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Cool masculinity: a Stockholm apartment

Normally I am attracted to spaces with a bit of drama and sense of the unexpected. Illustrator Mats Gustafson’s Stockholm apartment is none of the above. It is refined and restrained and absolutely lovely. After New York firm Fernlund + Logan finished the structural overhaul, Gustafson gathered together furniture, paintings and decor he already owned to decorate the apartment. The views are amazing and showcases the famous Northern Lights.


What do you think do you like its cool masculine sensibilities or do you like a bit more madness?

Photography Magnus Marding, Styling Jacob Hertzell via NY Times

Decorating with antlers and skulls

Decorating with antlers and animal skulls may conjure up grand stuffy Victorian parlours. However, their sculptural forms and simplicity also captivated modern painters, most famously Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986). During the forty years she lived in New Mexico, O’Keeffe accumulated a vast collection of skulls and bones which she used as subject matter, including her iconic Cow’s Skull Red White and Blue (1931, MET, NY). While this may seem macabre to some, O’Keeffe’s paintings are both beautiful and serve as a stark reminder of our mortality.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Horse’s Skull with White Rose, 1931

In sparse modern interiors they can offer texture, form, warmth and, strangely, life.

Abigail Ahern via Heart Home

via still inspiration

Photo Stacey Brandford via desire to inspire

via walking around where the sidewalk begins

Photo Jake Curtis via desire to inspire

Interior design Kelly Behun via desire to inspire

via the style files

Scott Newkirk‘s Home in Brooklyn via remodelista

via keeping up the joneses

Living etc via Cool of Beauty

via decor de provence

via la maison d’ anna g

via via la maison d’ anna g

Bones at Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ranch, New Mexico

I am far more comfortable with this trend than another one that’s emerging: taxidermy. I can’t forget its traditional purpose: to proudly display the hunting prowess of the patriarch. I shall never forget visiting the High Range Club in Munnar, India. In a salon decked with a variety of growling creatures hung a sign under the most majestic of them, a tiger: “This is the last known of this species and was killed by the President of the Club”.

Deers shed antlers naturally, and found skulls and bones don’t have the same problematic provenance as do the trophies in the High Range Club. Having said that, in Canada it is illegal to remove antlers from National Parks and doing so incurs a $25,000 fine. Perhaps the more sensible, legal and sympathetic way is creating faux antlers out of wire and branches as seen above.

What do you make of this re-emerging trend?

Dark Walls all the way

Of late I have a become a bit obsessed with dark walls. Maybe it is a reaction against all the white currently so prominent in houses, magazines and blogs, including my own. Part of me dreams painting my entire house (walls, ceilings, doors and trim) in a dark rich grey, but I confess that I am a little gun shy. So I’ve decided to start this weekend with the bathroom! It’s going from crisp clean white to Porter’s Paint Toy Solider. My test strip is looking better everyday.

The origin of my obsession is the Goddess of the Dark Walls herself, Abigail Ahern.Here are some examples demonstrating the reason for my madness. Dark walls look especially amazing with natural wood and bright colours.

Roman Williams via Ditte Isager

Gubi via yellow trace

via houzz

via bliss blog

Abigail Ahern via royal ‘ozca

via Bemz

Zuster via desire to inspire

via everything you ask me

via desire to inspire

Ludger Paffrah

Dar Ahlam via hotel chatter

via alice q. foodie

via houzz

Melaine Acevedo

Ode to orange

In the southern hemisphere it’s spring while fall (or autumn as we call it in Australia) is taking hold in the north.

There are few colours which evoke both warm of the spring and the autumn sunshine. Orange does just that.

So, here is my ode to this vibrant, rich colour. With a few notable exceptions it only makes a statement on singular pieces of furniture. Yet, orange dominates and takes over entire walls it can look amazing (check out the first photo below). And I won’t even start my rave about the wonders of pairing orange with pink, this match made in heaven is something to which a very dear friend opened my eyes. This blog is for her.

Living etc

design sponge

the sartorialist

Red Magazine via this is glamorous

via the style files

marianne cotterill stylist

via the design files

the sartoralist

via this glamorous

via apartment therapy

little brown pen

ASOS spring 2011 collection via fashionistabo bedre

little brown pen

Smooth luxurious velvet

There is not much velvet to be found in fashion magazines, on the streets or clothing shops this year. Maybe that’s because it is all being used on furniture.

Brad Ford via southern exposure

via vt interiors

Elle Decor

living etc

living etc

via W magazine

via belle vivir

Didmarton House via design tripper

Miles Redd vía desire to inspire

Country Living via gild and grace

Lutetia 2011 Sofa B&B Italia via French by Design