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Thursday
May012008

Real estate stalking for a cause


Some of you may know that I no longer work as an interior designer but now work for a homeless health team. During the day our team provides outreach mental health assessment and treatment to the homeless within the inner city of Brisbane, Australia. At night I blog about beautiful houses. Quite a dichotomy. More than 100,000 men, women and children are homeless in Australia on any given night. Half of these are younger than 25. Today I heard that my usual real estate stalking website realestate.com.au has partnered with Mission Australia for the month of May to House the Homeless, a campaign to raise both funds and awareness of the plight of homeless people in Australia, and more specifically, Sydney. For each person who clicks on housesforthehomeless.com.au, realestate.com.au will donate $1 to Mission Australia, up to a total of $100,000. 100% of every dollar raised will go directly towards helping house the homeless so please make a difference and visit now. Click over and perhaps allay a little of the guilt that comes from dreaming of gorgeous and expensive rooms. Some people just dream of a safe place to sleep.

Thursday
May012008

Warren Smith


Kim and I are completely immersed in the search for fabulous photographers. Rooms may be well designed and buildings be cutting edge in say their approach to environmental sustainability or spatial planning but whatever their claim to fame unless you are actually there the only way their innovation or beauty can be conveyed to the ordinary person is via the talents of exceptional photographers. Warren Smith specialises in interior and architectural photography. He brings to life what are basically walls enclosing a space. He takes a designer's creativity and weaves the spell that makes a magazine reader go "OMG I love that". Do not miss his landscapes portfolio. Breathtaking!

Wednesday
Apr302008

Nick Bowers

I've been saying for ages now that I'd love to learn how to take better photos. Well, doing research for this blog and coming across so many fantastic photographers' websites isn't helping. My spare time is down to almost nothing - so taking a photography course is not in my near future. In the meantime I'll drool over portfolios such as Nick Bowers and dream some more.

Wednesday
Apr302008

Keith Scott Morton

Keith Scott Morton has been a commercially renowned photographer for more than 2 decades. He specialises in interiors and home furnishings. his is a truly inspiring portfolio. With work found in the pages of Country Living, House Beautiful and British House and Garden I was first introduced to his work for Christine Churchill's The Collector's Eye: Decorating with the Objects You Love. (My copy has suffered a little from over use.) Don't just stop at his commercial work on his website. Take the time to stop by his private work and read the fascinating history behind this stunning work.

Images from Keith Scott Morton

Wednesday
Apr302008

Out of the box


Scott Weston unfolded his concept and now he's delivered on his promise to reveal the "real" room. A chill out space for Sony at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. A place to preen an be seen. Great space Scott and it's hard to believe that the whole thing will disappear in a matter of days!


Here's what Scott had to say. "The finished room as requested. We thought you might like to see the real deal - just like the model only bigger. Fashion Week launched Monday 28th April & our client Sony thought our idea was so innovative that they asked us to do a mini- version at their main store in the city (Sony Central). We have a topiary space with architect designed printed carpet, curtains & glowing pots with peacocks & cranes studded with fresh flowers. We then took the idea further & designed cotton voile scarves in purpose designed boxes wrapped in tissue paper to give to the main fashion editors- Vogue, Harpers Bazaar & the A-listers. We have a team of florists coming in daily to look after our topiary family, keeping them young & beautiful!" Some one get me an invite and a glass of champagne!