oh, perfect swedish homes (tra la la)

have a sneaking suspicion that the apartments for sale at alvhem are cleverly furnished, styled and photographed by mega smart swedish real estate agents – duping us all into believing that we are inferior beings with inferior apartments.

invest in some happiness

hey, want to move to sweden with me? malmö, specifically. it’s pretty cold there right now but we can hole up in this apartment. it’s for sale for R3,5m. did you know the swedish krona’s exchange rate is basically on par with the south african rand? i didn’t either. it makes me feel pretty great, except a coffee there probably costs 30 bucks which makes me feel the opposite. it’s okay, we can take our own coffee & live like monks! if you can bring the 3.5 million we’ll be set.

i would like to live here (please)

as a kid, friends of my parents had the most beautiful mid-century modern house situated on a hilltop that overlooked a valley (all mountains and vineyards and awesomeness). but i didn’t care about the view, i was only interested in the house. it was a single storey design with split levels and low ceilings – made basically entirely out of wood and glass. each room was on a different level and my brother and i used to explore from the bedrooms at the top making our way down through the tv room, kitchen, dining room, formal living room and guest bedrooms at the bottom. it was magic. then they moved, sold the house and it got demolished. i think i cried the day i found out.

maison moschino

i’m not one to lust after luxury (looking at net-a-porter almost every day doesn’t count as lusting after luxury, right?) but i would really like to stay in the sweet room at maison moschino, please. those pillows!

indoor / outdoor

my little flat with zero forest / mountain / lake view is becoming increasingly depressing the more i look at these

all images via contemporist

hervé pierre at home

if you’re like me then you peruse the selby often (and by often i mean all the time), and there would be no need to show you these pics. but i’m going to take a shot in the dark and share them with you in case you’re not a follower. this is hervé pierre‘s apartment in new york city, he’s the design director for carolina herrera.

rad rugs

i have never been a carpet person, i much prefer an expanse of empty floor than having rugs lying all over the place (especially loose carpets on a floor that already has wall-to-wall carpeting… something i will never understand.) slowly though i have come to the realisation that it might just be because i have never come across carpets i actually like.

front & back

a pretty cool modern renovation of a turn of the century row house in washington, dc

i wish we had more row houses in SA, i would love to live in an urban street not dissimilar to what you see on london, new york & other cities the world over. smaller than a house, bigger than a flat. what more could you ask for?

orla by skinny laminx

oh man, i am in love with these chairs that heather aka skinny laminx had reupholstered in her amazing new orla fabric. flip, what i would give to have an entire couch done in the black & white print… you can purchase at her etsy