When you live in a house totally devoid of any architectural interest, you can easily develop quite an appreciation for the work of great architects, such as Gluckman Mayner Architects based in New York City. Architecture can be very effective when it's done simply. Take the facade of the white house below. LOVE THAT.
I'm this close to buying a new home ... well new for me. I can smell it, almost taste it. Soon, fingers crossed soon. We think we have found it but unlike many property markets around the world Australia's market is still stubbornly overpriced. Buyers aren't buying because prices are high and owners are renting their properties instead of selling for a lower price. It's a stand off at the moment and no one is quite sure what is going to happen. Our new dream property is tenanted .... until January next year so if we do go ahead and buy I will certainly have plenty of time to pack all those boxes for moving.
So on a brighter note I wanted to share this L.A. home currently on the market here. Maybe I can snap my fingers and "magic" it over here. Dreaming :)
Pierre Emmanuel Martin and Stéphane Garotin are the names behind Hand, an interior design firm from France. They have some home furnishing stores as well that are designed so beautifully you could simply walk in and think you were "home". Their work is contemporary but filled with warm neutral colours and plush, simple furnishings - the kind you can put your feet up on. They also mix in mid-century modern furniture pieces that add a bit of funkiness. I'm taking many notes, because these spaces are totally my style.
Love great rooms? Love great rooms photographed by talented photographers? Of course we do! And what's not to love about Ben Anders' portfolio. The light is fabulous and the composition and angles are just the thing to draw you in. Vignettes are the key to building the intrigue. I've taken these from his rep's site Oak Management but there are so many more on his own site.
Hot off the presses - Mae Brunken is at it again. Jo posted about this talented interior designer the other day and her peeps emailed us this evening to show us Mae's latest project. It's such an amazing transformation that I wanted to post it ASAP.
Here's a bit of info on the space: "Mae Brunken Design is adding the finishing polish to the guest quarters of a Pacific Palisades estate. Previously tasked to re-design the main property, Mae Brunken returned to update the poolside guest quarters. Re-designed to be a writer’s office and artistic escape, housing the owners’ additional guests as well as providing extra storage, the project is a great example of the new interior design trend: Maintaining luxury through practicality."
Some before photos...
Here are some specifics as to what Mae did to transform the room: "Natural linen window treatments with contrasting yellow trim soften the space while providing privacy. The furnishings are both versatile and comfortable, with a custom daybed doubling as a resting place for both the afternoon writer and the overnight guest. The Eames ivory lounge chair and ottoman accentuate this versatility, implementing a vintage modern office aesthetic and maximum at-home comfort. The desk is the functional focal point of the room, made of rich macassar ebony zebrawood and offset by a polished stainless task lamp. A Suzanne Sharp rug from The Rug Company in yellow, gray and ivory warms up the room and also presents a graphic background. In addition to accommodating a writer and guests, the guest quarters also delivers additional storage space. Made of the same macassar ebony wood as the desk, the opposing wall has been fitted with filing drawers that also double as nightstands, and bookshelves that house awards and reference." Summed up in one word - PERFECTION.