Friday, 30 December 2011

Frock Up Ladies!

via Pink Wallpaper
Yep NYE 2011!!
To be honest we are keeping it pretty low key. Off to a bbq, then home again before the road closures and general chaos!
But no matter where you are, who you are with or what you are up to ladies – wives and lovers alike – frock up, put on some bling, pop some bubbles and kiss a lover!
Mrs Wife

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Going Grey

Now that the festivities are over I feel like going back to the basics.
It started today when Mr Husband and I started to clean out our closets. It got me thinking about what I would want in a classic wardrobe and if in deed I have the energy to keep up with it!
But I digress, I have really been loving pared back interiors lately. Grey can provide a soft contrast or alternatively can really make a statement. Either way I think it is the perfect compliment to just about any contrast colour be it white, hot pink or black.
I am totally swooning over the third image. That gold ceiling is to die for. And the black and green pops. Please!! If I had my dream house a room like this would definitely be included. I particularly like how the corner placement of the windows (perhaps even a door?) don’t detract from the overall vibe.

chic coles

december Nuevo EstiloINTERIORISMO DE EUGENIA SOLER-ROIG via VT interiors

dinning room chic coles

Donna hay
{Donna Hay}

glam lamb

gray-and-pink-office via the decorista

kate spade
{Kate Spade}

tommy smythe9
{Tommy Smythe}

via decorista

via marcus design

Mrs Wife via a newly ordered wardrobe

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Can anyone help me?

{image: Kikki K}

Ahh.. excuse me.. hello... can anyone help me???  It seems that I have misplaced something - you may know where it is?

Its about 355 days long, has four seasons and contains lots of fun filled events, a little splattering of work and another handful of memories.

Yep, I've lost 2011. I don't know where the time went, but here we are the day before Christmas Eve, and I am wondering what happened. The year started off with our wedding, a few work trips away, a family visit for Easter, my sister moving states and then moving back again. There was Mary Poppins the musical, U2 the concert, a graduation from my Masters at Uni, a Picasso exhibition, a Dolly Parton concert, some more work trips, a huband returning, a new Elastic Chair and R160, plus a couch, and here we are at the end.

Of course the next few days will be filled with food wine and presents. I'd like to say sleep ins too, but I wont hold out on that.

Thank you all for helping me begin my blogging journey. I hope it has given you some enjoyment when you have visited. It has given me enjoyment. In the new year I would like to keep it up and share even more inspiration and love through design and my life.

So Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to you all. Please be safe over the break and enjoy time spent with family and freinds.

Mrs Wife

Do you remember?

Do you remember awhile ago I posted about the Dollhouse Challenge?

Well I just stumbled across Chiniserie Chic's latest update- AMAZING!!!

There are so many creative people out there... Go check it out...

You can check out the original post here, where I showed the amazing (but never produced Dolls House created by Ray and Charles Eames).
And for more inspiration at making your own dollshouse - check out Emily Henderson here.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Architectural Masters... of Lego

What do three buildings, two architects and one of the most famous brands world wide have in common?
The Robie House (1910 Frank Lloyd Wright), Falling Water (1939 Frank Lloyd Wright), and the Farnsworth House (1951 Mies van der Rohe) have all been further imortalised in Lego models. This kind of thing totally thrills the geek inside of me, and one day I may even purchase them all and build them. Yup - I am a geek! Three of the most beautiful buildings of the century, and now in tiny little bricks you can put together yourself in some attempt to feel like you were a part of something awesome!

The first house is the Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright. Completed in 1910 it is like many house by Wright in that it encompassed not only the house design but also many of its soft furnishings and architectural details for the interior (check out the magazine rack below). It is Wrights most renowned example of his Prairie Style - the first truely American architectural style. In 1926, after several owners had fallen upon hard times, the house and its contents were sold to the Chicago Theological Seminary. In a strange twist of fate, a student of Mies van der Rohe over heard that plans to demolish Robie house were going ahead and a storm of protest began. Clearly it was saved, and luckily so because it remains one of the leading examples of American design even today.

Falling Water. Another Frank Lloyd Wright, falling Water was completed in 1938 and graced the cover of Time a year later. Built over a 30 degree waterfall the house captured the imagination of a nation. It is now a national treasure. It appears to ease out of the landscape like the rock platforms it resides upon. The changing seasons are echoed in the choice of material and the vertical pillars of stacked stone. And I just love Wrights architectural drawings. Bliss. Oh the talent! Considering the difficulty of the house I am pleased with the Lego result - aren't you?

Farnsworth House. My favourite of the three. Farnsworth, like Falling Water echoes the seasons but is much more subtle in its design. Its platforms sit above the grassy plane, simple horizontal lines complimented by the two sets of steps and then simple vertical colums, enhanced and yet disguised by the vertical lines of the forest around it. I love the simple sketches and the snow picture in particular. If I was to buy any of the lego sets it would be this one.

Historian Maritz vandenburg offered the following on Farnsworth:

“Every physical element has been distilled to its irreducible essence. The interior is unprecedentedly transparent to the surrounding site, and also unprecedentedly uncluttered in itself. All of the paraphernalia of traditional living –rooms, walls, doors, interior trim, loose furniture, pictures on walls, even personal possessions – have been virtually abolished in a puritanical vision of simplified, transcendental existence. Mies had finally achieved a goal towards which he had been feeling his way for three decades."

Lover of Mies and Frank

Feeling Plush

After splurging on my vintage leather sofa, which I love, I have realised just how different it feels to sit, relax and enjoy different types of sofas. If I had more room I would put a velvet sofa somewhere. Not quite sure where – and it wont happen for awhile so I may have moved by then!! In the mean time I have to decide a colour and style – no small feat with these beauties as inspiration!

aandacht_antwerpen_15BELGIUM headoverheels_Decorista gramercy
{via Gramercy}

elledecornov09ScannedImage-3 velvet sofa
{elle decor}

living-room-velvet sofa massucco warner miller
{massucco warner miller}

tyler dawson design beach street st
{Tyler Dawson}

velvet sofas (Johnathon Adler)
{Jonathon Adler}

via Marcus Design vevlet couch
{via Marcus Design}

Good book and a throw, or are you more in the mood for a glass of red and and good company? Come on Lovers  fess up!

Ms Lover

Monday, 12 December 2011

Have you ever noticed a house or building out of the corner of your eye, and then it starts to haunt you. You find yourself driving past it, wondering what its story is, who lives there, what its like on the inside? I imagine that often we would be slightly let down with reality, but in the case of this beauty I think I am still in love. The sweet little Morts Cottage has been beautifully complimented by the extension designed by Thomas Jacobsen Architects. I love the contrast of modern and historic. I love the glass pavillion. I love the simple garden.

The Gothic Revival of the cottage has a certain quaintness but defiantely can hold its own in the upmarket suburb of Double Bay in Sydney. The down side to this five bedroom plus study beauty is the price tag - but don't fret they have just lowered it in hope of a pre-Christmas sale, now its a steal at $5.5 million. Opps Sorry, should have told you to put your cup of coffee down first.

Dream on Mrs Lover and Ms Wife - you have more chance of getting an Elenor Chair to finish off your collection!

To be honest, the kitchen needs a bit more work and I'm not 100% convinced about the lighting but I still love the extension. Eccletic mix of furniture is great as well.

Mrs Lover (of Double Bay Homes)

Friday, 9 December 2011

Three Chairs

"I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship and three for society."

Wise man Henry David Thoreau. Who cares if he lived in the 1800s? So I now have two of my three dream Featherston chairs. The third one, Elenor, will have to wait until I get a payrise or a new job! In the mean time I have my elastic chair, the first Featherston love, and now I have my lovely pale blue R160. Both early to mid 1950s I love them so much that no one else is allowed to sit in them, including Mr Husband. He has his Eames instead. I can not believe so many have come up for auction lately. Perhaps they are out of vogue and I have missed the boat - but going by the strong bidding and high prices I doubt it. Surely they will always be classics?

Back to Thoreau, the American was many things before passing away aged 45, an author and poet, philosopher, naturalist, development critic, historian and leading transcendentalist. I think I would add him to my list of dead people that I would invite over for the ultimate dinner party. Who would you bring, and what do you think of R160?

Love Mrs (naughty) wife