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.

Interiors: Greek Goddess

October 12, 2012 § 7 Comments

A beautiful, beautiful interior. Decadent. Genuine.

Restored wood beams and ceilings, leaded windows, plaster and stone masonry walls are a backdrop to beautifully ornate furniture pieces throughout.

And then there’s the location! The Greek island of Hydra. So amazing (oh, when will I visit!!!???). Click here to see what lies outside these walls.

Oh, can I live here? Jennifer Aniston

October 9, 2012 § 4 Comments

Now that’s what I call a balcony!

Jennifer Aniston describes walking through the front doors of this house for the first time and knowing she was home, wanting a zen-like retreat with some drama thrown in for entertaining. But for me, I’d be so happy sitting on this terrace, under one of those umbrellas, sipping on some chilled Tazo Zen Tea, listening to the birds tweet, watching the ocean breeze travel through the greenery that makes up my back yard, chanting ohhhhms till the cows, er… eastern grey squirrels, come home.

Sigh… I’m sure her friends like it too. ;)

Cloud House

October 1, 2012 § 5 Comments

Ok… I know. A ‘Cloud House‘??? Really?

Yes. Really. But before I go into the pro’s and con’s of having your home become a neighbourhood attraction… I want to focus on that hallway! I love it!!! What a way to make a mostly pragmatic corridor, something to REALLY rave about!

That is… if you can stop going on about the shape of the addition you just put on the back of your house!

Me personally… I’d stick with a striking hallway. ;)

Oh, can I live here? Frank Lloyd Wright

September 27, 2012 § 3 Comments

How great would it be to live in an historic home? Could you handle the responsibility?! And can you handle ‘the move’???!

The Bachman Wilson House in Millstone, New Jersey, is on the market and looking for new ownership…And a new location! You see… the home has had some flooding issues. The current owners, architects and fans of Frank Lloyd Wright, painstakingly repaired the  flood damage each and every time but feel the house would be best served (and preserved) if it were moved.

Not only would you own an original Frank Lloyd Wright home, but you would get to choose where to place it, how to integrate it into its surroundings and what the views would be from inside! All things that make Wright’s homes so special and unique to him.

Yikes… Major responsibility!

Snapshots: Greyed

September 7, 2012 § 6 Comments

From ornate elevators, classically detailed archways, Roman memorials, gothic cathedrals and an elaborate fountain… these shots looked best in black and white. Lisbon and Évora, Portugal.

Interiors: Joseph Dirand

August 21, 2012 § 7 Comments

I’m craving all things Parisian these days… And this flat was just what I needed.

That view overlooking the Seine! Fantastique!

The architectural detailing (inside and outside)! Merveilleux!

And, of course, that bath tub surrounded by black panelled walls… Magnifique!

I could go on and on. But seriously…. ooh la la!

Bubble Diagram

June 11, 2012 § 7 Comments

If you’re a designer or an architect, you know what bubble diagrams are and how they can be very helpful in arranging various groups, departments or spaces within a larger envelope.

This is not that kind of bubble diagram.

But pretty cool nonetheless.

Inspired: Massimo Listri

May 30, 2012 § 4 Comments

Castello di Pierrefonds, France

Reggia di Venaria II, Piemonte

Lapidorio di Palazzo Mozzi Bardini, Florence

Admont Library, Austria

Reggia di Venaria I, Piemonte

Weimar Library, Germany

Imagine being the only person in these remarkable, sometimes even restricted, interiors. Massimo Listri is the lucky one. He experiences all that detail and light and grandeur all on his own. Thankfully, he does so with his camera and captures the majestic silence in his photographs so that we too can experience true splendour.

For more on Listri’s awe-inspiring work, click here.

Inspired: Ghost Structures

May 25, 2012 § 4 Comments

I’ve always loved seeing ‘building scars’… that’s what I call them. Old buildings that have now been demolished but have left behind their imprint. A ghost image of what was once there. A story now lost, but not forgotten.

Then I found Marcus Buck and this series of photographs!

And now I don’t feel so alone. ;)

Building scars. Architectural ghosts. Structural tattoos. Etc.

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