We love the Cat & Fish books by Neil Curtis & Joan Grant: they have the most amazing illustrations and words. We bought two ex-library copies from BetterWorldBooks and Kitty cut out some of our favourite illustrations and framed them for the new sleeping room that Junior Pixels and Little Bear are now sharing. They look fantastic.
On a recent trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco, I saw these ‘wall trophies’ on sale at Kitty’s favourite store: Anthropologie. They’re quite large, so we could only bring one back to Australia, and we chose the gazelle. Each trophy is hand made in Haiti from recycled materials including old literature written in French. The gazelle looks great on our living room wall.
From 10 to 24 March 2010, IKEA develops an interesting event in four important metro stations in Paris. Furniture collections are currently displayed in high-traffic spots, giving the potential customers a chance to interact with the brand by checking out the products. The subway walls are also filled with prints that showcase IKEA interiors.
I like some of the design elements in this place in the Courier Mail yesterday. I particually like the use of wood, the plumeria in the courtyard, and also the L shaped pond with water lilies. The house is at Fig Tree Pocket (although I am not sure where that is in Brisbane, I think out to the West), and it was designed by Bligh Graham Architects.
I recently mentioned the awesome succulent (Kalanchoe Longiflora Coccinea) my sister-in-law gave us as a gift that we planted in a ceramic swam. For the last couple of weeks it has been flowering with beautiful miniture yellow flowers, too hard to resist taking a photo.
We spent the weekend reorganizing our apartment in anticipation of junior pixels. We managed to sell just about all our excess stuff to people in our building (awesome reuse), and got a few new IKEA things that are a bit more practical.
My favourite new item would be our IKEA fusion table and chair set. I love the retro styling and rounded corners, plus the chairs have backs and padded seats which is something our old stools didn’t have.
I will post some pictures of our redone rooms in coming days.
Kitty bought me a really cool stone cairn candle for our 12th anniversary (of dating) last Friday. It’s made by A Little Light and she got it at Brunswick Heads in NSW. I think it looks so great that I am too scared to actually burn it.
Because we live in a small apartment, and because I like to concept of multi-use, our white tree shaped coat/washing rack becomes our Christmas tree each December. We have a small box of decorations and some dragonfly lights we use to decorate it.
I’m actually really getting into Christmas this year. I bought my first ever Christmas album a week ago. It’s called This Warm December:A Brushfire Holiday Vol.1 and features Jack Johnson, Money Mark and Zee Avi. My favourite track is Money Mark’s Stuck at the airport.
We wandered around East Brisbane this morning. We had a great brekkie at The Brown Dog Cafe. We sat outside under a tree with beautiful yellow flowers and had scrambled eggs on turkish toast with loose leaf english breakfast tea. We then browsed all the second hand furniture and home design shops.
One of the second hand furniture stores had an old His Masters Voice wooden cabinet with in built radio, turntable and speakers. It was pretty dirty, but I got it for $30 and I cleaned it up when I got it home.
It came up really nice. I polished the dials and they sparkle. It lights up, but I don’t have any vinyl to test it with. We’re going to use it to rest our TV and creature speakers on. I’m really happy with it.
The idea & design of this Atomic Bonzai (Bonsai) kits are originated in 1997 by an Artist, Joji Okazaki.
I says that generally, natural tree of Bonsai trees are glowing ideally shape to be for many years & a lot of care, but this Atomic Bonsai kits become ideal shape for just a minute.
Everyone can enjoy this instant beauty shaped paper trees anytime & anywhere.
We went shopping last Saturday and bought ourselves a pure latex mattress from ZenTai. We went for latex as it is a natural product and it doesn’t attract dust. Installing the new mattress inspired us to do a quick rearrange/redesign of our apartment. We are aiming for a more minimal/streamlined look incorporating succulent plants, neutral tones and some bright highlights such as the red ‘Love’ sign.
I picked up this framed acrylic painting at a local lifeline op shop. It’s weird but something about it that made me want to buy it. Besides, it was only twenty bucks. It’s about two meters wide.
I’m thinking of transforming it into something fresh using some street art techniques. I am trying to decide between traditional graffiti, stencil, sticker and poster art. I’ll be sure to post some photos of the finished product when I do get around to actually deciding and doing.