Living

Leah & Dylan

you will know Leah Goren from her beautiful illustrative work, her clothing & accessories line and the amazing collaboration she did with Anthropologie. i check in on her shop all the time, and love sharing her new work here whenever i can. one thing i didn’t know, and i’m surprised by this considering how much i stalk cool people on the internet, is that she has a blog with her graphic designer boyfriend Dylan called A Future Present where they share bits & pieces from their lives in Brooklyn, including snaps of gorgeous devon rex Moses, and chronicle the ongoing DIY projects that make their little home look so cool.

also read more about Leah’s work at the Etsy blog.

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Rugs not Drugs

first of all, i APOLOGISE for the title of this post. it could not be helped.

so, a difficult thing i had to do recently was help my boyfriend pick out a carpet (actually, rug) for his apartment. at one stage there were three HUGE beautifully colourful kilims on the floor of this old school carpet place we visited in cape town, and the carpet salesman was almost rolling his eyes at us as we umm’d and aah’d over which one he should take home. eventually after peeling away layers upon layers of piled up carpets he found the one. but i’m still thinking back to all those carpets, i honestly would have loved to take all of them home.

i’m also on the market for a carpet, and i thought i had a good idea of what i wanted until i came across the Nazmiyal Collection of vintage rugs boasting Swedish kilims, Moroccon rugs and some incredible Art Deco pieces too. do i want something fluffy? or Scandanavian? ideally i’d like all the rugs in the world, but if that’s not possible i could very happily live with one of these.

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Metrode

metrode is a studio based in seattle that emphasises natural materials, classic style, and a neutral palette in their inventory of vintage finds & new handmade pieces. shop owner caitlin also recently collaborated with julia of rennes to bring some wonderful dotted tote bags and pouches. i never tire of quality leather accessories, i tells ya. caitlin also has a beautiful curated pinterest board if you care to follow.

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Fantastic Frank

if you’re like me you probably like settling down with a cup of coffee and the weekend newspaper on a sunday morning and flip straight to the property section where you play the always fun game if i had a billion rand / dollars / pounds which house would i buy?

this game would be about 1000 times funner if the visuals in the property sections were on par with what’s going on at Fantastic Frank. this swedish real estate agency styles & photographs the homes in their property portfolio so beautifully that you’d want to move in right away.

A home is more than the size and space between the dwelling walls. Our minds are more affected by light and colors, the sounds and structures than of a designed chair. We feel good when we are inspired, when we feel that there is a purpose to what we surround ourselves with. When the home has a character we can have a relationship with it.

It is when you look at the property in nature as you can see who will live in the next. Therefore, when characterful homes passed, the goal is always to reach the few who love the home, rather than to reach very many people who just like it. It is the philosophy behind the way we convey housing, and that is why Fantastic Frank created.

all images courtesy of Fantastic Frank

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Meet Peggy

i know i’ve promised that i would share some pictures of my (not so new anymore) home – but i am slowly getting myself together. a major step was procuring a lovely grown up tv cabinet. i knew what i wanted, but i couldn’t find anything i loved that wasn’t silly expensive, and the stuff i could afford was ugly. oh, so ugly.

then i met Monya, who was in the same predicament as me many times over – knowing exactly what kind of pieces she wanted to fill her home with but not being able to find those things in the shops (we don’t have IKEA here, guys). so she started having pieces made to her own designs… and from there grew Stokperd. Monya needed a website and i needed a tv cabinet – and that is how The Peggy came to be. named after one of my favourite Mad Men characters, of course.

long story short – if you’re in the Cape Town area & you’re looking for some custom furniture Monya is your gal.

edit: to answer the questions: [1] the door slides from left to right [2] the umbrella jewellery stand was a gift from a friend [3] the panda russian doll was also a gift, bought in china.

all pictures by me.

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Raymond Loewy House, Palm Springs

i was browsing through my brother’s huge collection of architectural inspiration when i came across the Raymond Loewy House designed by Albert Frey. Raymond Loewy was an industrial designer notable for his work on the coca-cola bottle, the shell logo, the lucky strike pack and many other iconic designs. he even appeared on the cover of Time in 1949. so i guess it goes without saying that such a brilliant creative mind would live in an equally brilliant creative home.

Designed by Palm Springs architect Albert Frey, built in 1946-47 as a bachelor retreat, and expanded later when Loewy got married. Loewy’s home is a typical Palm Springs modernist villa with a low-slung pavilion and plenty of glass providing striking views of desert, mountains, and the pool and garden… making the private oasis complete. Loewy despised “bad modern” design, especially furniture, so the size, shape, and rooms of the home and furnishings were kept simple and spare. It is a demure house of small size but generous impact.

quote & images courtesy of  Faustian Urge

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