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A shot in the dark

I came across this absolutely stunning home the other day on Le case di Elixir and fell in love. The architecture is phenomenal. Those arches, the soaring ceilings (I'm assuming this is a converted church), and there's something about bumpy plaster walls that makes me swoon. And the darkness of this home makes it so much more dramatic. I would without question love to live here...with most of the furnishings as well. 

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Here's to you Mrs. Robertson

Almost a year ago a late afternoon storm had me racing to wax lyrical about interior stylist Hilary Robertson. Roiling clouds and a darkening light seemed a good match to the moody, limited palette of the work I featured back then. Today the sky is full of smoke, grey and once again menacing. The thick air sits heavy on my chest and the edges of my mind are picked at and bothered by news of fire not far from home. Once again I seek solace, no, inspiration in the moody tones of Robertson's work. Dark and deliciously distracting. So here's to you Mrs. Robertson for brightening my day.

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An artist, some architects, a designer and a hotel

What do these have in common? A photographer. More than a photographer, a genius with half light and shadows, a magician at capturing mood and modern intimacy. Elegant Swedish spaces without being bright, white and overexposed. Grown up, sophisticated and calm. The photographer is Magnus Mårding. The first apartment is that of illustrator Mats Gustafson, designed by Fernlund + Logan (and just to be complete the shoot was styled by Jacob Hertzell). After the jump another design leader and more rich and moody Swedish rooms.

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There's something so dramatic and breathtaking about a neutral space with moody, dark colours. LOVE this one by Lukas Machnik


Time stands still

A man with a dream, an obsession, a domestic drama that unfolds through ten rooms over almost 200 years. House as museum, house as living history, house as an unfolding play. Dennis Severs' House, Spitalfields, London. No electricity, no mod cons. It is as if the members of an 18th century merchant family have just stepped out of the room. Half eaten meal, beds still warm, the litter of everyday life. You can read more about the artist who uses his visitor's imagination as his canvas and the friends who keep it going  here.