The Cool House: outdoor
Showing posts with label outdoor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label outdoor. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Not Just for Grandma

Sometimes, as the guys in multi-colored lycra and aerodynamic helmets flash past the Cool House early on Sunday mornings in Summer, I think how nice it would be to cycle along the shady roads. Of course I wouldn't be on a sleek racer. I'd be on a sit-up-and-beg omafiets from Dutch Bike Co. Seattle. Oma fiets is Dutch for Grandmother's bike and it's the traditional method of transport in The Netherlands for the ladies. (The guy's bike is an opafiets). This model is from Azor and when I lived in Europe these bikes didn't have brakes; you pedaled backwards to slow down and gears weren't necessary in a land that's mostly flat, but you'll be pleased to hear that cable brakes and multi-speed gears are standard on all the versions sold by Dutch Bike Seattle.

Now the standard oma fiets is fine but as we know modernemama likes a little bling in her life so my cycle of choice would be the Velorbis Scrap Deluxe. Designed by Danes and made in Germany with English saddles crafted from the finest leather, this bike is a true European product and that's reflected in the $1789 price-tag. Luxury maybe, but it's also comfortable, sturdy, classic, modern and sexy all at the same time. How often does that happen?

Friday, April 25, 2008

Perception is everything

Monster showers rule.

These imposing (the larger size is 2.4m or almost 8" tall) outdoor showers from Designerzeit are certainly stunning but they need an exceptional setting to show them to their best advantage. In the above shot, this one, appropriately called Wave, dwarfs the surrounding houses

while the beautiful modern, sculptural Ocean showers shown here (on a gorgeous platform deck) are jarringly juxtaposed with a traditional carriage post lamp and a couple of small terracotta planters.
Do you think they had a professional in to style the photo shoot?
via Trendir

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Outdoor decoration

Autumn 2007, Vineyard Rd
I gave my neighbor a huge bag of pine cones from that giant fir tree in the photo, and we clipped some Hinoki (False Cypress) and Holly (in foreground of photo) from the front of the yard. She provided the bows, wrapping and expertise and made this beautiful mail box cover. Isn't that awesome?