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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Octopus Chair, Unusual and Daring

Octopus Chair, Unusual and Daring
Octopus Chair, Unusual and Daring

The Octopus Chair comes from Korean designer Samwoong Lee and brings with it an unusual and daring style. It is called “Octopus” because it has a lot of different shapes, depending on the angle of sight. Here is some information from the project’s creator: “The material called natural mother-of-pearl never has the same color and pattern. In addition, the pattern, the color and the reflexivity of natural mother-of-pearl is changed by the angle. I would like to express the relationship between a man and a man and the one between a man and a thing by using natural mother-of-pearl. The pieces of countless mother-of-pearl surround the whole body with organic shapes creating the Octopus chair.” This is an interesting idea for a modern interior with a futuristic feel, don’t you agree?- via HomeQn

Domino magazine (RIP): interiors heaven

It doesn't look very special, but Domino was a joyous American interiors magazine; stylish but still down-to-earth. All about budget, and, OK, a bit of budget-blowing. The ethos was good - luscious yet achievable, and packed with practical tips; like Living Etc. felt when it first launched. I picked up a copy while I had a few hours to kill in LA and enjoyed the pages almost more than the pancakes and maple syrup that also helped to pass the time. So I was delighted to find - back in the UK - that the website was equally exciting. The bad news? It folded last year - just as I'd decided it was time to subscribe.

The good news? Fans as distraught as I was clubbed together to form a fabulous Flickr group, showcasing all the scraps of the magazine they could muster between them so we can all continue to pore over its pretty but practical interiors porn. Check it out - in the meantime, enjoy these teasers of downhome Domino style...

Mirror, mirror....

So...now that my ceilings are all white and wonderful, I've organised for my mate Bill to cover those last few brick walls with gyprock, and I'm telling you, I cannot wait to be rid of them. But as Bill has a holiday booked and will be away for the next couple of weeks (very inconsiderate of him, don't you think?) I'll take this time to plan my decorating theme for the dining area. At the moment, I have a large timber-framed mirror on the wall, and a sideboard, and I'll be giving them both a facelift with a fresh coat of paint. These are a few of the images I've saved, and of course there's a definite theme emerging here:

 lavender grove via locationworks.com

The gorgeous work of Steve and Brooke Gianetti

lavender grove via locationworks.com

As usual, I'm drawn to the idea of painting the mirror either black or white. I could, of course, silver leaf it,  which I'm sure Kerry would recommend! And I'm quite liking the touches of gold that have found their way back into vogue in recent times, but my house is a little too rustic and rough around the edges for it to work.

I'll be back tomorrow with some pics of my pretty new ceilings, and also the mirror and sideboard in question. In the meantime, feel free to give my your opinions - your ideas are always so inspired. Ok, must go - I have a game to watch! 

See you tomorrow,

Beautiful Interior Design Collection Designed by Kube

Kube is a playful interior design set with a unique personality. Colorful and fresh, this furniture collection can completely turn around the way a room looks. It is very dynamic which is good enough to inspire the people who are around it to be the same. Designed by ZeroTreArchitetti for Linea Italia, Kube is a modular set which can be arranged in a variety of ways. One can choose to place the similar colors together for a “tidy” feel, or mix them up real good for a joyful and color-messy interior. There is no way you can go wrong arranging these furniture pieces, that’s for sure. The set also comes with a few pillows, perfectly adapted to the collection.

Beautiful Interior Design Collection
Beautiful Interior Design Collection
Beautiful Interior Design Collection
Beautiful Interior Design Collection

When You Are The Best Of Friends

Today I just can't get a post together but I have something even better if you ask me. Definitely worth watching, it will brighten your day.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Juggling act

Well, the footy boys have a rest day today, which I know comes as a relief to both the players and spectators. After a good win in their first game yesterday, they had a narrow loss in their afternoon match. There were a few concussions and some very sore bodies, so I know having a day off today will be very welcome. Many of the boys have also just finished playing in the school First IV rugby union team, and I'm sure that fatigue has definitely set in. Thanks so much to everyone for the support, I know if the boys had time to read your comments they'd be thrilled!

So today, I was planning to catch up on some long-overdue housework, and getting stuck into some more painting for my upcoming webstore (more on that soon!) But that won't be happening, as I'm taking my youngest daughter back to the doctor for the third time this month. She's been suffering with terrible migraines, and we're having very little luck getting them under control. This is something that no-one in our family has any experience with, and unfortunately it's proving hard to find the right treatment. At fourteen, it's been really difficult for her to try to cope with school, sport and friends, while suffering with debilitating headaches. So fingers crossed, we find a solution and get her back to her normal, happy and pain-free self really soon.

Somewhere, in amongst all the happenings in the family, I'm trying to find the time to do all the things that need to be done - to be a mum, wife, and run a business. Of course, some things have fallen by the wayside, and the house looks like a bomb site! But, in the whole scheme of things, the housework is so unimportant, and I'm focusing on looking after my family first. So, I do apologise for my absence at the moment, I can assure you that I am reading each and every one of your wonderful comments, and I really appreciate that you take the time out of your busy day to visit my blog. I know I'm not alone, we all have our own juggling acts to perform, so thanks to each and every one of you.

On a positive note, my bff Bill toiled away tirelessly yesterday, to finish my ceiling. It was so nice to come home to see it looking all pretty and white. As soon as I get the time, I'll take some pics of the finished product. And as I can't possibly post without including some pretty pictures, here are a few, just because they're beautiful!

windsor smith

 carolyne roehm

Sorry for the long post, but that is my life at the moment. And if anyone out there has any experience with migraines, or some advice on what's worked for them, I'd be really grateful. I'm happy to try anything if it will help.

Have a great day everyone,

Well While We Are Dreaming About Marchesa...

Sometimes it is just fun to look.

More dresses ever girl dreams of....Marchesa

Contemporary Residence House Designed by Ehrlich Architects

Here is an eye-catching contemporary house from Ehrlich Architects, a studio founded in 1979. The Zeidler residence is located in Aptos, California in a magical space, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and a few steps away from the beach. Built for a couple and their family, the structure is really impressive in size (3,500 square feet) and has several delimited living spaces. The indoors and exterior were designed in order to take advantage of the site’s potential to the maximum. Large windows and balconies ensure a large amount of natural light and the overall openness of the residence. The interior is very modern, featuring tasteful arrangements and a pale but intriguing color palette. Three king sized bedrooms ensure accommodation for friends and visitors. Does this contemporary residence seem like a nice place to live in or do you consider it too ostentatious?

Want To Come Live With Me For A While?

Don't know where I would take you but I am sure we could think of something....Dress Neiman Marcus, Notte by Marchesa

Monday, June 28, 2010

Marecucina by ALNO, a Kitchen for the Sea Lovers

Marecucina by ALNO

A while back, we had a post on Freshome where we presented a stunning Boat-themed kitchen, one of the memorable designs at Milan Furniture Fair. Today we have something similar to show you. From Alno comes another innovative kitchen also embracing the maritime style. Marecucina kitchen has a great nautical shape and features interesting wooden finishes. Gold faucets complete its luxurious and exclusive design. Not only the main work area is boat-themed, but also the furniture surrounding it. The cabinets, drawers and other accessories remind one of the wonders of living out in the sea. Even the windows seems to be in tune. Nice! The only problem however could turn out to be its large size. But that comes in second, when considering the fascinating design idea behind it.- via 3rings

10 Modern Kitchen Designs That Will Rock Your Cooking World

This post goes out to all of you out there interested in modern kitchen designs. For today we thought about gathering a collection of fabulous ideas that would serve as a good source of inspiration for anyone thinking about redecorating. All the arrangements in the pictures below have a contemporary feel and fit great in modern houses or apartments. The color palette is various and we also tried to find some kitchen designs that featured a certain theme. Wood is present in most of the interiors, creating a warm environment. When decorating, also keep in mind to add some flower arrangements as they have the ability of really cheering up a place.
We tried to keep things modern, not necessarily futuristic, but you will notice some visionary decoration ideas along the way. Some of the chairs and tables have really interesting shapes which are perfectly integrated in the rest of the design. Some kitchens are enriched with exciting wall ornaments such as paintings or other decorative items. We hope you will enjoy these modern kitchen designs and stay tuned, because we have another post coming soon on traditional kitchens.

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from : http://freshome.com/2010/06/11/25-modern-kitchen-designs-that-will-rock-your-cooking-world/