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
beautiful things at LEIF – including some pretty extraordinary art that i would love to have on my walls, and nice scarves for around my neck and monogram rings for my fingers… always so colourful and happy, i like that.
Kip & Co is an australian homeware brand that i discovered through the portfolio of photographer Armelle Habib, who shot their Dappled Dreams collection. they design what i would like to call epic bedding. i’ve always been a white sheets kinda gal, but if i had to dip my toes into something bright and colourful then this is the direction i’d go in.
Kip & Co began as the little dream of Melbourne girls, Alex, Kate and Hayley to create bright and beautiful bedding. Kip & Co designs have been inspired by unique, wild, and brave art and nature, soaked up on backpacking adventures around the globe and flea markets down the road. Now, working out of our living rooms (with an obligatory cup of tea in hand) we have designed a bedding range that will bring a new energy to your home.
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.
Book/Shop is an Oakland based online & brick-and-mortar shop that specialises in products and paraphernalia related to reading – of actual real life books, not the online kind. of course they have actual books for sale, but also deal in other interesting things like book related art & vintage posters (love this Read Instead print) and even small furnishings to keep your books organised.
We’re committed to the reading experience. The surprise of one page turning to the other. The little luxury of sitting in a great reading chair, inhaling the scent of a beautifully made book. The luscious heft of three or four good reads in a sturdy bookbag as you head out into the world. The hundred discoveries waiting at a used bookstore; the refuge of a library.
i was just thinking the other day how tired i was of seeing white white white interiors everywhere on the internet, even though they are beautiful (don’t get me wrong). but sometimes you just don’t see enough variety – which i suppose is the problem with the internet, if you follow the same blogs or don’t wander far from the safety of your pinterest feed. so when i saw the work of brazilian architect & designer Carlos Motta, which focuses on the natural beauty of wood, i ended up flipping through every single image on his website. many of the houses his atelier has designed are situated in the Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range in the state of São Paulo. this one - Carlos Motta’s own home - has to be my favourite.
The Atelier Carlos Motta was born in the 70’s, through a strong counterculture movement. Surf, Yoga, food and a natural life. Ecology and respect for nature, pulsing through our veins. It’s at the genesis and at the Atelier DNA the environmental and social responsibility. The architecture and design that we develop here at the Atelier follow together the same concept: the search for the obvious, the simple, respectful and longevous.
Lotte Janssens is a lacemaker & crocheter from Antwerp who clearly has very talented & creative fingers – as you can see by her delicate work below. she also has somewhat of a green thumb, as her home is filled with an assortment of beautiful plants. you can buy her wares at her shop, see her photos on flickr and learn more about her & her work at her blog.
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: