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balto building

greg martin did an awesome renovation of this old building in minneapolis, taking 2 years to turn it from a run down warehouse-like commercial building into 2 residential units (one of which he settled in with his daughter) and one commercial unit, to supplement his income. impressive & so beautifully done…

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vamp

thaya keeps reminding me of the amazing stuff at vamp. flip. luckily i don’t live in cape town, only because if i did i’d probably be swinging past their shop all the time and bankrupting myself. in my dreams i’d be the owner of…

… this liquor cabinet, so i could feel like i was on the set of mad men:

… this folding table, so i could squeeze it into my already full flat:

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(ma + chr)

( Ma + Chr ) is an art and design studio based in Paris, founded by Mathilde Aubier and Christine Delaquaize.

wow, two very talented individuals - i love the way they remix vintage imagery with a sense of humour, and really adore the interior & graphic work they did for the nambodaï restaurant in paris

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wit

i grew up in a white walls household – it just went with my parent’s ‘modernist’ house and that was that. i still get nervous about putting colour on the walls, though i have toyed with the idea of light grey (hah). my rented flat has a sort of beigey crap colour in all the rooms (even the bathroom!) that i’m not allowed to paint over & it drives me kind of nutso.

i love the combination of white + wood and white + black (not too much black though), and i’m becoming quite partial to white floors too. as long as things don’t get clinical – i suppose that is the magic balancing act.

i’ll kick off with one of my favourite white apartments – it was for sale on a swedish real estate site but looks like some lucky person snapped it up. (as seen on style files, this is glamorous, simple blueprint, design fragment and more.) i’m not a fan of the chandeliers, but the designer shoes & bags lazily strewn on the floor don’t hurt…

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nest

if you’re ever in the stellenbosch area and you’re in need of a gift for a friend, girlfriend, mom… or just want something unique for your house – look no further than nest. they stock beautiful cushions (specially made) and the best collection of vintage items – which makes this my favourite favourite shop in town (and very reasonably priced, which is nice!). you’ll find nest in the skuinshuis builing, 44 van ryneveld street (bonus: it’s right next to nook eatery)

pardon the crap cellphone pics, i hurriedly took these over my lunch break.

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neverend

i really can’t decide which colour i prefer. both? from furni

neverend is a series of clocks created in conjunction with a select group of incredibly talented artists and designers. Each piece features artwork that is laser-etched onto a 3/8” thick piece of high quality russian birch plywood to create a bold graphic interpretation of the quintessential wall clock.

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