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Monday
Nov012010

Ike Bahadourian

Ike Bahadourian emailed us to share his Met loft remodel with custom furniture (Love his furniture designs! You'll find more on his website.) It's a spartan space but just right to spotlight Ike's beautiful rustic furniture pieces. I'll let him explain.

"The material choices and the layout were guided by the architecture of the space itself. As an open, rectangular loft the existing plan, fixtures and exposed ducts suggested at a linear layout that led your eyes to the balcony, to a view of Staples Center and LA Live. This meant the orientation of the bed, tables and couch would go accordingly. To complement the exposed ducts and pipes, as well as the cement walls, I chose reclaimed wood for the primary pieces of furniture to build with. A ten and a half foot cedar slab against the south wall simplifies the space by combining to serve as both a desk and a tv stand. Next to the table, stacks of the client's recycled wall street journals served as a stand for the dvd player. A reclaimed oak palette was cut in half to serve as a coffee table, with a piece of glass on top and subsequent cubby holes beneath for magazines or books. Six more reclaimed palettes were used to lift as a platform an area, or notch in the wall, that was designated for the bed. This lift separated it as much as possible from the rest of the space and created the only real break in the flow of the small apartment, and a bit of hierarchy. Half circle poplar wall mounts that serve as hangers hung across a Sevak Karabachian wood cut print in the sleeping area. Other pieces included Cb2 biloxi linens, west elm industrial lamps, and a gilbert chair from Ikea."

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Monday
Nov012010

Getting down and dirty with SWAD

Want to follow architect Scott Weston's latest project from scratch? Scott has generously shared his work with Desire to Inspire for a few years now. Today he is taking us from concept model to build and promises to share the finished home soon. As usual he describes his work the best. I'll let him take it away. (After the jump you'll also find a sneak peek at a project he has just finished. Just a few teaser snaps because it's being shot for a major magazine and will be published next year.)

(This is) a great home in Rozelle where we demolished the back half of a three bedroom pokey workers cottage (May 2010) and are now well over six months into construction (mid-October) with handover beginning of December. The brief was to provide open plan living, dining and a linear kitchen that intersected the dining room, separate laundry, guest wc and bathroom. Provide three bedrooms (office/study) to the ground floor and a fourth bedroom and secret ensuite with timber staircase up to the first floor.
The concealed ensuite is located behind a full height wall of joinery that you access by walking into the wardrobe and the Client request for a bath to lie down in. We built the ground floor addition so that it faces a northerly aspect and specified commercial aluminum sliding doors (plus operable louvers) that stack back from the corner point of the house thereby creating an outdoor room. We have a flush timber deck externally and retaining walls with the westerly wall to become in a few weeks a 5 metre long timber barbeque unit with turquoise cracked glazed tiles to the benchtop and a steel and timber sunshade structure over protecting from the harsh western sun. The next stage of the project is the bespoke joinery, quietly sitting in the joiner's factory at the moment and is spectacular with each piece individually designed right down to the brass ball catches of the concealed walk-in lilac pantry.

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Saturday
Oct302010

Favs of the week

Saturday
Oct302010

I'm still packing ... reading guide part 2

... Happy Halloween

The packing continues along with lots of coffee, the occasional break and mutterings that I have waaaaay too much "stuff". Hope you enjoy exploring these blogs as much as I did. I'm headed back to the boxes. If you want to see what else has been going on at my place this week you can find out more on my page.

  

  

   

  

    

   

  

  

  

  

Friday
Oct292010

Friday lovelies

I'm kinda swamped with blog work (besides getting this post done) so I took a quick peek through my photo stash and found many photos from Period Living, a site that I have become smitten with. The tile floors, exposed beams and country charm always do it for me. I often crave much more modern spaces but it's eye candy nonetheless. Enjoy your Friday folks!

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