the friday files

Last weekend, a few families in our neighbourhood got together for a casual Sunday brunch which we managed to eat outside. It was a little bit on the chilly side but we were all so desperate to be in the fresh air that it didn’t matter. Plus it’s much easier to keep 7 boys and 2 girls occupied outside!

On the table, was a copy of the Sunday edition of the New York Times which last week included the T Design magazine.  I instantly became bad company! I can’t help it when faced with an interesting read. Before long, I was flipping through the pages entirely engrossed in the stories and oblivious to the chaos around me. There were two great design stories in the issue. The cover story which featured a house that was full of collections. (If you haven’t seen it already you have to check out the cover of this issue. As my friend/Hello Neighbor photographer  said to me, “we’re going to have to start telling our homeowners to stop tidying/cleaning their houses for shoots!” and the story featured below.

Dinder House, as it is known, is owned by Chris and Jo Maycock and their four boys. They bought the house in 2004 and hired shelter magazine editor turned amazing designer Ilse Crawford to restore the house. The results are stunning. My favorite room is probably the kitchen primarily for the fact that at first glance it doesn’t even look like a place you would prepare food in. (It was the faucet that gave it away for me!) This might be due to the fact that this room was once the ballroom. Oh to be so lucky.

For more on the background of this house and additional images, check out the original story.

And to my friends at the brunch, I apologize for not giving you my full attention!

Image Credits:

Magnus Marding for New York Times Style Magazine



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  1. Jana
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 7:34 AM | Permalink

    I LOVE THIS HOUSE!! I, as well, was sucked into the magazine last weekend. This isn’t my usual ‘like’, but I couldn’t stop flipping through the magazine and checking out all the details!

  2. Posted April 8, 2011 at 8:41 AM | Permalink

    to have a room just for a giant sculptural ‘chair’!!! there was a home for sale in the ‘hood a couple of years ago that had been untouched since 1920 and it had, off the foyer, a large ‘powder room’ with coat hooks, just like this picture. we couldn’t figure out why the two would be combined, but it makes so much sense now!

  3. Posted April 8, 2011 at 9:19 AM | Permalink



  4. Posted April 8, 2011 at 9:38 AM | Permalink

    Gorgeous photos. Oh to have herringbone floors like that!

  5. Posted April 8, 2011 at 9:54 AM | Permalink

    *gasp* standing and clapping. this house is amazing.

  6. Posted April 8, 2011 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

    oh my gosh, that house is INSANE! I LOVE the dining room!!

  7. Posted April 8, 2011 at 10:14 AM | Permalink

    I love how ornate some of the details are in contrast to the more minimalist touches. I just wrote about my own collection of little animals and I’m relieved to see some on the shelves of their living room as well.

  8. Kristen S
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 11:59 AM | Permalink

    Love the scale and the use of negative space

  9. Posted April 8, 2011 at 12:09 PM | Permalink

    its very museum-like. definitely jaw-dropping. although some of the comments on the original article are quite scathing!!

  10. Posted April 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM | Permalink

    I think you’re right about not having people clean up! That cover is fabulous!!

  11. Posted April 10, 2011 at 5:06 PM | Permalink

    such an amazing house!! I love the living-room, absolutely stunning!! xxo

  12. Posted April 11, 2011 at 1:46 AM | Permalink

    Hi Emma. Pinned! I clicked over to the original link and was surprised at the comments left at the end of the piece. Mostly negative. And out of the negative, mostly sour grapes it seemed. The home has an almost cinematic quality to it.Thank you for sharing such a dramatic, and highly stylized home. For me, therein lies it’s beauty.

  13. Posted January 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM | Permalink

    These images are gorgeous — I love that dining room!
    ♡ Lexi
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