... summer is here. Phew it's hot!
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?
- A touch of the exotic, a sizzling statement piece, Bollywood for your trans global palace. My head is spinning with ideas for the perfect place for one of these Indian metallic furniture pieces. Go all the way with an OTT room or just one jewel to catch your eye. Indian furniture from Modani.
- Modern design with a timeless material. Belgian architect Gaëtan Van de Wyer has designed this range of water hyacinth, rattan and bamboo furniture for Onyx. Love the Double Arm Chair with its sinuous lines. Renewable materials and great design .... winner!
- Loving these indigo cloth pillows from Fabricadabra. I see canvas and linen slipcovered chairs and divans, the natural indigo dyes of these fabrics from Ghana, West Africa, lots of aged and bleached wood with global chic collections - think tribal masks and coral and amber beads. If indigo is not your thing then there are ikats galore and stunning suzanis. Fabricadabra is by Donna Halloran and all available online.
- Texture and pattern, graphic shapes and colors printed on natural grounds, casual cotton canvas to luxurious woven 100% linen. Studio Bon by Bonnee Sharp is new collection of sophisticated hand-printed fabrics from Schumacher.
- Have you met Miss Jones? I'm going to have to make her acquaintance soon. Look at these beautifully quirky white bone china and pottery pieces. Love love love.
Jason Martin is a familiar name around here. Jo blogged about his interior design work some time ago here and here, and then he guest blogged for us in our DIY+ series of reader's room dilemmas. Jason emailed yesterday with some photos (by photographer Edward Duarte) that had me wiping drool off my laptop and picking my jaw up off the floor. They are of his latest project where he designed almost all the furniture you see in the spaces (sofas, tables, bed) with the owner of the house who was the visionary behind the materials/architectural remodel. The view spans downtown LA to the ocean. If I had that view I would absolutely never leave the house. Nor would I be able to get my arse off that incredible loungey sectional.
And might I add that Jason is included in House Beautiful magazine's "Next Wave" list of the 20 designers to watch in 2010, which you can check out in their Dec/Jan issue. Way to go Jason!!!
Rylie wrote us the other day with a dilemma and I thought I'd post it here to see if anyone has some brilliant ideas to help her with her space. "I would like to ask you if there's any chance that you might chance upon some wonderful ideas for rooms that are narrow. Its because my bedroom is kind of narrow and long, and I have no idea what to do about it. I mean I can hardly move stuff around without blocking the way. I've attached some photos of my room, pardon the mess! I've tried moving some things before but it always looks so... cluttered to me, so space-less!"
I TOTALLY know what she's going though, as my house is 12' wide and the second bedroom is 7' wide. I have to run off to do some errands so I'll give my quick opinion and leave it to the rest of you to hopefully help her out.
I like the bed at the far end. I'd leave it there, and hang draperies all around that end of the room from floor to ceiling (even huge painters canvas tarps from Home Depot, and you can try dying them). That will give it a cocoon type feeling. I'd put the white Expedit shelving unit where the desk is to separate the sleeping area from the rest of the space. Then leave the dressers where they are and put the desk opposite them or vice versa. I think you need alot of storage bins and baskets (particularly to store all the items in the black shelving) so you can keep less of your stuff visible. And if you're allowed, paint the front part of the room something bold. :)
If Scandinavian styling is white with pops of colour then Brazilian design is colour, colour, colour with pops of even more colour. It's hot and vibrant, a riot of hues and so much fun. Punch is the right word. Just when you think it's too much you'll find more and more to love. It's life lived to the full and at full pace but it's also about personal space and a place to be with family and friends. Neza Cesar is a Brazilian interior designer who could quite possibly be the pin up girl for Brazilian style. Love it! (P.S. Thanks Adriana for the link!)