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Ruy Teixeira

Brazilian born Italian based photographer Ruy Teixeira's work has a poetic element that is not often captured through a lens. His understanding of and respect for the design he shoots is obvious. His portfolio is mind blowing not just his houses but his amazing collection of portraits of the world's leading designers. This is just a taste. Vibrant, exuberant and empathic, three words I use to describe his work. One word? Fabulous!

Images from Ruy Teixeira


Lauren Rubinstein

I am just loving these beautiful spaces from the portfolio of photographer Lauren Rubinstein, and the artwork in the first couple photos in particular.


Can't see the forest for the trees ...

Or the furniture for the plants! Laurel emailed with her design dilemma. "Have you ever done a post of cool rooms that includes large dramatic houseplants? I just staggered home carrying a 6' fishtail palm and am looking for ideas -- a big mirror on the wall behind it is as far as I've gotten in my thinking." I've pulled a few from the files Laurel and while only one features a large mirror (great idea) they all have something in common - the 2 "Cs", containers and care. Dress your palm in a fabulous pot and lavish it with attention. Nothing looks worse than a tatty plastic pot or a tree that has dropped half its leaves from neglect. I love plants in the house although I must admit I'm more a fern on the bathroom window girl. Good luck with your palm. Have you given it a name yet?

Francis SmithBruce Bierman Design
Paul WhicheloeTria Giovan
Redmond Aldrichbodron+fruit
Alexandra Rowley PhotographsCaldwell Beebe Interiors
Alan TanksleyCaldwell Beebe Interiors


What do we want?

More retro! Once again the scans are from Woman's Day All Colour Book of Home Decorating & Design, Edited by Babette Hayes, Octopus Australia, 1977. Some interesting space saving solutions here as well as some that are just "interesting" including ruched headboards and bathroom carpet. I wonder why we stopped doing those last two? Enjoy!


Flea market scores

I just got back from the flea market, which is REALLY crappy and the only one we have here. But I managed to score, big time. I think Jo and I are starting a peacock chair collection - not that either of us have room for several of these chairs in our small spaces, but when you spot a really decent quality one for TWELVE dollars, you've just got to scoop it up. Which is exactly what I did. I also picked up 2 terracotta buddha heads for my backyard for $10 each, a brass peacock for $5, a brass vase for $7, a West German vase for $15, and a painting for $6. All in a morning's work.