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Friday
Apr102015

Art in (a) flat

Milan-based web designer Franco Scarpino has a bolt hole in San Leonardo di Cutro, Calabria on the Ionian Sea. Here in his 40 sq m attic apartment he can throw open the windows and gaze out to see. But Franco seems to spend most of his time looking inside his flat.On the wall there are works of 15 different Italian artists. You see Franco is part of a home based gallery movement Art in Flat which brings artists and home owners together to exhibit art in one of its most natural habitats, the walls of a house. You could say this post is half reader's home half home exhibition. I think I need to get involved in something like this here in Australia. A very cool idea.

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Saturday
Feb212015

Design Crew

Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! Hop to it. I know you have just the right solution. This week's email is from Sharon.

I'm stuck. I need help with my kitchen. I just don't know what to do with my stove area. I bought the house with this kitchen as it is. There was an crappy stove in the old alcove where the original old fashioned wood or gas stove would have been with just a small cupboard and an open space. I put in a new oven and I have the cooktop to go in once I figure out what I'm doing.

That's a storage cupboard to the right of the stove area and I can't use it with this set up but I don't have anywhere else I can put my dishwasher. I need to put some sort of counter top or storage in there to hide the saucepans.  And while I'm at it what do I do with that big open space in the middle of the room. I'm thinking of painting the cupboards as well

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Friday
Feb202015

Reader's home - Jennifer and Hans' Amsterdam apartment

I am really stoked to share this really cute apartment with you. Here's the scoop: My boyfriend, Hans (29) and I, Jennifer (27) have been living in this apartment together for two years now. After studying Fashion Design at ArtEZ in Arnhem and traveling through South America, I moved to Amsterdam in 2011. Here I founded Studio J|A|A|F, a design label that focuses on material and colour combinations. Besides the design label, I am also an interior stylist. Hans has almost finished his PhD in chemistry. Hans and I really like to make our home more personal by combining unusual things or working with out of the ordinary wall paper. The cabinet below the sink has been designed and made by us. We both love gardening, but unfortunately we live on the third floor. Our balcony is covered with pots and plants, but as you can see it’s getting quite green inside too. Jennifer and Hans' apartment is super cozy, and there are lots of great ideas here - the black doors (a long-time favourite), the birch tree branches as functional art, vintage crate storage (also a favourite) and the bathroom is just awesome all around. Thank you for sharing your home with us Jennifer (and Hans)! 

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Saturday
Feb142015

Design Crew is back

It's been awhile but the emails haven't stopped coming. It's time to round up the crew. The Design Crew. Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! Hop to it. I know you have just the right solution. This week's email is from Natalie.

Here are 3 (not very good) photos of my kitchen, which is basically black and white. Dark grey floor tiles, white cupboards, white walls & ceiling, laminate dark wood-effect work tops, dark charcoal splash back.

We used to have Moroccan red walls but found it too dark, although we liked the contrast with the white cupboards. We are in the UK  so I thought a bright colour would have been good, then we painted it white. The rest of my house has white walls but we want a colour in the kitchen that contrasts with the white cupboards, without being too dark. The walls are mostly only visible above the cupboards so there aren’t any large flat areas. I’m having a dilemma choosing between ivory/buttermilk and a classic green-grey/mud colour. I prefer the latter but am worried it might be dull and depressing in the winter, hence this request for help!


Tuesday
Jan062015

Reader's home - Benedicte's bright home in Norway

Benedicte, a photographer from Norway, had sent photos of her dogs for my Monday's pets on furniture feature a couple of years ago (seen here) and I was smitten with the glimpse it gave into her home. She was going to send me photos of it but ended up having to move quickly. She is now in a new home and appears to have spent alot of time and effort into decorating it (interior design is another passion of hers, and it shows). The result is a beautiful, bright and graphic home with lots of charm and adorable vignettes everywhere. This needs to be in a magazine!

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