A Serving of Sunshine, Grass and Japan

A Hong Kong apartment in the Discovery Bay area, with Japanese-influenced design by Head Architecture and Design.  The yellow, blank wall injects a sunny outlook, a green textured rug reminds you of grass and the neutral colours elsewhere combine to give a natural, open air feeling to this family home.

Simple lines, and good use of space....

Light floods in during the day...

Hope you have a sunny weekend.  Thanks for reading.  : )

After the show...

It may not be the clearest photograph ever taken, but I love the way this turned out.  A young ballerina leaving the theatre after the performance...

On the Seashore

A little abandoned boat on the seashore is a great inspiration for an artistic or interiors colour scheme.

Designs by Adler

Here are a few designs by Jonathan Adler to browse over the weekend.  Black glossy floors mixed with quirky pieces and zaps of bright colour combined with gold......

Many people are scared of using too much black within a room but, as is clear here, the black kitchen and black floor fail to make the space look dark.  Instead the multi-coloured stripy rug and lime green seating combined with white complete the look for a bright, happy room.... 

A sophisticated room, with Fornasetti plates lined up on the wall, oversized lamps and classic furniture....

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading. : )

Room with a View

Another peek into the Eagle Ridge residence featured last week.  This hallway provides a view towards the forest and a place where the artistic owner can display her treasures.

Photography by Will Austin.

Fantastic Forest Residence

This stunning Eagle Ridge residence on Orcas Island in Washington state was a dream of its artist owner for 54 years when she visited the island for the first time and longed to live there one day.  Forty years later she visited the area again and bought a piece of land on a hillside covered with madrone trees, firs, beech, thistle, moss and rocks with magnificent views. Rocks, nature and landscape have played a major role in her artwork and this was what convinced her it was the perfect site.

The client's brief was for an open, simple, low maintenance design which embraced the views of the island, forest and ledges to make them omnipresent within the house.  

Large doors slide away to open the house to the expansive views, creating a living room in the woods. Accommodation includes a combined kitchen-dining-living area, study, master suite, 800 square ft art studio and storage area.

The artist's favourite materials are old barn wood, rusty steel, moss and rocks.  The architects, Gary Gladwish Architecture, have created a beautiful home which works both aesthetically and practically.  It's a delight to behold.  

Photography by Will Austin

Reading in Bed

If bedside table space is limited this is a great way to provide lighting either side of the bed without taking up the surface area.  This bedroom interior design is calm, restful and uncluttered.  Plush towels and essential 300 thread count Egyptian cotton percale bedding from the Designers Guild Tribeca classic plain white range, provide the ultimate in indulgent pure white bedding and stylish comfort.