I’m in Melbourne (Yay Melbourne for the win again!) stalking a family home in Kew. A 4 bedroom family home with pool renovated by a well know Aussie reality TV reno show couple (the bathrooms are a dead giveaway), it recently sold for $2.9 million. Yikes! The real estate market here in Australia is overheated. Still congratulations to them. It’s a lovely makeover. Link here while it lasts.
P.S. Don’t you hate early evening photos high on HDR? This place would photograph so well in “natural” light.
BEST. PORTRAIT. EVER. (Talented, a dog lover AND handsome! GASP!)
<<< Sean Anderson Design >>>
I am not typically a fan of classic/traditional decor, but when it’s filled with vintage and time-worn furnishings, linen, serene earthy colours and subtle accents in black and charcoal, I am completely and utterly sold on it. Sean Anderson of Memphis Tennessee is one I’m going to be keeping my eye on because if I wasn’t into dark, modern-eclectic design so much this is the next best thing. Maybe I just need to buy a cottage so I can enjoy this style too. 🙂
You know how we are always writing “light, bright and colourful”? It’s a bit of cliché isn’t it? If a house isn’t painted black and full of goth like furniture then it seems that we bloggers pull out our standard phrase book and choose that old chestnut over and over again. Except that this family home in Spain IS light, bright and colourful… and super stylish. Las Tablas Apartment by Blossom Studio.
Fotos Belen Imaz
The left side of my living room looked like this right after we moved in. This is a very long and narrow space (23’x11′) so while it’s easy to break it up into different zones on each end, it gets a little tough fitting in a really large sofa and TV cabinet and not having everything running along the walls and ending up with a boring layout. And while you may recall I had received a new sofa not that long ago, my choice of wool fabric was really not smart in a house with a bunch of cats so I moved it upstairs to the storage room and may use it when we convert the space into a library. Since then I did however score the rug of my dreams and that caused an entire re-arrangement of the space and I bought a few new pieces to go with it.
This rug is Fool’s Paradise by Marcel Wanders for Moooi Carpets from The Modern Shop. It is soooooo gorgeous, and pretty much ideal in this house of many pets because it is essentially commercial grade and very low pile so it will stand up to wear and tear and fur and constant vacuuming. The flower photo printed on it is SO sharp and the colours are incredible. I opted for round instead of rectangular (and the smaller of the 2 sizes) because I didn’t want to emphasize the long and narrow shape to the room. Even though my sofa is rather big and bulky, by placing it on an angle in the corner it makes it look SO much smaller and really opens up the space.
I had to find a new chair to work with the rug, and came across this Victorian grandfather chair at Yardley’s Antiques. I love the competing florals together. The glass sculpture on the pile of books and glass vase on a stand are from West Elm. The gold with marble top table is from Homesense. The star light under the table is from Gaslight Electric Sign Co.. The antique fireplace screen turned artwork is from Highjinx. The light is the Flos Aim pendant designed by the Bouroullec brothers.
This is a REALLY old chair, and I need to find some trim to cover those staples.
The vase and lidded bowl are vintage. That’s a watermelon peperomia plant. The leaves are adorable.
The art is this photo by Amanda Sebayang from Bali. I purchased a digital copy and had it printed on photoboard 40’x40′ by Posterjack, with a simple frame made by my husband. The fleece blanket is by David Fussenegger and plastic watering can by Qui est Paul? from Alteriors. Pillow from Homesense.
This rug also called for a new coffee table, and I wanted something small so I splurged and purchased an Eero Saarinen for Knoll black marble top side table from Alteriors. Kin tealight holders by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Skultuna from The Modern Shop. Bud vase from General Fine Craft.
More pillows from Homesense.
Vintage media cabinet. Lamp from Homesense. Table base by Pretty Pegs. Vintage wire sculpture from a shop in Montreal and Jieldé light from eBay.
These alcoves were awful. They had a piece of mirror down the center, and curved glass shelves on one side. That had to go. Husband patched the holes and built floating shelves. They are now filled with random trinkets – my cabinets of curiosities.