The House on Kilrenney Avenue

Built in the Cheviot Hills of Los Angeles, California, the House on Kilrenney Avenue is a result of the collaborative efforts of IKONIKO and Becker General Contractors. Constructed using an existing one storey house built in 1960, the residence preserved the existing building’s exterior walls, floor slab and foundations, adding another storey and using contemporary materials to extend the house to suit the resident’s wishes and needs. The front part of the house received a modern appearance, while the backyard was properly extended to offer a space of relaxation. The initial structure of the house served as a base for the design of the residence. 12 feet frameless glass walls surround the living room from three sides, creating a panoramic platform offering views of the surrounding lush vegetation. A wooden platform on the kitchen ceiling hides the ventilation system. The next level of the home shelters the bedrooms and the master bedroom has its own terrace that opens in the backyard, offering the inhabitants a luxurious stress-free retreat.

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The Kwok Hoi Chan Boxer Chair

Kwok Hoi Chan Boxer Chair stands as proof for great design. This re-edition of the classic 1971 Kwok Hoi Chan Boxer Chair begins to tell the story of a practical, comfortable and aesthetically pleasant piece of furniture in a contemporary way. Brought into light by French furniture company Steiner Paris, the chair still amazes with its design: a chrome support system that leaves no room for mistakes and the radiant plush upholstered cushions. An innovative elastic suspension holds the comfortable nest-like seating area together, while elegant buttons offer the classic design an exquisite feeling of eternal design. Available in leather or plastic upholstery, the Kwok Hoi Chan Boxer Chair would make a great addition to any home.

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DNA-Shaped Light Sculpture: The PirOLED from OSRAM

OSRAM created a contemporary, unique light sculpture that incorporates the newest OLED- and LED technology available. With its undulating, creative shape, the PirOLED resembles a DNA structure that merges perfectly with a modern environment. According to the designers, “OLEDs offer a wide spectrum of design possibilities which the PirOLED system translates into outstanding versatility: each of the 5 OLED light panels can be differently adjusted and provides optimal, atmospheric lighting. No matter what the environment, the glare-free light panels have an effect similar to candlelight, while the outstanding design is complemented by its valuable materials. With their innovative technology and their shape inspired by a pirouette movement, they create a new definition of light, showing what is possible in the future – today.

Created with a special technology, the PirOLED creates a relaxing atmosphere that will guide your reading or working schedule while shining a candle flame resembling light on any chosen surface. The innovative design and intelligent combination of OLEDs and LEDs make the PirOLED from OSRAM a necessary, contemporary addition to your home or working space. A warm white light complements the brushed aluminium frame and a set of thin discs can be individually adjusted to create the perfect mood.

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Wilcox Gardens: Chapter 7

Read about the history of Wilcox Gardens in Grand Rapids Magazine's March issue. From the rise of the first manor in 1888 by Frederick and Caroline Wilcox to the real estate opportunity of present day, learn the history of the property and how the gardens have grown.
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My Disappointment Tale

I mentioned in the last post about a disappointment. Well, I'm here to tell you about it today.

But first a bit of eye candy for you. I don't like just reading print with no photos so I always share something pretty to show you. But Caroline wasn't ready to skype with me tonight or send me any pix, so you're stuck with a couple of things I found in a magazine. ;-) These pix speak of love and renewal. Isn't this memory board pretty? I have several around my house.

This one reminds me that spring is just a couple of weeks away and we can get little flowers to pot in a few weeks also. Now, wouldn't these little jars tied with pretty hankies and wrapped with wire to hang from the patio look just adorable? I'll be making some of these for sure.

Well, these two old geezers aren't very pretty but they are me and Love Bunny about 25 years ago. And yes, he still wears silly/goofy hats. This one looks like it's too big for his head but someone gave it to him and he wore it. I've since thrown it away.

Remember when I said I ordered an Italian Version of Rosetta Stone. It arrived Thursday and I opened it up. There were several desks with it, actually a LOT! The first one is the application disk to load on and then you can load the disks with the various levels of the language as you progress. I loaded the first, but when I started the Italian language disks they wouldn't load. I called the company and got a man in India who was well spoken, but he couldn't figure out some things as I told him and after a few minutes put me in touch with his superior in the U.S. That lady asked me a few questions and I answered and she said I had a pirated version and couldn't help me. It came from Beijing, China. Nothing I can do. I though I was on Rosetta Stone website but it was a "discount Rosetta Stone" site that had nothing to do with Rosetta Stone except pirate their software and not work for me at least. $188.00! I was miffed and am filing a dispute with Paypal to try to recuperate my money. But truly I'd like to keep and and use it to learn another language - Italian. So now I'm warning you to be sure you are on the actual website when you are wanting to purchase something. I feel like a fool for falling for something like this. I'm usually very astute with things like this. The website looked like Rosetta Stone and when I googled RS at first to find Rosetta Stone, it was one of the first websites to come up so my suspicions weren't raised. So if I can be fooled, you can be fooled also. So be very careful, my friends.

Simple Chair

This sofa provides style and minimalism is perfect, of course, black and white colors go with anything so you do not have to worry about this, The rear seat provides a simple prop.

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Modern Sofa Called ‘Orca’ Sofa by Michiel Van Der Kley for Stouby

This modern sofa could not only provide comfortable relaxing but also give practical zones, This new sofa concept looks very trendy and could perfectly suit to any trendy living room designs. Thanks to a modular construction this furniture could fit to any room. Bright colors make this unusual uplostered furniture adaptable to modern interiors and it easily could to fresh any room design. Stouby has always been specialised in upholstered furniture. Have a look at Stouby’s novelties, presented at the Stockholm Furniture Fair for the first time. To see more please visit their site.

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Pink Saturday 2/26/2011

Welcome to my Pink Saturday post again. To visit all the participants, go to Beverly's blog by clicking on the logo below.

I've been busy and had a big disappointment, which I'll go into detail about in another blog post, so I'm scrambling today to find pink to share again with you.

This is a little bird cage I bought and shabby froufrou-ed up. I simply put some faux grass and tiny birds in there with tiny roses that aren't quite visible to you and then hung it with pink curling ribbon, which is tremendously cheap and quite decorative in the house.

This little painting was for sale on ebay and didn't sell. I can't remember the name of the artist now but I contacted her later and asked if it was still for sale. She said that she'd just give it to me! She included the darling frame and the picture and didn't even charge me for postage. The generosity of some people still astounds me. What a charming woman she is. I just love this little teacup picture and its frame. I am a truly blessed chick and most grateful to her for this gift.

I love this little cottage print and can't remember where it came from, but isn't it cute?

While these crystal stemware glasses aren't pink, the paper in the background is. I used it to line the back of our humble china cabinet when we moved into this house 6 years ago. I also trimmed the edges by tacking snippets of vintage lace onto the shelves. I don't get rid of any lace if there is a possible use for it. And these was.

Just a closeup of a few different patterns of our crystal.

These 2 glasses were bought at a neighbor's yard sale when they died. They were both very close to us and died with days of each other. Hubby went over because I couldn't bear to go through their things. He bought these 2 crystal goblets and they are the thinnest and most delicate goblets I've ever held. I am extremely careful with them when we use and then wash them. All by hand, of course.

Love Bunny isn't necessarily a romantic guy but while shopping last week he suggested we buy some of these $5 bouquet of flowers. I didn't disagree of course. Sweet of him.

These two knobs are ones my daughter gave me several years ago. I'd like to make some like them but I'm just being lazy lately so it'll have to wait until I feel like it. I have no clue what I'd do with them, but the pursuit would be as sweet as the rose knobs I think.

I finally added a bit of white trim around the bottom of this lamp shade and got roses almost around the whole thing. I've run out of these particular paper roses and won't be able to finish until I get more. Very hard to find also.


Just a few more rooms to drool over. Imagine your little princess in this room. Heck, I'd take it for myself and put in a queen size bed and get rid of the toys...maybe. ;-) These are all Ethan Allen rooms.

And for your little heroes, this darling bedroom that would probably take him into his teens.

Oh my stars, be still my heart! On second thought, I'd probably prefer this one with the nook off the master suite. Is this not gorgeous?

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