In love with this image by Mikkel Vang. I just saw it and I had to share. Isn’t the light and texture incredible? Also makes me think I need to pull out the oriental/killim rugs again.
Hello to those of you still out there! I apologize that there has been no action here for a while. House and Universe was hacked. And since many of our readers have been blocked from accessing our site, I want to focus on getting things back up and running. And so, no postings. ): But I realize there may be a few of you who keep up with us via google reader or another RSS feed, so – let me send a hopeful transmission: House and Universe will be back. I just need to get into our files and fix whatever yickyness someone put in place. And things are changing and percolating here at HAU and we would like to bring you some new things when we return. Including some fresh energy in the form of a fabulous new guest blogger.
But for now – let me share this image with you. I double-gasped when I saw it. And on top of being bowled over by the gorgeousness of this image, and its connection to my own themes and loves, I’m also completely heartbroken that it isn’t my work! It is the work of Noemie Goudal and I would really recommend you check it out.
I was just catching up on my Desire to Inspire reading when I came across the landscape design of Eckersley. All I can say is wow wow wow. The first two projects I really really want to steal from. The last project, based in Melbourne, is not as much my style but is still completely gorgeous!
As for our own yard. Not much progress since the last post. I tried to rearrange some of our thrift store furniture and came to the conclusion that we need to just get rid of it all and start fresh. Oh, one boulder has been moved into place! Now for the other one. Anyone know how to move a 900 pound gorilla?
Great simple structure and architecture in this one. I love the minimal plantings/color and subtle use of height. The grass looks so soft too, such nice texture!
Those trees are gorgeous. Again, love the retrained color palette; and like the way the green is coming up between the pavers. There is something magical about this one.
What?!? This place hardly seems real. The colors are just incredible. Oh to be a fauvist painter in this landscape. It also really reminds me of my (much admired) mother; her playful, bold and romantic spirit.
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend – enjoying the landscapes around you.
Does someone want to make this for me? It’s perfect for those days when it’s so hot you don’t want to do anything but lay in bed and daydream. Via teenangster.net
I love it when what I think are my tastes are confounded by an image. I keep thinking I want simple simple simple; paired down furniture, objects, everything. This shot (via desire to inspire) unexpectedly opened up a whole new way of thinking about my space. I can’t quite articulate it but there is something magical about the light and its interaction with the room, turning objects partly invisible. I felt the same gasp I feel when seeing a Robert Irwin piece. Room as phenomenology. I want!
Krista’s post about Sukkah City got me thinking about one of my favorite childhood pastimes — blanket forts.
I found a gallery of kitchen extensions last night on living etc. They are gorgeous. LOVE all the glass as a way to blur inside/outside. I am aching for a way to incorporate this. Perhaps switching out a normal-size kitchen window for a tall tall window? Or – in the architecture of my dreams that doesn’t require physics (or money) – a cantilevered all-glass window seat?
These images are for Jessica who was asking about good gardening blogs. Does anyone out there know of any good sites? If so, please let us know in the comments below. I’ve been having a hard time finding a garden-focused blog too. I’ll post information about our yard as we go. For instance, right now I’m doing research on fine-fescues and no-mow yards. I’ll let you know what I find out. In the meantime, I thought I would post some images that I’ve collected in the hopes that something here inspires you.
I love eating in the garden:
I apologize, I don’t have credits on these images. I had no idea I would be doing a blog when I started collecting them. If one of these photographs/spaces is yours, please let me know!
Last night I found some new inspiration (here and here) for our back yard/side yard area courtesy of Karly at Design Crisis. (Thank you Karly!) Right now we are at a phase with our architect where we are thinking about how we want the landscape around our house to interact with our house. Given our casual lifestyle, and our small living quarters, it feels important that the outside become a living space as well. We need a place to eat/entertain as we don’t really have a dining room (and it should probably be covered in some way given the Portland rain). We need a place for more loungey-type hangouts and we need a quiet spot for personal reflection and daydreaming. I love it when a landscape feels like it has different spots or rooms for different activities. We’ve also been thinking about how our hardscaping will blend in with our softscaping, we want it to feel more architectural towards the house and get a little more wild away from the house. And even towards the house where there may be pavers, or cobblestones, or wood (and most likely some combination) I think we want to interrupt those harder lines with lush green things. (Annie’s ideas!)
And – the importance of daydream spots – you know I am a big believer, right? The spots below feel perfect for a lazy afternoon.
Landscape-wise, I’m pulled in two directions. I love the serene look of a japanese garden, the mix of materials and the way you are led through the space with little paths – like your walk is a curated one. They use the principle of hide and reveal, so you feel like there are little surprises at every corner. It’s calm, but there are areas of exuberance and play.
The other daydream pulls in a rich verdant southern landscape. It’s really green, lush, almost dripping. You can smell jasmine or honeysuckle. It’s saturant and really sensual. Maybe even a little naughty. (the plant kind I mean- plants have to have sex too! how do you think they got such charming forms?) This landscape almost intrudes on the house space, takes it over in some places. I think this is the one that really activates my imagination, it almost convinced me I wanted to write a novel! So what do you think, is there a way to combine both?
An enchanting story in NY Times of how Seattle based artist Michelle de la Vega rented out her house and transformed the garage out back into a tiny dream house. It has me scheming some possibilities for our own tiny garage.keep looking »