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.

Interiors: Tudor Splendor

August 27, 2012 § 5 Comments

This is my kind of Tudor!

Light and bright with lots of architectural detailing – my favourite being the high wainscotting in the living room – the envelope of this interior is kept bright while the furniture is kept traditional. Makes for a relaxed but elegant home.

Interiors by Darryl Carter. Images from AD.

Interiors: Modern Gems

June 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Modernized, streamlined and refashioned… this 1920’s home has a new spring to her step. Where once red oak floors lay, a new whitewashed foundation serves as the starting point in creating a white minimalist interior.

Follow the links below for some modern gems that make this interior sing!

I know which one is my favourite! What’s yours?

P.S…. I have more than one favourite. ;)

Inspired: Eva Zeisel

May 15, 2012 § 4 Comments

I met Eva Zeisel several years ago when she hosted a book signing here in Toronto. I loved her ceramic pieces and rushed to get in line that day, excited to meet a living legend. If I’m not mistaken, she was in her late nineties though you would never know it… her spirit and energy was undeniable. She died last year at the age of 105.

She summed up her role as ‘maker of useful things’. She believed not in invention. But re-invention. She was concerned with making things look beautiful and she loved round, organic shapes. My favourite quote… “Even the air between my hands is round.”

Her ceramics are pieces that you want to touch… hold in your hands… turn them over and around.

I won’t go into detail here about Ms. Zeisel… Follow the link to her TED profile and you’ll soon find out that she had an incredible life. I would highly recommend watching the video of her TED appearance too. You’ll see what I mean about her spirit and energy.

All photos by designchickee.

Wanting: Eames Walnut Stools

May 2, 2012 § 8 Comments

Stools…but oh so much more! Think of them as the little accessory that could.

Group them together (3 different profiles are available from Herman Miller) in place of a coffee table. Place one as a great little accent side table next to your soaker tub. Line them up along a hallway and pull them into your living room as your party grows.

Classic. Modern. The true essence of Charles and Ray Eames. Want. Want. Want.

Inspired: Patricia Urquiola

April 6, 2012 § 5 Comments

Pear Bathtub, Agape

Fat Sofa, B&B Italia

Tufty Bed, B&B Italia

Caboche Suspension Light, Foscarini

Vieques Outdoor Furniture, Kettal

Canasta Loveseat, B&B Italia

Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Barcelona - Spain

W Hotel, Vieques - Puerto Rico

For today’s post, I wanted to share with you one of my idols. Patricia Urquiola. She’s designed everything from architecture to furniture to lighting to bath¬†fixtures and I find her pieces always delightful and interesting. Modern yet classic. She’s not afraid to use colour, texture and repetition. Above is just a small sampling of her work (and some of my favourites). You can find her work at Molteni¬†& Co., B&B Italia, Moroso, Agape, Hansgrohe, Foscarini, and the list goes on and on.

She’s an amazing talent. Sigh….

Pocket of Space in Portugal

April 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here’s what I love about this house, designed by Aires Mateus Architects:

  • one level living provides interesting flow from one space to another, public to private.
  • all-white envelope where classic pieces of furniture are on display… so furnish wisely!
  • irregular shaped building makes for interesting angles and vistas for both interior and exterior, usually at the same time.
  • who needs a backyard when you can have a ‘pocket’ of outdoor space!
  • kitchen island that doubles as dining room table… REALLY LOVE this actually!
  • and yes, that IS the kitchen.

This all white modern interior is a great example of how you DON’T have to be super minimal to still make it work. You just have to be selective about what you place on display. Hide the kitchen. Showcase the CD collection. ;)

I wonder if I can rent this house for a week when I travel to Portugal this summer?? What an experience that would be. That is, if I can find the front door!

For more images, click here.

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