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.

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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: 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!

Roaming: Prague

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.

Knock Knock

November 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

A series of traditional door knockers. Just because I love them.

But here’s the thing: Size matters… make sure your door knocker is in proportion to your door! In the last shot (and my favourite door knocker of the bunch), the door knocker was at least 8″ in diameter because the door itself was about 30′ high. It opened into one of the most beautiful cathedrals I’ve ever visited… Igreja de Santa Maria Maior, Lisbon.

Oh, can I live here? Courteney Cox

November 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Nevermind the treasures inside this beautiful home (i.e. Christian Liagre lighting, Jacques Adnet furnishings, Hermes, and Waterworks bathroom fixtures – see them all here)… I’m wanting Courteney Cox‘s outdoor spaces! Steel and teak pergolas, lava-rock fire pits, ipe wood decking and a saltwater pool (looking out to the Pacific Ocean)!

Sigh… and I thought I was jealous of her Friend, Ms. Aniston!

Instagram: Eastern Europe

October 29, 2012 § 4 Comments

A few Instagram shots from my recent trip to Europe. 5 countries in 9 days! What a whirlwind of airports, trains, architecture, music, language and food! Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Munich.

Not bad for a last minute trip, don’t you think?

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