Ryann Ford is an interiors and architecture photographer who lives right here in Austin. Her work has graced the pages of The New York Times, Better Homes & Gardens, and Texas Monthly–just to name a few. She has a terrific eye and a wide-ranging portfolio. I’ve chosen just two of the projects she has worked on to show you, but there’s so much more to see at her website.
The first set of images come from a New York Times piece on a home designed and built by Austin architect, Burton Baldridge:
These are my favorite materials: concrete floors, steel and wood for the kitchen island, and plenty of glass.
The simplicity of this media loft really works for me. The flood of natural light is soooo nice, plus the added touch of an inset window to allow fresh air into the space.
More concrete, steel and wood–plus a nice fire, a bit of driftwood and a graphic print. Love this vibe.
Everything about this room is remarkable–from the striking paint work to the use of textiles and accessories. And this space couldn’t be more different from the house at the start of this post, but both were captured masterfully by Ryann Ford.
I’m that guy who can find inspiration for the home in just about anything, and today I’m looking at translating retail shelving solutions into home use. First off, these wood floating shelves caught my eye:
I really like how they provide a clean, uninterrupted look. This image is so enticing, I began fantasizing about having a room-sized closet at home, just so I could create the same look. But a) I’m not that guy, and b) I don’t have the space, even if I were that guy! Since I think most of us would prefer a more practical use, I found a couple of examples to share. First, floating shelves in a living room–scaled appropriately for the space and very tastefully done:
The idea also looks great used in a contemporary kitchen:
Next, my attention was grabbed by this shot of mixed shelving:
But really focused in on the Vipp shelf–those two metallic shelf sets bolted to the middle of the wall. Love the design, simplicity and versatility they show. Here’s a shot of a couple of them in a clean, contemporary bathroom:
And the Vipp shelf also works great in a kid’s room:
Finally, there’s the terrific look of industrial shelving made with pipe:
It’s a very popular look that has been translated into the home over and over in recent years:
What are your thoughts on bringing retail shelving home? I’d love to find out how you’re already using it or how you plan to add it to your look.
Gorrow House, located in the North Bondi area of Sydney, is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Situated in what appears to be a suburban bamboo enclave, the house detail and public spaces in the interior seem like something out of a waking dream. Or maybe where day-walking vampires might live–imagine The Hunger’s David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve in daylight in Sydney and this might be theirs.
This living area–which seems more like a lounge to me, really–is interesting in the detached, I’ve lived 1,000 years and have terminal ennui sort of way. Terrific pieces, of course.
It’s in the bathroom(s) where Gorrow House gets really interesting. I say bathroom(s) with a possible “s” because this first shot shows black tile along with the brass plumbing and fixture, but none of these following images includes the tile. So I’m guessing that the first photo is from another space in the house.
But what these other shots do show is amazing. The rawness of the space married with the materials used make real magic.
Dave Hime has a passion for (dark) color, texture, and great materials--all hallmarks of masculine design. He's an interior design consultant, speaker, and founder/curator of Japanese Trash, where he brings that passion into your world, your life and your home.
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