Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Real Estate Stickybeak-Japan

This 26-year-old apartment was extensively renovated in 2014. Designed by Sinato Architects, this apartment is small but appears much larger. 
A clever design has turned a compact space into one that appears light and airy. A simple colour palette using blonde timber, grey concrete and walls, with punches of green all combine to make the apartment look modern and fresh. 










*I have that chair!

I love the simplicity of both the design and decoration of this apartment. The extensive use of blonde timber gives the apartment a Scandinavian feel. I really like the way the apartment appears modern and uncomplicated.

What are your thoughts?

Toni

* More photos and additional information here
* All photography by Toshiyuki Yano
* More photos visit Home Adore

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Bathroom Mini Makeover Complete

Regular blog readers will know that I finally ordered my new vanity a few weeks ago. My old one was splitting and falling apart, so I was very excited when my new vanity arrived on Friday.

Here is a before photo. You can't tell from the photo but the vanity was in a terrible state, so you will just have to take my word for it. Oh and sorry about the poor quality of the photos, they were only taken on my phone!

We took out the old vanity.



Then came the moment I'd been waiting for, the install of the new vanity.



Just ignore the ugly pipe underneath, that will be going!



I moved the mirror off centre to counterbalance the basin.


I also love the shadows cast on the wall when the light is on.





The drawer is a good size. I went to Howard's Storage World and bought some dividers and was able to organise everything. Such a good feeling!

What do you think?

Toni

Monday, 2 March 2015

Lovely Things

The 90's were all about minimalism, but today a modern home embraces texture, layering and comfort.
With the season changing to autumn it's often nice to make some changes at home. One way to get ready for the cooler weather is to include some of these:
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A beautiful Mohair rug on the end of the bed will make a bed look cozy, warm and inviting.


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I love this stool. Shaped like Bambi, covered in faux fur and made from European Oak and American Walnut this stool was designed by Japanese Designer Takeshi Sawada. It would look gorgeous in a child's room ready for the cooler months.


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Scandi homewares are big this year and including a sheepskin or reindeer hide helps create the look. Fortunately there are faux skin versions available.


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Including extra blankets in the living room and bedroom means you will need a cute storage box like this one. Made from felt with leather handles and exposed studs these baskets will not only add another layer of texture to the room they also look great!

Toni




Friday, 27 February 2015

New York!

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We are in the process of planning a family trip to New York for later in the year. I've never been to New York, but have high expectations. 
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My children are not children anymore (17 and 20) so the travelling part will be easy. My 17-year-old daughter is looking forward to the shopping and seeing a Broadway show, while my 20-year-old son wants to see a basketball game. I want to see all the sites that make New York famous. I'm looking for accommodation that's central and big enough for the 4 of us to live comfortably for 2 weeks.
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If you have been to New York and can offer some tips on what to see and where to stay, I'd be very grateful. Remember it will be winter so bitterly cold, but as long as they don't have a season like this year we should be ok.

Have you been to New York?
Got any tips you'd like to share?

Toni

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Homemade Ice Cream

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For some unknown reason I decided to make ice cream! I really don't know what possessed me as you can buy perfectly delicious ice cream so there is really no need to make your own but...anyway I did and it turned out ok actually better than ok, it was seriously delicious.


       Ingredients

         300ml thick cream
         300ml milk
         1 vanilla bean, split
         6 egg yolks
         175g caster sugar
         1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Place the cream and milk in a saucepan. Scrape in the vanilla seeds and add the bean, too. Bring to the boil, then turn off the heat and set aside for 10 minutes to infuse.
         2. Place the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until pale. Carefully pour the milk over, and then return to a clean saucepan.
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Cook over low heat, stirring, for about five minutes until it is slightly thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon. (This simple custard forms the basis of a classic ice-cream recipe.)
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Set aside to cool, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
         5. Place custard in a plastic container in the freezer until frozen at the edges. Remove from freezer. Beat with an electric beater. Re-freeze.

         6. Repeat this process two more times.

Be warned this ice cream is very sweet,

Toni

*This recipe was adapted from here

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Real Estate Stickybeak - Oxford

This beautiful barn conversion in Oxford UK was built originally in 1876. It's actually 2 barns joined together by a hallway, sunken living room and music room. 


The interior is styled in a neutral scheme that relies on texture and nature to add a bundle of charm and homeliness to this gorgeous property.



A soft grey has been used for the conversational chairs, blending beautifully with creams, whites, caramels and beiges used throughout the home. 



I'm not sure the cast-iron cow's head is to my liking, but it does help create that country feel you would expect to see in a barn. The double height windows are the stars of this room and the blend between old and new has been successfully achieved.



I really like the low slung chaise covered in fur and the oversized wall clock. 


The exposed wall beams add to the rustic charm of this conversion while the use of a neutral colour scheme help create a cozy, calm environment.


The antique stone trough has been converted into a basin and really brings the WOW factor to the bathroom.

I love the charm and character of this home. 

What do you think?

Toni

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Sheets

Regular blog readers will be familiar with my obsession love for white sheets, especially linen.  However, lately my eye has begun to roam and beautiful pale pink or soft greys have been taking my fancy.
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I don't know how my husband would feel about coming home to find a pink bed, but I think if I balanced the pink with grey it wouldn't feel too feminine.

I'll keep thinking about changing from white to colour, however I know I'll be sticking to 100% Linen as they are definitely the BEST sheets to sleep in all year round.

Have you tried linen sheets? 
Do you prefer coloured sheets or white?

Toni
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