Traditional Modern Kitchen

 Lately I have been working on a character-style kitchen. It's about finding a balance between a modern kitchen that functions well, yet retaining traditional details that will tie in with the rest of the character interiors.
I recently found this stunning kitchen on Remodelista, which is a great example of what I am talking about. This interior is on a grand scale compared to what I am working with, however you can't help but admire, and be inspired, by all the details and touches that make this kitchen, laundry and utility rooms so rich and successful.
This includes the use of tiles - the grey herringbone flooring in the kitchen and the terracotta hexagon tiles (which look original) in the laundry/utility room; that amazing charcoal granite butler sink in the laundry, the brass pull handles and knobs on the cabinetry, the dark blue interior of the drawers, the brass taps in the kitchen and laundry, the marble and timber bench tops, the wallpaper in the powder room, the surrounding black framed windows and doors, the open shelving and the list just goes on.
This respectful and classy renovation was for a 1910 Brooklyn brownstone in New York and was designed by architect, Gerry Smith. Read more about it here.

Photographs by Samuel Morgan Photography via Remodelista.
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Friday Giveaway - Wool/Possum Interior Throw

What a great way to finish off the week - a giveaway! This gorgeous wool throw has been generously offered to me by New Zealand company, Inter-Weave.
For the last 30 years, Inter-Weave have been designing and manufacturing commercial and domestic interior furnishings fabrics.  I have seen a recent and very cool collaboration with menswear brand, Barkers.
They have branched out with an in-house range called Wuru (Maori for 'wool') - 100% New Zealand designed and woven throws using a blend of New Zealand wool and possum. These throws are luxurious and elegant.
I can assure you that they feel gorgeous and are perfect for the huddling-under-on-the-sofa-sessions for our up-coming winter. This design is called Grid-Locked and while it looks great at the end of my bed, this is for someone out there to win and enjoy.
So please go to my Facebook page here, like the page, and tell me on the competition post where you will put this throw in your house should you win. This give away is open to New Zealand and Australia residents. I will draw the winner next Friday 29th June. Good luck!

This competition is now closed and we have a winner! Congratulations to Kate Rose.

Photographs by Charlotte Minty.
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One Bookcase, Four Ways Series by Emily Henderson

The Eclectic Sophisticate
 After having suggested some interesting objects and ideas to a client to finish off her  new shelves, I was entertained by this 'One Bookcase, Four Ways' series by stylist, Emily Henderson. 
Her styling team took the same bookcase and styled it four different ways to "show you the life-altering importance of styling. Start with simple furniture, layer on the crazy and you get a room full of personality."  Henderson is right on and she proves her case in this visual series.
Click on the captions below each photo to be taken through to how each look was achieved while reading Emily's classic and entertaining dialogue. Which one do you like?

Modern Traditional

Desert New Age

The Playful Scholar

Photographs by Jessica Issac via Emily Henderson.
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Interior Inspiration - Scandinavian Style

Let's start off the week with this great interior inspiration in Scandinavian style from Inside Out magazine. "This home utilises clean lines, rich tones and texture to create a sense of warmth in a white space". Lovely.

Photographs by Brooke Holm via Inside Out.
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Stylish Family Home

This stylish family home was featured in New York Times last year and it belongs to Brian Faherty and his family. Faherty is the owner of Schoolhouse Electric Supply & Co, a lighting and homewares company based in Portland, Oregon - a brand whose products I have admired in magazine and interiors. This home is often where the company's catalogue is shot and is the testing ground for various products.
Brought in 2012, this building was later reconfigured and renovated for family friendly living - the architect was encouraged to create a house with materials and forms that could "transcend any idea of time or style. Images of Swedish courtyard farmhouses came to mind." I like the clean, functional design that blends mid-century and modern elements effortlessly. Read more here.

Also I would like to note that I was nominated by various readers for the SiteSmart Love the Web. I was chuffed to hear that readers who enjoy my blog took the time to nominate me, and along with such great company too. It meant a lot to read the lovely comments and to hear that you enjoy this blog - thank you for sharing the love.


Photographs by Jeremy Bittermann via New York Times.
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This looks like a book, doesn't it? However, when you open this book up, it becomes a warm, high performing LED light. Say hello to Lumio, a portable, rechargeable and powerful light that you can take anywhere with you. Isn't this very clever?
I first came across this dynamic piece of design via clients who were excited to share this product with me after a visit to USA. Of course I was intrigued and had to learn more.
Lumio "is the first product from a studio dedicated to helping people live large with less. The studio is focussed on multi-functional, everyday objects that are simple, intuitive and beautiful." The book arrives beautifully packaged along with a USB charger, magnetic wooden pegs for mounting and a leather strap for hanging. Think of all the possibilities! Stunning.



Photographs via Lumio.
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