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.

stop dreaming about your fake house

i’m moving into a new place this month, and i’m excited. i’ll be living with my very good friends (yay) and just the thought of experiencing a change puts a spring in my step. have been catching myself looking at interiors online, which is kind of futile since i don’t have a money tree (yet). yeah. so, this is kind of what i would like my house to look like… one day. or at least elements of. taste veers drastically from very light & airy to pretty dark & moody.

click on the images for their sources. some of these might be reposts, sorry.

the party

i will always love the party, mostly due to the fact that the phrase ‘birdie num num’ is a running joke in my family. second to peter sellers’ antics, the best thing about this film is the house where all the action goes down. as a kid i thought nothing was more glamorous than a house that had a water running through it (am i right?) … i still kind of think that! i also love the way sellers wanders around, completely out of place – i totally empathise with his party awkwardness… obviously the sixties vibe completely appeals to me as well. haven’t seen the party? do it.

the shack

if i can’t have the shack then no one can! muwahahaaa. wish i could live out my drunk-with-power fantasies. as seen via here, there and everywhere.

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

mariah: things i like right now

things i like right now by mariah of size too small

  1. Candles & Candlestick Holders: Every day as soon as the sun sets, we light candles in our home. They create the best mood – super cozy.
  2. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Do yourself a favor and listen to “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
  3. Stationary: I love cards and stationary and Rifle Paper Company is at the top of my love list.
  4. American Apparel Deep Neck V T-shirt: I’ve been a long time fan of this particular shirt. I have it in a bunch of colors, but grey is my favorite.
  5. Window Pane Check Bedding: I’m obsessed with this simple graphic print for bedding.
  6. Eternity Scarves: These are the best- sewn in a circle, all you do is loop it around your neck. It holds the perfect shape all day. I wore mine all winter long.
  7. Rachel Comey Ankle Boot: I love this new ankle boot Rachel Comey has come out with. It’s the perfect shade of brown.

those boooooooots!!! actually, i want everything on mariah’s list. everything.

villa mecklin

i’m not sure that i’m sold on the design of this house, but i’m certainly envious of that huge deck – i can definitely imagine spending hours lazing about, catching some rays and watching the water. great party potential, too. notice the fire-pit that disappears into the floor during the day…

check out the rest of the pics at the contemporist

windows

i love this house because of all the glass, so it feels like there’s almost nothing between you & the forest.

love / hate

this house is totally a case of oooooh i love the interior, but blegh why did they have to put that white block in the middle of a street filled with pretty old houses? really? way to ruin the neighbourhood guys.

i can hear my dad in the back of my mind saying, no sense of place. with a disappointed shake of his head… and i’d have to agree! but i can appreciate the interior at least.

discussion is welcome, i’m sure lots of people out there actually love the outcome. 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!