Monday, 22 November 2010

Rue - Holiday Nov/Dec 2010 Issue 2

Just a heads up. Issue 2 of Rue goes live shortly - 21st November (US time). Also, it's bigger than the first issue! How is that possible?

Click here to view.

Sandy K
[above image via Rue]

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Magazine Sneaky Peak - Inside Out Christmas 2010 Issue (Vol. 4 No. 1)

Inside Out Christmas 2010 - cover
Sandy K
[above image impatiently scanned by Sandy K]

Belle Dec/Jan 2010/11 Issue - Part One

Belle Dec/Jan 2010/11
Seems I was a bit ambitious about posting before midnight. Looks like I missed my deadline by about 1 hour. Anyhow, on to the outstanding Dec/Jan issue of Belle. Besides the obligatory Christmas gift list feature, this issue is full of amazing homes. Each home featured, has exceptionally lengthy coverage which is fantastic & greatly appreciated.

Besides the magnificent homes featured, I stumbled across some interesting bits & pieces of which I have featured two.

The first is Beatrix Rowe of Beatrix Rowe Interior Design. The one page article addresses Beatrix's design influences which include industrial designer Achille Castiglioni, modernists such as Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra & John Lautner. Beatrix was raised by a very creative mother who also encouraged her daughter's appreciation of beauty & design. Beatrix attended interior design school in Melbourne & spent her formative design years with industry heavyweights John Wardle Architects & Hecker Phelan & Guthrie (now known as Hecker Guthrie) before starting her own firm in 2003.

The below two pictures are a very, very brief look at Beatrix's work on Grace Darling House.

The other product which leaped out from the page, was the work of London-based Swedish illustrator, Camilla Meijer. Camilla's draws her intricate designs on A4 paper & then scales them up & turns them into wallpaper, lampshades & cushions. I have shown you just a snippet of her fabulous designs.
Camilla Meijer
A collage of some of Camilla's wonderful designs
The three homes I have decided to highlight in this post are magnificent & although each is of a different aesthetic, I would happily reside in any of them.

The first is an Italianate mansion in Sydney's eastern suburbs. The home has been given a fresh look by architect Robert Brown of Casey Brown & interior designer Thomas Hamel. The result is a blend of old & new, traditional & modern, formal & informal which has led to the house being exactly what the owners & their four children under 10 required for an environment of relaxed family living.

The next home featured is to be found nestled amongst the hills & valleys of the Luberon in southern France. This magnificent home belongs to Thierry Gautier, a director at jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels, based in Paris. The home was designed as a camera obscura by Karl Fournier & Olivier Marty of Studio KO.

Now, the third house featured belongs to the superb Melbourne designer David Hicks. This home features David's massive collection of contemporary & vintage art, furniture & artefacts. There are so many things I covet in this home, it's ridiculous.

Well, that's part one finally done. Hopefully I will post part two by the end of Friday.

Sandy K
[all above images impatiently scanned by Sandy K except the images relating to Beatrix Rowe & her design of Grace Darling House via Peter Bennetts Architectural Photographer, the image of Camilla Meijer via Notes on Design & the image of her work is a collage created by Sandy K of images found via Camilla Meijer Design]

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Magazine Sneaky Peek - Home Beautiful Dec 2010

Home Beautiful Dec 2010 - cover
Yes, yet another magazine landed in my letter box today. I am feeling overwhelmed. I'm yet to finish perusing the magazines from my previous sneaky peak posts & now also realise that I haven't posted a pic of Inside Out's Christmas issue. I'm such a bad blogger!

My newest distraction this week has been me joining Pinterest. I am addicted. Let me know if any of you are also on Pinterest. I love sharing inspirational images this way - so quick & easy.

Now, back to this month's cover of Home Beautiful. Unfortunately my scanner isn't reproducing the cover how I wanted it to. The black Home Beautiful masthead, "to cherish" & "150+" are actually a deep red foil - absolutely stunning & perfect for a Christmas issue.

OK, now my promise to you all. Come hell or high water, I WILL post a review of at least one of the magazines by midnight Wednesday (AEST).

Sandy K
[above image impatiently scanned & uploaded by Sandy K]

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Magazine Sneaky Peek - Real Living Dec 2010 Issue 60

Real Living Dec 2010 - cover

Holy Moly! I just checked my mailbox & what do I find? Yet another magazine that requires my immediate attention. I'm so far behind with my reading. This means, a marathon session tonight with round ups to come very soon.

Sandy K
[above image impatiently scanned by Sandy K]

Magazine Sneaky Peek - House & Garden (AUS) Dec 2010

House & Garden (AUS) Dec 2010 - cover

Another cover to whet your appetite. Hopefully I will post my round up on Belle's Dec/Jan issue soon.

Sandy K
[above image impatiently scanned by Sandy K]

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Magazine Sneaky Peek - Belle Dec/Jan 2010/11

Belle Dec/Jan 2010/11 - cover
Wow, my humble little blog has 25 followers! Never imagined that would happen. Thanks to all of you. I'm honoured that you take time out of your busy day to peruse my blog. I also wanted to thank you all for hanging around even though my posting has been sporadic of late.

Sandy K
[above image impatiently scanned by Sandy K]

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Vogue Living Nov/Dec 2010 Issue - Part Two

Vogue Living Nov/Dec 2010
Well, here's part two of my Vogue Living Nov/Dec roundup. This post only features two houses. They are very different, but both equally impressive. I'm going to let the picture do the talking.

The first is designed by Iain Halliday of architectural & interior design firm Burley Katon Halliday. The two bedroom apartment is located in Sydney's Potts Point. The brief given to Halliday was "to marry the aesthetics of Phillipe Starck's Faena Hotel + Universe in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Sofia Coppola's visual feast of a film, Marie Antoinette, all within an inner city apartment".

The second home I am featuring is a restored 18th-century farmhouse in Bucks County, Pennsylvania which belongs to Richard Ferretti (former creative director of defunct US Gourmet magazine & now creative director of Reed Karakoff's accessories brand Coach & Krakoff's new ready-to-wear label) & James Gager (creative director of cosmetics company M.A.C).

Phew, what a jam packed issue, & I have only shown you a tiny portion. Other homes featured in this issue are also standouts & include Architects Eat's award winning Elm & Willow house in Canterbury, Victoria, a Tunstall Avenue, Kensington, Sydney home by award wining architect Angelo Candalepas & the stunning Swiss chalet of designer Axel Vervoordt.

Vogue Living Nov/Dec 2010 issue is on sale now.

Sandy K
[all above images impatiently scanned by Sandy K]

Monday, 1 November 2010

Vogue Living Nov/Dec 2010 Issue - Part One

Vogue Living Nov/Dec 2010
I'm going through a bit of a bug/insect phase at the moment, so the latest advertisement from Osborne & Little sates my appetite not only for all things bugs/insects but also fabulous textiles.

Blog doyenne Anna Spiro of the blog absolutely beautiful things features as the headline story for VL's Pavement article. The story unveils Anna's new look for her fabulous interiors store, Black + Spiro.

American tableware brand Ink Dish has enlisted the amazing design skills of LA tattoo artist Paul Timman to produce his gorgeous artwork onto fine porcelain. Timman's first collection features swimming koi & cherry blossoms. There are currently three designs by Paul available with a new collection to be released on the 31st December 2010. I'd love to have some of these in my china collection.

A feature story on the amazing $3 million restoration of painter Lord Frederic Leighton's London home. The breathtaking 'Arab Hall' required approximately 4000 sheets of 22-carat gold leaf as part of its' restoration! I love all the Moorish design influence & am glad to see something so magnificent returned to its' former glory for all to enjoy.

Wow, this issue of Vogue Living contains some amazing homes. I have only chosen to feature some but that does not mean that those not featured are not equally worthy. The below home belongs to artist Ron Dowd & his partner Amand Gruhn. The tiny 1930s Deco apartment has been cleverly reconfigured by architect Scott Weston to maximise the 48 square metres of space available.

One of the pages from VL's Design feature below includes a simulation of American artist Ned Kahn's installation for the carpark at Brisbane Airport's Domestic Airport. The artwork is a shimmering eight storey kinetic facade featuring 250,000 suspended aluminium panels & is due for completion next year.

Below is the cover home of this month's issue. It belongs to design consultant Stephan Hamel & is located in Tuscany, Italy. Vibrant colour & diverse textures abound in this weekender. Numerous pieces from Italian furniture company Edra populate the spaces as this is where Hamel worked for 14 years.

Stay tuned for part two of my look at Vogue Living's Nov/Dec 2010 issue.
Vogue Living Nov/Dec 2010 issue out now.

Sandy K
[all above images impatiently scanned and collaged by Sandy K]
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