Friday, July 30, 2010

kitchen crush {clean lines+perfect pieces}

When I saw this kitchen I gasped. The clean lines and organic accessories are the perfect pair. Not to mention the beautiful tiling behind the stove, interesting doorway arch and the unique choice of seating options. Sigh...

A Melbourne Converted Warehouse

Textile designer Diane Bergeron, her husband Peter Throsby, and their daughters Coco, 14, and Annis, 16 remodeled this two-storey mid-20th century warehouse in Melbourne, Australia. Brilliant!

via : Living Etc

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Treasure Find : Boskke Sky Planters

I fell in love with these very original (and eco-friendly) upside down planters from Boskke, a company from New Zealand, and thought it was worth sharing...

For more information, plant type recommendations, general FAQs, or to order one of these cutties, click here to be redirected to the Boskke website...

via : Boskke website

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Walker Residence

One of the greatest surprises during my California adventure was coming across a little known Frank Lloyd Wright house in Carmel directly across Monterey Bay from Pebble Beach.
While I agree with many other architects that Frank Lloyd Wright is overly regarded in general, one can't help but admit he was a tremdendously talented architect.The Walker Residence was designed in 1948 and completed in 1951 for Della Walker. It's a small house nestled into the beach rocks on the water side of Scenic Drive in Carmel. I loved the gates into the driveway / carport which almost feel like the backdoor as it has such a prominent face on the other side.As you can tell from these pictures, it's so perfectly sited that it blends into its surroundings. If you didn't know it was there, you might not notice it!It's small sizes gives it the nickname 'the cabin on the rocks' (Carmel is full of cottages or 'cabins') but it's definitely not small on design. Above you see a typical FLW element, the carport.Built originally for $125,000, FLW later added a master bedroom in 1956. He is known to have considered this amongst his favorite houses.
I would compare the siting of the house and its relationship to the water with Fallingwater. FLW took a beautiful piece of property and only improved it with his design.The one side of the house has stairs which go down onto a small secluded beach area, seen above.The design is based on a ship with a terrace off the liviing room becoming the prow, thrusting into Monterey Bay.
Such an elegant house and I love the stonework.The plantings on this side of the house look native to the area and really feel a part of the house itself. The house was featured in the 1959 movie "A Summer Place". Has anyone ever seen this? I'll have to add it to my netflix queue.
If you're ever in Carmel, make sure to pay special attention to the cabin on the rocks!

sweet tooth {cream and caramel}

Oh, cream and soft caramel, what a lovely and welcoming color combination you are. It works in any style home and any room in the house.
(via atlanta homes and gardens, nuevo estilo, tom scheerer and interiors)

Jason Deamer Interview

Jason Deamer: Character Art Director at Pixar
Media: Black ink, Adobe Photoshop, Gouache, and Colored Pencil.

House Tour : Johnny and Conny

Location : Landskrona, Sweden

Owners : Design-minded art lovers Johnny, retail design specialist and Conny, art dealer and cafe owner

House's Main Feature : A unique mix of Scandinavian and Japanese design influences

via : Dwell Magazine

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

an edition of books

The last couple of weeks I have been delving into my paper stash and counting, cutting, and sorting dozens of stacks for another edition of my pocket and journey books. They are now currently being bound, pressed, and dried and will be ready to mail out later on this week.
These little books are made with so much love. Each is filled with sixty-five different papers foraged papers from all over the world. Tucked in between them are many different envelopes and pockets, for little treasures to be saved forever in.

If you would like one to call your own, they are up for sale in my shop here and here. They usually don't last long, but I should be making another edition up, later this fall as well.

WOW! Thank you to everyone who placed an order for these books. I am a little bit overwhelmed! I have now listed them all as out-of-stock, but I may have some more to add once I've waded through the orders. If you'd like to be notified when I have more available, please send my an email. Thank-you!

If you would like to order a book in another colour then I have listed in my shop, please just let me know. I may be able to make you up a book in another colour. Here now is a chart of my collection of bookcloth:

Which colour would you choose? In the past the robins egg and clover green have been the most popular, but so far this time by far the cherry and cream soda have been the favourites - these sorts of things are always interesting to me!

Urban Jungle

Who said you had to live on the countryside to enjoy life in nature? These patios and (roof) gardens are located in busy cities.... Simply dreamy...

Happy gardening!

via : Cote Sud