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Friday
Aug272010

Reader request - kitchen islands

Here's a reader request that came to us a little while ago (sorry, I wish I had time to do these posts more often) from Michelle:
"I'm currently having my kitchen re-designed and built from re-claimed wood. The texture of these re-fashioned door fronts is incredible. The process is an evolving one and will eventually involve a re-do of the kitchen island as well. I plan to put a small stainless sink (round) in the island. Back in April (I think) you had a photo of an island done in re-claimed wood with chrome carts placed underneath for an wonderful mix of industrial warmth (** photo below from nuevo-estilo.es). I have purchased an old (100 years + door with the original blue paint) that will be cut (yes, it will hurt to cut it in half) and used as each end of the island (the short ends). Beyond this plan, the rest of the design is an open book. I wonder if you can post some island inspiration that will help and that might allow me to think outside the box even more when it comes to how to best utilize the space inside or under the island effectively (storage & cost that is)."

I went through my stash of kitchen photos and grabbed a bunch of kitchen islands that I find intriguing. Hopefully something will inspire you Michelle, although maybe just shoving metro carts under it is a quick/simple/cheap solution. (I'd like to point out that I noticed a few islands with storage for wine which is awfully smart considering I hate most wine racks and have my meager wine collection stashed under my kitchen sink).

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Sunset Mark Olson
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Eric Roth

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Friday
Aug272010

Prefab fab

What a happy house! Or should that be Happy Haus? Fabulous prefab houses designed by two of Brisbane's leading architectural firms, the brilliant Owen and Vokes and the edgy Donovan Hill for Happy Haus. One module, two, three or more trucked to your site, single or double storey or as pavilions. This is Owen and Vokes' White Series, a play on the traditional holiday shack. Simple and stylish, modern but with that retro vibe. More after the jump including just a peek at Donovan Hill's DHAN module. You can see more on their site or at Happy Haus. I'm dreaming of  an isolated headland and a module or two.

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Thursday
Aug262010

Stacy Zarin Goldberg

I'm loving the portfolio of Washington, DC based photographer Stacy Zarin Goldberg. Her photos are striking and energetic but what immediately caught my eye is that she clearly loves utilizing her client's pets when she shoots interiors. SO CUTE!! I also have to mention the funky artwork in the first photo - love the scale but not sure if I want those dudes watching me as I sleep.

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Thursday
Aug262010

Slice of heaven

Ever imagined what heaven looks like? Maybe just a little bit like New Zealand. And when the scenery is so spectacular then Te Kaitaka, a retreat located on the shores of beautiful Lake Wanaka in the South Island is the perfect design solution. Inspired by folded paper it is by architects Stevens Lawson. Te Kaitaka has just been announced as NZ Home of the Year, the third win by Stevens Lawson. Their's is a quest in design to respect the site, to explore the genius loci and the cultural values.  "Architecture of humanism and spirit." So true.

(Thanks Sammy for the link and there is one more fabulous award winning house after the jump.)

  

  

  

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Wednesday
Aug252010

Reader's home - a remarkable transformation

Marija is an architect and interior designer from Lithuania who remodeled her apartment last summer and wanted to share it with our readers. The space is only 60 square metres and due to the economic and real estate crisis, her grandiose plans needed to be downsized so she opted to spend only 700 EUR and do the work herself (well, with one visit from an electrician and one from a carpenter) - in six weeks. I am blown away by every single thing she has done to her place and the little touches here and there that came it really special. It's a spectacular transformation and I am excited to show it to you all. I'll take you on a tour of Marija's home room by room, in her words.

The living and the dining room. I peeled away the prior floor sheets and I painted the floor boards in white and ivory colour strips according floor board step – that visually made space wider and brighter; renewed and painted the ceiling; two doors leading to bedrooms were repainted in black chalkboard paint. I also decided to have a 'window sills' above the window and two alcoves in opposite wall – now their serves as an exposition space for wooden sculptures  storage space and a curtain-rods holder for curtains to mask the storage in alcoves and decorative curtains beside the window.

  

The kitchen. In the kitchen, I had to peel off four layers of old vinyl coverings:) The unimpressive back wall of the TV table that did not fit anywhere I covered by the plexiglass cover and applied a wall décor sticker and it has transformed into my favourite kitchen island. The similar sticker appeared on the entrance door and small refrigerator. The rest of the doors of the room were painted black with chalkboard paint to be covered by chalk drawings.

  

Don't miss a few more rooms after the jump!

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