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29 Apr 2010

Double The Fun

I’m a proud new Auntie! Twice over, in fact – and not even from twins. Both of my sisters had babies in the past week. Little Molly was born on the 20th and my nephew Charlie came a week later on the 27th. I am so excited. In honour of their arrival, I wanted to dedicate the next few posts to kids related stuff.

Here’s a start with some gorgeous looking nurseries and kids rooms.
Koko_Room1 Above: Room featured in Cookie Magazine; Designed by Koko Architecture and Design

I’m drawn to grey walls for kids rooms. Here’s another example of how it can really work in a darker shade. Photo care of Bloesem Kids.
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For slightly older kids, here are some inspiring designs
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Above: Photos from Emmas DesignBlogg

I love the BDDW rug featured below. This room is a great example of how to add some sophistication to a space for kids. Beautiful. The photo is from book Brooklyn Modern and was taken by photographer Yoko Inoue

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Directly Above: Room from Living Etc.

27 Apr 2010

Kitchen: Lighting

I view lighting in a similar way that I think about rugs and art – a great way to add character and personal detail to a space. Here are some pendants that I’m considering for above the island:

Caravaggio_Pendant Above: I’ve loved the Carravaggio pendant for a long time. It’s available at YLighting ($275).

BenjaminHubertStudio_Decode_Pendant1 Above: These “heavy light” pendants were designed by Benjamin Hubert Studio and are produced by Decode. Unfortunately, they are not yet available in North America. But, stay tuned…they’ll be here soon.

Below: T-2206 Pendant Light from YLighting ($845).

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I love the shape and simplicity of these pendants:

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Above: Flos Glo Light; I can’t remember where I spotted the dome light…but I hope to track down a source soon enough. Bottom image is the A110 light designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek.

Below: The Mega Bulb Pendant by Ameico is about as simple as it gets. Maybe that’s why I love it. Available at YLighting ($280). Muuto also makes a plain old light bulb look anything but plain with their E27 series. Tough to decide on a colour – there are tons (Available at DWR for $99).

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26 Apr 2010

Kitchen Stools

Now that I’ve got the kitchen on my mind, I figured it would be a good time to think about the finishing details. We’re a while away from buying any sort of furniture, but we will need some good stools for the island.

If price wasn’t a factor, I’d be buying one (or 4) of these:

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Above: BDDW Square Guest Stool, Bassam & Fellow Tractor Stool

If I can convince myself to land somewhere in the middle, here are my picks:

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Above: Cherner Classic Walnut Stool, Established & Sons Alto Stool; Walter Knoll Jason Lite Stool

If I stick with my budget, here is where I’ll land:

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Above: Blu Dot Stool Stool and Timber Stool; Crate and Barrel Felix Walnut bar stool; Ikea Sebastian Stool

20 Apr 2010

Kitchen: Set the Tone

Now that we’ve narrowed down our fixture selection, we need to design a kitchen to house one of these lovely faucets.

I have more clippings for the kitchen than any other room, yet I still continue to search. We’re going to have a predominantly white space, but adding all the little details to make it unique will be the real challenge.

I’m sure I’ll post many more images along the way, but here are some initial shots to grab your attention:

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Above: I think Bulthaup makes the most beautiful and carefully thought out contemporary spaces. They have a modern, clean aesthetic, but still feel warm. Their kitchens also seem very practical. A nice mix all around.

Here are a few more spaces that are far from expected
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Images: Found Associates; Nicolas Matheus; Elizabeth Felicella

The images below are by Varenna kitchens – another beautiful line
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