Wednesday, 29 February 2012



Beautiful renovation of a farm house, concrete floors and built in shelves and ledges, the wall finishes - slightly rough and works perfectly well in this home!

The stone walls do stand out and adds a bit of authenticity and a warm old worldly charm.

These amazing images were taken by Nicolas Matheus

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Nicolas Matheus

Saturday, 25 February 2012


These stunning images were taking by Siren Lauvdal from Palookaville Photographers Agency.

Lately I have been noticing splashes of soft pastels, as well as bright and bold colours dropped into the interior mix.  I do love a subtle bit of colour I must admit, and if it can be as nicely done as we see here - I'm all for it!

Beautiful - all of it!  I love the round piece of wood with the lamp on it and I'm oh so sold on the pure white lamp in the first image.

And now I must get ready for a little 'Saturday Night Out'


First spotted via seventeendoors

Thursday, 23 February 2012


This is the beautiful Helsinki home of Tanja Jänicke and her carpenter husband.  They have turned a 130 square meter apartment in the heart of Helsinki into a modern, bright and airy space - the high ceilings and original windows allowing lots of natural light, and the fresh white interiors almost reflect a certain tranquility into the space.

They have added some wonderfully unique pieces into the mix, a large solid wood dining room table (Tanja's design if I am not mistaken) for entertaining family and friends, and an open fireplace sets the mood for cozy evenings around the dinner table, with the fire gently crackling away.

Even though I love pretty much everything about the interiors and design of this home - the bedroom and those 2 comfy white chairs most certainly get a 10 out of 10 from me!

I love the art against the kitchen wall - and subtle bits of color throughout gently warms this beautiful and natural palette.

First spotted on Lotta Agaton
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Wednesday, 22 February 2012


A Night-time Snowboarding Short Lights Up the Last of the Winter Snow

Fashion photographer and filmmaker Jacob Sutton swaps the studio for the slopes of Tignes in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France, with a luminous after hours short starring Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes. The electrifying film sees Hughes light up the snow-covered French hills in a bespoke L.E.D.-enveloped suit courtesy of designer and electronics whizz John Spatcher. “I was really drawn to the idea of a lone character made of light surfing through darkness,” says Sutton of his costume choice. “I've always been excited by unusual ways of lighting things, so it seemed like an exciting idea to make the subject of the film the only light source.” Sutton, who has created work for the likes of Hermès, Burberry and The New York Times, spent three nights on a skidoo with his trusty Red Epic camera at temperatures of -25C to snap Hughes carving effortlessly through the deep snow, even enlisting his own father to help maintain the temperamental suit throughout the demanding shoot. “Filming in the suit was the most surreal thing I’ve done in 20 years of snowboarding,” says Hughes of the charged salopettes. “Luckily there was plenty of vin rouge to keep me warm, and Jacob’s enthusiasm kept everyone going through the cold nights.”

This makes me want to give snowboarding a try!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012


I'll be honest and admit that today is the very first time I've seen this wonderful space!  And a must share it certainly is.  There are a host of images on, as well as and various other interior/ architecture websites.  I tried to narrow it down to a favorite few - but as you can imagine it's an almost undone task - as each and every image captures something noteworthy and beautiful about the design or construction of Meadowbrook House.

And I quote   'This minimalist studio home designed by architects Jay Atherton and Cy Keener reflects a minimalist way of living with a sweet simplicity that stands out here in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The urban house is ultra-clean and contemporary in its style, featuring a facade of sandblasted masonry and Ferrari shade sails on its steel frame. When illuminated from inside, the opaque screens turn, provide silhouettes of what's indoors. Minimalist interiors are perfectly in-line with the exterior. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls flood the predominantly white rooms with natural light and enhance their sense of space. Fittingly, this live-work house serves as "home" and "studio" to the two young architects, with lots of hidden storage to keep the look clean and clutter-free. Functional yet beautiful, this modern home is sure to inspire more great work. Atherton Keener
via Dwell'

A lot of thought has gone into the design of this space - my favorite feature would be the internal courtyards that lead from each of the bedrooms, and a close second to that the screens that pretty much surround the house.  They are not just there for aesthetic reasons, they do also serve a purpose:  and that is to block our the harsh sunshine and heat of Phoenix.

'Keener: Because of practical and budgetary reasons, we didn’t have the luxury of using crazy materials. Concrete block has been a part of building in the desert for a long time. The screen that wraps three sides of the house is just a standard thing you see everywhere down here—–generally used to shade parking lots and kids’ playgrounds. The floor is concrete. The walls are drywall. Our interest was in using standard things on a relatively unremarkable site and creating something that was more than the sum of its parts.'

I love the honesty that has gone into their work, and the use of very basic materials - yet constructed in a very creative way.  I'd love to see what the future holds for this bright and inspiring design-due.

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Sunday, 19 February 2012


A beautiful white interior with splashes of colour here and there - not too much, just enough.  Some mid century modern furniture adds a sense of fun in this Friedericksburg apartment and I understand that the white leather Swan chair is an original, handed down from their grandfather.  How lucky!

The bubble hanging chair is absolutely gorgeous and I still believe it is something that I'd one day like to have in my home too.  All round this is a well thought out space, yet still feeling homely and inviting.

10 out of 10!

Image first spotted via pinterest
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A big hello to you all-  I'm back from my holidays, have been back just under a week - and feels like I will need at least another week just to recover!  I had a lovely and busy time in Cape Town, catching up with family and friends, lots of good food, great wine and wonderful company.  

Also had the privilege to celebrate my mum's 80th birthday in Cape Town - she is my inspiration in life, and I'm so happy to have her and dad still in my life.  But as for holidays the saying goes... all good things must come to an end.  Well, I say - they come to an end in one country and just continue in another!

Last week I started a new freelance job for an architecture studio - it's still early days, but so far so good.  It's just so inspiring being in a creative environment and listening to the architects discussing projects or changes to plans.  My job is far less glamorous - as I am only in a studio support role - yet a great challenge lies ahead for me.

Wish I could be in this hanging chair above... relaxing with a book, but a new week awaits, and I still have some project work to complete for my course...  

Have a great week - here's to a groovy Monday!