i love this home tour over on apartment therapy of a home in Brunswick West, Victoria, Australia. typically australian, it’s colorful and unique, and very warm and welcoming. it’s the quirky and art-filled victorian terrace home of beca orpin, author, crafter and designer and her lovely family. i loved the whole home tour, but i especially loved this bedroom — it seems such a cheerful place to wake up each day. everything has been thrifted or made by beci or their artist friends, or found locally in brunswick. for the full tour visit apartment therapy and be sure and visit beci’s website as well — it’s such a wonderfully happy place!
• photography courtesy of apartment therapy.
as i hunt for my new home i’m also carefully considering the new furnishings and lighting fixtures on my wish list. i know i’d definitely love to add to my collection of saarinen tables, and right now YLiving is having a huge spring sale, so i may just have to dive in and make that saarinen dining table splurge. but i also need to consider lighting options and they’re on sale, too — i just know i want a simple pendant lamp, but one that’s interesting enough to make a statement above the simple saarinen table. i really like the delicate looking Crio Pendant Light By Giovanni Minelli, and i’ve always had a crush on the caravaggio pendant lamp, but the gold Calabash Pendant Light is stunning, too! i also love the soft feminine shape of the link suspension light, and i’ve not seen these lamps around everywhere, so something new and unexpected would be nice for a change. so many decisions!
i could go extra bold with a statement chandelier, and i quite like the x-large bubble chandelier by jean pelle — its blown glass globes are super pretty! so many choices, but i have a little time. YLighting’s sale runs now through march 31st, with up to 20% off some really lovely designer lighting — in fact the sale includes 40 leading European and American brands, such as Artemide Lighting, le klint, and one of my personal favorites, Tom Dixon. i’d be quite happy with his void copper pendant light, too!
During the month of March, visitors to YLighting, YLiving, and YBath (for all your bathroom fixtures, tubs, faucets and sinks) save up to 20% and free shipping across 90 modern and contemporary lighting, furniture, and bath products. and, you can also enter for a chance to win an Arco Floor Lamp by FLOS Lighting!
the YLiving sale includes all the yummy, good stuff — from a cherner round table to cherner armchairs, to the sweet Belly Desk By Steuart Padwick, and the Alden Sideboard or the classic coffee table, both from Eastvold Furniture. i think it may be the right time to stock up on all the designer classics we’ve always wanted!
this isn’t the typical color palette i’d find myself drawn to, but there’s something i really love about these hues of pale pink, paired with woodsy browns and bursts of bold yellow. it’s very mid-century modern to me, and yet this is the rustic ranch style home of artist and jewelry designer helena rohner at the foot of the Sierra de Gredos, just west of madrid. she and her partner Jose Ayala have beautifully renovated this home with its old stables in the countryside — one of their big passions is horses and Both are good riders, and they want to pass on their love of horses by teaching riding to their two small children.
together they renovated this home in the hopes of creating an open, nordic rural aesthetic, with simple plastered white walls and wood beamed ceilings. they chose a pine dining table and surrounded by Eames chairs in yellow, the “color-driver of the house”, colorful pottery, and retro fabric prints of the 1950’s and 60’s — which Helena says, “gives me energy and positivity”. you can view this very creative and inspiring home in its entirety at architectural digest espana.
i’ve been away for the last five days, doing a lot of resting, eating, and wine tasting. i was invited along on a last minute trip with good friends to the anderson valley, about two and hours north of san francisco, to the sheepdung estates — a weird and not that attractive name for an extraordinarily beautiful place. but i’ll get to that shortly.
we stopped along our route in sebastopol at the barlow — which is so utterly charming. lots of small breweries, artists’ studios, cafes, bakeries and shops. we had an unexpectedly delicious lunch at the woodfour brewing company — i don’t think i’ve ever had such great food from a brew pub before — roasted brussels sprouts with meyer lemon aioli, a divine little gems salad, and a yummy lamb sandwich with dill yogurt. i definitely recommend a stop here on your next road trip up north. and it looks like the barlow is opening a hotel soon, so go and spend the night and have a leisurely wander around.
next stop was our ultimate destination — the anderson valley, specifically the charming town of boonville and the sheepdung estates. we stayed in their dog-friendly home called the breezeway on a secluded hillside way up above the anderson valley and boonville — a small town on highway 128, which if you keep going takes you to the coast in mendocino. it’s stunning this time of year — so green and lush with wild daisies and daffodil everywhere you look. we took lots of long walks with the dogs to our very own pond — which was perfectly peaceful.
we also did our fair share of wine tasting, and buying. i now need a small wine cellar. anderson valley is known for it’s wonderful vineyards, so ‘when in rome’ — wine taste! The four towns in Anderson Valley are: Yorkville, Boonville, Philo, and Navarro, and we visited wineries in almost all of them — like toulouse vineyards, navarro, husch, and handley cellars, all of them just a short distance down the highway. we hit a couple of local boonville wine tasting rooms as well, like foursight, seebass, and bink. all of them dog friendly and almost all the tastings are free! of course, it’s always nice to support the valley and buy a bottle or two. bink was in an interesting collective called the madrones, consisting of of four tasting rooms, guest quarters, and a delicious restaurant called stone and embers, which i would highly recommend. we stopped in for a delicious lunch of woodfire pizzas and this heavenly dessert of Whole milk Sherbet, bergamot, meringue, and blood orange that was other worldly. the restaurant’s Chef Patrick Meany has an impressive culinary resume, including a stint at san francisco’s Gary Danko. all in all, it was beautiful sunny weather (with a few showers one day) and a really lovely getaway i think you’d love. next time you’re thinking of wine tasting, try out the lovely anderson valley.
I was pinning first thing in the morning when I deleted my favorite Pinterest board, mistaking it for an unwanted pin. If I wasn’t fully awake before, I was wide awake now. “Dwell” was where I’d collected all of my home inspiration finds for the past three years; it was the reason Victoria invited me to become a contributor; and with three mindless clicks… *poof!*
Trying to cheer myself up, I looked for the light in my mishap: “Dwell” is gone, so there’s no point in dwelling! What a great reminder not to get too attached to things! A clean slate can be good! This internal dialog came to set the tone for today’s post: If I have to start fresh, I’d lay the board’s foundation with my favorite houses of all time. There so happens to be five that are top-of-mind.
Top to bottom, left to right:
- If I could live anyplace in the world, I’d live in this minimal Swedish townhouse tucked between historic dwellings.
- The bedroom of my dreams is where sleep and serenity trumps all.
- This Barcelona residence and design studio emanates creativity and warmth.
- Running a Scandinavian/Japanese homeware boutique whilst living in its above-the-shop abode pretty much sums up my life aspiration.
- Classic herringbone brickwork is laid in a charming, new way that sets this terrace home apart from its London neighborhood.
Just when all hope was lost on getting my board back, a serendipitous ladies’ room encounter led me to a couple of Pinterest engineering wizards who have graciously taken up my case and are working their magic as I type. Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!