Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

masculine monday | 1920s office turns into a home

This office building was built in the 1920s by Sydney Smith, Off & Serpell and has recently been turned into the ultimate bachelor pad. Since it is heritage protected, Ljiljan Gazevic left the bones of this stunning place and filed it with the most high-end and sophisticated furnishings. 

Find out more about the Melbourne Home here.

Photography by Lisa Cohen

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

DIY colourful pumpkins

Brighten up your front door step or the inside of your house with a colourful set of painted pumpkins! I really love the idea of cutting off the top and filling a pumpkin with fresh flowers - how lovely!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

DIY gold leaf paper mache bowls

You can never have enough dishes for your jewelry! I found this charming DIY golf leaf bowl project on the Kelli Murray Blog and had to share it with you. Happy crafting!

How to create the bowl
- blow up a few balloons in different sizes
- cut up newspaper into small strips
- with a foam brush, adhere the newspaper to the balloons using the mod podge
- the more layers you slab on, the thicker the bowl will be (the thicker the better!)
- place the balloons upside down inside paper cups and let them dry overnight
- when they are dry, pop the balloons and remove all the rubber
- cut away at the edges on the bowls to make them smooth

- paint the bowls a colour of your choice (it might take a few coats)
- let it dry completely before moving forward
- to create a polka dot pattern, buy sticker dots and place them how you like on the bowl
- brush on Golf Leaf Adhesive evenly all over the bowl (use just enough to cover the surface)

- carefully place sheets of Gold Leaf all over the inside of the bowl
- brush on with a paint brush 
- the thinner the better
- carefully remove each sticker
- seal the bowl with Gold Leaf Sealer

[All images and instructions from Kelli Murray Blog]

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

[artwork] jessica rae sommer

If you aren't already obsessed with Jessica Rae Sommer's artwork, you might be after scrolling down this post. Her life-like paintings capture the true beauty of a person and highlight their best features.

"My art takes after the style of fashion editorials, avant-garde portraits 
laced with undertones of fashion illustration. They are modern, emotional, expressive. 
It is delicately personal - a compulsive craving to expose the raw pulse deep within us." - Jessica

[All images from Jessica Rae Sommer]

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Monday, October 22, 2012

masculine monday | last trip

With the chilly weather right around the corner, make sure you get a good last adventurous trip in with your pals. The water is cristal clear this time of year!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

happy sunday

Treat yourself today to a delicious Sunday breakfast. How adorable is this table setting with a vintage Italian florentine tray, peonies and treats!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

DIY don't be a lunch bag let down

You might be wondering what "don't be a lunch bag let down means" - right? It refers to when you were a child and would open up your lunch bag and to your surprise have a plain and un-satisfactory lunch. Since I was young, my family and I have referred to things that let us down as a "lunch bag let down". I would like to take the time right now to thank my mom for always packing me a colourful and delicious lunch!

For the white patterned flocking:
Martha Stewart Flocking Transfer Kit
- scissors 
- cut the double sided sticker tape to size 
- apply the flocking sheet texture side down and press down with a popsicle stick
- now peal and reveal!

For a fast & simple way to create a pattern
- use a white-out stick or paint!

For the foil transfer you will need:
- double sided alphabet stickers
Martha Stewart Crafts foil sheets (foil candy wrappers do not work)
- write out your message, place the foil sheet on top with the metallic side up
- press down over the letter with a popsicle stick
- peel away slowly and voila! 

For the stamped & stitched you'll need:
- a patterned stamp (a Martha Stewart stamp was used above)
- contrats thread
- sewing machine
- stamp and stitch shut

For a simple stamp:
- go to your local craft store and either make your own or buy a pre-made one

[Images & instructions from You Are My Fave]

Friday, October 19, 2012

mary alice stephenson's closet

It is every woman's dream to have a fantastic closet. Mary Alice Stephenson has thought about pretty much everything in hers. All items have a home - the jewelry is in drawers, shoes and bags on shelves and dresses hanging on a hanger. Iconic images of celebrities surround the space and a simple fireplace  has been added to create the perfect ambiance. What would you love to have in your dream closet?

Bridget Bardot print - photography by Terry O'Neil

Print from the Cowboy Kate series - photography by Sam Haskins

Dresses - Naeem Khan | Shoes - Tania Spenelli
Diana Ross print - photography by Jim Britt 

Monday, October 15, 2012

masculine monday | eric clapton's patek philippe

This Patek Philippe 2499/100 calendar chronograph watch, in platinum, is the most coveted watch and happens to be in the hands of Eric Clapton. Without a doubt this is the most important watch made within the last 25 years.

The 2499 vintage Patek Philippe series of watches are incredibly rare and valuable. They were created to be the center pieces of the Patek's Geneva museum. Only 25 are still in existence and half are owned by Patek Philippe themselves. Philippe Stern decided to make two 2499 platinum watches in the highest quality of metals which were never to be for sale ... until one slipped through the cracks!

This watch was the first platinum 2499 original Patek Philippe and was first sold on April 7th, 1989 for approx. $253,300 to a large private collector.

Eric Clapton purchased this watch within the last decade and little is known about the finances that went along with this purchase. The 2499 is "the holiest of references to Patek collectors" says Hodinkee. With this watch being in one of the most talented rock stars hands who also has an impressive watch collection, it's value has only increased.

Who would of thought that out of everyone in the world, Eric Clapton owns the rarest Patek Philippe?

Have your cheque books ready for when this impecable work of art goes on sale on November 12, 2012 in Christie's Important Watches sale in Geneva with a pre-sale estimate of $2,700,000 to $4,200,000.

Images and information from Hodinkee