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Budget Apartment By Tim Neve

Hello! Okay so I know I’m not really supposed to be blogging as I’m on vacation but I have to bust in today to share a few hot tear sheets from the latest issue of Real Living magazine (my fix post Domino). I’m so happy I bought myself the gift of a subscription to their magazine from Mag Shop, it’s fabulous and I highly suggest getting a full year of decorating goodness for yourself. It wasn’t that expensive when you consider it’s coming all the way from Australia and the subscription rate includes shipping, which we all know to send anything from Europe or North America to the land down under is crazy expensive alone. You simply must see this apartment, decorated under $1,000 Australian dollars which is just incredible. The talent who pulled this cottage together is editorial stylist and publisher Tim Neve who happens to have a great blog too. Take a look at this neutral nest (view larger images here).

Tim Neve

Tim Neve

Tim Neve

First, I love the lamp. I didn’t see a source listed for it though, does anyone know where it is from? Next, the coffee table. Where is that beauty from? I also cannot find it listed in the article but it’s the best. The breakfast table where the model is so joyfully stacking dishes is an IKEA hack — it’s an IKEA tabletop updated with new Vika Oleby legs from IKEA. Clever! I’m always inspired by the creative minds out there who mix and match things from IKEA to create their own custom piece. I also like how Tim used various tones of white and dare-I-say the word, beige, in such a way that gives the room warmth and texture, it’s cozy. The variety of textures also helped the apartment from feeling sterile – the leather sofa, the wool, linen and cotton fabrics, the woven stool and rug, all this texture makes for an inviting space. Even the lampshade has texture, did you catch that? It’s subtle but it’s there. I’m guessing Tim is a tactile kind of guy. Same goes for the bedroom, from the bedspread to the pillows and the art over the bed. Texture! Texture! Tone! Tone! Another smart move Tim made was to remove the dated mirrored door in the bathroom of the wall cabinet to expose the shelves, leaving them open for practical purposes but also for decorative arrangements of toiletries and candles – things that will be used but also admired vs. hidden away behind some oddly placed mirror.

And all under $1,000! Eek! How inspiring. I bet the whole of Australia will want to hire Tim after reading this article, I think his approach is creative and fresh but in this economy, everyone is looking for creative solutions that won’t put them in debt. It feels better to sleep on a bed that you’ve already paid off. With a space like this, anything is possible when it comes to colors too. You can add new hues with each season and pull them out and bring in others later and so on. Why, you could go nuts! Nuts I tell ya! With a canvas like this to work with, a splash of red in the winter, lilac and sage green in the Summer, or pink and yellow, maybe some Orange and turquoise, see what I mean? Endless. This neutral palette is so versatile — you’re not stuck using certain colors – great for spontaneous decorators who can’t be pinned down.

(images: real living magazine)

Posted in Books + Magazines, Decorating Tips on December 29, 2009

Using Ornaments After The Holidays

How to: Use ornaments AFTER the holidays!

Posted in uncategorized on December 28, 2009

Happy Monday!

Good morning to you! Now that we’re on the other side of the holiday season, how are you feeling about it? Did you have a nice restful time or are you a bit tired with full bellies? I’m doing very well, I tried Glögg for the first time yesterday which definitely helped clear my head cold! Have you ever tried it? Mine was perfect, served hot in a mug outside of the train station under bright blue skies.

new vintage globe

I also baked a lovely traditional German cake called Gugelhupf and got to use my new baking form that I found at a market here recently. I modified the traditional recipe with a teaspoon of vanilla extract and then spiked it with 1/4 cup of rum so it was perfectly moist and wonderful with all of the new The o dor teas that I ordered from Paris a few weeks ago. Doesn’t my cake look like a large donut, perhaps a French cruller? I just love the form I baked it in. Germans are big on bake forms, cookie cutters, you name it — it’s big business here and when you living in a country that has a traditional “coffee and cake” time at 4pm each day, you can understand why they take their baking so seriously.

cake time

I also hit a lovely indoor antiques and vintage market that was held for two days downtown and found a few pretty things, one is this gorgeous German globe made in Berlin in the 1950’s with a gorgeous oak base. The colors of the globe are stunning. I’ve been looking for a globe exactly this size on a clean and modern wood base for a few years already so I was pleased to discover this beauty. Have a look… Do you like it?

closer view :)

Oh I do… I like it very, very much. The last globe I found was on eBay from the 1930’s, back a few years ago (blogged here), but when I got it I never really fell in love with it. I didn’t quite like the base and well, it was a bit too yellow for my taste. I’ve been looking for the perfect globe for my kitchen shelf ever since so when this beauty screamed from a small table as I walked by it… well naturally I glanced to see where all the yelling was coming from and it was this little globe dancing around in place declaring, “Pick me! I’m the one you’ve been after! Pick me!” and well, I did. I lifted it from the table as proudly as I imagine I would an Oscar, and as I looked it over I thought, “I bet this is expensive”. So when I inquired of the price and the seller said only 10- euros (about $14 US) I nearly jumped out of my boots. Sold. The little globe let out a sigh of relief, I opened my wallet, and we both went home happy.

So tell me, how was your weekend? I want the full scoop. And after I read your comments today I’m off again until Tuesday as I’m really trying hard to stay away from the internet so I can relax a bit more on this small, yet lovely, vacation I’m taking.

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on December 28, 2009

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Posted in uncategorized on December 27, 2009


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