cool kitchen with exposed beams, raw timber and art


This is part of the awesome residence inhabited by Claire Bigbie and Jay Shapiro.

The clean lines of the joinery against the worn flooring, stripped back ceiling, stark wall paper and art that was apparently contributed by the owners’ friends, makes this an exceptionally utilitarian space; much more than a kitchen.

You can just imagine inviting your guests to have a seat on the couch or even the robust island bench to enjoy a drink while you bang out a batch of pot stickers for the rest of the crowd, or you could entertain the whole party right there.
Look out for this guy though.

I think there is even a TV in the back corner…

See more of this amazing house here.

Photo via Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

seasonal bathroom


Bathrooms don’t have to be victims of function over form and expression.

Overscaled elements such as the vases and foliage work well in this large space but if your space is tight you can still create impact by using elements like this in isolation.

With modern joinery techniques cupboard fronts can have just about anything printed on them and can be easily interchanged. Why not consider a seasonal response with cool colour combinations during the warmer months and warm colour combinations during the cooler times of the year? This could be achieved by using a neutral backdrop and utilise one or 2 interchangeable elements and complimentary sets of accessories.

Who says that you can’t keep a spare set of vanity doors in the linen cupboard with your spare towels?