Wanting: Waylande Gregory

December 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Waylande Gregory pieces are much sought after. He died in 1971 but his pieces are timeless. A prolific ceramist sculptor, he became famous for his groundbreaking technique allowing him to create very large sculptures. But for me… I’d be so very happy with these small trays. The 24 karat gold finish is stunning, peaking through white or black patterning.

These would be perfection in your front hall entry to lay your keys down. Or perhaps they’d contain your favourite jewellery in your Dressing Room? Or how about just on their own?! So warm and glowy and sparkly… sigh.

Inspired: Versailles in the Snow

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.

Absolute magic.

Inspired: Slip House

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.

Inside… completely utilitarian, unadorned and minimal. Just what you’d expect from a shipping container, right? See more here from Carl Turner Architects. And here for more on the Slip House.

Ooh, can I live here? Carrie Bradshaw

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. ;)

Wanting: Sexy Thermostat

December 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

Nest

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!

Interiors: Graphic & Minimal

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!

Wanted: Washable Keyboard

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.