Recently, I have been experimenting a lot with with the use of black and dark greys on walls. The results are a topic of an entire blog, but what I have learnt is that it can be a very difficult look to live with and pull off, especially if a room doesn’t have a lot of natural light. If you are interested in moving away from the safe (aka boring) white-on-white look and shaking things up then try painting your window frames dark.
Crisp white walls with contrasting black window frames can make an otherwise monochromic room look stunning. I am particularly enamoured with the contemporary edge of black industrial metal frames. It is a technique I am going to use for an office refurbishment project on which I am currently working.
The offices of fashion label Becksöndergaard, via The Style Files
vía Caribbean Living
The home of fashion designers Keld Mikkelsen and Marianne Brandi, via A Thouch of Luxe
The Maison Rika guesthouse in Amsterdam, via We Heart
Villa Amelie, St Barts via Saint Barts Villas
Once relegated to butchers’ shops, public lavatories and subway and metro stations, these little rectangular tiles are making a comeback, having originally appeared at the turn of the 20th century. They look particularly beautiful with contrasting grout and can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, offices and cafes. Dressing them up with amazing lighting, contrasting flooring and art work (as beautifully shown in the first photo) lifts them out of the realm of bland industrial into stylish and interesting.
I am using them in an interior design project I am currently working on: a super-stylish hairdressing salon in one of Melbourne’s famed downtown laneways.
via Willow Bee Inspired
Market Lane Coffee, Prahan via Australian Trend Setter
via [room] by sofie
via 47 Park Avenue
via Rue Magazine
Do you like them or are they too cold for your tastes?
While the earth is warming up in the northern hemisphere it is cooling down here. Today was our first real autumnal day for 2012. The heaters are not on yet (but it won’t be long) and I have changed the doona (what we call duvets) to a slightly warmer one.
Regardless of where you are here are some interiors inspired by the soft autumn light and the colours of fall.
Manolo Blahnik’s home in Bath, England via habitually chic
Annie Selke in Canadian House & Home, February 2012
Ralph Lauren Home
via a perfect gray
Kerri Russell’s Brooklyn home via The Cross Design
Josephine Ryan’s Essentially French
I have heard of people who change the decor of their house with the season. Do you? Or would you ever think of doing so?
Offices and work spaces are usually functional and totally uninspiring. Given that we can spend so much time of our lives in these environments with the aim of being as ‘productive’ as possible I wonder why so little attention is paid to making these spaces work for us.
Over the past year I have been blogging wherever I can find a fast internet connection which means usually in bed or on the floor or sofa in our living room, although, occasionally I can be found at my favourite cafe, De Clieu. But, I do fantasise about having a little nook (I don’t actually need an entire room) at home, a desk that is mine which serves no other purpose than to be a place where I blog and work. Given the size of our house and that every square inch is already in use it has been a challenge to find a suitable place. Then, the other day it struck me, something so obvious and perfect. It’s tiny, which is presenting its own design issues, and I can’t wait to share it with you in a few weeks.
In the meantime, here is some inspiration of some really lovely personality-filled work spaces.
via Coco Kelley
Görel Crona and Henry Von Koch’s office photographed for issue 11 of Sweet Home
via My Ideal Home
via Little Emma English Home
‘A Space of My Own’ by Caroline Clifton-Mogg via Remodelista
Styled by Jacob Hertzell via Emma’s Design Blog
Norm Architects ‘Raft’ table and stool for &tradition via Kool and Kreativ
via House to Home
via Solid Frog
Photographed by David Price via Desire to Inspire
Emma Cassi’s studio via Decor 8
Imagine a train trip through this fairytale train tunnel in Kleven,Ukraine
If you are like me and always make way too much spaghetti, how cute and practical is this measuring tool by Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson?
Did you know that Holly Golightly’s Manhattan brownstone in the Upper East Side is for sale. It can be yours for US$5.85m, but you’ll need to redecorate as it is nowhere near as gorgeous as it was when Audrey lived there.
Check out the Apple Store in the 9e arrondissement in Paris.
What a superb picnic basket by GamFratesi; not so sure how easy it would be to carry though.
If you live in Melbourne, check out this pop-up burrito van at Odessa Creative Space, a hub in which all art forms are fostered: art | fashion | design | photography | film | food | illustration | architecture | media | dance (and burritos!)
Am loving the Nina Ricci Pre-Fall 2012 collection. If you love feminine clothing made out of divine fabrics take a look at these.
Whatever you are doing this weekend I hope it is filled with the people, activities, places and things that fulfil and nourish you.