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Thursday
Sep082011

A Mark Zeff project

I have been a fan of Mark Zeff's work since I blogged about him back in '07. His firm sent along photos of one of his latest projects and I was more than eager to share these with you all. This is the lower levels of a rather large townhouse in SoHo owned by Vikram Chatwal (of Hampshire Hotel Group). It's unmistakably a bachelor pad (hello photography of topless chicks and what looks like a surfboard in the hallway) but I really like the equal parts funk and contemporary. It's a cool blend, and seems like the perfect place to entertain.

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Thursday
Sep082011

White in the green

Sigh! The garden House by Melbourne based architect Allan Powell. A white confection rising from the lush green jungle of a garden. (OK perhaps a little too manicured to be a jungle.) A stunning marriage of Deco and minimalist modern. It's spare but it certainly makes a statement. A limited and well curated palette of luxury. What makes just as much of a statement is the photography by Dianna Snape. We've often said on DTI that a good photographer takes a designer's work to the next level. If you click over to the architect's website you'll see what I mean.

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Wednesday
Sep072011

Reader's home - Tom's Hollywood haven

There once was a boy named Tom. Tom was a naughty boy. Tom did not play nice with others. Tom would visit a certain blog and every now and again leave really mean comments. One day one of the girls from that blog told him he should shut his big mouth and show her what he's made of. Finally, Tom did just that, and sent photos of his home to share. As much as the girl wanted to be mean right back and rip him a new one (perhaps poke fun at the tables with 2 lamps on either side of his sofa, or the tables piled with wood in his dining room), alas she could not once she saw these photos. Because she loved his home. Very very much. She forgave Tom right then and there. She found out Tom wasn't as mean as he seemed, and Tom promised to behave from then on. THE END.

My apartment is in a historical building on Hollywood Blvd across from the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
"The Hollywood Professional Building, is a prime example of Gothic Revival architecture. Completed in 1925, the building housed the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and was later home to the Screen Actor's Guild. From its inception, these offices served industry stars, the seminal architect John Lautner and earned its listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it reigns at the center of a new Hollywood heyday, this time as modern open spaces in which to live or work (or both), only two blocks from the Metro line, in one of the coolest and most dynamic neighborhoods in LA."

I took the photograph that is in my entry on Hollywood Blvd last year.

My living room was Ronald Reagan's office when he was the president of the Screen Actors Guild.

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Wednesday
Sep072011

Design*Sponge at Home

If there is one book I've been dying to get my hands on it's Grace Bonney's Design*Sponge at Home. Well the wait is over! It's finally here. This step-by-step guide will help you hone the skills to create your dream home. This is no "let"s admire the pretty pictures" book (although from these sneak peeks Grace has sent Desire to Inspire there is certainly lots of luscious room porn on offer. Just the way we like it).

Sneak peeks to DIY projects and basics, flower workshop to before & afters. It's all here and I'm so excited. You can find it on Booktopia (AUS),  Amazon.ca and Chapters/Indigo (Canada), Amazon.com (US), Amazon.co.uk (UK) or pop over to Design*Sponge. Congratulations to Grace and her team!

Wednesday
Sep072011

Maison Blanche

At the edge of the woods stands a small white house. A beautiful home with a single room the owners share with guests. A room, a bath, a terrace, a pool, a lovely home and the beautiful countryside around the town of Sint-Martens-Latem in Eastern Flanders, Belgium. Bliss. The perfect spot to hide away or base yourself for exploration. Sometimes a small bed and breakfast beats boutique and brash hotels any day. Maison Blanche.

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