Wednesday, August 27, 2014


It is surprisingly rare to come upon a functional, tasteful suite of desk accessories among the score of black, perforated steel and injection-molded plastic. We were therefore happily surprised to stumble upon the Desk Collection by Portland-based accessories brand Grovemade. The group includes storage trays, plant pots, and an array of accessories for Apple computer components. Clever design paired with timeless materials - hardwood, leather, cork - make you almost want to get back to work. For more, visit Grovemade. Via Design Milk

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


From Lisbon's own Paratelier comes a innovative means of home construction. By virtue of a using a cast concrete shell, the builders were left with not a few leftover wood panels from the mould. The obvious answer: Bring them inside. After the floor, walls, and furnishings, 93% of the wood was successfully repurposed. On top of this creative use of materials, abundant light and carefully planned spaces go a long way to make this house a home. For more, visit dezeen.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Roe Magdassi

There is something decidedly charming in the newest project from designer Roe Magdassi. Magdassi distills the recognizable forms of animals into elements furniture pieces that are able to bridge a childlike sense of fun with an adult practicality. In doing so, he seems to discover of new way of putting together a series of pieces: by species. Read more at designboom.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Finnish Summer

We agree with every part of Emma Fexeus' praise for Finnish summerhouse style. She points out that "while it might be difficult for an outsider to spot the differences in style between the Nordic countries, they are definitely there." Simpler, more graphic finishes with an aversion toward vintage decor or cute pops of color. This essence of utilitarianism can definitely be found in the summer home of Johanna Lehtinen. For more, visit Emmas.

Photos via Emmas (Krista Keltanen via Boligliv)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Blakes of London

From Blakes of London, a deftly designed kitchen and dining area in a Beckenham Victorian. A light, summery color pallet a clever array of design details, like subway tiled cabinet backs and an in-counter herb garden, make for both a refined and relaxed atmosphere. We definitely endorse Blake's carefully married material choices as wel. For more, visit Blakes of London. Via Remodelista

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Seeking inspiration? While having been a "follower" for a while now, I only now occurs to me to share with you the truly valuable blog scrapbook. No frills in format, scrapbook is true to its title - a simple aggregator of images. But the consistently high standard of the content make of something special.

(Source: zdedykacjo, via snohomes) (Source: bendtowardsthesun)
(via cinoh)

(Source: blueberrymodern)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Brick House from LETH & GORI

Discovered on ArchDaily, we are taking note of this home designed by Denmark's LETH & GORI. From Archdaily:

"Brick House is part of a development project titled Mini-CO2 houses initiated by the philanthropic foundation Realdania. The goal of Realdania’s project is to develop affordable sustainable houses with a low CO2 footprint. A total of six houses have been built on a site in Nyborg Denmark. Each house with a different approach to how CO2 reduction can be achieved for example by focusing on materials and building techniques or by focusing on aiding the inhabitants to reduce CO2."

While innovation in construction is certainly a theme of the project, a dedication to traditional form is equally integral to the concept. Overall symmetry and a conspicuous allegiance to wood surfaces lend a strong Scandinavian identity to the project. For more, visit LETH & GORI and ArchDaily.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Meanwhile, in the Hamptons...

It's about this time of year that having a beach house in the Hamptons is sounding better and better. It is with envy, incidentally, that we would share this Scandinavian-inspired Long Island retreat. Owners Tiina Laakonen and Jon Rosen, fashion stylist and tech entrepreneur respectively, joined force with architects Tim Furzer and Nandini Bagchee to create a tryptic of simple structures. Rich indigos, engrossing textures, and a wide variety of designers lend the interior boundless character, while a simply but luxuriously landscaped pool area dominates the exterior. For more, visit Remodelista.