i’ve been looking around our place recently wondering how we can jazz it up a bit. we don’t have space for any more pieces of large furniture, so it’s up to accessories or painting some walls… and since i’m afraid of painting it’s basically just up to accessories. i would like our apartment to look a bit more “adult”. to seem as if we are the kind of people who sleep in Ralph Lauren sheets (even though i would probably never ever by RL sheets, and also you don’t get them here of course). i don’t really know what i’m talking about, but for some reason i think the answer lies in black and gold. so here are some nice things, for my imaginary home (and yours?) all the links are at the bottom of the post. 1: tom dixon tea set | 2: charred commode | 3: josh herman ceramics; 4: basket | 5: brass planter | 6: lantern pedestal lamp | 7: gold menagerie trio | 8: calendar | 9: brass coasters | 10: trash bin | 11: brass bottle opener | 12: sheepskin rug | 13: shanna murray plates | 14: geo chimes | 15: nightshade candle | 16: davy lamp | 17: balsam fir incense
i was digging around in the Life Magazine archives (as i often do) when i came across these photos of a beautiful modern beach house in the La Jolla shores area of San Diego. after doing a bit of research i learned that it was designed by american architect William Kesling for Walton MacConnell in 1946-47. amazingly the original address is actually listed, so i looked it up on google maps – and it seems like some of the original part of the house might still be in existence! though it looks to have been extended on a massive scale.
i find that so unfortunate about beach properties these days, i know that it’s prime real estate and only super rich people can really afford them – and they have all the money to build super huge mansions – but it’s a shame to me that you don’t often see the small, charming beach cottages that were built back in the 40s, 50s, 60s… there are still a handful of them in Cape Town, you can spot a few original bungalows on the shores of Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. i hope that their owners never turn them into monstrous mansions.
anyhoo! these are nice pics to look at anyway. they were taken in 1947 by Peter Stackpole and featured in the November 3 issue of Life Magazine, pages 154-160. it all sounds pretty amazing… except maybe for that Cuban houseboy. here are some of my favourite bits:
With a Cuban houseboy, a barbeque pit, a fishing rod and a telescope, retired bachelor Walton MacConnell has settled down in the elegant, sunny little town of La Jolla, California to a pleasant, lounging existence. As a setting for this life he has built himself a dramatic, glossy, $40,000 home which hugs the edge of a 50-foot seaside cliff. Here the Pacific swishes around under the living-room floor and occasionally splashes up soothingly over the huge windows.
In the living room his guests loll around, waiting until nightfall when they usually dress formally for a dance in the cliff-enclosed patio.
At night, when there is no reflection, the living room window is invisible and MacConnell worries constantly lest unsuspecting guests walk right through it. So far several have hit it but none has been hurt.
On the bedroom roof guest Nancy Chase snoozes. Roofing of asphalt and crushed ceramics reflects extra sun for an even tan.
you can read the original article at the bottom of the post.
at the moment i am thinking about our home a lot. we are currently happily living in our Sea Point apartment that’s big enough for the two of us (and we are lucky enough to be right by the promenade) - but i know that we both dream of an outside space and everything that comes with that. a dog, a cat… and other little beings that like to play in a garden. one step at a time – i know, i know. but i can’t help thinking of that possible future place, which is why i want to have a Home Talk.
i had to kick off with possibly the most beautiful house i have seen this year. designed by architect Ray Kappe in 1967, who still lives here with his wife:
Vanessa Jackman’s visit to Villa Extramuros in Portugal, which boasts beautiful interiors and exteriors:
cool wares from vintage shop Ethanollie:
like the little corner desk of this Parisian apartment:
sweet home things from Makers & Brothers:
the home of Wood & Wool Stool designer Ingrid Jansen:
colourful utensils by Sucre:
at home with Jennifer Bewerse:
beautiful homeware by Neëst:
watercolour wallpaper by Emma Hayes:
and, a public loo in London that was turned into an amazing apartment by architect Laura Clark:
you know i’m a tart for anything inspired by colour, so i was really happy to discover a collaboration between stylist Marcus Hay & photographer Kat Teutsch on a wonderful series called New York Stories: self styled shoots inspired by the lives of fictional ladies in New York City. says Marcus,
I have for a long time wanted to a series of color based stories inspired by fictional characters, eccentric hybrids of personalities I know or admire from a distance in New York. These shoots are produced as a result of meeting or observing from afar the array of characters here, constantly I am inspired by just a glimpse of someone on the street who you know has a long story to tell. New York is famous for its eccentric personalities and thankfully the city is still full of them! Kat and I get a kick out of having a narrative to work from and the possibilities are endless, watch out for some more of our ladies!
they have three stories so far – the blue & green hued Edna Indigo Greenleaf; the rose & citrus story of Goldie Rose Smyth; and the super cool black & gold story of Ophelia Sable Le Blanc (my favourite, which you’ll see below). be sure to check out the rest either at Marcus’ blog or Kat’s website.
Ophelia Sable Le Blanc, Born May 12th, 1952
Ophelia grew up in affluent Chicago suburb of Oak Park, while she did not live in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright of whom designed many of the houses and buildings of more prominent folk, she always wished she had.
An Architectural buff, Ophelia had dreams of attending school for Architecture but somehow never managed to get there settling instead in New York where she was attracted to mood of the 1960’s where her jet black bob and big charcoaled eyes made an impression at the Fashion Magazines where she worked in the Art Department eventually building her way up to a Director position.
Partly retired now, Ophelia still dabbles in Design and holds classes at a prominent Design School for Graphic Design. She loves her coffee black and her cocktails strong, her signature black bowler hat makes an appearance at times when the mood is upon her.
my philosophy when it comes to indoor plants is basically “yes please, more is better”. especially if you live in apartment with no outdoor area to speak of. we don’t have a balcony or garden, but i would love to grow herbs in our kitchen – unfortunately it’s a small space that gets no light. also facing the sad fact that we’re running out of sill space for the burgeoning greenery.
that’s why i just love these clever products designed by Linda Bergroth & Klaus Aalto for Kekkilä. that green light is just genius. the nursery shelves and the pot step are also super cool (feels like a DIY idea to steal?) also this lady is clearly having the best time in her flat surrounded by all these amazing plants. i’ll have what she’s having (ahem).
here are ten nice things for the home: to buy, to DIY, or just to sigh (at)…
sweet little bowls by Fine Little Day:
porcelain serving boards by honeycomb studio:
the awesome project is awesome:
Pennyweight Goods presents the Southern Lights Electric x Pennyweight wall lamp:
Bindle is a sweet gifting idea:
a DIY embroidery kit by Lisa Grue:
a faceted wall clock by Raw Dezign:
a DIY kitchen towel rack made from a brass rod, by Bambula:
Simone & Rhys Haag’s home in Melbourne is one of the nicest & most inspiring i’ve seen in a while:
Aerin Lauder’s house in Aspen (profiled by Vogue of course, of course):
a beautiful renovation of an apartment by AR architects, i particularly like the yellow details (and those floors):
a home in London designed by Charles Mellersh, more lovely golden detailing:
artist Pia Dehne’s house & studio in the Catskills:
a Swedish apartment for sale (and immaculately styled):
Bri’s inspiring office makeover (not really a home, but homey – yes):
and a weekend beach house that i wouldn’t mind making a full time house house:
i’m actually moving out of my lovely flat this month (sad face), so right now my mind is on the crappy business of packing up. it does make me feel a bit better to browse interior blogs in the process, so that i can imagine what i’d like my new home to look like. if you’re into beautiful Swedish homes like i am then best make a pit stop at Wonderdeco - run by stylist and blogger Sanna Fischer Nordström (who herself has a beautiful home), with photos by Ida Carrol.
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