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Thursday
Jul292010

Reader request - tiled floors

I finally had a chance to get to a reader request, and this one comes from Kristin: "My husband and I have a basement to floor. Due to an intermittently angry washing machine, we need something waterproof. We have decided that tile is be the best option. Do you have inspiration photos of tiled floors? This is going to be our second family room, so the tile can't look out of place with sofas and pillows and dog beds." I sure do have some tiled floor photos for inspiration to get some ideas brewing. (On a side note, one of my favourite durable flooring choices that I hope to be able to use in the basement of the addition my husband (teeheehee) and I want to put on our house is coin pattern rubber flooring like this).

***Larry, Kristen's husband, created a poll to see which floor our readers like best - so vote HERE!

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Thursday
Jul292010

FMD Architects

Fiona Dunin is the driving force behind Melbourne based design firm FMD Architects. Trained as both an architect and an interior designer her work focuses on materials and their use within her spaces. It's a modern look that is not precious but honest and obvious. It's not about hiding with layers but being out and proud in a way. There are clever storage solutions and light, always lots of light streaming in ... perhaps not with the black bunkers after the jump ;) but these stand in stark contrast to the Australian landscape. Simple, clean lines making maximum impact.

  

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Wednesday
Jul282010

A renovated Victorian

I'm taking the easy way out today as it's my first day back at work and I'm still pooped from the hoopla of the past week. So here is another home from my new favourite site, Period Living. Lynda and Peter Thomas bought a Victorian semi-detached house in Essex (a county in the East of England region of the UK) in 2004 and when the one next door went up for sale they snatched it up so they could create one detached home. Apart from the exterior walls, almost everything was redone to make it more of an open concept. I adore all of the vintage furnishings they have amassed and the casual and not-so-country vibe they have created. My favourite touch is the collection of bejewelled chandeliers over the dining table. (Photos by Brent Darby).

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Wednesday
Jul282010

Kira Brandt

Let's start the day (or end it if you are on this side of the world) with bright and cheerful loveliness snapped by Danish photographer Kira Brandt. Those bulbs just make me smile. Not too long now until winter ends in this part of the world and I'm gathering spring inspiration from Kira's portfolio. These images tick all the boxes. Retro boho, real homes, gorgeous flowers, sunny yellows and blissful blues. The woman has a great eye! Tell me what you think of the graffiti panther after the jump.

  

  

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Tuesday
Jul272010

Period Living

Hi everyone! I'm back in business after a short break for my wedding (which was fabulous), and I cannot be happier to be Jeff's wifey (as he's been calling me since Sunday) and I am grateful to no longer have list after list of things I need to do for the big day. I had no idea planning a wedding could be so freaking exhausting. Anyway, onto today's post...

Sometime over the past week or 2 I came across a website from the UK that for the life of me I can't remember how I stumbled upon it. It's called Period Living - Britain's best-selling period homes magazine. Inside are some very inspiring homes that have required ALOT of work to make them the beauties they are today. For instance, the three bedroom cottage of Phil and Philippa Heath that they purchased in 1992, which would have been two homes when it was built around 200 years ago. They did all the work themselves, and it took almost 2 decades. They were very resourceful - existing floorboards were stripped wherever possible, and when the floors weren’t in good enough condition to polish, Philippa painted the stairs; and in the reception rooms, they laid flooring salvaged from a local school that was closing down, where they also picked up some useful furnishings such as the large cupboard in the dining room. It is now a beautiful home for this family of 6. (Photos by Brent Darby)

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