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.

oh, you only have 1 million? let’s buy this one, then.

i could show you more but 100% of these apartments basically look the same inside.

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.

if you just read that long story you might understand where my love for mid-century modern houses comes from and why i would love to live in one some day. nothing makes me feel more at home.

this is the beattie residence, designed by ulrich franzen.

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.

pierre has literally brought paris into his home, and it’s filled with the coolest stuff – hat boxes, paper art, vintage portraits, giant perfume bottles, fashion illustrations … not to mention the fact that his fridge is basically stocked with water and chocolate.

i urge you to see all the photos here

look at him in his jammies!

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.

these antique carpets by swedish artist & textile designer martha meuse fjetterström (on auction at bukowski’s) are a huge exception. considering they’re priced between $4000-30,000 they probably would not be displayed on my floor.

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.…

the book club

this place looks really awesome, the book club is situated in a former victorian warehouse in the east end of london that’s been renovated into a new venue for eating, drinking, meeting & dancing. bringing together wit, wisdom and enough food and drink to see you through from early breakfast to…

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…


jens windolf is a german photographer who works as an art director in online & offline media. born in cologne in 1967, he is also a trained architect & graphic designer (see comments below) this series reminds me of school hostels, doctors waiting rooms and all other manner of institutions from…

trees please

i’m pretty much sold on any and all houses that have trees incorporated into their design – there’s nothing nicer to me than a huge tree in the middle of a courtyard. or better yet, a tree in the middle of a house.