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For a king & a fairy princess

My last post got me a bit motivated to move things along another step in the kids bedroom. Actually it was less that, than the fact Miss E’s feet were hanging over the end of her toddler bed – a sure sign she was ready for a “proper big bed”!

So the last couple of weekends have been about furniture shuffling and a little shelf install. Fun times!

And version 4.6 of the kids room is…. here! And today it is tidy, which is as good as you’ll ever get from me. Styling to perfection is not going to happen despite my best intentions. So that creepy dark thing on the wall? It’s not a giant bug – it’s a peacock feather which looks perfectly charming in reality, it just doesn’t photograph well (or look particularly harmless in the middle of the night!).

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Here’s how it looks from the lofty heights of King W’s bed (a bit scary to be honest when I’m up there making the bed, but he’s fine with it!):
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And here’s my little fairy princess doing her best to untidy the room (which I totally am ok with because it tells me she loves hanging out in here!), and she’s super excited that Version 4.7 gets underway tomorrow with a “princess bed” pick up planned.

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Mid century style in Hamilton

Hamilton is known for a lot of things, but architecture isn’t one of them, as far as I know. Although to be fair, Hamilton and I have never been more than vague acquaintances.

So I was surprised but delighted to see HOME magazine has featured a gem of a mid century home in the heart of the city, overlooking Lake Rotoroa.

Lomus house Hamilton. Photograph by Paul McCredie.

I love the thought that has gone into the design of this house (courtesy of the owners, and the architect – Peter Middleton), and the spaces that were created to accommodate various family members and activities harmoniously.

Photographs by Paul McCredie.

There is even some adults-only territory, otherwise known as a parlour. But my favourite would have to be the library. And the fireplace. I love a handsome open fireplace.

Photographs by Paul McCredie.

The big reason I got excited though, was this:

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A floor plan!! Weirdo me, but show me a floor plan and I’ll be happy as Larry for hours after! This one is truly a good one, and after some perusal I can’t see anything I’d be in a hurry to change. There is outdoor access from almost every room, guest accommodation at the opposite end of the house to the kids rooms, a study nook (AND the library, don’t forget!) as well as a studio and store room. Wow!

They did make good houses back then. In Hamilton.

Happy hump day x

All photos by Paul McCredie. for HOME magazine.

Small spaces: A brick loft

brick house sectional exterior

That brick?! Inside AND out. Love that.

This one is a small one bedroom loft guesthouse, in San Fran. The architect made use of a small footprint by going up, up, up! On the lower level is the kitchen and living area, and the mezzanine bathroom is accessed by the ships ladder. Up top, across a glass walkway is the sleeping loft. Apparently it’s been described as a treehouse. Pretty amazing treehouse!

A guesthouse conversion in San Francisco

I love the texture palette, and the natural colours mixed with bright white. Gorg!

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Small spaces: It’s small cool time again

It’s hard to believe a whole year has gone by since Apartment Therapy‘s last Small Cool contest! It’s one of my favourite online competitions because I get to peek inside real tiny homes – not just styled tiny homes. Because while the styled ones you see everywhere are amazing and beautiful… they’re probably not all that liveable in a homely sort of way.

I like my small to be homely and user-friendly.

So here are some of my favourite entries so far. (You can see them all here and even vote if you like.)

Sandy’s Cozy Copenhagen Home

Erin’s Well-Considered Home

Emily’s East Village Energy

Filipe’s Perfect Balance

That’s it for me today. It’s such a gorgeous day (freezing, but beautifully sunny!) so I’m going to make the most of it!

Pin of the day: Some midcentury garage love

1958 asbestos garage. Repinned by Secret Design Studio, Melbourne. www.secretdesignstudio.com

Garages are usually lucky to get a quick coat of paint and a tidy up.

But in the fifties… they got Fibrolite! I love the upbeat feel of this decades advertising, and its trademark fonts. I think I’d even call it my favourite design era.

And of course I’m loving that colourful panelling, the awning, and most of all – the planters!

Protect your car! (But not your health… asbestos beware!)

Have a lovely Monday…

Small spaces: The sofa to fill them

Oooh I’m using a little creative license with this today and literally squishing a rather large-looking sofa into Small Spaces. But hear me out yeah?

Modular upholstered sofa PIXEL - Saba Italia

The Design Chaser introduced me to this sofa that I would so very much love to just dive into. Its feather-padded seat cushions look downright comfy. It’s called the Pixel Sofa, made by Saba Italia, and is configurable however takes your fancy (or fits your space) using a connector made specifically for the job.

Here’s how you’d set it up for a party in a warehouse:

But, just picture even one of those sections (two at a squeeze) in a corner of your tiny lounge room. It’s a piece of furniture that would function as many things at once – a sofa obviously, and configured right I can imagine it would be a good bed for overnighters, but more than that it would be your coffee table, a spot for some cross legged dining or the ultimate kids play space (the covers are removable for washing!). Just add a tray for your coffee and magazines, a throw rug for casual dining and some cars for the kids. A bookshelf in another corner, a rug underfoot, some bold art, and you’re done.

One last shot – with a more slimline backrest – in case you’re not yet convinced:

Small spaces: Appearing to disappear

Oooh I spotted this yesterday and knew it was perfect for today’s Small Spaces post! Even though it may not be justified by its footprint, this one is sneaking in because its clever use of materials makes it seem smaller than it really is. Designed by Bernd Zimmermann Architekten you can find this home in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

The classic shape is designed to fit with both neighbouring houses and local bylaws, but that is where the similarities finish.

With a highly mirrored stainless cladding the house appears to disappear, its shape simply providing a frame to reflect the surroundings. Pretty awesome right?

The interior, which seems something of an illusion from the outdoors, feels very solid with its unbroken expanses of white and unexpected openings create interesting shapes and views both within and to the exterior.

I do wonder how it would feel walking up to the front door on a bright sunny day though…

Maybe there is a box of sunglasses to choose from at the foot of the steps?

I’m thinking this could be an amazing feature on the south (non-sunny) side of my dream container house! What do you think husband? Huh?

Small spaces: Cosy in Norway

Winter must be on its way… I keep grabbing onto images of blankets and fires and cosy spaces!

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This Norwegian holiday cabin featured on the Citta Design blog a few days ago and I’ve been saving it up to share here for Small spaces this week.

In our travels around Scandinavia far too many years ago we fell in love with the rocky landscape. Despite its barrenness it doesn’t feel too harsh because look at those rocks – all the edges have been softened off them by the weather and they’re just right for embedding a holiday hideout into!

Inside, things are very Scandinavian, which looks great of course, but I’d move in with a pile more blankets and books and a basket full of slippers!

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I love this image, because it shows how the architects (Erik Kolman Janouch and Victor Boye Julebäk) worked with the landscape, and the house was built to fit, rather than modifying the landscape to suit the desired house.

Erik Kolman Janouch och Victor Boye JulebakPretty awesome right?! I can definitely see myself cooking up a real hot chocolate on that wood stove, watching the kids rock hopping out the window with scarves and boots and hats and mittens. And Andre would be out playing hunter-gatherer and fossicking for firewood.

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Bliss!

 

Layer upon layer

It’s been a while since I’ve zoomed out and given you a little room update anywhere in our interior. We’ve been all about the backyard for months! But just like the brick wall that’s happening layer by layer, life is adding layers to every room inside too.

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Apart from a lack of curtains and art on the big wall by Master W’s bed, the kids room is the most “got it together” room in the house. And I like that it is actually the most mixed and matched and everything goes type room as well. A little like the lovely layered home I shared with you some time ago.

So here are some photos of my favourite space! This boy-girl room where our little darlings sleep (and jump on the bed).

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For a small room with no wardrobe (the cupboard in the corner houses the hot water cylinder) we have packed a lot of function into this room and I’m excited to see how it will grow and adapt with the kids. At some point in the future I’m envisioning corner bunks, to allow more room for play in here, as well as sleeping. I hope to lose the kids for a time, only to find them engrossed in a book curled on their beds, or having some fun with imaginary play under the bunk! A bedroom is such a big space in a small persons life. I know mine features strongly in my childhood memories. Maybe because of its pink floral wallpaper, pink floral duvet, pink floral curtains and pink floral lightshade. All matching. Laura Ashley I think. No matter, I loved it at the time!

Now I must do something about those missing curtains. Here’s a promise… the next photo you see of this room will have curtains! And probably a toddler bed… how fast do the cot days go?!

 

That grown-up feeling

If you’ve been a faithful reader (I thank you from the bottom of my heart!) for some time you’ll know we love colour in this house, but we have yet to actually paint anything in something braver than whites or greys (exterior).

Oh but I forget… our door!

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Nevermind that I’m really not besotted with that result and am considering something more… neutral.

But forget that for now. Because I’m mulling over something a little more dramatic for our master bedroom…

We’re not quite done out the back yet, but while one project is trucking along nicely I always have another one or two doing the rounds in my brain, and Andre especially likes to jump around from working on this to that and back again. So as much as I wish we could just pick an area and deal to it properly before moving on, it just doesn’t work out that way.

That’s the long way to say we’ve started on some master bedroom improvements and of course I can’t wait to make some more progress and share it with you.

If you want the bite sized bits and pieces of what we’re up to (like having some fun with steel tube while thinking of a pergola over our deck) you’re best off following along over at Instagram (@duckeggblueblog).

For now though, just feast your eyes on this grown-up goodness (all images below from my Pinterest bedroom board or click the picture for it’s original link)…

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Dark (and Surprisingly Soothing) Bedroom Walls

Dark (and Surprisingly Soothing) Bedroom Walls

 

interior by jean liu

Do you get that moody-cosy-romantic-retreat kind of feeling? Or do you think it’s all rubbish and we should stick with light and crispy white for this pretty well sunless bedroom of ours?

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Hmmmm???