Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Simple and Rustic

I love the simplicity in the design of this east coast New Zealand residence. It's located in this rugged, rural area called Shoal Bay and the idea was to make the space as welcoming as possible.

The two structures are slightly offset and separated into a sleeping quarters and a main living area. An open breezeway connects the two spaces.

All wood throughout with a corrugated metal roof. Not boring at all when it's so well crafted. This is a shot of a the screened porch. Semi private. It allows just enough light, wind and sunlight.

A rustic, no-frills design that definitely makes a statement yet blends well with the surroundings.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

On the Water

The floating home. It's just such a cool concept. The ultimate if you want to live right on the water (not on a boat). This place is badass inside and out.

The perfect blend of warm hardwoods, concrete and steel.

So nice. Check this. Roll up that glass overhead door and the water is right there.

And to finish it off, the rooftop terrace with a separate stair. Maximize that tight building envelope and save the space on the interior. You can also check this over at my weekly guest home, Fred Flare.

photos via Contemporist

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Check this crazy composition. I love what they've done here with this cabinet. It's just a sweet example of taking an older piece and getting creative. Have a vision and make it your own.

photo via Remodelista

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Stone Patio and Fire Pit

A play on shapes. I like the mass and chunkiness of these broken puzzle pieces here on this stone patio. A cool two dimensional extension of the rugged shoreline just off in the distance. Also love the way they've incorporated the fire pit with the radius. A sweet design element that also functions as another seating area.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Purple Bath

Is it purple? Is it lavender? Either way, it's bold and it works. It's great when one color can transform an entire space. I like the way they took it to the ceiling as well. A great contrast of light and dark.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Norwegian Pavilion

This is fresh. A design embracing its surroundings in such a creative way with textures and depth. Constructed by Norwegian ship builders this is the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion. The idea behind the design was to mimic the mountain range off in the distance. Genius. They've created both a warm and inviting space that's literally out in the middle of nowhere with these amazing views. And you can check out reindeer. The pine timber beams, which are pegged together, were all digitally milled. The layout is phenomenal and I love how each piece is so distinct. This post also runs at my weekly guest home, Fred Flare.

photos via dezeen

Monday, November 7, 2011

Drafting Table Island

The drafting table island. Such a sweet idea. The vibe is just perfect in this rustic, farmhouse kitchen. They even incorporated a variety of old school drafting chairs and stools. And a big, chunky island like this can definitely handle the burly canopy fixtures.

photos via Crisp Architects

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Floating Vanity

A little love for the floating vanity. Custom built out of mahogany. Warm and solid and doesn't overpower the space. I like the towel holders too. Kept out of the way and not interfering with the design in the mirror and sconces.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Corner Building

How do you design on a triangular piece of land that no one wants to buy? You commit to the challenge, put out an outrageous, creative design and showcase how you made it happen. The building speaks for itself so there's no need to go overboard on materials. A mix of stone, concrete and glass. They kept it simple and clean. A play on shapes. A triangular building with square exterior elements.

photos via Dezeen
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