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Thursday
Jun102010

An apartment renaissance in Singapore

  

Desire to Inspire covers all corners of the world from the UK to the Seychelles and Alaska to New Zealand. Homes in the USA, Australia, Norway and today Singapore. As any of you who have travelled to this small nation in Asia will know, many of the population live in highrise apartments. Row after row of them.  Stanley Tham and Kusnin Tan are KNQ Associates and their specialty is what they call Home Rejuvenation, transforming Singapore's cookie cutter apartments into something special. We've featured their work before but Stan sent over one of their latest projects. Based on their client's love of all things Renaissance, KNQ has taken a modern twist on the sumptuousness of that time. My favourite? The dark and brooding dressing room. Imagine being able to indulge your fashion fetish in your spare room! Lots of befores and afters after the jump. And for the full story go to their blog Home Rejuvenation.

(P.S. Home Rejuvenation are once again running their 10 Most Influential Design Bloggers poll. Just by nominating you are in the running for one of three Wallpaper* subscriptions. More info here. )

  

No I'm starting in the wrong spot. Let's go back to the beginning. The entry then the living spaces, the guest bedroom come music room and finally the master bedroom.

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Wednesday
Jun092010

Warren Heath

I came across the photography of South African-based Warren Heath recently in one of the many shelter magazines sitting on my coffee table (not sure which one) and was immediately taken with the bright spaces he captures. Beauty and warmth is emphasized with sun streaming through the windows. And hot guy strategically perched on a sofa or leaning against a wall can't help but lighten the mood.

  
  
  
  
  

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Wednesday
Jun092010

m. elle

mmmmmmmm ... m. elle. It's easy to see why this mother and daughters design team (Mary Lynn Turner and Marie and Emily Turner) made Elle Decor's 5 to watch list. Sophisticated interiors throughout their portfolio but it was this mountain home that had me from the first picture. Understated elegance yes but also casual and inviting. Cocooned in dark rooms with blazing fires and layered textures. Enticed by the bright and white. It's a stone and aged wooden beam dream with conifer clad hills thrown in for free. Retreat is definitely the right word. What a wonderful interpretation to match a stunning site. So much more after the jump.

  

  

  

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Tuesday
Jun082010

House facade help

I could not resist posting this request we got recently from Marcelo and Shanti: "We bought a house for us and our three kids... but the facade is ugly as it gets... Please help us as our kids are ashamed from the house..." I have to admit that this may be one of the ugliest exteriors I've ever seen.

Does anyone have any suggestions for these poor folks? I'm clueless when it comes to exteriors - and when it's this wacky I'm even more clueless. (I would like to make one suggestion - that you save up some cash to get that top left window replaced so it can be the same size as the others).

Tuesday
Jun082010

Suze's ode to Jonathan Adler

Suze Yalof Schwartz of the blog Dwellers Without Decorators had emailed us a while back looking for curtain inspiration. She emailed again to share with us her fabulous newly renovated New York apartment and OMG did I ever have to share it with you all. It's gorgeous and I love every square inch of it. Her home is very Jonathan Adler-esque (she even met him and told him so!). Here are some photos of her living room which she turned into a combined living/dining space (so she could use the dining room as an office/den). The architecture of this apartment is phenomenal and must have been so exciting to work with. (Decent existing architecture is so hard to find). I am smitten with the wall colour, the trim detail she added to the walls, her Jonathan Adler sofa, her dining chairs...

First, a couple before photos:

And voilà, the after, photographed by Dan Hallman (see more photos of this space and a few other spaces in Suze's home after the jump).

  

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