There’s nothing like coming home from work and finding goodies in the mailbox. Just before I left on vacation I received a few things that I didn’t get a chance to photograph until last weekend. First up is a very special piece of art by Juliet Vonturi, a textile designer based in the Bay Area, California. My heart broke when Juliet mentioned she had to flee the area due to the forest fires 🙁 Despite that setback she managed to send me a gorgeous panel of blue silk that she hand-painted – something she recently started offering.
I didn’t have any frames on hand that were square so I improvised and taped it into my antique fireplace screen.
Juliet’s atelier produces marble stone silks, linens, printed fabrics, as well as design coordinate pure botanicals made by expert artisans with sustainable colours. The marble prints are absolutely exquisite and I am totally in love with them. Some samples…
I also received a couple more books from Vendome Press that are just what you need to add to your Christmas list. First up is Life at the Top: New York’s Most Exceptional Apartment Buildings. By Kirk Henckels and Anne Walker with photographs by Michel Arnaud.
This is all kinds of eye candy. A broad range of styles are included from totally traditional to funky and modern. This book shares fifteen incredible apartment houses throughout New York – several addresses on Fifth Avenue, Park Avenue, Central Park West and more. One of my favourite features in the book are the floor plans. OMG!!! I have never seen such spacious apartments! 25 rooms, with 10 of them being maid’s rooms! Seriously?! This book really blew me away. I really enjoyed seeing how the other half live.
Next up is Outside In: The Gardens and Houses of Tichenor & Thorp by M. Brian Tichenor and Raun Thorp with Judith Nasatir with photographs by Roger Davies.
This one is a bit more down to earth than the last book. I was surprisingly unaware of the architecture and design husband-and-wife team of Tichenor and Thorp, but perhaps because they are dubbed “Hollywood’s best kept secret”. Deeply fluent in the Mediterranean and American vernaculars and the modern forms of the California Tradition, Tichenor & Thorp design exceptional properties that integrate large-scale residences and luxurious gardens and landscapes into a singular, unified vision: house and landscape imagined as one complete expression for a given site and particular client. Featured projects include a Spanish-inflected courtyard house and garden in Las Palmas; a Newport Beach hilltop hideaway that evokes a Portuguese quinta; a Provençal bastide and surrounding gardens transplanted to the côte sud that is Rancho Santa Fe; two luxe contemporary Manhattan apartments; a modern mountain getaway at the foot of the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and several more. What’s really cool about this pair is the diversity of their projects and the broad range or periods and styles and all executed really well. The outdoor spaces are dreamy.
I’m stalking a bathroom with a view and a living room with one too… and a pool and a garden and a hallway and a bedroom and you get the idea. I can only imagine what the New Year’s Eve fireworks over Sydney Harbour look like from this spectacular location at Rose Bay. Perhaps we can pool our dollars and cents to make an offer. Link here while it lasts.
I’m stalking in the Melbourne suburb of Armadale. A renovated Edwardian red brick semi with a modern extension… the type of property that always draws me in. You know me. I can’t resist a heritage facade with a little modern something hidden right behind. Just a few more pieces of art and a slightly bigger backyard and I’d be happy. Link here while it lasts.
I love the gothic vibe and drama that comes with a Tudor-style house. This home in Hertfordshire, England is gorgeous and plays up on the Tudor architecture with dark blue and black accent colours. Some bold choices like the lighting and stools in the kitchen, a ceiling in high gloss navy and another in red, and black tile in the bathrooms help add to the drama. Another amazing project London-based Studio Duggan.
Live in a small studio apartment? Basically just one room in which to cram your living sleeping and kitchen? Love to cook but don’t want to stare at the kitchen sink while you’re reclining on your bed? Rather forget that you live in just that one room? Here is a little inspiration from Melbourne based Nicholas Agius Architects. (Now I just wonder what the studio apartment looked like when the rest of the “stuff” was moved in.)