I hate my kitchen. It's 80s grey laminate with chunky wood trim and it's ugly. Alas I rent and what makes it worse is that I rent in Australia, land of the "can't do anything to your apartment" rental laws. I'm in the process of sewing a new roman blind and looking for handles to swap out the chunky wooden ones (which of course appear not to be of standard size - sigh!) but I thought I'd cheer the place up by painting my fridge. No new shiny fridges were harmed in this exercise. I don't have a new shiny fridge. My old faithful has been with me for a while but the seals are good and it's energy efficient(ish) and I just can't justify a new fridge. I shop for fresh food everyday (love doing this) so I don't need a big gee whizz bang refrigerator. This one will do me just fine. The chalk sayings have changed almost daily as does my "favourite" postcard art. Decal from here.
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?
- Kimberly McCabe of Curiouser & Curiouser Designs emailed to share these new prints in her Etsy shop. Kim are you paying attention. Perfect for your chick wall. Love the boho Marie Antoinette feel of these!
- Georgina Manghi is a chef and blogger from Argentina. She passes on her fabulous recipes on her blog and recently started writing in English as well so now I can follow the recipes instead of just salivating over the pictures. Check out her website Buenos Aires Pastry and dream of living round the corner from her boutique restaurant.
- Shelley emailed to introduce her website Bohemian Hellhole. Lots of eye candy, ideas and sources. Thanks for sharing Shelley!
- Claire Eglizeaud and Paul Moreau, a designer and a graphic artist from Bordeaux developed Bonjour mon coussin in 2007. They've created a wide range of cushion covers which are inspired by old found documents or elements of their lives. Too cool! Check out the whole range here. Thanks Paul and Claire!
- Here's one out of the box! Live in L.A.? Join the crew from Ghettogloss for The Bronx Zoo every Saturday afternoon at La Cita from 2pm to 8pm all summer long starting June 28, 2008. $5 cover at the door and drink specials inside. But wait there's more! Every hour, on the hour there will be an APE ESCAPE where 4-7 bikini-clad girls in gorilla masks will be released to pose for quick figure drawing sketches. Get out your sketch pads and don't take it seriously. Just let those creative juices flow!
- Emily and Laura the creative dynamos behind OrangeBeautiful have their gorgeous new line available in their Etsy shop. I've got a thing for typography and these letterpress note cards are just too cute!
- Jaime (super blogger Design Milk) emailed to introduce us to the next print in her chandelier series: Salmon Birds on Crystal Chandelier. Limited edition so rush over to her Etsy shop.
- Something a little exotic and Moroccan but definitely not traditional. Dar en Art is the gateway to contempory Moroccan furniture and accessories. In French but English coming soon.
- Angelica emailed us. "We're getting out the vote...for some talented student photographers who've imagined Karastan rugs in some original and clever settings. It's part of a photo contest, 'Rug-ged America', celebrating Karastan's 80th anniversary. Some of the top photography schools from across the nation have been asked to 'make a statement', and, as you'll see, they've really risen to the occasion." Check out the photos and vote for them here.
Help! We have a dilemma with the reader's dilemma posts. They are proving so popular that we are swamped with emails (20 in the last 2 days alone). Kim and I love hunting for images to inspire you but we just can't do a post on every dilemma. There would be no room left for all the amazing, wonderful, super talented designers, photographers and stylists we present every day. We still want to help so we may just have to limit it to one or two posts a week. Hope you guys understand because we feel so bad not being able to focus on all the problems. We'll randomly choose a reader's request each week and promise to find inspiring solutions for you. In the mean time don't forget to use the labels as a search tool or our search box. Thanks for your understanding. I'll be back soon with today's WINKS.
Emily of New York City wrote us looking for chandelier inspiration:"I was wondering if you had a collection of chandelier photos, specifically funky, alternative or painted. I may be moving to an apartment with boring, gold chandeliers and fancied painting them, but need some inspiration!". My first thought is if you don't like the light fixtures, then replace them (either with cheap ones you don't mind leaving there when you move out, or save the existing ones in the back of a closet to put back up). But if you're serious about going the DIY route, then hopefully the following photos will get your creative juices flowing. It's got me thinking of what to do with the 3 ceiling fans (gross!!) in my house (although 2 of them aren't wired to a switch in the wall so I need fixtures that turn on and off from the light itself - UGH).
|Living Etc.||Jay Jeffers|
|Gaelle Le Boulicaut||Tsao & McKown|
|Jeff Andrews||Michael Graydon|
|Selldorf Architects||Alex Papachristidis|
|Beau Monde Villas||Living Etc.|
|Light Locations||Frank Roop|
|House of Pictures||Rees Roberts|
|Shamir Shah||Shoot Factory|
Can I say I've died and gone to heaven? I wish I could because heaven would be this stunning apartment designed by ZK. Who are ZK? They are the stylish, the elegant the oh so hip design duo Cara Zolot and Elizabeth Kohn. Their young and creative take on the tradition of symmetry and traditional design takes this apartment to the next level. I'm clammering for more but at the moment this is the only project on their website but more are promised. I'll be checking back regularly. I need another fix!