Friday, January 22, 2010


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely and serene one. I think Andrew and I will be mostly chilling out this weekend, as the last one was a busy blur — looking forward to catching up on reading and possibly a bit of baking. Enjoy your own, whatever you do!

(the beautiful photograph is by lindsayandyou on flickr, via we heart it)

Archive: Bavarian Modern

It's been a busy week, so for today's Archive post I'm reposting a favourite interior from May 2008 for you — enjoy.

The beautiful Bavarian home of Gabriele Strehle started life as a hay barn, and the date it was built — 1759 — can still be seen carved into one of the original beams in the main living area. While she was remodeling the barn, Gabriele had these beams carefully dismantled, cleaned, and then lifted, one by one, back into place. The high windows around the living area are dressed in curtains of linen, silk and suede, which soften the severe lines of the space. Over in the entrance area, the walls separating it from the kitchen are made from squared wooden beams, once the exterior walls of a nearby cottage. An excellent cook, Gabriele chose to install her kitchen in front of her office, so she could move quickly from one space to the other. The kitchen itself has been kept simple in its layout but uses luxurious materials — stainless steel and wenge wood — for impact. For the dining room, the walls of wood panelling and tiled stove, left by a previous owner, have been retained in a nod to the look of a traditional Bavarian home, while the tables and chairs continue the kitchen theme of wenge wood. Through the dining room door, a simple stone staircase leads back up to the living room where we started. And there you have it — a home that is an exercise in sumptuous restraint.

(Scanned by me from Maison Marie Claire, early 2000 — sorry, no record of the photographer for this story)

Giveaway Winner!

I've just run the random number generator, and I'm happy to announce that {lovely little things} is the winner of a full sized bottle of Advanced Eye Area Therapy (retail value $95) from Pericone MD! Congratulations! Perricone MD will be mailing you your prize directly! Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

Vote for Stitchface!

The utterly charming Stitchface, one of the cutest Etsy shops ever, has been nominated for a Poppy Award on the PoppyTalk blog! If you'd like to support Danielle, (an automatism sponsor and one of the most fun people I know), head over here to cast your vote before midnight on January 26.

P.S. Shown above is the Check Jackalope — visit Stitchface to see more wonderful little creatures, too!
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