We bought one of Napangardi’s paintings 8 years ago. A rain of tiny white dots on a jet black matt background. I loved it then and it is still one of my favorite pieces. She paints the sand hills around Mt Liebig in the Northern Territory, their ebb and flow, the effects of rain and wind on the landscape. I bought it through Artery who don’t represent her anymore – I think her work is too expensive now. But Artery still has amazing painters – not the big names but up and coming artists who are affordable. They also have an excellent online gallery and ship to the States. Great if you are looking for graphic large scale work
Pink and gray. Think I figured out how to get pink into the bedroom. I was buying paint this morning. Semi-gloss, White Dove for the interior doors. And a gallon of Benjamin Moore’s Amherst Gray for the outside of the house. We’re testing it on a big section to see how it looks. Still not sure about the darkness of that gray. Benjamin Moore’s Color Trends 2015 catalog was lying on the counter and with nothing better to do while I waited for the paint to be mixed I took a look. Color trends are serious bullshit. Who in their right mind chooses green for the kitchen because Benjamin Moore says its cool? But what they did do was pull together a very pretty catalog. The living room in gray and pink caught my eye. Perfect for our bedroom. Now I just have to find someone to do those pink curtains.
Pink. I’m still trying to figure out how to fold it into the house. I had a Kate Spade duvet cover in pale pink and burnt orange that my husband eventually revealed he hated. He referred to the pink as salmon. Not the shade I saw. But that’s life. So how to do it so we both love it. Inès de la Fressange’s office at Roger Vivier is a symphony in pink. Glorious.This room purrs. Maybe the trick is the walls. Paint them just the right shade and use black and white to anchor it.
Maybe I just don’t know the American architectural landscape as well as I do the Australian, but it seems to me that the work I see coming out of that country is beyond extraordinary. Thoughtful, intelligent, modern in a way I don’t see in the States very often. Take Chris Cole’s work. He’d be relegated to the edges as a ‘green’ architect here. But in Sydney his work gleams at the heart of a vibrant design community I really miss. I love this addition he did for a family home in Sydney. I’ve included his take on the house below – but I think the photos tell the whole story beautifully . “The design brief for the Dulwich Hill Residence called for the addition of an open kitchen, outdoor living space, dining, bathroom and laundry to an existing semi-detached period home for a young family with four children under four years old including triplets. A bold conceptual approach has been taken to accentuate the bathroom and laundry as a feature to the rear of the home. …
We have a nice big white wall in the living room waiting patiently for paintings. I want to cover it from head to foot in art. We’ve got the art. Just need to figure out how to make it all fit together.
We leave for Sydney soon. Been diving into The Design Files to get reacquainted with what’s going on. Lucy Feagins does such a nice job.
Ray Kappe’s Los Angeles home is covered in Dwell this month. Split level. Timber, concrete and white. Warm and modern. It’s perfect.
Huset, one of my favorite stores on Abbot Kinney, stock these simple, bold cup and saucer combos by Anna Kravitz. On my wish list.
I just covered three great food blogs over on Purple Clover – BroadAppetite, My Blue and White Kitchen and Manger. So looking forward to getting into the kitchen with some new inspiration. The salmon salad above is from Sini, the Finnish grad student behind My Blue and White Kitchen.
Three Weavers, my favorite local beer makers have a Kickstarter campaign that needs your support. I came across them at a Tastemade event a few months ago and they make truly delicious beer … promise. Plus I like they’re logo design.