so apparently this happened…

 

blogbadge-voteforme!

sometimes on my wanderings through the world of design it becomes embarrassingly apparent that i need to actually check my emails more regularly…

because if i had, i might have known sooner that i’ve actually been nominated for this!

many thanks to the team at amara & to all who participate…

much love!

the sunday nook {on loop}…

Willy Guhl Loop

i’m in the midst of a mild obsession with sculptural furnishings of late: an obsession i do not foresee abating anytime soon…

little beats simple, well-considered forms beautifully executed, like this concrete loop chair designed by swiss designer willy guhl way back in 1954…

its clean lines & lack of pretention bestow upon it a timeless quality which elevates this nook from country idyll to contemporary retreat…

i’ll take two please…

image via: hitta hem

the sunday nook {the watering hole}…

tamer nakisci

i’ve never been particularly partial to light wood kitchens: always thought they were a little bland & safe…

but today’s sunday nook has made me think twice…

teamed with playful geometric tiles {which, by the way, make a lovely alternative to the ubiquitous subway} the look is fresh & modern…

this is helped, no doubt, by the use of streamlined cabinetry {note the cut-outs for handles} which keeps the focus squarely on the main player…

a few additional touches like a deck-mounted faucet with integrated taps, an undermount sink & a chunky floating shelf for accessories keep things clean & simple…

not bland, just beautiful…

image via: academy tiles

the sunday nook {guest room}…

 

be my guest

we have house guests arriving this week which has finally encouraged us to rethink our office/guestroom/dumping ground {ie, do a dirty great clear-out}…

whilst i have high hopes of creating something magical, today’s sunday nook is what i affectionately class as ‘wishful thinking’…

i’d be nothing short of delighted if i rocked up at a friend’s place to be housed in this multi-functional affair: i could even overlook the beautiful brute-like antique desk & paraphernalia which threatens to consume half the room…

i’d turn a blind eye to the fine display of family portraiture & beautifully co-ordinated linens & should my host selfishly decide to leave bedtime cookies & milk {who does that?} on my mirrored bedside table, i’d no doubt forgive that intrusion too…

happy sunday…

 

{p.s: note to future house guests, this is sadly not where you’ll be sleeping}

image via: gold and gray

the sunday nook {stopped in your tracks}…

christine dovey

what’s better than the perfect nook? it’s got to be the opportunistic nook: making something from nothing…

take this hallway in the home of christine dovey of bijou and boheme as an example…

with a few clever furnishings & some attention to detail, christine has turned a transitional space into a destination in its own right…

feature wall coverings add a playful backdrop to a largely monochromatic theme…

a slimline console visually widens the walk-through, whilst mirrors reflect otherwise hidden upholstery details on the flanking chairs…

striking, fun &, most of all, memorable…

image by ashley capp via: stylemepretty 

the sunday nook {fashion stakes}…

hedi gores, the coveteur

today’s sunday nook combines two of my greatest loves: fashion & interiors…

tucked away in the home of hedi gores, co-founder of the pressed juicery & the chalkboard, this eclectic corner effortlessly mixes bohemian glam & mid-century masculinity with surprising results…

the layering of pattern & eras alongside some pretty punchy colour creates lashings of intrigue, whilst the clever use of symmetry helps reign in any potential craziness that such a confluence of styles could create…

ok, i concede, it’s still a little crazy, but completely cool too…

no?

happy sunday!

image via: the coveteur

when art & fashion collide {hirst meets mcqueen}…

mcqueen & hirst

is this not the most perfect pairing?

it’s always a beautiful thing when the line between art & fashion blurs, but never more so than with this entomologist’s dream: a series of limited edition pieces celebrating the 10th anniversary of the covetable mcqueen skull scarf

bugs & butterflies & other beasties combine to form “kaleidoscopic geometric shapes”…

too beautiful to wear, this is most definitely one for my walls…

 

image via: alexander mcqueen

lately…

grand entrance

i’m thinking this entrance way is pure perfection…

making an entrance

i keep coming back to this image & thinking maybe black double doors to my master bedroom would be pretty special {especially if i can sneak some brass door knobs past the boyfriend}…

kelly wearstler

& i’m not only being drawn to earthy palettes with soft feminine touches, but i’m also growing more & more in love with pattern…

images via: verandagreige designlonny

new home inspiration {upstairs, downstairs}…

a nomadic abode

i was determined that the staircase leading to the second storey of our new home would be, in itself, a feature…

as with the rest of our house design i wanted it to represent well-considered, standalone design…

perhaps i’m running from my past of making do in converted old buildings, but in this home i’m desperate to avoid all those odd angled ceilings & awkward spaces you’re so often left with, the culprit of which is more often than not the staircase…

cantilevered stairs

at first i wanted our staircase to lead up from the lounge room at the back of the house with a clean-lined, cantilevered design…

crossed lines staircase

i love the fact that the structure {or lack thereof} is on show…

understair nook

& the workable nooks that can be created in the negative space…

a nomadic abode_staircase option 1

but this idea was nixed for two reasons…

firstly, the footprint of our house is less than 7 metres wide on the ground floor &, as we have to step-in the second storey, less than 6 metres upstairs: chip away from this a minimum of 1 metre in depth for a staircase & unfortunately it doesn’t leave an abundance of living space…

secondly, placing the staircase at the very back of the house would make accessing the second floor a bit of an unnecessary hike from the front door…

so we resolved to place the staircase more centrally, off the hallway {between the kitchen & the ensuite}…

the only problem with this plan being there’s not the space to accommodate my preferred design {a single run staircase} & instead we’re going to have to install a return, winder staircase {&, with it, its limitations}…

screened stairs

on the upside, i have found a few designs i love the look of, like this screened run {it reminds me of a harem}…

crisp & clear

or this glass-encased version which not only mimics the original open-air & cantilevered design i preferred, but also allows light to flood the stairwell & hallway alike…

ben de lisi

even this enclosed staircase, in the home of ben de lisi, could work if we do decide to go down the more traditional route…

regardless, the best part of this new stair placement is the landing it creates upstairs…

landing

it took a few attempts to crack the design for this {most problematic was how to get the stair run to end where & how we wanted}, but when i happened across this image i knew this was the look i was going for…

our staircase will open up onto a landing that runs the width of the house & faces {albeit slightly off-centre} double glass doors leading into the study, which itself overlooks the double-height living area beyond…

i think {& hope} it will create a sense of arrival when you reach the top of the stairs & lend the design as a whole an air of intent…

images via: cr decorationsolothaisthe zhushflash decorkikareicherthousetohomecasa vogue

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