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“You can’t run away from who you are”: the Copenhagen home of Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen

Today I bring you the Copenhagen home of fashion designers, Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen, the duo behind Day Birger et Mikkelsen. Since its first appearance in the December 2012 edition of Lonny magazine it has made the rounds of my interior blogs and pinterest boards. It is not difficult to see why. The interior of this 19th century house is decorated with restraint and taste. It is layered and teases the senses, yet still understated and minimal.

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I love its classic elegance. There is nothing trendy or overtly fashionable, yet still feels modern and interesting. The room, I think, works best is the living room which mixes vintage, contemporary and antiques including a Beni Ourain carpet, an array of silk cushions, huge pot plant, empty gold frames stacked onto of the original fireplace and the iconic mid-century three-arm floor lamp by Serve Mouille while in the corner Keld’s collection of guitars are on display.

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The other to-die-for features are the gorgeous oak floor boards inlaid in the Versailles pattern and stained in a matt black, as well as the white walls with black detailed windows.

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If it were mine I couldn’t help adding a few more bold splashes of colour like a canary yellow chair. Nevertheless, there is a certain calm elegance about the monochrome  scheme. As owner Marianne Brandi says, “You can’t run away from who you are. This home is representative of us”.

Do you like it the way it is or do you want to razz it up a little?

Lonny Magazine December 2012

Photography Gaelle Le Boulicaut

[22 February 2013. I was contacted by the photographer today and asked to remove the photographs from the site, which  I have naturally done. You can still see this amazing house by going by looking at Lonny Magazine, December 2012 available free online here.]



Sydney Spanish Mission Beach Apartment

I have loved this apartment ever since I stumbled across it in Design Sponge over a year ago. It is the home of interior designer, Sarah Davidson and embodies what I love about great design: beautiful evocative aesthetics filled with the personality of the occupant mixed with functionality and ease. It is a relaxed home which invites you to sit down and take it easy. The location in an  iconic 1920s Spanish Mission-style building overlooking Tamarama beach in Sydney isn’t too bad either.





Some highlights for me is its size (small) with an eclectic mix of furniture and furnishings including art such as a piece by the Australian photographer Bill Henson famed his chiaroscuro paintly atmospheric work. I can spot Ikea mixed with vintage (such as the bamboo chair) and iconic 20th pieces such as Harry Bertoia “Large Diamond” armchair and platinum-glazed “Bishop” side table by India Mahdavi.


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Bathrooms are so often neglected and can appear to be a bland after-thought. But the  Moroccan tiled bathroom here is breath-taking. No wonder it is Sarah’s favourite room in the house.



It makes you  wonder why apartment living is not that popular in Australia.

via Design Sponge

A country retreat in Burgundy

One of my favourite designers is at it again. I have featured  Joséphine Gintzburger twice before on urban kaleidoscope: her Parisian home and a swoon worthy Marais apartment. Today I bring you her country getaway: a converted barn in Burgundy.

There is so so much I love about this design, but especially its humour and irreverence. Massive decorative chandeliers hang between the old  beams. They are totally out of place, yet they work. The contrast of the industrial concrete kitchen with the  rustic wooden table creates a wonderful tension and drama. As do the quirky pieces of art scattered throughout the house.

This is a place that evokes strong responses: people either love it or hate it. What is your reaction?

Photos via Desire to Inspire

An oldie but a goodie: The Sydney apartment of Linda Gregoriou

I haven’t been blogging for the past month, and I needed something strong to draw me back in. So, here it is. Why have I been absent? I’ve launched an interior design practice and already have found myself in the centre of six projects: these range from living spaces, to a couple of offices (including my own!), hairdressing salons, and a child’s bedroom. So, I’ve launched it with a bang, and am finding myself so busy that not only do I not have time to blog, I don’t even have time for such mundane marketing tools as business cards and a website!

In creating my own office space, I spend time last weekend clearing out files. In doing so, I stumbled across articles I’ve torn from magazines that I really loved, and have desperately wanted to feature – except I couldn’t find them. But, now they’re unearthed and I have for you an oldie but a goodie.

It’s the apartment of Linda Gregoriou in Elizabeth Bay, one of Sydney’s gorgeous inner city coves. It was featured in Jan-Feb 2007 in Australian Vogue Living and I remember my breath being taken away and going back again and again to look at it. Even though I’m increasingly interested in dark interiors, this is as crisp and white as it gets – but with splashes bold colour. A great reminder of how stunning white can look when layered with interesting things and colour. It’s beautiful. Looking at it now, I can’t help but notice how many groundbreaking features five years ago are mainstream today: from the salon art hang, the sheep skin draped over the wire Bertoia Diamond chair, a flowers arranged in loads of vases of contrasting sizes and shapes and the white floors and the eclecticism.

I love that everything’s painted white, with relief created by beautiful kilim rugs on the floors. The contrasts are remarkable: Chinese antiquities share space with contemporary aboriginal art; IKEA and B&B Italia and modern light fixtures like the Ingo Maurer’s Zettel’z’ fitting.

I hope that five years on, my own design work looks this good!

Photography Tony Amos; featured in Vogue Living Jan/Feb 2007


“Designer of Dreams”: Villa Fornasetti in Milan c. 1955

The majority of my inspiration comes from images I find online. The internet is a great resource, but often I find myself starring at the same pictures over and over again. Just the other day I was in desperate need for inspiration. As I battled some icy blasts of Melbourne spring wind I was saved by a book in a shop window which I immediately had to look at.

It was The Iconic Interior: 1900 to Present by Dominic Bradbury. I bought it there and then even though I am sure I could have found it cheaper online somewhere. Given that I love books and I love bookshops I feel it’s important to support them. And what’s not to like about seeing something, buying it on a whim and taking it home that very moment.

So, here is my first instalment for you from this wonderful tome: the Milanese home of three generations of the Fornasetti family. Fornasetti was established by Piero (1913-1988), a Milanese painter, sculptor, interior decorator, engraver and furniture designer who was known as “the designer of dreams”. Naturally the house is filled with countless Fornasetti pieces, yet it does not feel like a showroom. It just invites you in.

I adore the fearless use of colour throughout the house. The Fornasetti’s Mediterranea wallpaper (below) I’ve loved for ages and recently been thinking about using it in the very neglected entrance of my house.

This must be one of the best salon hangs of mirrors I have seen. It works so brilliantly, not just because of its scale and the amazing dark green wall (white would simply not have the same impact), but also because none of the pieces match, yet each is stunning in its own right.

The art historian in me loves the giant mural of The Ideal City after the early Italian Renaissance painter Pietro della Francesca on the wall of the studio below.

Fornasetti’s iconic butterflies appear in odd spots all over the villa.

The house certainly reflects Piero Fornasetti’s values. He said “I do not believe in eras or times. I do not. I refuse to establish the value of things based on time.” In an era when fashions are changing faster than ever before, this timelessness is something to celebrate.

I look forward to sharing more incredible interiors from my latest purchase. Do you still buy books from bookshops or are they just showroom for you before purchasing cheaper copies online? I do both and would love to hear your thoughts.