Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A soft, all white loft

If there's one thing I can never resist it's a beautiful all white space done right. This one is soothing and welcoming and flooded with natural light and a multitude of textures in soft tones. The Vancouver loft is the home of fashion stylist and blogger Kate Horsman (who writes Bullet with Butterfly Wings). She re-imagined this space from a very different "Italian villa" feeling that the previous owner had tried to create. 

The condo boasts a huge patio off the main living space and boats a beautiful view of the harbour. Kate says, "The whole idea of sun and surf, of incorporating natural elements, plays a huge role in how I am in my space. I wanted it to feel calm and laid-back, like a vacation home."

The large floating capiz was a favourite piece of mine, it adds a soft glamorous, yet natural touch. Kate was able to help with the design of her reclaimed wood dining table which was made by a friend.  

The large bookshelves that wrap around the archway into the living room house Kate growing personal library. Cool feature: the bottom units of these shelves slide out to reveal an extra hidden storage space.

Kate painted her antique piano white to suit the space. The calendar on the piano features different musicians and lyrics each month. 

Kate describes her own style as mostly clean with a rock 'n' roll edge. This space seems to communicate that perfectly. In her bedroom a neon light reading 'Stairway to Heaven' acts as a focal point above the bed, "I love the bold blue light in that white room", says Kate.  It is inspired by an installation by British artist Tracey Emin, and acts as a tribute to one of her favourite bands. 

See more of Kate's space and watch a video tour of the loft here.

{Photos: Janis Nicolay for Canadian House and Home, Sept 2012}

Thursday, July 26, 2012

An outdoor shower

When I think about my all-out dream house, and I frequently do, I often think about how nice it would be to have a small private courtyard off the master bedroom with its own outdoor shower or bath. 
There's something about being in water that just seems to fit perfectly with being outdoors...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

One million flowers: Dior Autumn 2012 Show

This year, Dior's Autumn/Winter 2012 show could easily have been described as a spectacular and a visually stunning event, even before a single model even hit the catwalk. Inspired with a vision that paid homage to Christian Dior's "Flower woman" and his enduring love for flowers and nature, Dior's new creative director, Raf Simons, set about to create a spectacular visual display by decorating the five grand rooms of a French mansion with one million flowers. Adorning the walls and even the ceilings, the rooms were covered in a solid tapestry of beautiful blooms including blue and white orchids, pink peonies, soft carnations and every colour of fragrant rose imaginable. Simons said the display was "a metaphor for the collection as a whole . I wanted it to be linked to the codes of Dior - but to make it dynamic, modern, energetic."

Watch a video on how the whole beautiful display came together here

{Photos: via MyModernMet}

Monday, July 23, 2012

At home | Amanda Peet: Then + now

With the recent launch of the new HomeMint site, featuring decor pieces curated by Justin Timberlake and designer Estée Stanley, I got to looking back through Estée's portfolio and noticed one familiar space that caught my eye - Amanda Peet's Los Angeles home, previously featured in Domino magazine and recently in Vogue. I can't quite tell if it's still the same home, but while there have been some very obvious changes, I loved that the overall feeling of the home remained the same. It feels as though while she may have had some help from Estée or others, the style in the home really is Amanda's own. 

She really does love stripes! Striped shirt, rug, banquette cushion, throw pillows...

In the original Domino article, Amanda mentions her long-standing passion for rustic pieces, stripes and ethnic fabrics. It appears nothing has changed, and her home still has the same relaxed Bohemian vibe. Somehow the feeling in the updated space seems to have softened that much more though, with brighter reds becoming pinks - but still a strong focus on Amanda's pattern of choice - stripes.  Bright, white and airy the overall focus seems to be on comfort, it really feels as if you could do just about anything in this house without worrying about things being too precious. 

{Photos: 1-8 Coliena Rentmeester for Domino magazine; 9-13 Francois Halard  for Vogue}

Friday, July 20, 2012

Floating infinity pool, Phuket Luxury Villa, Thailand

Still fixated on swimming pools, and this is definitely one for the records. Soaring out past the cliffs and seemingly blending into where the ocean meets the sky, the effect is awe inspiring. This private villa is located in a little known stretch of Kamala described as one of Phuket's best kept secrets, nestled up in the cliffs and offering one of the most breathtaking views I've seen.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

West Elm's South Africa Collection

If you've been reading this blog awhile, you'll know that one of the things I'm most passionate about is Africa and African design. Having grown up in Zimbabwe and having worked with African artists in the past, I'm always awed and inspired by the raw creative talent that exudes from the region. I was very excited when I first learnt of West Elm's recent collaboration with South African artists and this excitement only grew when I was able to visit the store in person and see the beautiful pieces myself. 

Like South Africa itself, the collections are full of energy and colour and many pieces of the pieces are inspired by the local landscape.

Artist Gemma Orkin describes her own pieces as 'happy and uncomplicated', her hand painted illustrations depict local South African flora and fauna applied on cups, bowls, plates and pillows. See more of her work here.

Renowned Cape Town furniture designer John Vogel has created a collection including a bench, lounger and chairs with webbed seating inspired by traditional African riempie weaving. I'm a big fan of John's work and the philosophy behind it, learn more about John here and at his website.

One of my favourite discoveries was Loren Kaplan's white dinnerware collection. It is deeply inspired by the traditional West African Venda and Elim village potters, but these strong patterns are made more subtle in all white. The effect is a thoroughly updated traditional motif. Learn more about Loren's beautiful ceramic creations here.

Another favourite was Cape Town artist Porky Hefer's wooden pendant lights inspired by children's spinning tops. They remind me of miniature Eames stools. See more of Porky's playful and quite humorous pieces here (I quite enjoyed the 'Bob' door mat :) ).

I was thoroughly impressed with this collaboration and the thoughtfulness that West Elm has obviously taken in sourcing and curating these items. To learn more about this collaboration and the artists behind it visit West Elm's blog, where they have some fantastic profiles, videos and interviews with the artists.

{All photos: West Elm}

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

At home: Tabitha Simmons Chelsea townhouse

British designer Tabitha Simmons' Chelsea townhouse is as fresh and playful as her eponymous shoe line. Predominantly decorated in soft neutrals, the home is still anything but boring. Little embellished and whimsical details can be found throughout with little nods to her English roots. 

The butterfly rug really becomes the focal point of the room, I'm not a massive fan of taxidermy at all, but the butterflies are one animal detail I can definitely get on board with.

I instantly fell for these rich velvet cushions in Kelly green and navy. I'd love to add a little one in bright fuchsia too as the bright pink in Tabitha's sweater looks so beautiful with the cushions.

I love how relaxing this bedroom feels. Soft creamy neutral tones and organic materials like jute, sheepskin and wicker compliment the laid back bedroom vibe. Little details like the paper star playfully hung above and the sculptural shape of the wicker chair prevent neutral tones becoming boring or predictable.

A wonderfully spacious bathroom, and a claw foot tub overflowing with shoes, shoes, shoes!

One of the best children's rooms I've seen in ages! Bold, bright and very fun, this space is classic and very whimsical all at once. Aside from the obvious show-stopper of a bunk bed, I can't decide whether the colourful mid-century chandelier or the bright blue rug are my next favourite pieces.

Almost hard to believe this tranquil little haven is just up above the streets of Manhattan.

Tabitha's home was also recently featured in Le Coveteur, the post featured her fabulous fashion collection and shoe collection. I was excited to see a few more glimpses into the space like the unusual sculptural desk and dramatic 

A simple concept with a very dramatic effect - this blue and white fabric creates a sense of grandeur while everything else in the room is kept simple.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Inspiration for the new week 16.7.12

Action is the foundational key to all success.

Pablo Picasso

Happy Monday!

{Photos: 1 | 2 }


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