Greek Villa

  • 11 June 2014

I came Villa Kalos while ago via est magazine and  I have to confess I haven’t been able to resist revisiting these stunning images, I figure if I look at them often enough I will be magically transported there …. imagine how difficult it would be to leave!

Villa Kalos opened in 2011 after being lovingly restored by South African Photographers Gerda Genis and Robbert Koene, you can see their photographers eye for detail every where you look.

Situated in Ithaka Greece, Villa Kalos offers luxurious boutique accommodation for holiday makers looking for the ultimate  Greek Island getaway. Nestled in the country side surrounded by Almond trees and Olive groves, the vegetable garden area is to die for let alone the salt water swimming pool.

The interior is a fantastic combination of restored original building elements and modern comforts, oozing a charming warmth,  Villa Kalos is definitely going on  my bucket list!

Secret agent colour

  • 17 March 2014

I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to spotting colourful interiors, I have to say they are hard to come by!

While I admire the current  Scandinavian look of white on white (I’m not so sure about the carefully stage monochrome accessories just quietly!) I do wonder how live-able these rooms are? They often don’t feel like Homes to me, and lets be honest …. where the heck are you supposed to hide the kids?

I love the idea of Colour working like a secret agent controlling us without our knowing, how easily our spirits are lifted in a space with the the right hue.  Colour is a dramatic backdrop to the things we surround ourselves with too, after all these treasures  all have a special story attached to them, a  gift from loved one, an extravagant treat for yourself, a precious drawing from your children or the reminded of a holiday, it’s not just catalog stuff it’s a collection of memories. Memories of a life well lived, a life bursting with colour.

These beautiful images are by Photographer Rachel Whiting Warning secret agents are at work these WILL make you feel good!


Inspriation

  • 3 March 2014

Lots of things caught my eye in this kitchen, first off I’m magnetically drawn to the corner booth style seating it looks like a great place to hang out, a simple solution to a dining space! Then there is the beautifully displayed pottery collection and last but not least are the handles.  Oh and the floor!

Digging a little further into Kristian Septimius Kroug Photography site unearthed this image, again many things caught my eye in particular the original exposed brick work, stunning texture and warmth.

Designers Guild

  • 21 February 2014

Designers Guild have released their Spring 2014 collection, yea!!  Tricia Guild is one of my favourite designers I love her feminine colourful designs and of course her magical touch of combining multiple colours and textures.

The new collection is a slightly subdued take on their usual trade mark flamboyance,  inspired by free-flowing floral images of vintage kimono fabric, recreated as clean botanical prints that repeat themselves beautiful in both colour and monochromatic combinations.

Stripe and leaf motif upholstery velvets compliment the collection

Monochrome Magic

  • 10 February 2014

This is the work of Photographer Paul Massey, I confess I had to scroll through each and every shot of his website. What I admired the most is the “mood” he has managed to create in each image.

Even though many of the images are devoid of colour I found myself drawn into my laptop screen for a closer look, the styling is superb. Without colour texture becomes the star of the show.

Great industrial light and bench seating, see  the cabinetry combination right hand doors plain,while the left hand doors have detailed panelling and a paint finish yet they sit together seamlessly.

Courtyard Living

  • 30 January 2014

I have always been intrigued by the concept of internal courtyards in homes, as a student I visited a circular house with an internal courtyard, since then the concept has remained firmly at the top of my wish list. I love the self-contained privacy of them.

This home by Selldorf Architects is a great example; located in Colorado the images immediately reminded me of Queenstown.

The building is arranged around a central courtyard as a series of one-story pavilions dedicated to specific functions, spaces are linked by an internal corridor. Many of the external walls are floor to ceiling glazing making the most of the stunning views. While the internal courtyard is always protected from the prevailing wind and the neighbours!

(Photos: Todd Eberle)

Ensuite illusion

  • 24 January 2014

This Ensuite is part of an apartment renovation I have recently completed, the Design brief was to make a very small, internal, dated master bedroom ensuite into a sophisticated, light, spacious,  functional space with storage.

This type of brief requires all the tricks to be pulled out of the bag!  The main focus was to create an illusion of space , a wall hung vanity top clears the floor space,  full width mirrors that have storage behind them visually doubles the wall space, contrasting black tiles on the end wall of the shower push the wall away elongating the room. Mood lighting along with task lighting adds depth.  Job done!

Image by Living Visions Photography

Colour Blocking

  • 15 January 2014

Colour blocking is  the new kid on the block.  Fashion runways are the stylistic leaders of the pack, interior design trends soon follow the catwalks. The stunning catwalk fashion colour blocking combinations of Rosebud Pink with Lime Green, Regal purples with Fiery oranges these bold combos will now drift into our homes. Yippee!!

It’s a whole new take on trusty feature walls that we know and are comfortable with, now we just switch them up a little. Colour Blocked walls are cool, they are fresh and best of all they are easily achievable!

This happy little example via  Pinecone Camp  shows just  how gorgeous the results can be!

look

  • 14 January 2014

I was fortunate enough to listen to Sir John Kirwan speak late in December, what an inspiring man, there were lots of laughs amongst the serious messages of the evening, about halfway through his presentation he asked us all to stand and hug 4 complete strangers each, a look of discomfort crossed most of our faces, the atmosphere of the room altered once the task was completed, the look of discomfort surprisingly had changed to one of pleasure.

The message that stayed with me the most was a simple one; “feel the water” life is so busy most things we do on a daily basis become chores to hurry through. So to stop and actually take time to FEEL the water is remarkable. I have made an effort each day since to stop and ‘look’, it has been a delight to do this with the kids over the holidays and see them ‘look’ as well. The master of all design Mother Nature has treats for us everywhere if we take time to notice, the inside of an orange, the shadow of leaves dancing on the grass, tiny faces locked into tree trunks. Try it…….