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Contemporary Outdoor Living

Architectural Digest featured this California home recently and I was instantly drawn to the clean, modern lines and the neutral colour palette. Living in southern Ontario I always dream about a home with so much outdoor living space year ’round.

The Texas shell stone that flanks the fireplace in the living room runs horizontally and the kitchen is designed in a similar manner with horizontal lines in the backsplash and cabinetry. Even though this home has a neutral colour palette the use of texture in the materials and the open, airy feel brings warmth and depth to the space.

What do you think? I could see myself curling up by the fire or lounging poolside. Could you?

All images via Architectural Digest


David Mikhail Architects: Additions that Wow

I was recently introduced to the work of London based David Mikhail Architects through Desire to Inspire.

The examples below show how they have created a modern space by adding on to an older home. I really like the floor to ceiling windows that bring in a ton of light and create an open, contemporary living space. The windows are framed in a variety of materials ranging from wood to aluminum and in wide ranging colours as the design dictates.

Check it out …

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Even though this isn’t an addition to a home check out this Suffolk poolhouse.

I love how unique each addition is. It doesn’t necessarily blend in with the existing structure but is more like an art installation – except art you live in!

So, what do you think?

all images via David Mikhail Architects

A Home Filled With LEGO

Check out this cool apartment in New York City that I came across earlier this month on Design Milk.

The homeowners, with the help of I-Beam Design and licensed LEGO artist Sean Kenney, have incorporated 20,000 LEGO bricks into the railings in their child’s room.

The entire loft space is a white palette with pops of primary colours throughout the space. I love the bright, playful feel of the space.

How cool would it be to have LEGO bricks built into your home?


images 1 – 7 via Design Milk, image 8 via I-Beam Design

Summertime: Outdoor Art

One of the cool things about art is the varied forms it comes in. Traditional paintings, sculpture, live art … the list is endless. I came across these pictures of outdoor art installations on Architectural Digest and just had to share. These pieces seem larger than life. There are so many different perspectives to experience them from.

Levitated Mass by Michael Heizer

I remember following this story as this 340 ton granite boulder made a slow, at night, 105 mile journey to its place at the LACMA. I’d love to be able to walk around and under it like the visitors shown in the picture.

The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms by Michael Jones McKean

All my life I have shouted “there’s a rainbow” when I see one just after a rain storm. In this piece Michael Jones McKean captures that emotion as he creates a rainbow twice a day using captured rainwater in Omaha, Nebraska.

Joana Vasconcelos Versailles

At first glance, this pieces looks like a tall, out-of-place structure situated on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. It is actually a 30 foot structure comprised of thousands of LED-lit champagne bottles. A nod to the extravagance of the reign of Marie Antoinette.

Doing Nothing Garden by Song Dong

I love the message to consider consumption and waste conveyed in this piece installed in Germany. It is a 23 foot high “mountain” made of garbage, topped with sod covered in neon Chinese characters that spell “Doing” and “Nothing”.

Color Jam by Jessica Stockholder

I love this lively piece in Chicago. How fun would it be to walk through that intersection every day!

How I Roll by Paola Pivi

This piece in New York City provides ongoing entertainment as a Piper Seneca is held in the air and rotates and flips steadily throughout the day. I wonder how loud it is?

Have you experienced any cool outdoor art installations in your neighbourhood this summer?

all images via Architectural Digest

Outdoor Living

Soaring ceilings, retractable glass doors and light, minimalist finishes come together to create a stunning Los Angeles home.

Could you live here?

all images via Architectural Digest

A Desert House for Sale

I came across this interesting real estate listing and thought I’d share it with you. I have a particular affinity for Arizona having been there several times and this property in the desert is quite unique.

Designed by Rick Joy, The Desert Nomad House is very much at one with its desert surroundings. Joy’s architectural training can be traced through William Bruder and Paolo Solari who apprenticed under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West in Arizona.

The house is comprised of three steel cubes and are oriented in such a way that one can look out at the Sonoran desert yet also invites a view into the space from the outside.

The interior design of the home very much reflects the rectilinear elements of the exterior and the clean lines make the desert surroundings the focus. I love all the light in the home.

Not sure this would be for me as I am not too keen on vast expanses of windows at night time – you know ’cause I’m scared of the dark (sort of). But it is truly an architectural masterpiece.

What do you think?

All images via Crosby Doe Associates

Space for Kids

Check out these super cute kids rooms I came across …

I love the colour scheme and use of natural materials – very subtle and calming. Look at all the storage at little people height including the orange chairs!


This space is so bright and cheery with windows on one side and a chalkboard wall on the other. I wonder if it’s used for homeschooling? Hopefully lessons in design with those funky green Eames chair as inspiration.


Wouldn’t these spaces be perfect for a family home in the country?

A Church Reinvented

I was catching up on some blog reading this past weekend and came across this church featured recently on Desire to Inspire.

Somehow it seems fitting as we mark the first Sunday in Lent to share this space with you.

Mowbraytown Presbyterian Church, in East Brisbane, Australia was originally erected in late 1885 on land donated by Williamina Mowbray, widow of the ‘father’ of Presbyterianism in Queensland, Rev. Thomas Mowbray.

Base Architecture, reimagined the building creating a contemporary office space that respected the history of the original building for their client, an engineering consulting firm.

They created an open concept office space retaining the original wood beams as well as the organ which was incorporated as a central feature.

I just love the stained glass windows in the conference room.

The clean lines of the furniture, glass walls and pops of red against the bright white and darker blacks all work together to create a contemporary, open concept work space.

And yet, the lines of the ceiling, the pulpit and organ all pay homage to the heritage of the building.

I love that the pulpit has been kept intact.

This is what the organ looked like before the renovation:


And now, a peek at the organ through the new space.

I could see myself working in an environment like this. You?

all images via Base Architecture unless otherwise noted

Feature Home: Living in Harmony with Nature

I recently came across this home featured in Architizer and spent a fair amount of time drooling over both the home and then architect Tim Stewart’s portolio.

This home is located in Queensland, Australia and the land was originally developed into a small orchard. The owners are retiring and took the opportunity to build a new home that is reflective of their lifestyle. The home has been designed so that the garden and broader property are always visible no matter where you are inside.

I was drawn to the wide open spaces in the home, the almost 360 views of nature and the integration of natural elements such as wood timbers combined with white cabinetry and sleek quartz counters. The interior blends seamlessly with the exterior and lets the beauty of the environment stand out.

What do you think? Could you live here?

all images from here

A Country Home I’d Like: Rustic & Modern