Wanting: Gullfuglen

January 15, 2013 § 3 Comments

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Warm and cozy blankets are a “must have” this wintery season – and full proof gift giving mastery no matter who you buy them for. And these Norwegian cozies are so special!  Modern in design and pattern, but traditional in its material and construction.

I couldn’t decide which one I wanted more… you pick!

See these (The Power Collection and Gullfuglen) and more from Funkleshop.

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!

Inspired: Floating Garden

September 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

A barge is now transformed into a floating urban oasis. Not just any garden though…a foreign garden. You see… Gitta Gshwendtner and Maria Thereza Alves (the pair responsible for Seeds of Change) discovered that the bed of the Bristol river was full of foreign seeds from days gone by. Ships returning from all over the world would fill their hulls with soil upon their departure and once arriving in Britain would release the soil into the river bed to lighten their load. Soil, that even today, contain seeds from destinations beyond.

Re-adaptation. Re-imagined. Re-hashed.

I love it when history is brought forward into the present. And blooms. For more on this, click here.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Oasis

September 4, 2012 § 4 Comments

Sometimes a fence can bring you so much more than just a little privacy. In this case, it contains a zen oasis, inside and out.

I love the idea of having a large koi pond complete with floating lilly pads and a chiselled stone walkway… how very ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’!

And then there’s the zen sand garden… life-sized!

But I’m really loving the charred cedar planks in the fence and the ipé wood in the deck, floors and ceilings… beautiful continuity.

And finally… that bathroom! Unlike any spa environment I’ve ever seen… perfection in limestone walls and a deep stone tub, ipé walkways lined with basalt river rocks and an intriguing placement of windows, connecting the outdoors, in.

Sigh… Zen at it’s best! For more on this beautiful home, click here.

Wanting: iittala Wine Glasses

August 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Did you know wine glasses have “parts”? Indulge me as I describe one of my favourite sets from the Finnish company, Iittala. This is the Essence, designed by Alfredo Håberli.

Starting from the bottom…

Foot: Its thickness makes this ‘part’ look solid and disk-like. Most wine glasses taper upwards from the outer ring to the base of the stem. But I love how this one is the same thickness throughout.

Stem: With a slight taper, the stem rises up to meet the bowl. Notice that all the stems are the same height in this series. They look beautiful together on your dinner table!

Bowl: I love the soft but squarish bottom of the bowl. Modern but still refined and soft.

There you have it. Now I need a drink… white or red? Who’s joining me?

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.

Wanting: Tea Towels & Cake Rolls

July 18, 2012 § 2 Comments

I love tea towels. Yes. I do.

I think my admiration started when I was a kid, helping my mom bake a cake roll (the kind with the  jam filling). She’d use her best tea towel to lay the cake slab and then roll it up tight once the slab was covered with the filling. I thought it was rather magical.

Enormous Champion has several delightful patterns like this one, among other items. All their products are environmentally friendly.

Click here and you can watch ‘the magic happen’ as one of my favourite TV Chefs, Ricardo, makes a cake roll too – though I think his tea towel isn’t as pretty. ;)

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