paint&hand-cut stencils, paul davies, the artist

Displaced Villa II, 2013. Acrylic on Linen, 122 cm x 91 cm

House, Palms, Pool 2013. Acrylic on Linen, 182 cm x 150 cm

SUBLIME MODERNISM By Philippa Daly. Habitus Magazine Online, 2013

Paul Davies paints a house we all know. With its clean lines, simple proportions and defined angles, the house Davies depicts is textbook modernism – a building recognizable the world over. But, in Davies’ house, there is no one home. The front door is shut, the house is empty, and the windows dark. And with no-body to swim in it, the pool is now an untouched mirror for the blackened and vacant form above it. Suddenly, with eerie precision, this is no longer a home we recognize, but an isolated landscape where we are the lone figure.

“I’d seen these buildings photographed before,” says Davies of his modernist house, “and they seem inviting.” “But when you are actually there,” he continues, “when you are confronted with their concrete, and their form, you feel abandoned and isolated – there is a kind of eerie nature about them.” With their ghostly flowing curtains, iridescent pink skies and lurid bush surroundings, Davies’ artworks certainly portray this certain kind of eerie.

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Paul’s works are influenced by mid-century architecture and are delicately layered using hand-cut stencils. I think these works are simply wonderful, engaging and illusive simultaneously - 

In addition, we are ohhh so fortunate to have a sneak peak at artist Paul’s and his wife Sarah’s apartment, kindly showcased by the Design Files team. Their lovely Sydney apartment is filled with ARTworks and precious precious pieces.

Shortly after the Design Files interview, Paul and Sarah were jetting to the US, happy travels/ success.

Images&text sourced via Paul Davies, Olsen Irwin, Sydney and the wonderful team at the Design Files, Photo - Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

sunday dreaming

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” ― Gloria Steinem


You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. Steve Jobs

I wish you all a very inspiring week, Kx

Images sourced via, 1. My Scandinavian Home, 2. Merci Pop Up in Milan, 3. Work In Progress doodle, 4&5 Dustjacket Attic Photos Prue Ruscoe  (via Automatism), 6. GitteEklundShort’s Pin Serenity

teeny tiny space with the addition of clever design

It is an odd place to beginning, but, I really do fancy these scrabble tiles in the bathroom of this teeny tiny apartment in Moscow.

Would it not make you smile each day?

“Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity.” ― Karl Lagerfeld

By raising the bed, storage can be incorporated beneath. The curtain surround softens the space if pulled to provide confined areas within the apartment. Clever design.

A fabulous kitchen space. The storage combo, use of colour and again, the tiles throughout kitchen are a favourite. Here in the enclosed porch like area, a clever solution for dining with a fold down table. Mental note, to return to this posting for clever design ideas.

Images sourced decordemon via int2 architecture

artist Yusuke Oono, sweet carousels

“And the seasons they go ’round and ’round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.”
― Joni MitchellThe Circle Game

These 360 degree storybook carousels are enchanting, immersed within their delicate dreamlike topiary. The sweet home books are the creation of Japanese artist and architect Yusuke Oono, each page digitally designed and laser cut to create imaginary worlds that transfix the viewer.

How very sweet, Kx

These images sourced via Hovercraftdoggy

NYC the apartment, it’s the Line offline

Storied objects gain new meaning and greater dimension through context. The refined, versatile, and honest goods we discover come together in our New York City home, The Apartment. It’s The Line, offline—a light-filled aerie on SoHo’s Greene Street that changes with the seasons while remaining a carefully considered canvas for a life well-lived.

The Apartment by The Line is the place to find some of our favorite things in the intimate context of a home as well as to meet and learn more about the creators of quintessential things: their inspirations, ideas, processes, guiding traditions, and materials. These themes are the starting point for the discussions, workshops, screenings, and dinners that we host at The Apartment. - What is Quintessential?

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” 
― Antoine de Saint-ExupéryAirman’s Odyssey

What can I say, other than, I would love to browse the spaces within, take part in a workshop or five and imagine assisting in curating a space – happy days!

These images were kindly sourced via Yellowtrace. Wonderfully designed by Carl Sprague. The Apartment // 3rd Floor, 76 Greene Street New York City, NY 10012

kali cavanagh pre=loved styling for vintage house daylesford

This once dilapidated 1860′s cottage renamed Vintage House Daylesford has been meticulously restored and re-designed by interior designer, stylist and owner, Kali Cavanagh.

“Vintage House Daylesford is made from complete love and things that have inspired me.”

Perhaps I need a luxurious holiday away, considering the last two posts showcase beautiful residence for hire.


 Images sourced via Kali Cavanagh, and InsideOUT Photography Armelle Habib, Styling&Author Julia Green.