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I had a really busy day yesterday trying to finish up the painting in my kitchen, and the electrician was over for a few hours trying to finish up with the lighting and outlets. My contractor claims he'll finish things up Monday, and I'm ecstatic to finally get this reno finished. Then I went to the Friends of Abandoned Pets charity dinner and auction, where I volunteered to be the photographer. It was alot of fun and they raised a decent amount of money. SO, all that being said, I didn't have much time to get a post ready for today, as I've got an entire house to essentially hose down of drywall dust and get the kitchen and the rest of the house organized. A Flickr contact of mine, linsmika, has such a cool, creative and eclectic home that I thought I'd share some of her photos today instead of scouring Flickr for one of my usual themed posts.

Not only does she have a cool home, but so do her friends!



.... on my walls

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

  • Bondville - cool products & design from Australia and elsewhere to keep you in the know. Steph has a great eye for Aussie finds and even better she's from Brisbane too! I'm blown away by the blogging talent coming out of my home town Briz-Vegas!

  • Susie Q from eye spy sent me a link to the work of Alvin Lustig. If you don't know his work you're in for a treat!

  • Love metremade. Love. Liz Roger and Tess McCabe are the creative Aussie duo behind these fab pattern designs. (I used their Take the Tube fabric in green on a lampshade.) These ladies are SO talented. Fabric, desktop wallpapers (download here) and now the most exciting news of all - they have designed patterns for Grippiks, decorative pattern "accents" for IKEA furniture. The pattern pieces are pre-cut to size for popular IKEA furniture items, and you simply peel and stick for a fast and fabulous furniture makeover! Girls, girls, girls I take my hat off to you!

  • Email in from Jamie Ward Furniture. Jamie wrote, "I am interested in producing eco-friendly pieces which fit into a contemporary home as attractive hand made furniture. I take a playful, inventive approach to designing and manufacturing work which is all made from second hand furniture which has been found discarded around Manchester. The lack of value these pieces have in a modern wasteful society I find surprising, the value for me has always been the individuality and character each piece of metal and wood has due to the weathering which rusts, warps and discolours the materials." Clever, inspired, eco-chic and at times hauntingly beautiful (and at others in your face). Great stuff!

  • Tracy Porter is a design whirlwind. On-line store with gorgeous apparel and homewares and now a blog. Is it a marketing event, is it a woman bent on succeeding in business, is it a lifestyle, is it living with style? It's Tracy Porter.

  • Been to Chic Tip yet? It's a daily design blog dedicated to the art of interior design. They feature stores, products, artists, reviews, sales, contests announcements, trends-in-the-make and more. But it's more than just a blog, it’s a community - for designers seeking inspiration, and for amateur design enthusiasts.

  • Alexis the web editor at emailed to let us know that Martha's radio channel (Sirius 112 and XM 157) is running a Thanksgiving hotline November 24-26. "We have peeps like Martha (of course), Emeril, Isaac Mizrahi, Johnny Iuzzini and Mario Batali answering your Thanksgiving questions!" Details here. We don't do Thanksgiving in Australia but I sure love turkey! Oh and pie, lots of pie!

  • Lastly I'm sure you have all seen the first in a series of video collaborations between Grace at design*sponge and the New York Public Library. They're following 5 artists (Julia Rothman, John Pomp, Mike Perry, Moontree Press and Lorena Barrezueta) as they create collections inspired by the library's collections. It's an amazing idea and I can't wait to go on the journey with them. Get yourself started on this creative trip yourself if you haven't already. All you need to know is here.


Holiday House

Interior designer Kelley Proxmire is at it again with designs in another showhouse. This time it's the Holiday House in New York. She designed a beautiful, traditional bedroom using a warm colour palette. The chocolate brown walls look good enough to eat.

I found some photos on Kelley's website we haven't posted before of an open-air porch. Love the boldness of the black and white with red accents. The space has such a fabulous Hollywood Regency feel.


Auction for cancer

Roan emailed Jo and I, and I had to post about this because he is a fellow Canadian, and my parents are both cancer survivors:

"I was hoping you'd be interested in perhaps blogging about my annual Cancer Society charity auction of 20th Century Design and Decorative Art. This will be the 5th year of the auction, with sales helping generate vital funding for cancer research and emotional support programs for those living with the disease. Held in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, a portion of every sale will be donated to the cause.

The auction will take place on eBay, with items to be listed throughout the week of November 28th, with all listings to end in sequence on December 8th.

This year's collection includes works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Hans Wegner, Jean Prouve, Charlotte Perriand, and many more. As well, some interesting art pieces by Takashi Murakami, Larry Clark, Mark Gonzales, and Jeff Koons are also in the mix.

The complete catalog is online now at: ModernLove "

The items up for auction are absolutely incredible. I seriously had a hard time not grabbing every single photo on the website. I love every single piece. Below is just a small sample of what is available. Wishing you lots of luck with the auction Roan!!


What's behind the gates? Stalking in NZ

Often something spectacular is hiding behind simple walls. This is just a sneak peek at a stunning Auckland home on the market now. This tantalising preview (read real estate agent MUST take more photos to keep me happy) taunts you with the spectacular view, the luxurious finishes, the unique architecture and the hint of a livable family home. (Do I sound like a real estate agent myself?) What you can't see is the private beach at the bottom of the stairs. Perhaps if there were more images I'd be in danger of hyperventilating. See it here while the link lasts.