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