Monday, August 26, 2013

Seeing red

Vibrant touches of red bring this beautiful Sao Paulo apartment to life. I love the black sculptural staircase and the light timber kitchen (with that amazing red smeg fridge...sigh!)
Stunning! I just love the whole look, especially the creative use of timber slats, featured on the ceiling, what a great idea!

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This is what's on my mood board right now...

Loving red, white, black and timber together, such an energetic and  dynamic combo, don't you think?
It would be perfect for a cafe' or a funky apartment
 Who's up for it?

Have a fantastic week everyone
Catch up soon


images Ikea, Table Tonic, Smeg

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Loving all things metallic lately

And loving the sparkle of gold above all
There's something incredibly romantic about this yellow precious metal, isn't there?
It's so versatile
So luscious and luxurious

Love it.
And love the fact that I can wear it 
use it as an accent in my work
so much fun.
How about you?
Do you like to wear gold?
Or do you like to use it in your home?
You've got to love a bit of metal and shine:)


images the glossier nerd

Monday, August 12, 2013

This week

So much's what's on my board this week

maggi hambling - wave

the socialite family

the socialite family

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Can you guess what I'm working on...?
Giving you little hint...I'm shopping for art and windows for one client hence images #1 and #4 (amazing inspiration from the talented Maggi Hambling and stunning industrial style windows add character to this great living area with a lovely view over the courtyard).
Also buying an AJ's floor lamp for another client (I definitely have a crush on these beautiful lamps)
Finally, I'm currently stalking all things velvet (don't know why-are you obsessed with velevet too? - image 3) and loving deep, earthy colours (using them in a beautiful newly refurbished apartment - inspired by image 2)
What about you? What are you up to this week?


Monday, August 5, 2013

Shopping for artwork

It's not easy. It can be difficult, even frustrating - especially if it's your first time. Where should you start and what should you do? Before you go to a dealer, you should look around, do some research, google the artists and styles that you like, then contact a few dealers and/or consultants in your area and ask as many questions as possible about both emerging and established artists, their type of work, their styles, size of their work etc - it is an investment after all. At home you should make a note of the aspect of the room, the decor, favourite objects, colours, the  size you have in mind for the artwork, the style (is it going to be a painting, canvas or photograph or...?) plus the style and size of your frame if applicable. If it becomes too stressful (perhaps you have too much to choose from, or there's a budget issue, or not enough time to shop around) you are indecisive and need some guidance you can hire a consultant - art consultants will charge an hourly rate and will help you select some beautiful artwork for your home - most dealers offer this type of service, just phone your local gallery or check online. If you are unsure about colours and styles and perhaps you do not want to visit an art dealer you could hire an interior designer or a colour consultant - most designers have plenty of contacts and will help you find the right piece of art at the right price in no time. Another great (and inexpensive) way to own art is to visit local markets and second-hand shops, they can be filled with the most amazing treasures. Or you might like to support a local artist (which is a great way to start an art collection) - there are a lot of talented emerging artists out there, you could start by ringing your local council - they'll have a list of upcoming exhibitions mainly run by the local art society (a group of very talented and enthusiastic local artists) - the exhibitions are a great way to meet the artists in person, have a chat with them about their art and media and get to know their styles.  

Finally if you do not want to fully commit to one piece of art and would like some flexibility remember that you can hire artwork too (yes!) it's a great way to rotate styles, size etc. and instantly refresh the look of your home.

Important #1 rule - only buy it if you love it.

images 2,3,4,5 caldesign; 1, the block sky high (matt and kim - foyer)