retreat

the site is a waterfront property located on an island in the archipelago of stockholm. oaks and pines live in meagre soil between sculptural rocks that dominate the landscape. a large section of the site’s upper part is taken by a large oak aged over 500 years

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The home features an enormous patio with an elliptical opening designed to accentuate the view. The old-looking barn in the distance even features an underground tunnel that serves as an entrance into the home.

21 bathrooms

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this home designed for a ‘malaysian power family’ has nine bedrooms, two family rooms, a family kitchen and a private dining area, a family library, a game room, a study, a public reception area, a formal dining room, a ballroom, chapel, 21 bathrooms, a swimming pool, two guest suites plus indoor private and guest parking. the ballroom has a round chandelier of 13,000 custom-designed undulating petals of unglazed cast porcelain biscuit. top notch – via coolhunter

chesty before & after

chest

now i know some of you might think it’s sacrilege to paint over a wooden piece, but the fact of the matter is that this particular chest of drawers only cost me R300 (that’s like, US $40) – and it basically just had a shoddy veneer that was chipping in places.

DIY shelves

shelves

shelves

this is an awesome DIY project from the brick house – it looks so cool and professional, like something you’d pay thousands of bucks to get an interior designer to do. not sure about where you can get plumbing fixtures like that in SA, i assume builder’s warehouse? errrrm…. plumb-link? either way, it’s just standard pipes that are spray painted black…. man, i’m so clueless. don’t laugh at me, plumbers.