Instant Grass – interiors21. May 2013
Nick and I designed Instant Grass’s new space in Braamfontein a few months ago and now we finally have a decent collection of photos that we can share. It was so much fun coming up with ideas and sourcing things, we had some stuff custom made for the space and then other things were sourced from here there and everywhere.
We made the 14-seater table, the bike chandelier, the honeycomb stools, the crate bookshelf and the painting of the team that work there. We were so happy with how everything came out. Yay us. Hee.
Travis and Maike – home sweet home16. May 2013
This is the lovely home of Travis and Maike McNeill who live in Cape Town and own welovepictures. They got featrued on Design Sponge, which is pretty damn cool, even though I think they did Design Sponge a favour because their home is so awesome.
I have never ever met these 2, but Maike seems like the sweetest person, even though we are only Instagram friends she sent me a gift in the mail that reminded her of me – nice hey? I would love to see this home in real life, maybe one day I will and maybe one day I will get to meet these super talented photographers, but for now I will just appreciate their home through their magic lenses.
Victorian mansion of amazingness17. April 2013
Look at this beautiful and sophisticated Victorian mansion owned by the Potter family. I can imagine living in this amazing space, I love almost everything in it, there are such nice fun touches and even though it’s been put together so thoughtfully it still looks like a lived in home and not a set for a magazine shoot.
- This house is one of the most unique and character-filled homes we’ve had the privilege of documenting for TDF, somehow effortlessly combining a respectful nod to its Victorian heritage, with an unmistakably eclectic, contemporary sense of style. This fine balance can be attributed to the remarkable vision and skill of interior designer Caecilia Potter, who lives here with husband James and their kids Jasper and Cyrus, and Archie the cat.
Victoriana in Bedford-Stuyvesant03. April 2013
Was looking around at apartments in New York when this 1895 brownstone in Brooklyn which has been meticulously restored by it’s owner Mr Dakota. The whole place is full of decant fittings and wallpaper, beautiful heavy furniture, art and pieces that would make even The Queen’s heart flutter. The whole place was done up with the 19th century in mind apart from the giant clown face that hangs in the entry hall, a remnant from Mr. Dakota’s days as a nightclub decorator – I think it’s awesome.
I absolutely love everything about this house, even though it’s lavish and a bit over the top it still feels lived in and cozy. I would live here in a heartbeat.
“We wanted it to feel like some old person had lived here for a long time and we just walked in,” Mr. Dakota said. “When we first moved here, it was kind of like camping out. It looked like a cruddy box: no wallpaper, no plaster, all the floors were really crusty.”
Mr. Dakota and his partner, Kei Yip.
Such a cool space. Can I move in please? You can have my flat and my sunglass collection.26. March 2013
Look at this bright open space that Alex and Georgie Cleary, the brother-sister duo behind Australian fashion label Alpha60 live in. I love their design asthetic, there is a lot of interesting stuff to look at in the space, but it’s not too cluttered and over the top. The actual building that they are living in is an old community hall that was super run down before they arrived.
- The group were keen to keep key original elements that could be salvaged – timber and metal beams, and of course the amazing red brick walls throughout. Georgie and Alex’s museum-like collection of artefacts and ephemera is displayed throughout the home – it’s almost as though the space were designed around them.
Shane and I would KILL to be given a big open space to design a home in, it’s our dream to do that. To find something, completely gut it and make it exactly what we want it. Lucky for us we both have the same taste in interiors, so it would probably be loads of fun rather than stressful. We both have so much reference and one day, soon hopefully, we’ll be able to use it. Damn it Lotto why can’t you be MINE you fool, you!
A Cabin in a Loft in Brooklyn05. March 2013
I have been looking around for accommodation in New York for when Shane and I plan to go visit later this year. I was looking in Williamsburg when I stumbled across this beautiful and very unusual loft apartment that belongs to Terri and Adam. They work and live in this space and I think it is damn spiffy.
- The cabins are located in a former textile factory building with exposed brick walls and large windows. Rather than building floor-to-ceiling walls to divide the apartment into two bedrooms, the pitched roof of the cabin and elevated floor of the treehouse maintain the openness and character of the loft while also allowing sunlight to fill the entire space. As a result, living in the space can feel like living outdoors, in a small community of two houses. Windows in the cabin and treehouse ventilate the rooms and offer views to the rest of the apartment. The large entrances to both cabins, set slightly back from the building’s windows, look out to the sky and down the street.