Displaying posts from June, 2011

Need for normalcy

Posted on Thu, 30 Jun 2011 by KiM

We feature a plethora of gorgeous spaces that are often designed by designers and styled by stylists…meaning they’re pretty close to perfection. Not a thing out of place. Which is why I love Quarto & Sala so much. I’ve blogged everyday homes from this Brazilian site in the past (here and here), and I was craving normalcy (and a bit of quirkiness) again today.


Is there a land more beautiful than my own Australia? Yes I believe there is. I think at last I have to admit that New Zealand is just a little more stunning. Just a little more. This slice of perfection is the Alan Pye Cottage, part of the iconic Huka Lodge at Huka Falls, Taupo, New Zealand. Eclectic luxury created by interior designer Virginia Fisher and Christian Anderson and Sumich Chaplin Architects (on whose site I found these pictures). Words fail me. Stunning landscape matched by sophisticated interiors drawing influence from the English Arts & Crafts movement. A powerful colour palette references the hypnotic turquoise green waters of the Waikato River. So many Kiwis cross the sea to Australia. I think we Aussies should be slipping quietly over to New Zealand. Paradise!

Green Couch

Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 by KiM

Liveable. Timeless. Classic with a bit of spunk. These words came to mind while I found myself perusing the website of Green Couch, an interior design and staging firm based in San Francisco. 



Small warehouse quickie

Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 by midcenturyjo

My secret stalker has been taunting me again. No make that torturing. She found this warehouse apartment in Collingwood, Melbourne. OMG. I spy a Le Bambole single seater in scuffed leather (yum), a Sigurd Ressel Falcon Chair as well as enough Thonet to start a restaurant. Here’s what the real estate agent says…

The Furnace Kiln. Offering something very special, this century old distillery has been sympathetically converted with large intimate spaces and flexible floor plan. Enter into an expansive gallery, office or living area with separate bedroom, study and garage. Up the thick Jarrah stairs to the spacious open plan kitchen, living and dining areas, two sets of double doors leading to the walled garden terrace. The upper level is a fabulous and expansive private retreat with bedroom, walk-in-robe and ensuite, study area and two further sets of double doors opening to Juliet balconies. This is a truly amazing and very private, residence that warrants inspection.

This residence doesn’t only warrant an inspection it warrants me selling my soul to the design devil! Link here while it lasts.

Quickie 1

Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 by midcenturyjo

Production Designer Michael Bednark just finished work on this cottage in Provincetown, MA and his agency sent through some photos. Love the zinc wrapped counters and shelving he created. Might have to steal this idea for my own temporary kitchen re-do. Believe it or not  he also painted all of the walls to look as if they had a thousand layers of paint and then glazed them to look aged. I’d love a weekend  relaxing in this tiny kitchen, whipping up a tasty something, leaning against the counter chin wagging with friends. Think I need those blue spongeware dishes too. Thanks to Alison from The Magnet Agency.