Saturday, 29 April 2017

The home of..... Inge King and Grahame King

King House and Studios (1952-64)






So for the first time in 9 years I took a little unplanned break from blogging and it was really nice to disconnect for a while and focus my energies, or lack of energies, elsewhere. A couple of months ago I found out that my recent issues with extreme tiredness, nausea and a range of other physiological symptoms, including fertility issues, were the result of the return of a Pituitary tumour that I thought I had seen the back of in 2013. It is not cancer, and it is treatable but it is was still a bit of a kick in the teeth as I had really wanted another baby..... but alas some things are just not meant to be !

My break from blogging, although much needed was also a bit of a silly move as I find it strangely therapeutic .... so I am back. I have found some beautiful homes, and also beautiful products that I would like to share with you all, and as I have been for some time thinking about the concept of 'home' as both an external and internal space, have contacted some wonderful conscious women to interview for a new series of personal interviews..... so watch this space :)


So for my return I have chosen this beautiful home and sanctury of husband and wife Sculpturist Inge King and Artist Grahame King designed by Architect Robin Boyd. I was brought up in and therefore have always been a fan of 'period' properties but since moving into my 1960's home have really started to appreciate the large windows and more open plan vibe to properties of the middle of last century.

What I really love about this home is that it has huge windows that look onto greenery, such a luxury for a city dweller such as myself. The couples collections of pottery, textiles and artwork are all beautiful rich warm earthy tones that fit in perfectly with the building

Below I have included an extract of the original text by Nigel Bertram, I would strongly urge you to head over to Architecture au to read the full article and also to see the full collection of photos by Dianna Snape

"Robin Boyd’s King House and Studios in Warrandyte, designed for sculptor Inge King and artist Grahame King, was completed in three stages in 1952, 1955 and 1964. The plan for the first stage of this house is an almost-square rectangle, four bays by three, about 120 square metres. The plan is a little confusing at first glance; it does not have a particularly recognizable figure or clear hierarchy of zones. It seems a bit loose and even empty, like an industrial building. There is one main room, with a small bathroom, porch and “bedroom” (which isn’t used as such). The kitchen, raised platform and bathroom each take up one structural bay in an offset, abstract arrangement, which gently partitions the singular space into implied zones. The plan is structurally determined, blunt and logical. It does not easily imply domesticity – making us question, in fact, what a “house” is.
As Inge King explains, after the plans were first submitted to council the “bedroom” was added because the authorities would not permit a dwelling of only one room. The raised bay to the north of the main space is labelled as “painting platform” but was apparently most useful as a dance floor for the Kings’ infamous parties. The underfloor space, which increases in height under this platform, is labelled “food store” but has been used as a workspace and studio – a space entered each morning and left sometime in the afternoon, a true home office. Here the ceiling joists in the main area are barely 1.8 metres above the floor. The exposed structure serves as racks for tools and welding clamps, or places to hang work in progress. Adjoining underfloor space up the slope has been fitted out with watertight cupboards and flyscreened cross-ventilation panels. Large plate glass windows to the north, salvaged from shopfronts, unite the lower workspace with its corresponding raised platform living space above. This underfloor workspace, which extends to a level gravel terrace outside, appears to function as the heart of the house – the engine room."

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The cosy yurt home of... Alexandra Fuller





Photography by Laura Joliet

The yurt in question belongs to Wendell Field, a 49-year-old artist. Ms. Fuller went to see him about a painting last spring, and never left. As cunningly put together as the inside of a sailboat, this Hobbit house is one of a dozen in the yurtian community that Mr. Field calls home, where each yurt-dweller pays a little less than $400 a month for a spot. (Other neighbors include bison, antelope and the odd rampaging moose.)
Mr. Field inherited his yurt eight years ago from a friend who died in a climbing accident. The other day, Dilly, an elderly corgi, and Edgar, a dog of indeterminate provenance, dozed breathily on what little floor space there was, as Mr. Field served tea made on his diminutive wood-burning stove. Ms. Fuller, clearly exhausted, drifted in and out of a nap.
To read the full story and see more photos visit the NY Times here


Monday, 13 March 2017

Strandkrypa Botanical bedding from Ikea

Strandkrypa : Ikea Floral bedding... and no I don't Iron :)
Strandkrypa: ikea botanical bed linen
Strandkrypa bedding from Ikea

You know the deal, you go into Ikea to get some of those cheap Kilner style jars and maybe a couple of cheap washing up brushes and... bang.... you are hit by something that is actually really, really nice and not only is it awesome but also really cheap.

This is how I ended up with my favourite botanical bed linen, 'Stradkrypa'. This beautiful botanical bed linen is an absolute bargain and really good quality cotton.

and no I am not working for Ikea..


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Earthship: Shambala Permaculture....





Any one who follows my ramblings on instagram will know that I have had a spot of really bad luck with my health over the last year, I am finally healing well and I honestly believe it is down to an increased focus on my mediation practice, a new found passion for sound baths and Kirtan, and a rekindled interest in herbalism.

On my search for courses and retreats and a lot of inspiration, I have come across many beautiful places to stay to immerse my senses and have found a few gems I wish to share with you.... the first being this beautiful place.... Shambala Permaculture in San Marcos Sierras, Cordoba, Argentina.

 I have always had a thing for cob homes and earthships, with the colourful bottle windows and swirly patterns on the walls they have an etherial quality that I adore, and Shambala appears to be one of those places where I really don't think you could be unhappy or ill. Shambala is run by Nathan and Andrea here we learn about their home and workshop in their own words....

"Shamballa is our experiment in life and living.   It is our home and workshop, our place to practice and express our ideas, philosophies, designs and dreams.     We are holistically combining our life’s knowledge and life experiences, to reflect our vision that the ultimate work of art is us and our connection to each other and our mother earth or environment.

The places we live in, the people that we connect with, what we consume and the things we produce, the seeds that we plant, the decision making process that we make decisions by, are all guided by the vision that our lives and what we do with them, is how we affect and change our world.  Redesigning ourselves, our societies and cultures as an integral part of our garden planet, not masters over it.   This visionary idea will grow and grain strength.  It is being manifested by people all over the earth.  We are not alone.
It is up to us to create and recreate the world, in fact it is our birthright and responsibility.
We see ourselves as stewards of the land, and the designers, creators and curators of the projects on it.   We take what we do seriously.  From working to parting, everything is tied to our vision for life, culture and community.
The Shamballa project grew out of the shared dreams and visions of Andrea and Nathan.   Our experiment continues to evolve and grow.  As we grow and learn, so does our project and the people inspired by it.  Shamballa is an experiment in how we interact and exist in our natural environment, how we can have a positive environmental impact as a result of our lives, societies and celebrations.   We are guided by our experiences with transformational festival culture, permaculture, and deep ecology.   It is from these movements and ideas the shamballa was born.
Permaculture design, ethics and principles, have helped lead the way in our homestead.  Natural living, sustainability, resilience, traveling, backpacking, local economies, grassroots movements, raw food, natural building, art, organic gardening, shamanism, transformational festival culture, events like Burning Man and Boom have been some of the inspirations of our experiment."
If you are interested in studying at Shambala, you can find them via their website , Facebook and Instagram


Monday, 20 February 2017

The Home of Painter... Christian de Laubadere




I love finding the source for one of my favourite photos and then discovering more of the same home. The top photo has surfaced many a time on Moon to Moon but only now have I discovered a full set of photos of Artist Christian de Laubadere's Shanghai home photographed by Ricardo Labougle for World of Interiors. This beautiful home is wonderfully eclectic and I just love the layers of rugs and textiles in de Laubadere's home...

Below is a small excerpt from a 2013 interview with the French artist and his girlfriend from the Global Times

"I like the kitchen very much, which I think is the symbol of a family," de Laubadère said. "The only thing I always kept from my hometown in France here in Shanghai is a cookbook about French cuisine."

Several years ago, in order to create a huge painting for a hotel in Lhasa, de Laubadère had to move out of his small residence and studio on Huashan Road. He rented a deserted factory warehouse hidden on the ground floor of a commercial building in Changning district and converted it into a house, painting the exposed brick wall white and filling the 220-square-meter space with odds and ends he has collected over the years.

"This is our third residence in Shanghai, and the largest one," de Laubadère's girlfriend told the Global Times. "He was so excited after finding this space since it finally gave him an opportunity to display all of his Chinese porcelain, antiques and handicrafts which he bought from the antique and flea markets on Fangbang Road and Henan Road in Shanghai, and also other places he's traveled to, like Tibet, Taiwan and India."

Entering through a thick cloth curtain door, the space is divided into a living area at the front and the painting studio in the back. The living area consists of a reception space, a kitchen and a bedroom above built by iron and wood beams. Through an iron staircase, the bedroom connects itself with the space below to form a loft.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Epic Wall Hanging...


Its just a one photo post I am afraid, and i don't even know the source for the picture (bad blogger). I just really love this picture. The hanging, the chairs, the vinyl in crates..... love it!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Tiny Home of .... Lily Duval

Lily has whittled down her possessions to fit her tiny Christchurch home, but she has trouble parting with books; the bookcase beside the door – her first building project – was modified to fit the house; the stained-glass door was an extravagance she doesn't regret: "I look at it every day."




Lucy's tiny 14sqm tiny house is in Christchurch New Zealand and is the most homely of all the tiny houses I have seen. I just love that beautiful stained glass door and the inbuilt  shelves. Proving that you don't have to be minimalist in a minimal space.

To see more photos and a lovely interview with Lucy visit Stuff

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A sweet little cob home surrounded by trees






Sadly I can't tell you anything about these cool little Cob homes as the site I hound them doesn't have any information about them at all. But that bath room is just too awesome not to share... cob walls, a round window and indoor ferns... i am sold!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

The home of.... Nicolas Lefebvre and daughter Anahi















 How stunning is this beautiful Parisian apartment of Nicolas Lefebvre and his 6 year old daughter Anahi found on French blog The Socialite Family?

Nicolas spent much of his early life traveling around the globe, which is evident in his choice of decor. I love the warm natural hues, the natural seagrass carpet and mix of textiles from around the world, so relaxing!!

Images Constance Gennari