Saturday
Dec022017

Working on a Saturday

It's my weekly mantra. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it certainly helps if it's somewhere stylish. Gwynne St Studio, a warehouse conversion by Biasol. I'd go just for the bathroom!

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Friday
Dec012017

Opening up an old home

When a home hasn't been renovated since the 1950's, you know you're going to get small, dark, uninviting rooms and lots of unnecessary walls. Put a crew like Regan Baker Design on the project and you'll end up with something that is now fabulous like this West Clay Park, San Francisco home. It blends the traditional architecture and historical details of the home with the homeowner's contemporary, eclectic and tribal style that features unique artwork and collectables from Africa. And with the main living spaces now opened up there's a clear view of the kids causing mischief. Also, lots of graphic, bold tile! 

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Friday
Dec012017

Light and white kitchen

The redesign and extension of this 1750s building by Reed Watts Architects shifted the focus away from a busy road in front towards the rear, opening a kitchen and dining addition onto a more secluded rear courtyard. Bi-fold doors blur the line between inside and out while light floods in from its southerly aspect. Central to all is the simple and stylish kitchen by deVOL. Beautiful inspiration.

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Friday
Dec012017

Friday drinks

Thank God that week is over! Time for a little after work drinkie or two. Put on some new lipstick and run a comb through your hair. You'll want to look your best because we are meeting up at Eden Locke in Edinburgh. Grzywinski+Pons took an 18th Century Georgian mansion and its 20th Century extension down to their bones and created this über stylish 72 room hotel, cafe and bar. Not that I'm suggesting we stay overnight. I don't know you that well ;)

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Thursday
Nov302017

New in - painted silk panel and books

There's nothing like coming home from work and finding goodies in the mailbox. Just before I left on vacation I received a few things that I didn't get a chance to photograph until last weekend. First up is a very special piece of art by Juliet Vonturi, a textile designer based in the Bay Area, California. My heart broke when Juliet mentioned she had to flee the area due to the forest fires :( Despite that setback she managed to send me a gorgeous panel of blue silk that she hand-painted - something she recently started offering. 

I didn't have any frames on hand that were square so I improvised and taped it into my antique fireplace screen. 

Juliet's atelier produces marble stone silks, linens, printed fabrics, as well as design coordinate pure botanicals made by expert artisans with sustainable colours. The marble prints are absolutely exquisite and I am totally in love with them. Some samples...

I also received a couple more books from Vendome Press that are just what you need to add to your Christmas list. First up is Life at the Top: New York's Most Exceptional Apartment Buildings. By Kirk Henckels and Anne Walker with photographs by Michel Arnaud.

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