Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Industrial Table Leg Inspiration

Lately, I am finding the beauty in design that is functional but also something that lasts, heirloom items if you must. These table legs caught my attention and although there are several designs similar out there, it is the lack of joints and places to gather dust that appeals to my "inner housewife".

I also love the idea that if you are tired of the table or moving house it you can pack it away for another day. These legs come in so many different colours and the choice of top is of course left up to you.

The simplicity of the concept is ikea-eque, available in several sizes this product is sure to inspire many people to create personal pieces of furniture that mean something to them. Rather than the mass produced items generally seen. I'm impressed that the concept started out as a kickstarter project and that it is produced in Detroit.

via Floyd

Ryan Sorrell has a similar product, but with a different edge to it.

Another lovely piece of design is the "Maiden" table legs. Designed by Knut Bendik Humlevik and Rune Krøjgaard these legs are cast iron and I guess they would cost a small fortune to ship to Australia.

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But imagine them with a gorgeous Australian Jarrah top? Just like the Floyd Legs, available in table or coffee table height.

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Just like the Floyd Legs, available in table or coffee table height.

I am not sure where these might go in my new house, but I love the idea of using products like these to make unique items that mean something to us.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Laundry room inspiration from subway

Our new laundry space in the new house is based on the idea that it has to work in-sync with the walk through pantry and kitchen space. At night it will be a safe haven for the cats to sleep, but during the day it will be a walk through space.

It is quite a compact laundry space and we have purposefully not included a space for a "tumble dryer". Upstairs there will be a drying closet for when we need to dry clothes inside. Not as fast as a tumble dryer but certainly better for the environment. The broom cupboard is twice the depth as the cupboards, capitalising on some negative space that was going to go to waste.

The flooring is black and white vinyl (easy to clean) and the tile splash back is done with white rectangle tiles in a subway style with dark grey grout. Cupboards are white with simple handles.

But I wanted to add some character to this small overlooked room.

The thought is to stencil some "do not spit" signs onto the subway tiles in an emerald green, picking up on the green outside the laundry door.

This is a picture (below) that I took at our own Flinders Street station, the subway leading into Campbell Arcade.

Alternatively, I could count my penny's and purchase a bit of history for only $450 US!

Or perhaps this one for the laundry

What do you think?

Friday, 8 August 2014

Top 5 Wall Mural ideas

In amongst all the specialist appointments for Nicholas and the general daily grind, our new Latitude 37 house has been slowly being built. At lockup stage, things are starting to get exciting, and so I am casting my mind to some interior design despite having a 2,500 word essay due in a weeks time.

We have wall in our back room dining space and I would love to do something dramatic but not too loud on it. Beside the wall will sit the dining table, adjacent to the white kitchen which will have a red glass splash back.

1. Australian Design

Excited was how I felt when I came across Lara Cameron's Birch Mural from The wallpaper company

I would probably aim for a more neutral colour like this one or dark grey birches on a white background.

2. Forest Image

Another possibility is some wilderness linking the outside with the inside. Pickawall have some lovely vibrant pictures in their collection.

This image would look spectacular, but I am not sure it would suit the space.

3. Monochromatic image

Or something monochromatic like this from photowall.

4. Cityscape

I am not sure I would go for Manhattan, probably something closer to home like Berlin or Glasgow.

5. Vintage

Even though this image has a watermark over it, you can see Luna Park

So what do you think? 

Have you had an experiences with Wall Murals.