rinse your dishes). The architect is Frank Macchia and the real estate link here while it lasts.