I found this warehouse conversion on Location Partnership the other day and it had me cracking up. I wasn't sure whether to run away screaming or gasp in delight (although leaning much closer to running away). The site says this home is a testament to the wonderful world of kitsch. I don't even know if I'd call this kitsch - it's more just a collection of completely random vintage pieces. But maybe that's the definition of kitsch. So I goggled "kitsch" and Wikipedia says "Contemporaneously, kitsch also (loosely) denotes art that is aesthetically pretentious to the degree of being in poor taste, as well as, applying to industrially-produced art-items that are considered trite and crass." So maybe it is kitsch. :) What do you think? Love it or hate it? Would living here make you insane?
Dreaming. Dreaming of these other worldly spaces captured by photographer Dylan Thomas. (I couldn't help the reference to his famous namesake.) The images are strong, bold. Almost like a peeping tom, the viewer is drawn into the photos. I am in awe of the red (the home of Lord Snowdon - Thomas was his assistant for 5 years), enticed by the faded glamour. The rest of his portfolio is as intriguing, as potent.
I absolutely adore the home of model An Oost and her boyfriend. It's a mansion in Ghent, Belgium that they run as a bed & breakfast. It's got great bones, and I am smitten with all the classic mid-century found throughout and the quirky touches like one orange doorway and a beanbag chair in the bathroom.
When I first found Tim Clinch's portfolio last year I was taken by the way he captured the essence of the European homes in his photographs. You could almost feel the warm summer breeze in the south of France, hear insects throbbing in the olive trees, smell the coffee wafting from the local cafe. He has an uncanny ability to transport you to another world, a romantic world, a chic getaway for daydreaming. The new shots on his website have me dreaming all over again.
Back in April I blogged about Evan Drew Harrison's dilemma on what he should do about the decor in his fabulous LA loft. He sent an email promising to send update photos as soon as he finishes up (he mentionned vintage Knoll, Swedish stuff, kilims and other ethnic touches....all of which had me totally intrigued), but the real reason he emailed was to share the former home of his dear friend, Maxime de la Falaise. Maxime passed away of natural causes in April in her Provence home, and she was quite a character. "Maxime made Cruella Deville seem like a pussy cat" Evan told me. She was a "celebrated fashion model and artists’ muse of the mid-20th century who was later a designer, food writer and the matriarch of a three-generation clan of international couture models" said her obituary in the New York Times. At one point during her career she also designed furniture and rugs. Evan loved Maxime's New York loft she sold in the early 90's and thought we would love it as well. Her loft is exactly how I imagine my home to be when I reach that age - filled with treasures and textures from years of collecting.