I swear I was writing a WINKS today. I had sorted through the emails. I had decided what images to use. I had even decided who was going to be the first WINK. That was the problem. The first WINK was going to be a wonderful new blog. The second WINK was yet another great new blog. Then I realised I'd been to a lot of new (to me) blogs recently. Light bulb moment! Time for the next installment in our growing tradition of reading guides. And it's not even a long weekend ... well maybe it is somewhere in the world. Make yourself a coffee, pour yourself a wine. Settle in and explore. I promise WINKS next weekend ;)
Uxus Design is an interiors and architecture firm based in Amsterdam. One of the principals and creative director of the firm, George Gottl, emailed us with some photos of one of my FAVOURITE projects of theirs, the Canal House, a loft in Amsterdam that I had initially seen in the April 2007 issue of Elle Decoration. This has always been an unforgettable space for me because it is so creative and quirky and eclectic and just plain funky. It's a mix of mid-century modern, Hollywood regency and science lab with stunning sputnik light fixtures, Eames molded plywood chairs, and a bowl of skulls. What's not to love?
"The canal house is located in a 250m2 18th century warehouse with a panoramic view over the city. The owners wanted to keep the original open-plan layout of the space so, UXUS created a series of dramatic curtain walls, which could be opened and closed according to the needs of use. All of the decorative interior elements were selected to reflect the eclectic tastes of the owners."
Scott Laslie's design philosophy is simple. "I work to enhance space with proven design expertise and by adding a bit of the unexpected." Whether it's traditional or contemporary there is a glam vibe to his rooms. They're sophisticated and luxe with plenty of personality. I would kill for those dining chairs in the lead photo. Hey I'd sell my soul for the banquette and metal chair dining with or without the zebra hide.
I just had to round out the week with another great photographer, J. Savage Gibson. Kim and I go on and on about lighting and composition and angles and colour but when you see beautiful photos it's those things that are so apparent. Josh's work is subtle. These aren't pictures that scream "look at me look at me". Instead they draw you in with their order, refinement and relevance. Don't miss his b&w portfolio .... lovely!
Yvonne wrote us recently to share with us her new home. She moved a few weeks ago and has a limited budget, but I think she's off to a great start. Her home has amazing features like the high ceilings and the original hardwood floors.
Yvonne did have a design question for us: "Even if I like my cream-colored bedroom, I think now and then it could use some color (with pillows or pillowcases, candles, flowers...). I thought of a dark purple, what colors would you suggest?". I love the idea of a dark purple, to add a touch of drama. You can pretty much do anything - a dark colour for drama, a bright colour for some life, a pale colour for some softness. I've found some photos of all white or cream bedrooms that have a touch of colour to help Yvonne decide.
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