Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stay in Kirsten Dunst's charming New York apartment

Planning to spend a few months in New York? Well, Kirsten Dunst will let you stay at her place (for $12K a month). Kirsten has just listed her Soho apartment for rent on Boasting stunning views of the Hudson River from multiple angles and a very cozy Bohemian vibe this home is actually exactly what I would have imagined her apartment to be like (if I had ever had to guess). While it's a bit of a departure from many of the more clean and modern styles I've favoured recently, there's something very charming about this space. With an eclectic mix of vintage posters, modern photography and romantic Parisian details like the crystal ship chandelier (from the Marie Antoinette era), the space exudes warmth and has a lovely laid back feeling. The type of home you where you can imagine spending an evening with a bottle of red wine and an abundance of candles playing old favourite records.

 Photos: via Blocksy

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A modernist log cabin in Melbourne, Australia

I fell in love with this space the moment I laid eyes on it, and have now seen it in quite a few different publications since. The Melbourne, Australia home of Simone Haag, who works in communications at one of my all time favourite design firms, Hecker Guthrie is airy, serene and thoroughly modern. Described by Simone and her husband as their 'modernist log cabin' the space feels like the ultimate retreat. Thoughtfully decorated with classic design pieces, natural wood tones and beautiful art, the space feels calm, soothing and uncluttered. 

Simple cabinetry is elevated to something stylish and custom with leather pulls (this would be an easy update for an ikea piece!)

See more of Simone's great design finds on her blog here.

All photos: by photographer Armelle Habib

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Patrick Dempsey's Family Home in Malibu

I'm having major house envy after exploring actor Patrick Dempsey's Malibu home. One of famed architect Frank Gehry's early homes, it is a modern design gem - with clean lines, dramatic angles and an indoor/ outdoor flow throughout the home. While the decor is a little more on the industrial / rustic side than I'd personally choose, it has been done quite beautifully and provides a rich contrast to the crisp modern architecture of the home. 

'The Tin House', as it has been named, has an assuming entrance as you first approach, with a dramatic flourish as you near the home 

Love the idea of strips of coloured neon lights as an art installation! This simple piece, combined with the dramatic oversized front door are one of my favourite parts of the home. 

The crisp, cool modern design is warmed up with a rich Moroccan rug underfoot and a plush daybed as you enter the home.

Throughout the home is a balance between rugged and refined, seen in the contrast between the huge wall of shelving for chopped wood with the tailored tuxedo sofas and silk rug. 

A very comfortable, but still casual every day eating area. The pictures above are from The Bubble Series by Melvin Sokolsky.

There are a lot of heavy rustic and industrial elements in this home, but it is balanced by the multiple skylights, high ceilings,  all white walls that keep the space looking light and airy. 

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A beautiful and bountiful raised vegetable garden. I'm a terrible gardener but someday I hope to be good. 

A lounge-y outdoor space around the fire pit, for enjoying summer evenings with friends. 

Now he's just rubbing it in - this country home even comes complete with mini donkeys and an outdoor pizza oven!