Steve wrote us recently with the following: "I’ve been a big fan of the website since a friend turned me onto it last year. Lots of inspiration for my slow house remodel project. In the meantime, though, you may like some pics of our office and some of the projects we work on. We’re a high-end audio/video/security/control systems integration firm in Bozeman, Montana, US. While there are lots of businesses who offer similar services to us, we take pride in working closely with architects, interior designers, home builders, furniture builders, electricians, and owners to ensure a clean, aesthetic installation. Definitely check out the Studio AV Offices section in the portfolio." I did just that and loved the raw, industrial loft space and cool furnishings. See below.
Marit, a DTI regular, wrote us recently about her resort in Indonesia and we had to share this dreamy place with everyone. Those of you living through a terrible winter (like myself), I am warning you that the photos below might result in a few tears shed so I recommend having a tissue on hand. "Your blog has been a big inspiration to me as we've been designing our resort and home in West Papua, Indonesia. We're an eco resort in the true sense of the word, using only reclaimed wood in the construction of our 11 cottages, dive shop, restaurant, and pier. I could go on and on about that stuff, but I think the aspect that might be of most interest to you is our Water Cottages, designed by UK-born but Australian-based architect Viv Faithfull at WH Architects in Melbourne. There are 8 of them built on stilts over a tranquil lagoon."
"I designed the sideboard in the first photo and our Javanese craftsmen built it. It took 18 men to move it into place! The rattan furniture was made in one of the local villages. Together with Conservation International, we made a project to bring rattan artisans from Bali to Papua. The local villagers now have an income that doesn't rely on unsustainable exploitation of marine resources. And we have great, locally made furniture!"
*sniffle sniffle* See? I told you! Thanks so much Marit for sharing your incredible home with us. Maybe one day....
I've never met Adam but I want to run away for a weekend with him to a perfect getaway cottage in Healesville in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. You see Adam sent Kim and me a link to his flickr set of a recent stay at the Dairy House at Harvest Farm. Gorgeous weekender and gorgeous setting. And Adam? Perfect. You see the man knows food, really really knows food. Can you think of a better companion for a weekend in foodie heaven?
I saw the home of Australian architect Brian Zulaikha in the latest issue of Dwell and was so enthralled by it I had to go poking around his firm's website. Tonkin Zuliakha Greer Architects "has always preferred buildings to be made of materials which are unfinished and direct. Natural materials such as stone and timber, now becoming luxuries, are strategically related to areas of high occupancy. Brick and concrete are used as a thick or solid matrix which holds the building together. Steel, with its demanding grammar of connection and exciting delicacy, is celebrated for its sculptural richness. Thin cladding is used only where necessary, preferably in unfinished durable metal – copper, stainless steel, zinc." Such a natural and organic feel to the spaces, which insist on uncomplicated decor so as not to distract from the beauty of the architectural details.
Cynthia sent us photos of her Australian pad I'd like to share. I looooove the black swan chairs, and the symmetry of them with the windows on either side of the marble/granite fireplace. I'm also diggin' the large artwork, dining chairs and buddha head thingy. Fantastic pad Cynthia - thanks for sharing!!