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Monday
Aug062007

Retro revisited

Finally my boxes are unpacked from the move and my retro collection of decorating books has a new home. I'll make up for not revealing more retro inspiration last week by doubling up this week. Let the inspiration/aberration begin!

All images scanned from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement. Vol 16. Greystone Press, New York, 1971.

Sunday
Aug052007

Dogs/cats/chairs

It's been a while since I've done an animal post, and when I found Adrian Burke's portfolio, I thought it was about time I posted some adorable animal photos. Thankfully he had some that involved chairs or other furniture so it would relate somewhat to the topic of this blog. This post is in honour of my new cat Mimin, who has decided to let bygones be bygones and get along with the other four monsters cats. (*PHEW*)


Sunday
Aug052007

O'Connor Design Partners


O'Connor Design Partners is a firm located in Dublin. They have a great classic style, using neutral colours with wonderful pops of colour for some contrast. Their website is very informative with lots of useful advice, like this on living with colour:
"Remember that whatever colour you choose for your walls will become the main colour in the room, so take your time with this decision; consider what visual impact it will have and how it will effect other elements in the room. Try to see the room as a combination of parts forming a harmonious whole rather than just separate elements. Another important factor to consider is how much light does the room get? Does it get full sun from a southerly aspect or does it get a softer more grey light from a northerly aspect? A sunny room can look great painted in one of the cooler shades of blue or green but a dark room can feel cold and unwelcoming in the same colours. Similarly, a sunny room can be overpowered by a dark and sombre colour, whereas a dark room can become warm and cosy, the perfect winter cocoon! Consider will the room be used mainly by day or night; if it is a night-time room think carefully about the use of lamps and other diffused lighting. Different lighting will hugely affect how a colour looks."


"Also consider creating a link between the rooms in your home through the use of colour, the eye will travel easily from room to room and a sense of continuity will be created. Choose say three different colours using one for your walls, one for your windows and one for your carpet then reverse where these colours are used in an adjoining room. Halls, stairs and landings and open plan areas are key linking spaces and they either be treated as one so the eye travels smoothly or they can change subtly allowing the eye to adapt to what is around the next corner or in the next room."

Saturday
Aug042007

Heather G Wells

Sparingly elegant, a classic clean country look, minimalist country, modern/traditional twist. These are just a few phrases I think encapsulate Heather G Well's work. Her designs are client driven, the right "fit" for every person. If modern country is your look and modern minimalism with traditional forms and tailoring are what ring your bells then HGW is for you.

Images from HGW Ltd

Saturday
Aug042007

WINKS

WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we think you'll like to see. If you'd want to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you.

  • Margo Pearson is a talented illustrator and photographer who has a great blog Marbargarbo. Follow the link from her website. She calls it her little diary of design showcasing things she likes, inspirations and snippets of her life. Check it out!!
  • Dai has been great and introduced our blog to her Taiwanese readers. Now she has her started a blog showcasing her interior design work, Adorable Homes. Dai fell into interior design by accident and it's great to see how people from other countries decorate their homes. Thanks Dai and good luck!
  • Melissa missed our recent blogroll update but you shouldn't miss her blog dsine and dsaster. Fixing her fixer-upper is the main subject of this blog. Things shiny & desirable are the underlying subject and just about all the products are affordable & accessible. That's Melissa's copy not mine so you can see what sort of fun awaits you there.
  • Finally I spied this on Another Shade of Grey. I ordered 2 lengths for lamp shades in my new place. Melbourne based Tess and Liz who design and sell this great fabric also have a great blog Metremade showcasing their great fabric and fabulous designs. Can't wait to see your fabric up close girls!!