The San Francisco based architecture and interior design firm of Turnbull Griffin Haesloop is renowned for sustainable, site-sensitive design. "We believe architecture is primarily concerned with establishing a 'sense of place', inspired by the uniqueness of each site and each client. Since the concept for each of our buildings is rooted in its environment, we are particularly attentive to topography, microclimate, vegetation and solar orientation." I could just stare at their portfolio all day, and dream about each of these magical spaces.
Remember this photo from earlier this month? I found it in photographer Eric Johnson's portfolio. So often we never find out the designer or stylist responsible for the room itself. Not this time. All these gorgeous rooms are by interior designer Lori Graham. And her style? It's old world meets urban cool. It's layering and textures, brave colour choices and a modern twist on elegance. It's perfectly lovely!
I love open shelving in kitchens. ALOT. Only thing is the dirt/grime that can collect on your kitchenware. Not a fan of that. Regardless, I think every kitchen should have some open shelving, even if it's just one shelf (this is all I've got) to display some of your favourite dishes or glasses or anything really. Anyone out there not a fan of open shelving in kitchens? (I might convert those folks once they see the photos below).
|e-architekt||This Ain't No Disco (it's where we work)|
|Apartment Therapy||Aqua Vitae Design|
|Ellen McDermott||House Beautiful|
|The New York Times||Katie Sellers|
|Graham Atkins-Hughes||Sköna hem|
.... and I found this little gem. On a tiny vacant lot between period terraces Kavellaris Urban Design have not only created an environmentally sustainable family home but pushed the envelop of what we think of heritage values and the cultural significance of the built environment. It's not just a "decorated shed" though but a space that reacts with and to its inhabitants as well as challenging what is private and what is public. Now for sale, you'll find the real estate link here while it lasts.
... but your decorating dreams want to soar. Birdhouse Design's Jessica McKay focuses on affordable design. She believes that everyone can have a gorgeous home regardless of how much they have in their budget. Her's is a reuse and reinvent mantra both for its cost effectiveness and the green approach. You never know what's lurking in the attic or basement especially when a lick of paint and some new fabric will transform the ugliest of ducklings. I love work like this because so many of us can't afford a house full of high end designer pieces. Sometimes a guiding hand is all we need to transform our homes with what we have.