The pursuit of peacock

I've always loved peacocks, like my friend Maryam. Yep, believe it or not she is not the only one. I love the beauty and elegance of these so full of pride birds. According to here Peacocks represent Pride & Immortality and for Greeks and Romans was considered sacred. You can read more about it here. For now take a look at these pictures and see in how many different ways we can have these gorgeous animals in our homes.

Taika salad plates at Vivre Tile Coasters at Cafepress.

Unique Fabrics at Ebay


Tray at Pottery Barn & gorgeous illustration by Mid century Jo

Ferm Living wall paper & Junon dess fall/winter 1949-50 Christian Dior at the Met Museum

Fantasy peacock mask at Dragon Maker online.

Etsy


I foud this vintage inspired painting by Amy Leong at Etsy.

The age of decadence



Christmas (my favorite time of the year) is almost around the corner. Together with the joy and happiness of Christmas comes the worry about what to give to our love ones and friends. Here are some suggestions for that elegant, aristocrat friend. Images above, clockwise from top left: L'Object coral Sea Urchin Box, Bee Frame by Jay Strongwater, Fringe Small Kate Tray at Bloomindales and Yseult Designs Octosun Silk Chameuse.

What a beautiful idea



I love the idea of these cup cakes wrappers at Paper Orchid. I think they would look great in a wedding.

Via Create my event

Arkhefield - Balaam House

Arkhefield

Balaam House

Shaun Lockyer (one of 3 Directors) heading the team at Arkhefield created a unique solution in a very urban, riverside plot. Overlooked to the east, the house looks for winter warmth from the north and west whilst trying to take in southern river views.
A private garden to the west provides light, a play area for children and a fire pit for relaxing around in the evening.



The house combines zinc aluminium, concrete, rich timbers and raw battening as the house moves from secure bedrooms on the easterly spine towards the more open living rooms of the setting sun. Centre piece of the property is the cantilevered pool, providing an eave for the main entrance with its showpiece, glass end.



It’s not all show either. Complementing its modern style and perhaps Gehry-esque
(without comparison or wanting to offend) zinc curves, the house packs in green features as well.
Rain water harvesting, solar hot water, passive “heat stack” cross ventilation (see the stairwell ventilation and light shaft on the easterly wall), solar control glass, operable louvers, shutters and blinds on solar clocks to limit use of air-conditioning, thermal mass and low maintenance, recycled, materials were all a consideration.

From its solid east wall spine, the house peels back layers to the south west. In response and consultation with its neighbor, an open “garden zone” provides green to the otherwise built up environs. It may seem large, but within the broader higher density context of its surroundings it fits well and as the layers peel back the living areas and outdoor dining provide protection from the elements, views and cross ventilation.

The layout also provides: a secure 4 bedroom stack for the children above the garage at the northern end, leaving the southern end for entertaining, living and on the top floor a master wing. The first floor level accommodates the bulk of living needs including the outdoor living and pool.



When viewed from the riverside path the house's size befits the surrounding multi residential buildings. Elevated living areas take in the views and the lightening of construction materials can be seen from east to west.











The huge picture window and feature flueless fire are fantastic.























“Our client wanted a unique piece of architecture that could enhance family life and not be precious. Feedback from the client is that the house has achieved this aspiration while providing privacy and sanctuary from the otherwise urban and public environment.”

Definitely!





Images and information via: Arkhefield. Greatly appreciated!

Absolutamente fabuloso

That is what Brian Reyes design is for me. I love to see more Latin names doing so much wonder on the runways. Of Colombian descent, Brian's style is so far one of my favorites. His style is for women who want to feel glamorous, stylish but still young and hip. Um... definitely my type.


John Granen Photographer




Joh Granen is a Seattle based photographer and his photographs are full of nature and organic ambiance. I love it.
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