Monday, September 12, 2011

Inside, Inside Out

A New York warehouse conversion? 
No, the home of fashion designers Nick and Jenny Clegg is actually a new build in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Like my previous post, this house has dark base colours mixed with lots of brights. Unlike the previous post, three kids live here and they are encouraged to draw on the walls...

Obviously the home is full to the brim with creativity, but I particulary like the print (above) customised with a fluro orange cloud-creature and the wooden crates used to organise things (above and below). 

I am really considering a dark charcoal paint colour in our bedroom (like the photo above). I was concerned it may be a bit depressing, but I think I have come to the conclusion that it is comforting and restful. We have enough natural light that it wouldn't feel like we were underground or something. 


These photos are of Inside Out May/June 2011. 
The magazine is resting on a Missoni Home ottoman. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Atelier Abigail Ahern

Atelier Abigail Ahern, what a fantastic name for a design company! I LOVE alliteration. 

This is the home of Abigail Ahern, of AAA, as photographed by Todd Selby. I regularly check The Selby to see what kinds of inspiring spaces have been documented. However, I was particulary drawn to this space because of the DARK colours, which I have never had the guts to use in a dramatic way.

You can see that the dark colours used together with bright accessories, creates a seductive and soothing space. Abigail sums it up perfectly on her blog.."Once you cross over (to the dark side that is) life just seems a little more enchanting. Furniture, accessories pop out and almost tantalise."

She says of the chandelier in her seriously delightful bathroom.. "Yes it's hung way too low and I bang my head constantly when getting out of the bath (who cares), but it adds an element of whimsy."...Love her dedication! And of course, I had to include a photo of her cute puppy. 

More photos at The Selby

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dreams Do Come True

Look! It is exactly like I was imagining in this post
This wicker chair cost all of $10 from the Camberwell Market.

But wait there is more.....
Will painted it Barbie pink!

I was hoping for a more fluoro paint colour like these Paolo Lenti Nido chairs I saw in Belle....

But that seemed a bit beyond Bunnings' capabilities. Can you even buy fluorescent paint?

Anyway, I am in love with my cute, kitsch, Barbie pink chair. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Typography in the Home

I hate t-shirts and clothes that have slogans on them. If you want to make a point, you can make it by the way you act and dress, but there is no need to literally write it across your chest. 

Having said that, for some reason I have no problem with written decoration used in interiors.

 Maybe because, in these examples I have collected, it is more about the typography or the form of the letter, rather than what it actually says.

These two pictures above are from the very talented Annaleena's home. The big black 'A' is actually painted in blackboard paint in her daughters room. The 'STAR' she made with fairy lights.

So in love with the two mirrored beauties above, they are from the same house found in Marie Claire Maison. Of course there was also this mirrored 'M' that I fell in love with in March...I would welcome any mirrorXtypography piece into my house.

Above and below, alphabet wallpaper. This looks striking, but I don't think I could live with something so busy. Maybe in a room I didn't use everyday?


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ropes and Dreams

Who would have thought that rope could look so effective? Morgan from the brick house certainly did. I just can't get over how good it looks. 

 She was faced with the challenge of creating zones in a large warehouse that was to be used as an upholstery workshop/ teaching space/ office.

 Her cost effective and beautiful solution was to create these rope walls, which allow both light to filter through the whole area and the feeling of space to remain. 

This is one of those ideas that I will keep in the back of mind until I find some way to incorporate it in my life. Right now I am thinking of making a room divider with coloured wool, it would be a lot more delicate then rope and if I ever actually do this, could quite possibly be amazing. 

The wool installation of my dreams would be like the above picture (which is a photo of an image on a computer screen - not sure what site) but on a much larger scale. 

UPDATE 19/5:
Look what I found..... similar idea but made of colourful RIBBON.
By artist Megan Geckler for the California Design Biennial 2010: Action/ Reaction.
See here for more info/ pictures.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ikea VS Lucciola

Ikea FADO $29.99 

Lucciola at Mondu Luce $456/$540/$845

I went with the Ikea one. Looks fantastic on the counter between our kitchen and dining area.
The only benefit of the Lucciola lamp's is that they come in the three sizes, which would look good grouped together on a table. The price is just not justifiable though, at least for now...

My sphere lamp would look cute paired with a squirrel or bunny lamp....

These images are from the corky saint clair blog archives, but I've seen them in quite a few shops around melbourne. 


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Love At 1st Sight

I swear this Sydney based company is reading my mind! I stumbled across their website yesterday and found the 'Graffiti Stole My Heart' collection, as you can see it is exactly what I was thinking of doing for our dining chairs....

Love at 1st Sight sources pieces from auction houses, markets or even the side of the road. They  collaborate with artists and designers to transform their finds into one off masterpieces. 

They also have these wicker chairs....which are so perfectly kitschy and what I was hoping of finding for our balcony. 

I don't intend to go out and buy all of this furniture or anything, however it is interesting to see how others have turned the ideas I have into a reality. 

xx k

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Decisions On Glass Domes

Exhibit A: 
Leonard Joel 
Pair of Victorian glass domes on wooden stands. 
Estimated price $275-$325. 
There are two. 
They could sell for significantly less at the auction. 
The auction starts in half an hour and its raining. 
I could get carried away with the excitement and pay too much for these. 

Exhibit B: 
Oval glass dome on wooden stand with hand. 
$225 (not an auction). 
The hand. 
Probably will make less of a dent in my bank account.
Don't have to leave the house right now to buy it. 
Only one. 

Golly gosh what do I do? I think the deciding factor might be the rain. I can't be bothered going to the auction, so that probably means I don't want them that much?


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ideas Ideas Ideas For Dining Chairs

I am BRIMMING with ideas for our dining chairs. I couldn't sleep last night because I was thinking about this so much. The plan is to buy some amazing chairs for next to nothing, possibly at Leonard Joel, cover them with canvas and then commission an artist to paint them. 

Reference images...

david bromley at capocchi

I am so excited to start this project!