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Frank Lloyd Wright AirBnB on Lake Michigan


In the small town of Two Rivers on the shores of Lake Michigan is a Frank Lloyd Wright designed house from 1940. You can stay there. We did. 

The house was designed for a Life Magazine article in 1938 to demonstrate a 'dream house' intended for a forward thinking American family with an income of $5-6,000 a year. The house was eventually built more or less to that design 2 years later for local businessman Bernard Schwartz who lived in the house with his family until 1971.

The house is extremely original, all of the 1940 bathroom fittings remain (and work just fine) and the house is reputed to have the oldest working underfloor heating system in the US. We were not able to test that theory as we were there in August. There is no air con but among the many period accessories are some pretty lethal art-deco electric fans. Watch your fingers.

A combination of exposed brick, polished concrete floor and extensive wooden paneling combined with high ceilings and large windows make the home feel simultaneously cozy and airy. A neat trick. The pierced wooden blinds at clerestory level and the galleried landing also lend the house a sophisticated air. We didn't have the cigarette holders so had to make do with gin and tonics...

We enjoyed our 2 nights there very much indeed and can definitely recommend the house, Two Rivers in general and the Susie Q fish market too!


















 

     




















Created On  10 Sep 2019 11:30  -  Permalink
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Heat Up Your Life With Sultry Latin Style


With the summer heat finally upon us, now is the time to take a long hard look at our sensible European interiors and let in a little of that Latin flavour. Central America and the Caribbean can offer us pale folk a huge array of patterns and colours that will lift our moods, our floors and our furnishings. A combination of native and colonial pasts combined with a sense of invention, often from cash strapped necessity, gives the area its unique flavour.

    

Cuba's colonial history creates a special fusion of Moorish tile design via Spain mixed up with Caribbean heat to create vivid encaustic cement tiled floors in dazzling colours. Handmade floor tiles aren't as accessible as they once were - the price of labour having increased slightly since the 1870īs - but vinyl alternatives are available and simple colour combinations will make them more versatile in a modern setting


Across the gulf in Mexico's sunny Acapulco, an anonymous 1950's french tourist, sitting uncomfortably in a straight backed dining chair, beheld a hammock and had the bright idea of combining the two items. Behold! A design classic was born... True or not (no one knows), the Acapulco Chair has enjoyed enormous success and spawned thousands of imitators. The original chairs are still made in Mexico and utilize recycled PVC in their construction. Environmentally sound as well as delicious.


Typical of the whole region and a consequence of the economically disadvantaged status of many of the inhabitants, is an inventiveness with humble materials. Bold use of colour and a liberal attitude to paint combined with a desire to brighten one's surroundings can create startling effects for not much money. A few such items in a subdued suburban semi will work wonders with your mood!


So paint your wheelie bin and buy a parrot. Mine's a mojito!
Created On  3 Jul 2019 13:08  -  Permalink
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Catalan Art Nouveau Sandwich Shop.


In the Catalan town of Vilanova i la Geltru where Zazous currently resides, there is a Modernista (Catalan Art Nouveau) house on the Rambla run by the El Fornet chain as a cafe. Each room on the ground floor retains its original 100 year old encaustic tiled floor and the 1st floor bay window combines decorative iron work, stained glass and ceramic tiles in one faded but joyous confection. We like it very much. 





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Created On  11 Jun 2019 13:43  -  Permalink
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Segovia & Madrid. Patterns everywhere..


Zazous took another small holiday, this time to the Spanish cities of Segovia & Madrid. Here are a few things we saw that we liked and that one day might inform a design or two...

A renaissance palace in Segovia with a wonderfully exaggerated fortified air..




A bar in Malasaņa, Madrid with a great encaustic tiled floor



Part of the Apse ceiling at the Cathedral in Segovia


Detail of Contemporary Shop Front, Calle de José Abascal, Madrid


Detail of carved stone facade from the old town in Segovia


And lastly, decorative mid century style brickwork from Madrid


Patterns, patterns everywhere. Once you start seeing them it doesn't stop!




Created On  4 Jun 2019 13:55  -  Permalink
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Granada Grey customer pic



Granada Grey sheet vinyl flooring looking very cool in an LA loo





Created On  3 Jun 2019 14:19  -  Permalink
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Ronda Black in Kitchen Refurb


Many thanks for these great customer pics featuring Ronda Black in a very cool Massachusetts diner style kitchen re-model. Pink appliances courtesy of Big Chill USADiner style furniture by American Chair
























Created On  21 May 2019 14:04  -  Permalink
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