Our bathroom in all it’s blackness03. December 2013
A while back I blogged about a bunch of black and white bathrooms that I had found on various sites. Shane and I were dead keen to make our new bathroom black too, so we pulled out the existing bathroom, we pulled out the exisiting cupboards in our main bedroom, to make the bathroom a bit bigger and we set to work.
I thought I would give you all a break of what’s in our bathroom, in case anything takes your fancy and you want to know where stuff is from:
° The first thing we wanted was a original, genuine victorian cast iron bath, I looked around on the net a bit, but we weren’t really having any luck, all we were finding were imitation ones that cost a flipping fortune. Then I found Maria, this glorious lady who salvages old baths, fireplaces, sinks, you name it, she saves it from old houses being torn down. She then lovingly refurbishes them and sells them. Unfortunately she had to close her shop down, due to the neighbourhood going bad, but I’m sure if you had to contact her she would be able to help you out.
° We then wanted a sink to match the era of the bathroom, so Shane took me to this amazing salvage yard (will find out where it is). We looked around for a bit and came out with 2 sinks for both bathrooms. The one below still has a stamp on the bottom telling us that it was made in the 1940′s. We also found our bathroom door there, we picked up an old, what looks like a garden shed door and gave it a fresh coat of paint. Shane then built a sliding rail for it.
° The beautiful photo above our bath is by a very talented young photographer called Leonard Miller.
° The light fixture is something that I have had for ages, it’s an original art deco piece and we thought a pop of pink might be pretty cool in this room.
° The mirror I also bought at a strange antique shop in Howick called Bloo Monkey, you should definitely check it out if you’re ever that side of town. The mirror was attached to a vintage dresser, which I landed up giving to Stubs.
° The honeycomb tiles we used in the bathroom are awesome to look at, not so awesome to work with, they’re small and a bit finicky, but we got there in the end and we’re very happy with the end result. Can’t remember exactly which tile shop we got them from, but we saw them in a couple of places, so if you are looking for them, you should be good.
° The steel bath holder that goes across the bath I picked up at Mr Price, I’m very chuffed with that and I bought the awesome black and white bathroom rug from Country Road.
Here’s a shot of what our bathroom looked like before…
Sweet home….27. November 2013
Going onto Design Files is one of my favourite things to do because they always have such awesome homes on display. People in Auz sure know how to make a place not only look amazing, but lived in too.
*I need a nice big rug like the one below for under our dinning room table, anyone seen any nice ones anywhere?
Small houses in Japan19. November 2013
Oh Japan how I miss you. Every time I see anything to do with Japan on the net I get a little pang of sadness in my chest. I miss that place like Pooh Bear misses honey out a jar.
Found these very cool, very Japanese houses, both designed by Tato Architects this morning. These spaces have been built so considerately and wisely but still in such a crazy cool way. I would live in either of them in a Japanese heartbeat.
I want to live in a barn.30. October 2013
Below are some very cool spots that once probably housed farm equipment, tools , tractors and maybe even some livestock, but now they are some of the raddest looking spaces I’ve ever seen with my internet eyes.
This beautifully renovated farmhouse is located in The Netherlands. It’s so open and light and they’ve used the existing structure and elements so well. Love the incorporation of the exposed wooden beams and the introduction of new wood here there and everywhere.
Here is another awesomely renovated barn set in the beautiful landscape that is Norfolk, England. This place is called the Ochre Barn and I’m in love with all it’s wood clad, face-brick, black and white interior of amazingness.
Found more images here…
Wood, gold and white = awesome23. October 2013
Aaaaaaa love this Melbourne flat that belongs to Dan Honey and Paul Fuog. It’s so light and woody and pretty and simple and nice. Love the all the gold faucets and white bathroom, love all the touches of raw wood. As much as I like dark colours and our new house has a lot of them, a light house also makes me throw 2 thumbs up in the air.
Le Comptoir General15. October 2013
On Friday night me and the boys decided to find this Congolese bar/restaurant that my new friend Robyn had told me about. The place is called Le Comptoir General (80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris, France) and luckily for us it was only a 20 minute walk from our hotel. It was everything she said it would be. It’s situated in a back alley behind a nondescript door, she said that at first glance it would seem a bit weird and dark, but then you discover this gem of a spot when you round the corner and enter what looked like a cross between a setting where Quentin Tarantino would film a “a deal gone wrong/shoot-up between 2 rival gangs and a serial killer who dresses like a clown” and Deer Hunter (thought of you Kez).
It’s such an awesome space, the heigh ceilings are partly made out of clear perspex so you can see out and lots of it is covered in fake green plants. The inside of this place is made up of small sections using vintage/thrift furniture, each area has a theme and you can lounge around in them while you drink beer and eat. There are collectables everywhere, mostly (I think) from central Africa, which obviously I was super stoked about and there is also an upstairs shop jam packed full of all sorts of things to buy, from vintage clothing to toys to ornaments to posters, it was really really cool.
If you ever find yourself in Paris, I would definitely recommend finding this place and having a drink or 2 while you explore it’s very unusual and unique interiors.