archipelago house

Similar in style to the homes I posted about yesterday, and this Danish cabin from a while ago (uh oh, I'm getting predictable) is another lovely mid-century inspired low-slung house, by Swedish architects Tham and Videgard Hansson (on a cluster of island near Stockholm.) Are those giant doors in the last photo? Do they slide open? Cause if they are and do then that is awesome. I think I would like Sweden. And Denmark. And let's throw in Norway too then.

great quotes

I love the quotes that An Aesthete's Lament finds:

"I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china"
-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) author

"Life has become so serious, moments have assumed such importance, that to waste them in the care of useless and ugly things is intolerable".
- editors of Your Home Beautiful: 1,000 Ideas for Beautifying Your Home

"We all know that interior decoration is seen by many as a frivolous career full of ruffles and flourishes and preposterous fashion statements. Yet to transform the bleak and the barren into welcoming places where one can live seems to me an important and worthwhile goal in life".
Mark Hampton (1940-1998) interior decorator, artist, and scholar.

"Fill a house with animals and you fill it with life".
Hubert de Givenchy (born 1927) fashion designer.

"Humanised mass, space, and line are the basis of beauty, but coherence is the basis of style".
Geoffrey Scott (1884-1929), British art historian, scholar, poet, garden designer, and celebrated author of The Architecture of Humanism: A Study in the History of Taste (1914).

"I have flair, intuition, great good taste but only second-rate ambition. I am far too susceptible to flattery; I hate and am uninterested in all the things most men like such as sport, business, statistics, debates, speeches, war, and the weather; but I am rivetted by lust, furniture, glamour and society and jewels".
Sir Henry "Chips" Channon (1897-1958), American-born British politician, aesthete, and diarist.

i feel at home here...

Desire to Inspire posted these yesterday, by architect firm Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff.
I am in love. But just to be super picky, I would rather have mine near Vancouver, BC. Maybe Bowen Island.

The Michelberger in Berlin

The Michelberger is a new budget hotel in Berlin near the Oberbaum bridge and the river Spree. Rates start at 59 euros per night, and the design team is Studio Aisslinger. I like this trend of renowned design studios putting effort and thought into small, "inexpensive" spaces...that's what good design is about in my small opinion.

I love the colours, plywood, big windows, airy spaces and the shelving. Not so sure about the wire fencing, or the strange ghost people they put into the promo photos.

They open September 9th, but it looks like they have some kind of 25 euro promotion going on until August 15th...


Today I am feeling overwhelmed. Nothing I can't handle in the end, but right now I'm in the middle, and it's a bit of a tough go. Which makes me doubly happy that I decided to splurge and pay someone to clean my house today (with environmentally friendly cleaning agents) while I'm at work. I've never done this before. Don't tell the husband.
Image via but does it float

Wooden House

This is interesting, but terribly clausterphobic I think...

By Japanese architect Sou Fujmoto.


Just, bike, girl, scarf, light, cobbled street, rosy cheeks, everything.
From Garance Dore.

Alec Hemer

I saw this bed (top) over at one of my new favourite (and local!) blogs Haute Design. I love it. Anyone recognize it? Photographed by Alec Hemer. He usually does more traditional stuff (Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, West Elm are clients of his), but these are all a bit more modern. Or maybe I'm liking them because all of these shots are so light and bright and airy...perfect for the record breaking heatwave we're having today in Vancouver. Whatever happened to root beer popsicles? We don't get them here anymore...


Busy busy Monday, so some spiral staircases today from stairporn, they are somewhat metaphorical in that I feel like I'm spinning while also climbing a big big incline...not so good. They're nice-looking though.