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Luminous 3 Bedroom Apartment Flaunting Modern Scandinavian Style

Monday, 29 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

How do you choose your 3 bedroom apartment design? Maybe you fell in love with the modern Scandinavian style and that’s exactly why this apartment will inspire you. Beautifully distributed, the interior spaces of this Denmark penthouse apartment convey a feeling of home. Enhanced by light coming from attic windows, the calming Scandinavian design reigns all […]

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Statement Furniture Piece For Contemporary Decors: C1 Credenza

Monday, 29 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Perfect for serving buffet meals, the elegant C1 Credenza designed by Marcus Friesl from mf design group is a statement furniture piece for modern decors. According to the official description from the designer, the unit uses a thin folded metal shell to support both upper and lower drawers. Additionally, an embedded structural system in the […]

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Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander, S1E8, Both Sides Now

Monday, 29 September 2014 SURROUNDINGS -- "I've looked at love from both sides now..." as the song goes. This weeks 8th episode of Outlander marked the "mid-season finale" of Season 1, which won't return until April with eight more episodes covering Book 1 (also called Outlander) of the now eight book series. Starz has already announced their commitment to Season 2 (though I've heard they've only committed to twelve episodes). Season 2 will cover the second book in the series. There was a great hue and cry in the fandom when it was announced we'd be waiting until April 2015 for the remainder of Season 1. It does seem a long wait and it would have made more sense (to me at least) if they had simply said it was Season 1 and Season 2 versus a split season. But that's how hit cable programs roll these days. Mad Men did it and we're waiting nearly a year for the 2nd half of the final season.



Anyway, after last week's wedding episode, we see Jamie and Claire doing a lot of romantic "bonding" out in the heather and she learns to defend herself with a sgian-dubh, a small dagger usually concealed in a sock or boot. Good timing since she has ample cause to need it in this episode. In a departure from the original book, this episode features Frank Randall - Claire's 20 century husband - and the effects that her disappearance has had on him, his on-going search and belief, despite what those around him are saying, that she has not run off with another man.  The book was written in the first person, from Claire's point of view, which meant that while she conjectured that he must be frantic over her disappearance, we didn't actually "see" it happening. Readers were treated to how wonderful, nearly perfect, the Jamie character is, but our Frank experience was thin, at best. The reality is, however, that they had a marriage - separated by five years of war - and were working on re-kindling their romance; there was no reason to think that anything was particularly wrong between them. A flaw in Diana Gabaldon's first book (and it was the first book she ever wrote, written for practice having no though of it being published) was that the first person narrative left off an important aspect of Claire's moral dilemma of choosing between Frank and Jamie - the one where we needed to see that it was a choice with deep consequences. As it was, many readers simply decided that Frank was somehow bad and Jamie was all good - thus no pesky moral dilemma to deal with. It's a way more interesting story to be working in the "grey zone" than in such black and white terms.

Speaking of Grey, a funny that's been going around:


Reading fan comments has only highlighted this issue. So many have not liked the greater presence of the Frank character into the storyline  - they want it to be Jamie all the way and couldn't see how Claire could have any kind of conflict over this. (hello, wedding vows, anyone?)


The other bonus of the expanded Frank character is that we are treated with the exceptional acting skills of Tobias Menzies in the dual roles of  20th century Frank and 18th century John "Black Jack" Randall. Double roles can often come across as campy with exaggerated differences between the two, but Menzies has developed two distinct characters using only the subtlest of traits. He has also shown how the two characters have more similarities than just their looks, which is a slightly new twist on to the story. In my mind, he's the breakout among a very strong cast of actors.


So, this post will focus on a little of Frank's 20th century world. In the story, Frank and Claire were taking a second honeymoon just after the end of WW2 in the Scottish Highlands where they'd spent their first honeymoon. Part of the trip includes a visit to the Reverend Wakefield, a minister and part time historian, so Frank (also an historian) can learn more about his ancestor, Jack Randall. It all seems so fun and romantic until those blasted standing stones got in the way!

The Reverends house - the manse - in the book is described as large, but old, a little shabby, and overrun with papers and historical minutiea. The house in the show is a little grander and tidier than I think it's meant to be, but it sure is beautiful with its paneled walls and books galore. The last two shots above show Frank in what is presumably a guest room with a beautiful bed and gorgeous cabinets.


We're also treated to the introduction of a new character - little Roger Wakefield, nee MacKenzie, who will feature prominently in future books.

So, in honor of Frank Randall (since we might not see much of him through the remainder of the series) I wanted to share some beautiful libraries, especially one's in bedrooms.









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If you've been watching, I'd love to hear your views of the show so far  and if you've read the books. I just started #7 "An Echo in the Bone". # 8, Written in My Own Heart's Blood" was released this summer, so I'll soon be caught up. I started with Book 1 this past spring and have been working my way through them. If you have read them, you will know that each are between 800-1000 pages.


Why Our Brains Love Symmetry in Design

Monday, 29 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

We all know an example of good interior design when we see it. In fact, most of us can make that judgment almost instantly. Have you ever wondered why that ability seems to come to us so instinctually, even though we may not be professional interior designers? It all has to do with symmetry, or […]

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Trend alert: Mad for Plaid Again - both for home and for ourselves

Monday, 29 September 2014 TRENDOFFICE --  That is one of the favourite patterns for many of us - it evokes warmth and coziness for the coming cold seasons. And many fashion designers are using it every autumn. We do the same with our...

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Lovely Scandinavian Duplex Inspiring a Calm and Welcoming Ambiance

Monday, 29 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

In a time where opulence is casually put on display, we would like to share with you an example of tasteful, yet highly comfortable living. This charming Scandinavian duplex found by Freshome on Svenkfast attracts attention not through flashy materials or golden decors, but due to its common-sense elegance. Designed in a stark Scandinavian manner, […]

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The Creative workspace - for yourself or your kids at a good price

Sunday, 28 September 2014 TRENDOFFICE -- Woopsy Lamp Blue Studio Designs Futura Craft Station with Folding Shelf Spruce Tree Bookcase Tribeca Study Desk in Espresso Tribeca Writing Desk - White Convenience Concepts Newport Desk with Shelf...

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Skopje Design Week 2014 - a glimpse

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Functionality and timeless aesthetics

Sunday, 28 September 2014 TRENDOFFICE -- Are you one of the many fans in the world of modern Scandinavian design? Its functionality and timeless aesthetics are the essential elements that make it so much loved. I would add - its simplicity...

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Unconventional Apartment in Taiwan With Striking Custom-Made Furniture Elements

Saturday, 27 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Have a look at this original contemporary home envisioned by Ganna Design on the 15th floor of a building in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Entitled “Circle”, the unconventional apartment depicted in the photos below has a total surface of 126 square meters and answers the living needs of a family of four: parents (45 years old) and […]

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Copper glow

Saturday, 27 September 2014 TRENDOFFICE -- I like copper very much for its warm glow and I am so pleased that it is one of the favourite materials of modern designers, too. Copper is one of the most popular trends in the last couple of years,...

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Practical Lighting Size&Placement Guide for Every Corner of the House [Infographic]

Saturday, 27 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Dear Freshome readers, we know your are constantly on the lookout for practical design solutions and we enjoy delivering them to you. The FurnishedUp Blog recently unveiled a lighting size&placement guide which we find extremely useful. Weather you’re an interior designer gathering lighting ideas or a home owner in search for optimizing a certain room […]

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10 Questions to Consider in Your Apartment Search

Friday, 26 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

A lot of new renters assume that searching for an apartment is simple. You just search for available spaces online, pick the best looking one in your price range, and sign a lease, right? While being that laid-back with your search might help you move into a new apartment sooner, you may find yourself in […]

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Contemporary Design Taking Advantage of Exquisite Views: Lake LBJ Retreat

Friday, 26 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Displaying an imposing contemporary silhouette, Lake LBJ Retreat was planned and implemented by Dick Clark + Associates near Marble Falls, Texas. Located on a peninsula that served as a private fish camp since the second half of the 20th century, the site had an instant appeal to the owners, who decided to build their dream […]

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Resort-Style Home in Australia Featuring Wide Overhangs and Entertainment Areas

Friday, 26 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

The creative team at BDA Architecture envisioned and implemented a massive two-level house on a prominent north facing Nerang River site. Dubbed Riverfront Residence, the new structure in Broadbeach Waters, Queensland, Australia responded to the client’s brief by providing a resort style-home with “louvre screens, a variety of natural materials, quality landscaping and various external […]

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Kitchen Essentials and Gifts

Thursday, 25 September 2014 TRENDOFFICE -- Cool designer gifts and kitchen essentials are something everyone would like to have. Get some inspiration from the collection below:Cocktail Shaker by Alessi Martini Hourglasses Rocking Shot...

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G7 Apartment in Hong Kong Revealing Peaceful Warm Hues Throughout

Thursday, 25 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Located in Hilltop Mansion, Braemar Hill, Hong Kong, this home was originally a two-bedroom one. G7 Apartment by Fixonic is the result of a contemporary make-over, aiming at a mores suitable layout for the living needs of the owner. According to the architects, the remodeling process began with moving the living room and study area […]

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The Psychology of Achieving Balance In Interior Design

Thursday, 25 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Interior design is about so much more than sense of style. We’ve already talked about your design choices are influencing your subconscious, but that’s just scratching the surface. Even the way that you employ symmetry in your home has an impact on your psyche. Does it seem like a stretch to say that proper furniture […]

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Contemporary Architecture Diluted in a Bucolic Landscape: ME House

Thursday, 25 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Otta Albernaz Arquitetura completed ME House, a 360 square-meter residence located Jambeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasil. The modern project is described as almost diluted in its landscape, with private and discreet facades gradually unveiling vibrant interiors. Several native trees on the property were preserved and originally integrated in the overall design. Built for a couple concerned […]

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Elegant Office Unit With Secret Opening Mechanism: Storage Kit Shkatulka

Thursday, 25 September 2014 DRESSYOURNEST --

Storage kit Shkatulka is inspired from a Russian “secret box”, a special unit for jewellery and precious items with a trick opening mechanism. The unconventional office project was planned in a Russian hut where the designers at Dopludo had a chance to reinterpret historical heritage and recreate archetypal household items with a modern twist. Lesha […]

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