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Stalking on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 12 Jan 2013 by midcenturyjo

It is sooooooo hot in my part of the world at the moment. Most of the country is experiencing a heatwave. Day after day of unrelenting high temperatures, the threat of bushfires and smoke curling into everything. Oh to be sitting at the table in this house, a large pitcher of iced tea making rings on the wood, waiting for the sea breeze to roll in and annoy the pages of the Saturday papers spread in disarray before me. In my fantasy the fire of course is not lit! What a lovely beachy home perched above the trees. Books, vintage furniture and tapa cloth. Perfect. What a great way to start the real estate stalking year. Link here while it lasts.

New project by mode:lina

Posted on Fri, 21 Dec 2012 by KiM

Check out this funky, modern home designed by Polish architect firm mode:lina (blogged previously here, here and here).

Newly built terraced house still in raw state fell into the hands of Poznań based architects from mode:lina just in time because it turned out that:
These structural concrete elements are just beautiful!” and the lack of any walls immediately gave future users an overview on ground floor space.
We love open space but is has to be cosy. We also like raw materials but they need to get some warm natural accents because of our small child. Do you think there’s still room for some furniture we inherited from our parents?”
Architect’s recipe for a cosy open space was to create different zones for different functions by changing material both on the floor as well as on the ceiling.
In order to bring more nature into this urban house, floor in the living room was covered with cow hide and bathroom sliding door are raw MDF with old plank print. The owner was really enthusiastic about the idea of making a tree branch chandelier:
It can not be just any branch! I will bring one from the place where I used to spend my childhood holidays.” Even purely functional aspects are matching the overall atmosphere of the house:
(He) “We have a growing collection of books. The collection of clothes grows too (fast!)
(She) “Yes, I want my wardrobe in my bedroom and it needs to be very special.” The wardrobe gets closer to nature too as it looks like a mysterious forrest with hidden doorway (the mirror).
“This house feels like a forester close to the city centre.”

Luminous beauty

Posted on Fri, 21 Dec 2012 by midcenturyjo

European style meets Hollywood Regency. The transformation of this Madrid space from what was once shabby offices (and before that the headquarters of a religious order) to a sophisticated and glamorous family homes is nothing short of stunning. From the restoration of fine architectural details to the pure exuberance of the decoration it is the work of interior designer Soledad Suárez de Lezo. Can you believe she was once a lawyer before following her heart and training as a designer? Soledad emailed us to share her success at being published in one of Spain’s hottest interior design magazines Nuevo Estilo. These are some of the images from the 16 page spread they did called Luminous Beauty. Congratulations Soledad – both on the feature and the amazing transformation. Luminous beauty indeed!

Alain Brugier

Posted on Tue, 11 Dec 2012 by KiM

The more photos I come across from Brazil, the more I want to finally visit this gorgeous country. The landscape is breathtaking, and it’s inhabitants seem to be a creative, non-trend-following bunch of really cool people (holla at all our Brazilian followers!). After having a looksie through the portfolio of photographer Alain Brugier, I am putting a trip to Brazil high on my bucket list.


Studio Indigo

Posted on Tue, 27 Nov 2012 by KiM

Studio Indigo is a multidisciplinary practice based in Chelsea, London where architects, interior designers and property management specialists focus on the refurbishment and extension of residences in central London and abroad. Their projects are all spectacular, from classic and elegant to more modern and edgy. Their attention to detail and quality of workmanship is evident in the homes they have transformed. I adore the blue/grey walls in the first couple of photos – moody and dramatic but not too dark (and I generally don’t even like blue!).