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Tuesday
Feb052008

My ugly kitchen reborn

Note: Due to my painting escapades over the last 3 days, I am behind in my blog posts so this post is not about an architect or designer but about me. I should have my act together this afternoon.


I have a really ugly kitchen. Really. Ugly. And not only is it ugly but the layout is terrible and it's driving me nuts. I am not sure when I'll get around to renovating it so I realized when I was planning to paint the living room that I should just slap some crazy paint on the cabinets to make being in the kitchen a little more tolerable. Turns out I slapped some paint on the cabinets, the island and the backsplash. Not sure how feasible it was to paint tile but I guess I'll just have to be less messy when I cook. I've always wanted pink cabinets and since I now live alone, I figured what the hell. Except I realized Benjamin Moore doesn't make great pinks. I ended up with bubblegum pink. (It's actually called Springtime Bloom). I think I got the effect I was after anyway - a girly kitchen that brings a smile to my face when I see it. So hopefully it's obvious that the first group of photos includes a before on the left and an after on the right. (Note: I had nothing planned to decorate the new pink kitchen with so I ran around the house looking for "props", such as the piece of scrap fabric hanging on the stove as a tea towel, and the curtains are a piece of fabric folded over and clipped.)

Tuesday
Feb052008

Chiaroscuro


Husband and wife photographers Gentl & Hyers have a way with light that takes me back to the works of the Old Masters. Chiaroscuro, light and shade, positive and negative. The air is thick in their photos like treacle and colours have a tangible presence. It's like the photos are caught in amber or that the white light is thick like milk. Beautiful portfolio. Their black and white work is a must see.

Monday
Feb042008

Boutique getaways

I haven't been on a holiday in ages, but if I got the chance to stay in any hotel I wanted, I have no idea what style I'd prefer. Modern? Rustic? Themed? Glam? I came across a website called Boutique Getaways, which is a guide to some pretty stylish hotels located in several countries. These are some of my favourites - and apparently I prefer glam or rustic.

Monday
Feb042008

Eric Prokesh


Eric Prokesh "finds that borrowing from the past is crucial to his work - a deliberate decision that helps him make something new." Named as one of H&G's "50 Tastemakers" his portfolio covers French Classical to Mid-century Modern. The colours of these rooms are so beautiful, so fresh, the rooms themselves so luxe but simply elegant. Using colours not usually associated with the fine antiques he uses draws the eye to these lovely pieces.

Monday
Feb042008

Bright ideas for the home


Retro time! Yes we take a short break in our tasteful transmission to bring you DIY ideas from the 70s for your swinging pad. Per Dalsgaard and Elisabeth Erichsen are responsible for these decorating ideas and do you know what? Some of them aren't that bad 30 years later. OK some of them haven't quite made the journey to the 21st century like that bondage sausage floor lounge (so unbelievable I just had to supersize it) or the very 70s concept of a velvet patchwork round bed for you and your friends. Enjoy these scans from Bright Ideas for the Home, Per Dalsgaard and Elisabeth Erichsen, Macmillan London, 1978.