Australians love the great outdoors. We’ll do anything to get out of the house. We love the beach. We love the bush. We love our local park. But most of all we love our own back yards. Outside our homes is just as important as inside. It’s not hard to understand considering our wonderful weather. If only we all had such fabulous gardens like these two designed by Melbourne-based landscape architect and horticulturist Ben Scott. “Elegant and sophisticated gardens that are created to be lived in and enjoyed.”
I had a few free minutes before heading out to the Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market so I decided to spend this precious break perusing one of my favourite blogs, The Design Files. A couple of homes featured over the past couple of months really blew me away for their dramatic impact and I had to share some of the photos with you. First there was the home of Melbourne stylist, decorator and retailer Lynda Gardener – a converted warehouse whose all white space is the perfect backdrop for rustic, vintage treasures. Then there was the SOHO loft of Australian photographer Martyn Thompson, that is dramatic in its dark palette and random in its decor. Here, hand-painted murals by Martyn’s artist partner Dove Drury Hornbuckle take centre stage. Both are absolutely breathtaking.
Photos: Eve Wilson
Saturday? Work day? Bummer! But there’s no need to be glum if you work in someplace stylish and fun. I’d happily drag my sorry self into work if I was a sales assistant at vintage clothing and accessories store, Vintage Sole, by Melbourne-based Moth Design. Yes cool clothes, yes copper pipe hanging racks but whoa, knockout stencil floor idea for those of us who can’t afford meters and meters of encaustic tiles.
Photos by Albert Comper.
I thought I would share some photos from the Toronto Antique & Vintage Market that was held a couple of weeks ago, as a lead-in to a reminder to Ottawa folks that it is now OUR TURN! This weekend is the Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market (this Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-4 at Carleton Fieldhouse) the husband has a booth so I will be helping him out again but this time I will be scouring the house to see what vintage goodies I can bring to sell. Maybe a Panton chair….maybe my yellow Eames…some bargello needlepoint pillows…definitively some art….
Husband’s booth for Daff Design. We rocked the show with that stunning floor model radio (the wood grain is ridiculous) that is now a Bluetooth speaker complete with subwoofer – WOOT!!
This vendor had the BEST BOOTH EVER. Eclectic Pelican carries distressed, vintage finds that often have a European/Victorian vibe, and not only did she have the best content but the booth was beautifully styled.
I bought that double-ended brush above and lace wings to hang over my bed. 🙂
At the neighbouring booth the style was similar – this happens to be the daughter of the lovely vendor of the booth above. Yah Bag – wonderful pouches and bags made from vintage postal/bank sacks. LOVE these…so I bought a pouch as a phone holder and another that had small/straps/clips to hook onto your belt loops.
That photo above is a dream – an empty, raw loft space to convert into living quarters. Attila F.Kovács and Zsuzsa Megyesi are the architect/interior designer duo of A+Z Design Studio (I believe they’re based in Budapest) that transformed this space into a rustic, cozy home filled with well-worn vintage touches and industrial lighting, as seen below. Those windows alone would have sold me.