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Sunday
Aug152010

A desperately needed vacation

Unfortunately today there will be no Flickr finds post. My husband and I are on a sort of mini-honeymoon in Prince Edward Island, visiting his family and friends (Jeff grew up there). I didn't have time to get a post ready before we left so I thought I'd just slap up a couple photos from our trip so far (I'm hoping to get my regular posts up throughout the week so you folks won't even miss me.) We arrived late Friday night after a 14 hour drive, and will be heading home next Saturday. We love it here - it is SO peaceful and relaxing. We're staying at my inlaws' cottage on Covehead Bay and it really is a little slice of heaven. We are hoping to make this trip a yearly summer ritual. Below will show you a glimpse of why we love P.E.I. - the first is the cottage, the second is the view from the window of the bedroom, the third was taken at our trip to a beach (Blooming Point) yesterday and the last 2 of bald eagles were taken by Jeff and his mother using his father's INSANE 600mm lens. They land daily on the top of the trees along the water line. (I have this set on Flickr for photos of this trip which I'm be uploading to as often as I can).

Saturday
Aug142010

WINKS

... we'll miss you Donna ... and please don't kill me for putting you on the blog :P

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?

  • It's contemporary craft furniture. It's handmade from solid timber. It's influenced by the unpretentious forms of British Country kitchen style, Shaker, traditional Scandinavian and Japanese woodwork. It's Another Country and it's gorgeous! P.S. Love the styling!

  • Metal accents especially brass are hot, hot, hot right now. Love these Alphabrass tables by Ladies and Gentlemen. Made from vintage brass table lamps. Reconfigured, reassembled, recycled and quirky!

  

  

  

  • Studio Bon by Bonnee Sharp for Schumacher. Inspired by the simple beauty of the familiar ... an iron handrail, interlocking threads, a heartbeat and birds balancing in the breeze. Casual cotton canvas to luxurious linen. Love the graphic shapes. Love the colours.

  • Still on the metal theme I'm loving these hammered iron pendant lights.  And just in case metal isn't your thing how about this wooden chandelier? I've been checking out online retailer Interior Home Spaces where I found these lights and so much more. Continental US shipping unfortunately for those of us in other parts of the world :(
Friday
Aug132010

A completely renovated first apartment

We received an email from Ron and it started off like this: "I'm 27 years old and live in Tel Aviv Israel, currently an industrial design student. Me and my girlfriend just bought our first apartment and decided to design it completely by ourselves." Now before I continue I have got to show you a few of the before photos.

  
  

And some info on what went on after they had their way with their new apartment:
"In short we re-did the whole place:
Tore down the wall in the kitchen opening it up to the living room and dining area.
United the the bathroom making one long and spacious bathroom
Made the bedroom bigger by closing a indoor balcony.
A bar that comes out of the wall.

I personally designed and built most of the items seen in the pictures:
Large wall clock
Floating unit below the tv
round table and red chairs
table, pipe lamp and the cats playing area which is hung in the red room
faucet in the bathroom
wooden bar
lights in the living room (with red cords)
bed and side table in bedroom.
"

I cannot even put into words how in awe I am of Ron's talent. Seriously. This apartment is FULL of creative and SUCH well-executed items. See for yourselves. (I told him I may steal the cat play area idea).

And SO MUCH MORE after the jump.


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Friday
Aug132010

Valerie and Alan's bathroom remodel

Valerie wrote us the other day to show off her remodeled bathroom and I had to share it on the blog because we LOVE a good remodel here on DTI. Here are the details:

"Our current home is a loft in Midtown Atlanta and while it is a different type of home than most of your readers post about but it fits our style. Recently we completely renovated our bathroom. We only have one bathroom in our 2 bedroom loft, so making it as comfortable and functional as possible was extremely important, all while keeping in line with the way we have renovated every other part of the home. We did the entire project ourselves, except for installing the tub (living in a high rise building means plumbing mistakes can be huge!). We tore it down to the studs and the original concrete floor and brought it back in an industrial but modern and polished way that fits with the rest of our home. This included chipping away the tiny tiles that covered the floor and building a concrete step to accommodate plumbing that can't go under your subflooring when your floor is concrete."

Valerie also sent along a couple before photos that show the bland space as it was, but unfortunately she does not have any photos of details to show the terrible workmanship from a very unknowledgeable do-it-yourselfer.

I am in awe that Valerie and Alan did all this work themselves. The mosaic tiles are a gorgeous touch, and the colour scheme is perfectly bathroom-y and fresh. Check it out below. (More information on their remodel can be found on their blog. Great job guys! Thanks for sharing with us!)

Sources: sink - Ikea; faucets, mirror - Home Depot; stool - HomeGoods; towels, bathmat, shower curtain - CB2; soap dispensers - Bed, Bath and Beyond; paint: grey - Valspar's Bay Waves; blue - Behr's Wishing Well

P.S. Stay tuned for another reader's renovation later today...it's INSANE!

Friday
Aug132010

Turner Davis Interiors

I just wanted to end the week with lashings of loveliness. Relaxed elegance, stylish neutrals but bold colours when needed. Southern style never looked so good. All these pretties from Atlanta based Turner Davis Interiors.

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