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Stalking again

Almost got through the week without indulging in my guilty little secret of real estate stalking. Almost. I wanted to share another example of a growing trend in inner city Australian cities of increasing your living space with a pavilion in the back yard. It's a great solution for narrow city blocks and so versatile. Bedroom, studio, office, kid's retreat. Often self contained (handy on a chilly night) It's no granny flat. Love this stylish terrace house in Sydney's Paddington.


Welcome Diane!

Jo and I would like to give a big shout out to Diane, who has kindly joined the DTI team as one of our sponsors. She's an artist, photographer, jewelry maker, and now blogger. We winked her art and we winked her blog in the past. She blogs about anything and everything, from tableware and chocolate to hotels and handbags. So head on over to Diane's blog and say hello! Here is a little peak at some items she has featured recently.

Art by Jo Bradford

Distinctive Homes store in Palm Springs

Dog house by Sustainable Pet


Martin Tessler

Martin Tessler is a photographer based in Vancouver who's photographs are frequently featured among Canada's best shelter magazines (and American ones such as Metropolitan Home). "His interior shots have an immediacy and an intimacy that comes from faultless styling and a mastery of lighting". The photos above? Gorgeous!!! (I want that lamp!)


Black and white debate

Ashley of the blog Free Form emailed with a bedroom decor problem: "I am moving to a new apartment and thought I should really concentrate on decorating my bedroom. I kind of have my room in black and white right now but I didn't do a great job if it. So I am wondering, do you think I should try and revamp the Black and White theme or scratch it for colours?" She posted on her blog some inspiration she found for black and white and also did one with colour. I say if you've got black and white going on and you like it (except the execution of it) then work with what you have. Since I don't know what Ashley's working with, I went through my photo stash and found photos of predominantly black and white bedrooms. I do like the idea of introducing a colour (pale pink, pale blue, acid yellow...), or even just some timber pieces added in to soften the look.

I think my favourite inspiration would have to be Erin of Design for Mankind's bedroom below. The wall colour tones down the harshness of the black and white and is perfect for a bedroom.

Apartment TherapyFox Nahem Design
House and HomeLiving Etc.
BoConceptHouse Beautiful
Denby DowlingTommaso Ziffer
Western InteriorsBoris Breuer
Charles AllemDesign28
Jay JeffersJen Fong
OmniarteRemi Tessier
OmniarteSköna hem


Gabellini Sheppard

Clean, spare, sculptural these modern spaces designed by Gabellini Sheppard are more like functional backdrops for the simple beauty contained within whether classic furniture, a crisp bed of linen or in the case of their retail work for the the likes of Jil Sander, a stage for a product. It's a spatial thing but bathed in the simplicity of light and defined by crisp lines. Minimalism at its purist.