There is something earthy, ethnic and tactile in the eclectic designs of Michael Del Piero. The rustic and well worn mix with natural fabrics and carefully curated treasures whether ancient or finds from nature. It's an aesthetic that I'm really drawn to. Beautiful calm and sophisticated interiors surrounded by tactile treasures. See more of her amazing portfolio here.
Regular readers will know that Kim and I cannot resist the hunt for secondhand bargains. We love thrift stores and junk shops, secondhand dealers and antique stores. I visited my new favourite secondhand haunt in Brisbane on the weekend and even though I want to keep it secret I just have to share. The 2 Peters run a treasure trove of a store. Stuffed to the ceilings with everything you never thought you had to have, it's an ever changing source of those finishing touches for your home. It's the sort of place that stylists and decorators love. Here are just some of the things that caught my eye.
OK so I bought the chinese garden stools, some fabulous oriental brass trays and a West German bowl but was seriously tempted by the cast iron dress rack from early last century. Wouldn't it look great in a shop window or a sewing room? I have a thing for rusty and industrial and an old hand trolley also caught my eye. I was imaging it stacked haphazardly with a couple of the old timber crates I saw filled with overflowing pots of spring flowers. Alas no room in my courtyard though. No online site yet but coming soon (and we'll let you know when). If something has caught your eye and you want to be let into the secret contact Peter here.
We've been busy here at desire to inspire lately. As you (hopefully) have noticed, we've redone the design of the blog. This includes a new blog to include our new longer blogroll. I hope you all like it. I am not a graphic designer in any way, shape or form, but I think it turned out OK. Also, I have a HUGE new project starting next week that I am incredibly stoked about, that I have also been working on. It's going to be taking up alot of my time over the next couple of months, but I will be blogging all about it....so stay tuned. Below is a little hint as to what it's all about.
The New York based firm of Murdock Young Architects has such a talent for creating simple spaces that are open, airy, bright and who's beauty will leave you speechless. As I've said many times in the past, I adore spaces swathed in white, and when I saw that bedroom above, I just about passed out.