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Monday
Mar142011

New book by Richard Powers

Excited by the the latest book from Richard Powers and Dominic Bradbury to hit the shelves - New Natural Home published by Thames & Hudson with French & Hungarian editions also available. "New Natural Home is a far reaching survey of some of the most enticing and eco-friendly homes from around the world. These are houses that are beautiful, well designed, flexible and that will inspire greener ways of living. Combining practical information, wide ranging texts and beautiful photography, New Natural Home is all about the next generation of pioneering, seductive and sustainable houses." If these teaser shots are anything to go by it looks gorgeous! You can grab a copy here.

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Monday
Mar142011

Tom Ferguson Architecture & Design

Shortlisted for the Australian Interior Design Awards in the interior decoration category is this Pearl Beach house by Tom Ferguson (TFAD). It's easy to see why. Extensive renovations to this 60s beach house have created a too cool, old school pad. Love the expanses of white juxtaposed with timber walls, the combination of mid century classics and beach shack hand me downs,  the walls of glass and of course that fireplace. Simplicity and style. The perfect combination.

  

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Sunday
Mar132011

More from Mexico

As I mentioned in my last post, here are some favourite random photos I took on my trip to Puerto Vallarta - which, might I add, is a VERY safe city, unlike what you hear all the time on American news channels. Yes, there are some unsafe cities in Mexico but the news always generalizes to ALL of Mexico, which is really unfortunate. Not only is Puerto Vallarta safe, but gorgeous, incredible restaurants at every turn (I've got photos!), and perfect weather. (I should mention that some of the photos below were taken in the awesome surf town of Sayulita).

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Sunday
Mar132011

I'm back!

Hey guys - I am back from my vacation. We arrived home Thursday night in the middle of a snowstorm. It was hard enough coming back to winter but AS IF we had to climb through 3 feet of snow to get into the house. I would give ANYTHING to be able to live somewhere gorgeous and WARM like Mexico. Well, since I haven't had much of a chance to get back to normal life I thought I'd just post some photos of some of the items I bought (which wasn't much in terms of home decor - seems I bought all the good stuff last year), and later today I'll post some more favourite random photos I took. (A couple of things to note: I ended up buying alot of clothes and a couple pairs of shoes, which I'll be blogging about soon on my page. And some of the items in the photos below are gifts for friends and family.)

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Saturday
Mar122011

Design crew

Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers .... get to it! You are coming up with some stellar ideas each week so it's time to do it all over again. Besides I have some rest to get back to. Can't disappoint Doctor Gorgeous!

This week's problem comes from Nat who went through the heart breaking flooding earlier this year in my part of the world.

"We live in West End, Brisbane and our lower level was inundated by the floodwaters. We've put in floorboards (yet to be polished etc), new walls, new paint. Very exciting to have this area back again. We weren't insured for flood so it's been a cost we weren't expecting - so we've had friends help (they've been amazing). So, the TV Room has a little 'nook' that used to have a little kitchen in it. I'd LOVE for your followers (Design Crew) to give me some ideas on how to transform it with shelves or storage or display space or any other creative ideas. This nook sits in a room that's 4.5m long and 3.6m wide.  It's a TV-play-teenagers hang-out room. At the other end are glass sliding doors. I'd like to have books, wine, nicknacks, toy box in the space but open to other ideas too. The actual nook is 230cm at its highest point, 130cm at the other lower height. Its 140cm wide and 110cm deep. As we are on a budget I guess I'd be looking at Ikea for shelving." - Nat

I think we can come up with some better ideas than just Ikea shelving ... just remember cheap and fabulous! After emailing Nat about what else was going in the room this is what she replied.

"We'll put back in - TV, this white sideboard and I'm going to investigate getting this Janda lounge recovered because its such a good quality lounge (bought it in 1992). I think it may cost about $3.5K to reupholster.....ouch. But might be worth it??? And in the flood someone bought me a new red cover that will go on this Ikea Klippan couch (legs taken off at the mo.) And this is my Nana's 60's smokers table with standard lamp in built.  I've looked online for great lampshades and found this site Seven Dandelions which has the look I think I'm after. (I went to Woolloongabba Antique Centre but nothing that really did the job.)"

See what Nat has to work with after the jump as well as the shots from the flood and its filthy, smelly aftermath. Oh Nat what a mess! Time to get to it team. Just remember very limited budget but miles of style. Easy right?

 

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