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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. My apologies for a shorter WINKS today. I'm almost dying from laryngitis and a bad chest cold as well as internet connection problems but the show must go on! So what's in this week?

  • Erin for Design for Mankind sent me this email and it had me quaking in horror. You see I hate having photos taken. I'm a very private person especially in the last few years. My friends joke I must be in a witness protection program. Here's what Erin wrote, "To honor Design for Mankind's new look and NEW site to be released next month, I'm hosting a Yearbook Blogger Party. That's right, a trip down memory lane for the bloggin' folk! So, regardless of whether you were homecoming queen or the chess club prez, you lucky ducks get to re-live your high school past!

    Here's what I need from you:
    An old high school yearbook photo (can include senior portraits, 'voted most likely to...'s and anything you don't find potentially incriminating).
    A current portrait photo (can be self portrait, but do your best to make the shot clear and hi-res)
    Your vote for Blogging Homecoming Queen and King (among others: class clown, best dressed and most likely to succeed).

    I'll be compiling a yearbook of the greatest '08 moments to be released in March!"

    OMG!The gang at 17
    I'm 18 here but at least I cut my hair!Annie Hall was big OK.

    So OK Erin here's a couple of photos from my senior year. We don't have year books in Australia. They're old and faded just like I am now but I think it's rather brave of me to own up to a yellow tracksuit and hair like that. It was 1979. ARGH!!! Yes I admit it I'm 46 this year. The newer photo is not that new, a few years old now. My one and only attempt at selling work at a market. Thank god a shop picked them up straight away. The photo is not that clear but remember it's rumoured that I'm in the witness protection program. Good luck Erin! I hope others play more fair than I do.

  • Carolyn emailed to introduce her blog Hello my name is Carolyn, AKA Carolyn - the project blog. She loves to make things around the house and boy has she come up with some great ideas!

  • This in for ABC Home, New York. "ABC Home makes transitioning to a healthier, green lifestyle easier than ever with the opening of Home & Planet—a destination located on the third floor of ABC Home that merchandises our beautiful and cutting edge sustainable offerings in one location. Curated to take as much of the guess work out of decision making as possible, Home & Planet delivers a range of choices in a variety of areas. These are integrated into a museum-like setting to help customers make the most educated choices possible, protecting themselves and our planet at the same time." Please if you live in New York check it out for me. It looks amazing and I like to live vicariously.

Once again sorry for a shortened WINKS. If I'm alive next weekend I promise it will be longer!


Estates in London

Foxtons Rare is a magazine from London published quarterly that showcases the most stunning and unique properties that are available through Foxtons estate agents. Unique indeed. I am smitten with the blown-up bird photo over the fireplace in the third photo.


Retro Friday

TGIF! Time to end the week the way we started it with more "inspiration" from the 70s. Once again our source is Family Circle Home Decorating Guide. Hundreds of Great Ideas to Beautify Your Home, New York Times Company, 1973. Once again a cacophony of colour and a punch up of pattern. Love them or loathe them one thing is sure. You will always find something retrolicious on Desire to Inspire.


Real estate stalking

I thought I'd share 2 houses currently for sale in my home town of Brisbane. I’ve been real estate stalking again. The houses are completely different in style but both have wonderful ideas to steal. Colour is the key in both as well as a calm uncluttered feel (even if one is styled in the hoarder's favourite fashion, shabby chic). A well edited room is always calming. The first house is a renovated bungalow with loads of charm. That chocolate wall is to die for. The second is a new build with pops of colour punching through all the white.

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AJS Design

AJS Design, an architecture, interior and furniture design firm, was founded in 1992 by Abigail Shachat and is based in New York. Part of her philosophy is "creating spaces that appear more destined than arranged". Her designs are destined to be modern, minimal and functional. Throw in a rooftop cabin in the city (see last 2 photos) and you're all set.