Category: architecture

Al Fresco..

This post is to celebrate all that sings summer, especially when what is normally inside becomes outside..and even more so when outside becomes stretched and extended into languid evenings and night time reveries…moments of bliss.

Platers, Kate x

Shadows

So the heatwave in the Uk continues with temperatures set to soar up again this week, but where there is light, there’s shadow, made all the more appealing when they become a true respite from a blazing sun. Add imagination to the mix and the dancing contrast transcend into magical, moving works of art.

 

Laters, Kate x

Tree house x

Apparently this is the most popular property listed on Airbnb: A treehouse, not an extravagant marble and gilded residence, but a place of romance and whimsy in Atlanta Georgia.

Escape can be simple..

 

Laters, Kate x

Swimming pools

so here’s the thing…I was meant to be in the UK this week, travelling out to Greece on Friday, but in one of those schisms of life I flew out a week early, even missing the England match, but not missing the London heat.

 

These were a selection of mouthwatering photos designed to pre-empt the summer dream…simple, elegant beauty that looks so edible it transcends man made and manufactured…….except now I just happen to be living the reality…

 

Laters, Kate

 

 

 

 

Inside out x

We celebrated all that is great about the summer last week with a safari supper in our street – everyone met for drinks at the start, then we all divided into different dinner parties with each course at a different house with different people.  The whole thing was a joy.  The house we started at had just renovated their garden, removing worn decking and replacing it with black and white geometric tiles, not only did they sit beautifully against the green of the garden, they totally blurred the line between inside and out.

 

(All pics Pinterest)

A rather delectable statement.

Laters, Kate x

Revamp No.2

Black Desert House revamp no.2 – this?…

Or taking softer, older elements like this table to mix with the modern kitchen chairs to contrast and compare.

To take the colour black but loosen the hard lines of modernity, accepting the black is modern enough.

Upgrading the light to a design classic.

(Pinterest)

 

Working with the room, and not against it.

Laters, Kate x

Revamp No.1

Why doesn’t it work? Maybe the photos don’t do it justice, but for a super expensive building this interior comes across as a mash-up between a car sales room and Ikea.  The intention seems to have been to create a distinct feeling between what’s inside and what’s outside, but when that subtle line between nature and manufactured isn’t blurred, the furniture responds by looking brash, staged and disconnected.

Which doesn’t mean reflective surfaces as bad – just that age, colour and natural elements need to have a voice.

Even black works when it’s veined marble.  The chairs, the nod to modernity with the patina of vintage, the table in the middle inviting the voyeur to sit and drink in, be in the room.

Or change it with the presence of wood, natural, warm, characterful.

The pink chairs..the colours.

(All pics Pinterest)

The lighting..

Laters, Kate x

Black Desert House x

Black Desert House in the Yucca Valley near Palm Springs is a darkness that flows and follows, proud yet hugging the ground.  In fact the architects, Oller and Pejic Architecture were told ‘To build a house like a shadow’, an idea as they said with ‘very specific relevance to the desert area where the sunlight is often so bright that the eyes only resting place is the shadows’.

The opposite of expectation for a house in the desert, the darkness offers an almost dreamlike quality as it both sits within the landscape but also underlines it’s difference.  This is beauty distilled to it’s most appealing concentration, a thunderous quiet, brooding contrast to the celebration of nature.

But I have to confess to a jarring and feeling of disconnect when it comes to the interiors..

(All pics here)

 

This is the sitting room and the unsaid question is, what would take this room to another level?

Results tomorrow.

Laters, Kate x