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Coffee anyone?

Newly opened Kaffeverket (Swedish for The Coffee Works) takes traditional Swedish design and gives it a couple of modern twists. Mikael Abbhagen from design and retail concept agency A-B-D sent us these pictures. “It’s a play with contrasts of materials. From the roughness of Swedish limestone on the counter and tables, to the softness of the velvet drapes and the more modern feeling of bronzed glass and brass walls.” Inspired by the building that dates back to 1905 and wanting to play with classical Swedish colours and materials in order to create a modern design, fellow designer Fredrik Bengtsson added that they wanted to create a modern design with a clear heritage. Certainly gives the big franchises something to aim for. Mine's a Ristretto thanks!


Today I'm loving .....

... all things red and unexpected. First off a little stencil fun in Sydney. You had me at the grey terrace house with red door but then you sealed the deal with two life size stencils. Am I the only one that loves sticker and stencil graffiti? Sometimes I just want to peel them off the wall and take them home.

How about a drink at the Aviary Cocktail Bar in Kings Cross? Fabulous design by Make.


Sköna hem eye candy

It's Sunday night, and I need a day to recup from my weekend. As usual. Weekends are just no fun anymore. I pack them with so many house projects and chores (and this time a shopping spree for clothes in Montreal) that I'm just pooped by the end of it. So due to my extreme fatigue and general laziness, I am simply going to choose some of my favourite photos from the latest issues of Sköna hem, one of the coolest mags on the planet that I wish came translated in English and sold here in Canada. That would rock my world.


Monday's pets on furniture

If you'd like to send us photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow our basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so both pet and furniture takes centre stage. (Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture...and your pet happens to be sitting on it). And second, the photo must be of decent quality. For example, if it's REALLY dark or fuzzy (camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks!

"This is a photo of Bea. She is my boyfriend's impossibly haughty miniature dachshund. I suppose when you are that beautiful, you can get a way with being haughty. She really has the funniest personality. When she comes over, she acts like she is literally the queen of the house. She sniffs around the apt (checking out her realm?) and then sets herself down on her throne. If anyone else tries to sit in the chair, she will stare them down until they move. Here's one more showing her staring technique. Obviously, she's queen for a reason."
- Steffan

"I had two share pictures of my two dogs on their favorite pieces of furniture. This first one is Klaus, our white schnauzer, on his favorite nap chair ( vintage buy still waiting for refurbishment). The second is Olivia, our rescued mixed dog something between daschund and chihuahua), sitting in on a bench my grandmother gave me. She loves the colorful pillows around her although she especially likes gnawing on their corners."
- Georgia

"Here's our cat, Hammy, and our dog, Grover, hanging out on their favorite spot - the back of the couch! They both fight for that one spot."
- Chelsey

"I'd love to submit this photo of our cat Daisy lurking about on the shelves. It's one of her favourite spots. It combines her love of climbing with her love of keeping an eye on us - the higher the vantage point the better!"
- Sam

"This is my puppy Tessa. Okay so she's hardly a puppy anymore, she's about 14 months old, but she'll always be my baby! She likes to spend her days 'supervising' me from atop the couch."
- Emma

"Here's a few pics of my cat Murphy in her favorite spot. It's a bit of a problem when we want to use the record player, but way too adorable to make her get down."
- Heather

"I am sending you a photograph of my Cockapoo, Amber, for your consideration for the "Pets on Furniture" series."
- Louise

"I wanted to attach a photo of my bunnies Pom Pom and Roxy, who know a comfy piece of furniture when they see it. Here they are laying claim to my father's favorite chairs over holiday."
- Sarah

"Here are a couple fotos of Geisha, my darling girl on a couple of lounging spots in the house. She rather enjoys anything that is made up (the bed) or super comfy (the sofa, any overstuffed chair..has to have our luxe cashmere throw on it though...) She's definitely a lil' diva but she can catch the little lizards here in Florida with the best of them. My little princess Tomboy. :)"
- Dree

"Would love to submit this picture of my dog "Bernie" for "pets on furniture" Monday. Although not the nicest piece of furniture in my home, the ultra comfy Lazy Boy recliner is a favorite of both of the men in my family, Bernie and my hubby Joe."
- Lisa (**Editor's Note: Although not quite following rule #1, if I had a La-Z-Boy I too wouldn't want it displayed in a photo.)

A co-worker of mine, Irina, recently purchased an African Pygmy hedgehog and at my request she managed to get a clear photo of it sitting on one of her dining chairs. (She had a hard time getting it to stay still). Thanks Irina!

I had to add one from my home. It's about 9:30 pm Sunday night and as I'm getting this post written up one of my cats, Cheeks, keeps trying to climb into my lap. He really likes my desk chair - an Eames upholstered armchair - and I knew he would not leave me alone until I gave up the freaking chair for him. I moved the chair over for him and grabbed my other Eames shell chair for me to use while I finished this post up. Phoebe also loves that chair. I recently threw a piece of batik fabric over it because I am sick of all the fur, and being the pain in my arse that she is, she jumped up next to Cheeks and dug under the fabric to lie down. And this is what is next to me while I type this.


A tale of two cities less one

I was all prepared to continue the saga of Sydney versus Melbourne that has developed in my real estate stalking but here's the rub. I suddenly realised that both houses I had bookmarked are from ... Melbourne. Sorry Sydney. Maybe next week. Love the history of this 19th century grocery store in Port Melbourne now converted to a quirky family home. The romance as well as the scars are proudly incorporated into a home that is fun and one of a kind.

What's hiding behind this next petite historical facade in Albert Park? More than you'd expect. Renovations in Melbourne are known for getting as much "bang" out of their block as possible without losing amenity. This is an elegant, contemporary extension of a simple wooden home with a not so simple price tag. So brash and bold and quirky or refined, clever and hidden? What's your choice? Melbourne or Melbourne?