December 16, 2012 § 8 Comments
What could be more inspiring than Versailles?
And since this is the season for snow and flurries and drifts and flakes that too quickly become slush and drudge and black ice… I thought that maybe I’d keep the fluffy white stuff as beautiful and magical as when it first lays down. Captured beautifully here in these photos, Versailles’ gardens are snow tipped and white capped.
December 11, 2012 § 1 Comment
Sometimes inspiration comes from the most mundane. Stacked shipping containers in this case!
On the outside, the look of these ‘containers’ are what makes the architecture of this home unique and definitely not mundane. Most especially at night, as it lights up from inside and becomes a glowing stack of translucent boxes.
December 6, 2012 § 1 Comment
One side, modern and masculine. The other side, classic and feminine. This dreamy dressing room has it all. Not to mention a most covetable wardrobe! It’s from the set of Sex And The City 2 and it’s a lovely evolution of the first ‘really big closet’ featured in the first movie. Obviously, Carrie and Big have had equal say… even though Carrie’s wardrobe seems to be spilling over to ‘his’ side!
Ok… I know it’s not a real place, but I think I’d be quite happy here. Even if it meant it came with a full movie making camera crew. ;)
December 5, 2012 § 2 Comments
The newest in thermostat innovation… a week after installation, it programs itself! And it aims to help you save energy (note the cute little green leaf on the screen). The Nest Learning Thermostat stores and compiles information on your energy use and then creates a schedule customized for you – you never have to worry about heating or cooling your home when it’s empty. And when you are away, you can monitor all of this information from your cell phone. Want to save up to 20% on your heating/cooling bill?… Nest claims to do that for you.
But what I love most… it looks beautiful. Imagine. A beautiful thermostat! Heck… I might even say it’s sexy!
November 29, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I love the idea of adding a new, contemporary structure to an already existing structure. In this case, Carl Turner Architects, wrapped an L-shaped volume around the rear of a Victorian terraced home, re-imagining the kitchen and dining room into a super contemporary and minimalist space.
The best part… a humongous (yes, I said humongous) window that extends this space out to the garden and the garden into the interior. Talk about maximizing your square footage. Now you have great indoor and outdoor living. Seamlessly.
I especially love the view from inside…that thick black frame around the window opening is so very graphic and delicious to me!
November 28, 2012 § 1 Comment
Finally… what I’ve always wanted (er… needed). A washable keyboard.
No more freak-outs and mad dashes for the nearest roll of paper towel after spilling my latte for the one millionth time all over my keys! Oh Logitech… Innovation for the Distracted-And-In-Need-Of -Decaf-Blogger. The new K310.
November 18, 2012 § 13 Comments
A day in beautiful Praha!
I’ve always been desperate to visit the Czech Republic’s capital city. So much so that I was starting to worry my expectations would not be met. But low and behold, Prague was so beautiful, so fanciful and so breathtaking… it really did not disappoint! I spent several days wandering the winding streets of Old Town, hiking up to the hilltop Prague Castle and eating street food like never before! Here’s just a glimpse of what I loved…
- Frank Gehry’s Dancing House – the singular ultra modern prototype
- Strolling along the Vitava River – a city with a river running through it means there must be beautiful bridges to cross
- The National Museum – and the start of historic Wenceslas Square
- Church of Our Lady Before Tyn – a landmark in Old Town Square
- Begging for hope in Jewish Town – one of my favourite areas in Prague
- Me having my first klobasa sausage, a slice of bread and that oh so special sauce – i think it was mustard!
- Doughy and delicious trdelnik – wrapped around a giant rolling pin and baked over open coals, coated with sugar! So good.
- A view from Prague Castle overlooking the city of a thousand spires – and the best illuminated buildings in Europe.