Thought I'd share the work of local (Gold Coast) architect Paul Uhlmann. There has been a sea change going on in Australia. Although the coastal strip has always been popular in the past few years there has been a renaissance in coastal design as more people move to enjoy the sun, sand and water. Paul and his design firm create an interpretation of the classic beach house that is contemporary but easily references its roots in the beach shack and breezeway. I would love to through my towel over the railing of any of these modern homes after a refreshing ocean swim.
Money is tight this time of year, so I thought I should mention that 2Modern is having a 2009 Sample Sale - screaming deals on opened packages and 'almost new' products! Most are returns, samples or discontinued items. A great way to get a discount of favourite items you've been eye-balling for a while, like my selections below for example....
WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we've found and things we think you'll want to see. If you'd like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you. So what's in this week?
- What a bright idea! April Pride Allison wants to introduce us to kaarsKoker (Dutch for candle sleeve). "I am a product designer in Seattle, US who launched a collection of decorative replacement candle sleeves - kaarsKoker - in September 2008. kaarsKoker offers individuals the opportunity to easily and personally a transform a light fixture. The collection of paper sleeves offers a variety of colors and prints to inexpensively ($12-23USD per pair/retail) customize a chandelier or sconce for everyday or holidays." Great colours, fab patterns.
- Can't get enough of mid-century modern and online shops get me all a quiver. So when Elle Greene, owner of Austin Modern emailed I was all over the website with a fine tooth comb. Dangerous though because Elle says they ship all over the world. Help!! I want so much.
- Julian emailed about a new site. "houzz aims to help homeowners find inspiration in home design and architecture and enables them to find, save and share photos and ideas. Please take a look. We have recently launched, and are trying to spread the word." Click on over for inspiration and a new community.
- Sage Moon McKee finds inspiration in landscapes - cracks, shapes, shadows and imperfections. Using photomontage and acrylic paint she creates bold compositions. Find these original works of art in her etsy store
- Jenny Francis, Toronto architect and interior designer has a new blog chronicling her work, her inspiration, her sketchbooks. Look inside the design process.
- Coco has a blog. Have you been yet? Cococozy - interior design. products, interviews. Hi Coco!
- Totally in love with Paul Hamilton's photos. So graphic, so colourful, so striking. Available from cards to canvases and matted prints. Take a further look here.
- The decal trend continues and while some are just repeats of what we've all seen before sometimes a company comes along that is producing unique and funky pieces. Gecko Stickers guest artist series is fun and original. Check out the catalogue here
- Kerstin blogs from her 17th century townhouse in France. (Don't you envy her already?) "Wallflower Dispatches is a mix between interviews, little ideas, book suggestions and a separate column about our life in France here (The Charming Mountain Goat)."
I have had a virus, a yucky nasty (insert curses and expletives here) Microsoft virus. As I know nothing about computers (Kim is the brains of the blog) I've sent my computer off to the tech and am waiting with baited breath for its return. I have been promised very soon. In the meantime I have no access to my bookmarks and we all know how horrendous that is. I've learnt the lesson of not only saving my images to the hard drive instead of Flickr (hey I'm lazy with my backup archiving!). I'm bereft of my Snagit which helps me pilfer all those Flash sites and the old heap of *#*@ computer I found at the back of the garage to use for the moment was, I'm sure, used by Noah to do his livestock spreadsheets on the ark. So ...... I'm holding off on WINKS until tomorrow my time or late Saturday for those on the other side of the world. For now I'm making one more call to the tech and hoping I don't have to reinstall too much when I get the thing back.