Saturday, February 28, 2009

Time for the weekend!

I hope everyone has a bright and sunny weekend!! Spring is on the way!
Image from the Elms in Newport, Rhode Island.

Friday, February 27, 2009


In the middle of Stockholm (city of many islands) is a small island called Beckholmen which houses the royal navy and also a few houses up the middle as you can see above. I've highlighted it here in pink on the map. The city center is just to the left.Because of it's location, it's surprisingly quiet for being right in the city. Also it's the best places to watch the boats go by, especially during the regatta and many sail races that happen in the city.This sculpture stands on the side of the ship yards as a memorial, isn't it great? You can see the house we stayed in when I was a little boy in the background.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Egyptian Avenue

Have you heard of Egyptian Avenue at the Highgate cemetery in London? I recently came across it and fell in love! The first section was completed in 1839 and was a popular burial spot up till the early 20th century.
This is how a cemetary SHOULD look.The entrance into this section of the cemetary (7 in all) is through a large Pharoanic arch which has lotus bud columns on either side. The stone was once painted to match the ancient Egyptian style but now has corroded away.
Once inside this main gate, you pass 16 tomb entrances (8 on either side) while you walk uphillThis shot is looking down the hill towards the main entry. This 'back door' is less grand but just as interesting. I love all of this stonework!
This 'tunnel' leads you to the Circle of Lebanon, seen above.
Close up of one of the tomb entries. Now I just have to go to London to visit in person!
Pictures via flickr.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Seura magic tvs!

Recently while doing some research at work I came across Seura tv's. They're the company that makes those bathroom mirrors that have little tv screens hidden in them. Well - apparently they also do full size mirrored tvs too!
While the picture quality probably won't be winning any awards, I think this is such a great idea for a secondary tv, dont' you? I love the look of the tv above. Beveled edge even on the mirror! I could see one of these with a big chunky antique frame. It would be great if they came in an antiqued mirror finish, but that may be asking too much.please ignore the ugly room, but here you see the tv in action. Not theater quality but not bad!
Maybe in the living room? They really do look like mirrors! I think in my dream house I'd have one over a fireplace in the living room (as my prefered tv watching location is in bed!). What do you think of them?
Pics courtesy of Seura, see their Website

Monday, February 23, 2009

Radiator Cover

In the March / April 2009 issue of 'The English Home' magazine is an radiator cover in a beautiful London home. While this is a table provided by 'White' in Paris, it could easily have been 2 old limestone or terra cotta corbels from your local salvage yard with a marble slab resting on top. Such a great solution for those ugly radiators many of us have in our homes!