Friday
Jul232010

Maxine Brady

  

Welcome to the portfolio of Maxine Brady. Beautiful styling in lovely homes. Sweet vignettes crafted by one with the gift. Once again a talented stylist adds another layer to a room. Gentle, pretty and fun. Real and inspiring. Makes you want to pull out your teacups and cram them with gorgeous flowers. Photos from her rep's site.

  

  

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Thursday
Jul222010

Decisions decisions

"A brilliant factory conversion complimented by an enormous garden oasis creates a unique, versatile and totally captivating city-edge living experience. Fashioned into two distinct residences offering flexible accommodation options, both highlight the rustic architecture of the original building along with contemporary design elements, each featuring two bedrooms, bathroom and additional powder room, enormous open-plan living/dining area complimented by a quality kitchen and full-sized laundry plus separately metered services and ducted heating systems. Enchanting full-length garden provides a blissfully private outdoor environment with vine-laden pergolas, immaculate landscaping." Sound like a real estate agent's spiel? It is. I lifted the copy straight from the listing. I had to because all I am capable of saying is "Yum yum yum ... want ... need" then become speechless over the number of Grant Featherston chairs in these homes. I must stop stalking. It's bad for my health. I have raised blood pressure from all the envy. Decisions, decisions. Which one would I live in? Both ;) Link to this North Fitzroy home here while it lasts.

Thursday
Jul222010

Tracery Interiors

I love these first few rooms by Tracery Interiors. Old and new, one off pieces mixed with clean lined upholstery pieces. Details and balance. Soft glowing wood tones with that aged appeal. At other times clean modern lines but always with a warmth, a softness. Well considered spaces and inviting designs. It's not always greige though. Check out the red laundry after the jump. Based in Rosemary Beach, Florida and maintaining an office in Birmingham, Alabama, Tracery Interiors also has a blog brimming with their design process and shots of their inspiring shop.

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Wednesday
Jul212010

The Brazilian Selby

Before I begin the main topic of this post, I just wanted to thank everyone who has left kind comments on the main blog and on my page regarding my upcoming wedding. The big day is Saturday, and due to the fact that this event is happening on the gorgeous property that is my parent's backyard, there is ALOT of setting up and that sort of thing that needs to happen in the next couple of days. Because of this I will be taking a bit of a break from the blog starting tomorrow but I'll be back on Tuesday (Jeff and I aren't really having a honeymoon on account of the huge addition {=expense} we want to put on our house in the near future but we'll be going to Prince Edward Island next month to visit Jeff's family and friends). Jo is AS ALWAYS insisting she publish posts on my behalf because she is a hardass and doesn't believe in breaks so you all won't be missing anything. On that note have a great rest of the week and weekend and I'll see you back here Tuesday!

The other day Rodgrido Martins, an interior designer from São Paulo Brazil, emailed with photos of his pooch for the latest pet post. At the end of his email there was mention of a website called Quarto & Sala. The site is a bit confusing as to what exactly the point is, but it seems like the Brazilian version of The Selby (a popular subject here as a couple weeks ago I blogged about the German version). It features wonderful photography of the homes of seemingly ordinary people who don't really follow the "rules" of interior design. Which is why I love this site so much. The spaces are quirky and completely lived in, and many are filled with vintage finds. Some photos randomly chosen from the site are below. (Photographed by Gabriel Valdivieso and Maira Acayaba).

  
  
  

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Wednesday
Jul212010

Messy perfection

I love this house. I love the large rooms and wonderful light streaming in. I love the history, the architectural details, the old wooden floors, the dark bathroom with the tub as centre of attention, the art leaning against the walls, the old dining room table and believe it or not, the mess. Hallelujah a real house! There are dishes in the rack, shoes in the bathroom, the throw rug is not artfully draped and a pile of coats in the hall. This London house is from 1st Option locations. You see it warts and all. It can be perfect when the stylist comes to straighten and preen and the photographer to compose and crop. Any other time a family lives happily here. I wish it was me ;)

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