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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

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chesty before & after

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.

i also took major shortcuts in it’s ‘resoration’ as i had to do everything in my tiny flat in an afternoon. i would have preferred to sand the entire thing down and give it a lighter oak finish, but that would have involved way more admin than i was prepared to go through for my wee chest right now.

so this is what i did step by step:

  • unscrewed all the door knobs
  • i washed this baby down with sugar soap – it was pretty gross (i imagine it stood in some kids room since it was built, it even had old eighties stickers on it)
  • gave the drawers 1 coat of plain old water based acrylic (in white, obviously) – applied with a roller
  • when that dried, i gave it another coat of plascon velvaglo (also white)
  • i gave the frame one quick coat of nova dye woodstain in mahogany (leftover from another project) – applied with a roller sponge. this stuff is amazing, is dries in seconds & you don’t need to varnish afterwards.
  • i took the doorknobs apart, painted the outside black and the inside gold

aaaand… that’s it! it came out pretty okay in the end, no?

inspired by this particular before & after over at penny people designs (which is a far better execution, but probably easier to do if you start with an untreated base)

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cupboards

i love these kitchen cupboards – so simple! i know people get kind of stressed out about redoing their kitchens, then they end up spending lots of cash on fake wood and fake granite tops etc etc – but look how great this solution is. i reckon probably inexpensive in comparison, too. if you ever get tired of that scandanavian wood vibe, just paint them. boom. via decor8

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adriatic idyll

via architectural digest

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i want potato

potato-cat

not only is their house pretty awesome, but nic + susien are the designers for lover (wonderful australian label) and they have a beautiful british shorthair called POTATO!

♥ look at his faaaaaaace ♥

via the selby

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catskills

Christina Salway and John Moskowitz spent weekends from October to May renovating their 700-square-foot 1920s cottage in Sparrow Bush, N.Y., their first home purchase. A converted garage on the left is now a living room that has been enclosed with salvaged windows and glass-paned doors.

Christina Salway and John Moskowitz spent weekends from October to May renovating their 700-square-foot 1920s cottage - their first home purchase. A converted garage on the left is now a living room that has been enclosed with salvaged windows and glass-paned doors.

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LM LONDON

lmlondon

LM london ceramics via for me, for you

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i could see these on my walls

in my kitchen, specifically. artist: holly farrell

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