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Nate Berkus collection for Calico


By now you all should know I have a bit of a crush on Nate Berkus. I love his work, and he is very easy on the eye. So is his collection for American fabric company Calico

Nate Berkus Fabric Collection for Calico

Nate Berkus Fabric Collection for Calico

The Nate Berkus Fabric Collection is inspired by Nate’s many travels and his own life.

“Your home should tell your story. Memories framed on a wall. What you love within easy reach. Fabric is one of the best ways I know to layer your rooms with the color and patterns you love most. Wether one yard for a pillow or ten for a chair, let the pattern you love be what you live with” – Nate

Calico is organising a contest on facebook where you can win his book The Things That Matter. I suggest you join, but if you don’t win, you can always buy the book in the Homevoyeurs Webshop!

Nate Berkus - The Things That Matter

Nate Berkus – The Things That Matter

 

 

 

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Anthropologie, amazing home accessories from the USA now in Europe and online!


On a recent trip to Edinburgh we stumbled across a fantastic shop called Anthropologie. This American chain of stores recently opened their doors in Europe with two shops in London and one in Edinburgh. They sell women’s clothes that, with my modest knowledge, are a bit too gypsy-ish and ‘oh look at me getting it and reading books and being clever‘, but their home deco stuff was simply put a-ma-zing! I walked around wanting to buy pretty much everything. It’s hard to define or to label what style, but bohemian, retro, kitsch, quirky, edgy, French and classy all spring to mind.

They have a well stocked online shop and the good news is they deliver pretty much all over Europe from their EU site! So that little vase that I couldn’t bring due to Easyjet’s one bag only policy can be making its way to me anytime soon!

Curvy Chrysanthemum Vase, €28.00

Fleeting Apparition Jug, €378.00

Stellata Rug in three sizes between 2,5 and 8 feet round From €82.00 - €416.00

Own a bit of architectural history; The Affordable Frank Lloyd Wright


In 1895, when this block of apartments was designed, Wright was just starting out as an independent architect. He would need a couple more years to claim his fame with his better known works.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed Chicago townhouse

Frank Lloyd Wright designed Chicago townhouse

The Waller Apartments were designed as a set of five party-wall buildings, each of which was subdivided into four apartments. Wrights usual ornamental and decorative signature is missing. Clean, simple and understated lines showcase the use and functionality of the building; cheap housing.  Though the facades now appear dark and covered with grime, segments have recently been power-washed, exposing the brickwork’s original egg-yolk like colour which make it look a lot brighter.

Over the past century, the apartments have undergone long periods of neglect and abandonment. In 1968, the fourth unit burnt down, and its remains removed. In that time, two of the buildings were converted into town homes, including the two-story townhouse now for sale. After going into foreclosure last year, the three-bedroom, 1,200 square feet unit was put on the market, originally listed at $169,000, but since lowered to an unthinkable $60,000. Extensive interior restoration is required but still, after that you could be the proud owner of a real Wright for a very friendly budget.

source: Architizer Blog

Make light, not war


The Sopranos meet Versace. I am liking this lamp actually, part of a series of table and floor lamps in silver or gold. 

Table Gun Lamp Gold

Designed by Philippe Starck for Flos in 2005. The body of the lamps are in die-cast aluminum. The gold version has an 18K polished gold-plated finish. They start at around $980,- and can be found in several online design shops.

The Homevoyeurs webshop sells many books about Starck, have a look!If you’re lucky, even on eBay!

Starck book

Starck’s own words on his Gun Lamp Collection:

First there were attempts at life, then the draft
of life, then Life itself.
It didn’t have much value – life and death altogether.
It was something of an accident, without importance.
But Mankind kept working. A lot.
A civilisation was crafted so that Life could live.
Sublime by obligation, Life became sacred,
untouchable. The great, beautiful Life, guaranteed
to everyone, surged and survived until today,
the 21st century, the third millennium, the advent
of civilised civilisation.
Bravo! Rest in peace.
Crash! It’s never what you think.
After just a short period of enlightenment,
the shadows return, fast, dense and menacing.
Rewind, death is at the door.
Nowadays we kill – religiously, militarily, civilly,
indeed very civilly sometimes. We kill out of ambition,
out of greed, for the fun of it or of the show.
Republics turn bananas. Tyrant are our masters,
Designed, manufactured, sold, dreamed, purchased
and used, weapons are our new icons.
Our lives are only worth a bullet.
The Guns Collection is nothing but a sign
of the times.
We get the symbols we deserve.
Happiness is a hot gun.
Glory to our dictators
To Life, To Death

P.S.:
Light, functional, affordable and elegant,
with over 100 million copies officially
produced to date, the Kalachnikov is one of the
industrial design success-stories of our age.
Mr Kalachnikov has never received any royalties
for this design. He often complains about it.
Thus, I intend to pay him a commission for the
sales of the model that replicates his invention.
Poor guy. The remainder will be donated to
“Medicins sans frontieres”, though sometimes
I wonder why.
Aux larmes Citoyens
Aux armes Citoyens

Explanations:
The gold of the weapons represents
the collusion between money and war
Table Gun symbolises the East
Bed Side Gun symbolises Europe
Lounge Gun stands for the West
The black shade signifies death
The crosses on the inside are to remind us
of our dead ones.

Yes, well, it is still just a lamp Philippe……

Flip that house, buy, revamp, and sell with a profit.


The latest trend in real estate; house flipping . It means buying a run down property, fixing it up, and then selling it with a profit. A bit like some people do with furniture. There’s some pretty good cash to be made there if you play it right.

The trend has not gone unnoticed by TV producers in both the US and Europe. On both sides of the big pond a TV show called either Flip that House or Flip this House is part of many daytime schedules. It’s a half hour to an hour reality show following the transformation of different properties in mainly the US or the UK. Each episode features a different flipper, the person that bought the house, who is going to have it revamped and hopefully sell it for more then they put into it. In most cases these people are familiar with real estate and renovation, but sometimes the show features novices in this field of business.

The show opens with the purchase of the house. A short tour of the property and and interview with the new owner will tell the viewer what the plans are to make this house profitable. Viewers then learn the story of the actual renovation, the set backs along the way and will eventuallybe  shown the result with dramatic before and after shots. At the end of each show an expert real estate agent reveals if all this hard labour will have been worth it by estimating the new selling price of the property.

Often the results are stunning. In some cases the new owner is trying too hard not to spend too much on it which usually shows in the end result. But in all cases, it provides great television!

DCI I

Images: DCI I