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Thursday
Jul172008

Yvonne's new home

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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Thursday
Jul172008

Siskin Valls

Paul Siskin of Siskin Valls Interior Design believes flexibility is fundamental. "My work is not exactly art in the sense that it has to function. I try to express what my clients want but often what they want are design fantasies. One aspect of my job is to bring them back to reality about the way they actually live." He has no particular style to his designs, as all eras interest him. What I love about his diverse style is that he prefers to mix old furniture in modern spaces and modern furniture in old spaces.




Thursday
Jul172008

Dave Henderson


I'm on a roll this week with amazing photographers. I've always been attracted to how a photographer can take a good room and make it great and then transform a great space into something sublime. Loving Dave Henderson's portfolio particularly the way he frames a photo and the interesting angles he uses. These are from his inside places selection but please don't miss his outside places and his personal work. The flowers! OMG!

Images from Henderson Studio

Wednesday
Jul162008

Bathrooms from Greentea Design

I have 2 bathrooms to completely renovate in my home eventually (kitchen is first on the list), so when we received an email from one of our sponsors, Greentea Design, about their new bathroom section on their website I was so excited. "Exciting news from Greentea Design. Customers are showing increased interest in our unique vanities so we have responded by launching a new Bathroom Furniture Section. It features beautiful antique pieces and exclusive Asian inspired contemporary designs, all in different settings. New suites have also been added, helping customers to "put the whole look together" with vanities, sinks, mirrors and shelving. The intrepid (and saucy) Design Guru Gib Dreffel has also written an article with many entertaining tips on Bathroom Design." I love it all!






Wednesday
Jul162008

Martyn Thompson


There's a moodiness to the photos of Martyn Thompson. Beautiful painterly light and rich autumnal colour palette make them almost enigmatic. Yes that's what it is. His camera is like a paint brush. Internationally acclaimed Australian born Thompson's work ranges from editorial features in major magazines like British Vogue, House & Garden, Gourmet, Vogue Living Australia to advertising campaigns for Ralph Lauren and Hermes. In fact it was in Vogue Living Australia that I saw his beautiful floral shots. You can find them in his still life portfolio. These images are from his rep's site as his own is currently being updated.