Clever idea! By Paris-based GCG Architectes.
Photos Adélaïde Klarwein
Clever idea! By Paris-based GCG Architectes.
Photos Adélaïde Klarwein
Urban cool just got smoking hot. I’m stalking in my favourite inner city Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy and there is so much to love. It’s a bijou brick worker’s terrace with exposed stone walls. The renovation was by one of Australia’s leading interior design firms Hecker Guthrie and it’s as stylishly gritty and hip as its location. Don’t miss the video. The soundtrack is on fleek like the whole sales campaign and it’s fun to spot the differences between what are obviously the designers’ styled portfolio shots and how the house actually looks. I’d move in in a heart beat. Link here while it lasts.
As I say week after week if you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish … like this office by Dutch interior design firm Studio Slow. Love the Formakami pendant lights by Jaime Hayon and the deliciously refreshing minty green paint (Aresenic from Farrow & Ball).
You know how I often jest about packing my bags and moving into the houses I virtually stalk? This time I really am booking a flight, knocking on the door and politely, but very firmly, muscling my way in. Designed in 2000 by architect Allan Powell and with gardens by Eckersley Garden Architecture (2014), I’m at a loss for words. I wouldn’t change a thing if it was mine accept my address. It’s perfect … well almost. I won’t be able to afford it. Listing here while it lasts.
Modern family living in a white monolith. Sculptural, minimalist, tough yet beautiful. Halo House by Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture.
Photography: Dianna Snape
With a spiral staircase wraps its way upwards like a snake coiling languidly this NYC apartment is seriously sexy. Let’s add a third «S» — subtle. The luxury level is high and there are certainly touches of bling but it’s pared back, restrained. I love this look. I’m not quite sure what to call it though. It’s a definite reference to the 80s in its materials and shapes with a watered down colour palette of that decade’s greys and pinks. Like the 80s with a really good IG filter. Then there are hints of Art Deco and mid century. Definitely my new design style crush by Michelle Gerson Interiors.
Pardon me. I’m just an English kitchen junkie. Can’t get enough. Like this renovation based on period design with an injection of colour. Sunny yellow, ancient scrubbed kitchen table, dresser filled with china and a comfortable armchair by the range. Bliss. Hampshire Kitchen by Max Rollitt.
How lovely is this simple 19th century cottage nestled among the trees in upstate New York? The refurbishment and extension of original building has seen the architect owner add a fresh Scandinavian touch, like a summerhouse a long way from Sweden. A pared back home, almost minimalist — Stanfordville Cottage by Larson and Paul.
I do have a thing for an old house and of couse it was love at first sight when I saw this Georgian building in the London’s Spitalfields. Just the perfect amount of restoration and renovation. Modern living with a historical emphasis. Even the name has me swooning. The Huguenot Physician’s House by Chris Dyson Architects.
I’m in the Sydney suburb of Annandale stalking an old school warehouse conversion. Not one of those new-build, pseudo industrial blocks with cookie cutter «loft» apartments. No I’m stalking an artist’s studio and home with suspended concrete, open ceilings and clear span space. There are mezzanine floors, plywood walls, a glass tilt door and walls crammed with amazing art. It’s a bit gritty, a bit grubby and it’s fabulous. Please Mr Bank Manager can you lend me the outrageous asking price of $3.5 million? Link here while it lasts.
This Georgian house is the home of hám interiors director Tom Cox. Situated in Oxfordshire, it has been sympathetically renovated and extended with new kitchen and beautiful bespoke furniture pieces. A limited palette and natural materials allow the fine details to shine. It’s all about attention to detail, personality and country style.
It’s a little bit Scandi and a little bit Shaker. A little bit Arts and Crafts, a little bit country and definitely contemporary. You’d think that it might be a little bit confused but this renovation in Flinders, Victoria by Melbourne-based interior designers Austin Design Associates is stylish, welcoming and quite simply beautiful. (The kitchen is a dream!)
It’s American Gothic (painting) meets American Pickers (television). It’s dramatic and moody and quirky and fun.It’s intimate spaces and soaring ceilings. It’s theatre and performance, oasis and sanctuary. It’s John Mellencamp’s Island Retreat in South Carolina by interior designer Monique Gibson and it’s fabulous.
It really can’t be almost ten years since Kim first featured the work of interior designer Dan Davis. When he emailed recently to remind us of how much time had passed (thanks Dan!) we couldn’t wait to see what he had been up to since then. We weren’t disappointed. His portfolio ranges from transitional to contemporary, mid century modern to eclectic all with his distinct creative touch. Here are just a few of my favourites from the new work he shared with us.
It’s like I say week after week. If you have to drag your sorry self into work on a weekend it certainly eases the pain if your workplace is kick ass stylin’. At first glance this could be a cooler than cool loft apartment but no it’s definitely an office. Great space in South Pasadena by ETC.etera (etc for short).
Masculine, a little moody, black and white and pure luxury. Brentwood Penthouse by Jeff Trotter Design
It’s like a shadow house, a phantom building. There but not there. Starkly minimalist this modern addition to a historic home is cartoon like in its form, its all black walls and roof helping it «disappear». Housing a garage and additional living space it is connected to the existing stone building by a glass walkway allowing for a strong delineation between old and new. Kensington Park Residence by South Australian Proske Architects.
I can’t help it. Even though it’s winter here I keep daydreaming about backyards and outdoor spaces. And if I owned a teeny tiny courtyard garden behind a terrace house in the inner city I couldn’t think of a better outdoor solution. Pool, a place to sit and soak up the sun, benches for friends to gather, perhaps a slightly bigger table for al fresco dining, a frangipani to grow up and give me shade in the summer and sun in the winter and the promise of a carpet of sweet smelling flowers at my feet. A private hideaway tucked above a garage in Sydney’s Paddington by Outdoor Establishments.
Any day, any time, anywhere in the world. The perfect spot to while away the hours. Work? What work? From the portfolio of DixonKirby.
The romance of a New York loft. Large open spaces, exposed brick, massive columns holding up equally massive beams and the windows, oh the windows! This Soho loft by Drew McGukin Interiors is an eclectic mix of urban chic, vintage finds, industrial riffs and personal treasures. It’s stylish yet relaxed and real.
Scandinavian minimalism meets industrial in this Tribeca loft by Søren Rose Studio. From it’s original, now whitewashed oak floors and exposed brick to the super slick marble and stainless steel kitchen what’s not to love? The old windows playing against the black steel and glass walls, the use of wood veneered storage walls to warm the space, the Scandinavian style furniture, the skylight flooding the space with lovely light. Perfect.
An exercise in the effortless mixing of contemporary design and traditional features. Park Slope perfection by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design.
A sweet renovation of Spanish style home in Los Angeles by Jette Creative. Exposed beams were added, floors stained dark, encaustic tiles transformed kitchen and bathrooms and a limited palette of black and white was highlighted with blues, greens and brass. The exterior was reworked with stucco and paint while a self contained studio is the prize at the end of the garden. So stylish, so bright and fresh, so cool!
What a pleasure it would be to turn the key in the door of this lovely home. What a pleasure to call it home. The effortless style, the collection of personal treasures, that vintage sofa. The very aptly named Mount Pleasant residence by Vancouver-based interior design studio Riesco & Lapres.
The rain is bucketing down here. A month’s rain will fall in one day as an ex tropical cyclone winds slowly down the coast. Schools are closed and even the government has sent non essential staff home. (I can’t complain as many to the north of me have lost houses and livelihoods as the cyclone made landfall.) There is a silver lining to all this water falling from the skies. My garden will drink it in, the grass will turn green and my water tanks will overflow. With all this promised bounty to come I’m daydreaming of stylish urban gardens like this new design in inner-Sydney Leichardt by Adam Robinson Design in collaboration with Garden Society.
I think it’s fair to say I’m not a matchy matchy sort of girl. I like my new mixed with old, my high with some low, my family heirlooms with some secondhand shop find. I like my rooms to look like they have been collected over time not picked out in one go at a big box store. There should be a touch of quirk, loads of personality and of course they should be stylish but not forced. Which is why I love this Beverly Hills home by Hancock Design.
In another life I live in this fabulous house in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles. In another life that imposing living room with its Hans Wegner chaise and Serge Mouille lighting is mine. The chandeliers, the vintage finds, the deeply moody wood panelled den, the extravagant bathroom and that garden room, oh that garden room. In real life it belongs to Brigette Romanek who, along with Estee Stanley, is the creative force behind Hancock Design.
Sophisticated and elegant with an emphasis on the details, this room, by Robert Brown Interior Design, is more than a living room. It’s a salon, a gathering place, a carefully curated space for the meeting of like minds. I love the choice of areas to sit, to work, to relax, to interact with friends or simply to turn the pages of a favourite book. It is a room of personal treasures with a muted palette and luxurious finishes. Traditional and refined.
Is it just me or is this week d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g along? I just can’t take anymore. Time for a virtual getaway and since summer has just begun in the northern hemisphere how about we run away to the Hamptons? To Shelter Island to be precise. I’ve booked us into the quaint but cool boutique inn The Chequit. Trad with a twist and a soothing pink, yellow and grey palette … inside that is. The exterior screams summer in simple white and green, its porches filled with wicker furniture and pops of bright colour.
The ultimate Aussie dream — a beautiful beach front home. Stylish yet easy going with stunning water views. Yes please! We may not be able to own it but we can escape the everyday rat race and relax in this little piece of paradise on Pittwater in Sydney’s Palm Beach. Barrenjoey Villa, part of Contemporary Hotels‘ luxury holiday homes.
There’s colour and pattern, quirk and personality, new and old. It’s lived in and layered and so much fun. Why would you be a minimalist when you can surround yourself with so much character? I couldn’t choose just one home by Portland, Oregon based interior designer Max Humprey so I cherry picked my favs.
Mondays are all about wondering where the weekend went, all about pressing the snooze button over and over until you’re late, all about surreptitiously sipping on a takeaway coffee cup on the train to work. Mondays are all about dreaming of endless days at the seaside, of the perfect beach house. Blue and white and washed out neutrals, rattan and driftwood and sand and green glass. Mondays are about working for the man so that maybe one day your dream house will look just like this one by Blackband Design.
Thursday — the sad forgotten sister of Friday. No one ever yells «Thank God it’s Thursday». No one ever counts down the last few hours until after work drinks or the freedom of the weekend. Thursday is a plod-along day, a «let’s get it over so we can go to sleep and yell TGIF the next morning» sort of day. So here is my Thursday gift to you, a virtual escape to brighten up the stolid workaday. Tamarind Beach at Paradise Cove, a compound of three houses (for vacation rental) in the tropical paradise of Vanuatu. A sophisticated taste of island life steps from crystal blue waters and coral reefs. This is one virtual getaway I wish I could make in real life.
Modern minimalism in a period building. Midcentury references in a sleek London pad. A sharp contemporay look softened by the thick wool rug and touches of brass. Modern white and clean lined timber accents moves to muted moodiness in the bedroom. Lovely to look at. Even better to stay. The Butterfly in Fulham available for vacation rental via The Plum Guide.
Oh the French. They have that certain something. Effortless style and sophistication. A little bit rustic with simple luxury, primitive next to midcentury, vibrant colour playing against whitewash. An understanding of what is needed and what is not. Be style my beating heart. Maison des champs, Sainte-Foys-Lès-Lyon by interior stylist Nathalie Rives.
I’m stalking the inner-city Sydney suburb of Surry Hills. I’m stalking what would normally be a rather unremarkable 2 bedroom apartment except … I’m stalking artist Guy Maestri’s apartment. It’s amazing how a stellar art collection can elevate the unremarkable to the exceptional. The price may be stratospheric but unfortunately that’s due to Sydney’s inflated market not wishful thinking that the contents are thrown in for the price. Link here while it lasts.
I love a door, don’t you? It swings, it folds, it slides, it hides. The joy, the serenity of closing off the cluttered, the dirty, the ugly with a well designed door. Not that there is anything but a calm, almost zen-like quality to this contemporary mansion flat by London-based extrArchitecture. It’s like a beautifully crafted puzzle box.
I love the verticality of this modern extension to a Georgian terrace house. Renovations in the 1980s had left the floorplan confused and ceilings lowered. By inserting a glass infill between the narrow back wing of the house and the neighbour’s wall the ground floor now has a soaring double height ceiling while a master suite is reached by an open tread staircase. Slot house by London-based architectural firm Studio Octopi.
Hump day? What hump day? No we’re all on a virtual getaway to Marrakesch, to Riad Mena & Beyond. Just when I though my love affair with all things Moroccan might be waning I’m smitten by this traditional riad with it’s minimalist interiors and iconic 20th century furniture pieces thrown into the mix. The «beyond» bit? Forty-five minutes outside of Marrakech, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains is the Riad Mena & Beyond outpost. A fully-functioning permaculture farm where you can spend the day in wonderful nature, enjoy a seasonal picnic, or even spend some nights in the rustically charming houses. I’ll be back at the main house waiting by the pool.
Definitely not your typical pastel palette. Not a sign of nursery pink or sugar Easter egg blues and greens. No, a more mature pastel scheme, muted, dirty, soft but still striking. Add to that beautiful textures, patinaed metallics and playful patterns and the result is a charming and stylish family home by Los Angeles-based Reath Design.
Oh the drama! High contrast less-is-more palette, soaring ceilings, walls of flowing fabrics, rich metals and dark woods yet this new luxury is about carefully curated opulence. No OTT gaudy glitz but a well considered elegance. Historic Nashville mansion renovation by interiors firm Chad James Group.
A renovated Art Deco apartment in Darling Point, Sydney, home to Kate Nixon of Busatti Australia and her family, is full of charm and character as well as the beautiful Italian fabrics that Nixon imports. A neutral palette allows for accents of pattern and colour to take the limelight while delightful vignettes provide the eye candy.
What does your personal space say about you? Are your surrounds like a window on your soul? If I looked at pictures of your home could I weave a story about who you are, your loves, your hopes, your life? Just these few images of South African designer David Strauss‘ home tells me so much yet leaves enough for me to want to know more. Mysterious, moody, artistic, lover of simple luxuries.
«Designing a functional lifestyle goes well beyond beauty. It is an expression of where you are in your life. Your home should support you, showcase your interests and allow you to feel grounded.»
I’m stalking an über cool apartment in the inner Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst. A stark black and white palette with shiny, slick surfaces is mellowed by hints of palest blue, raw wood and wicker, softened with linen and wool. Minimalist abstract art covers the walls. A stylish, sophisticated and unexpected mix for this ultimately comfortable take on urban living. Link here while it lasts.
They’re calling it a micro apartment but it’s got more than enough room for me. What it lacks in size it definitely makes up for in style. Are you noticing more and more 80s influences appearing in rooms these days? Or is it just me because I lived (make that thrived) through the decade? The 30 sq m London apartment is by Play Associates.
Modern global. It’s all about layering textures and patterns from around the world. In this home, by Logan Killen Interiors, African is mixed with Middle Eastern, modern with vintage, the silkiness of velvets against nubbly natural fibres and roughly hewn wood. Kuba cloth and kilim … perfect.
Still stalking, still in Fitzroy. Hey I’d never leave if I had my choice. This time it’s a warehouse conversion with walls of glass to take in the internal courtyard views. Perhaps a little updating is needed but the overall package is fabulous. If I can’t have the bluestone worker’s terrace of my earlier post then I guess I’ll just have to make do with urban industrial chic. Once again the video sells this house. Link here while it lasts.
It’s hard to take winter seriously in the sub-tropics where I live. Today it’s 22°C. Perfect weather for daydreaming about backyard redesigns. For small block inner city living this Bondi backyard is just about perfect. Pool? Tick. Outdoor kitchen and al fresco dining? Tick. Tropical plantings including statement container plants? Tick. A bit of grass and a swing for the kids? Tick. Privacy in the middle of a bustling city like Sydney? Tick. Who needs anything more? By Harrison’s Landscaping.
Today I’m stalking an old coach house just outside the medieval town of Landskrona in Sweden. Beautifully restored with polished concrete floors, exposed brick and old beams the 1850s house is complimented by a small but perfectly formed garden with flowering fruit tree, hammam and Japanese hot tub. I’m dreaming of late spring days spent with good friends and family, bees buzzing in the blossom and lunch just about to be served in the outdoor dining room. Link here while it lasts.
Hello my name is Jo and I’m a real estate addict. I stalk listings hoping to find the perfect property I can’t afford anyway. Oh well a girl can dream. There is one problem though. I’m fussy. Not quite right, love the bones but ditch the furniture, bad photos, I need more photos please! Can’t quite put my finger on it listings with something that has me nodding «yes». This week I’ve found my usual old houses with expansive extensions, a little stone cottage with a new lease on life, incredible views over Bondi Beach, weird posturing, hip inner city pads, even a reader’s home. Click on the photos to go to the listings. All via Domain.
You know it’s not always about sofas that cost as muche as a small car, 2 ovens (one steam), a microwave and a German coffee machine banked up in the kitchen wall or a bathroom encased in marble. Sometimes it’s about thoughtful, uncomplicated yet sophisticated style. It’s about family living in beautiful spaces, laid-back yet desirable. Sunnyside House by Daleet Spector Design.
It’s like I say week after week. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish and if you’re your own boss in your own small business and use coworking spaces then even better! After all it makes little difference complaining to the boss about working conditions if the boss is you. WeWork in Sydney designed by TomMarkHenry.
From its traditional facade all the way up those stairs to the colourful attic room this house is the perfect balancing act. Farmhouse yet modern living, the crisp bite of white and the deep moody greys, parent and kid friendly. Casually elegant, not at all stuffy. It’s fresh and fun and perfect for a young family. Modern farmhouse in Connecticut by New York based interior designers Chango & Co.
It’s like I say week after week. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. The public areas are sophisticated and tailored but it’s the work areas with their lighter, brighter palette and walls of creepers that would have me coming in happily on my days off. PDG head office in Melbourne by Studio Tate.
Yes I admit it. I’m still stalking real estate listings looking for knockout homes. I admit that I’m not in the market for a new house. I’m just a voyeur, I have to know what’s going on behind the curtains, what we in Australia call a «sticky beak». There is one problem though. I’m fussy. Not quite right, love the bones but ditch the furniture, bad photos, I need more photos please! Can’t quite put my finger on it listings with something that has me nodding «yes». This week there are new builds and old house renovations, family homes and inner city pads, There is even a tiny cottage where it’s more about the street than the house. Click on the photos to go to the listings. All via Domain.
Week after week I chant my mantra. If you have to drag yourself into work on a Saturday it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. (It also helps if it’s the designer’s own office space.) Studio 45 in Manly, Sydney is the home of Marston Architects. Two work zones connected by a plywood cube housing the kitchen, all contained within a heritage listed terrace house.
From its dark panelled public areas and quirky maritime touches to its light and breezy bedrooms with layered bed linens from John Robshaw and Les Indiennes, Greydon House on the island of Nantuket off Cape Cod is the perfect virtual getaway for this hump day Wednesday. I’m fantasizing about strolling through the boutique shops in the morning followed by a long beach walk, warming up by a crackling fire with a drink and a dog eared book before by a fabulous dinner in the restaurant. With interiors by Roman and Williams I don’t think I want to wake up from this lovely daydream.
I think a designer’s home tells you more about them than any client work or show home can. An intimate look into their design soul you might say. This is the home of Holly Shipman on Choctawhatchee Bay, Florida. A beach look with an elegant ease. White and bright with pieces carefully acquired over time, lots of simple little treasures close at hand. Relaxed, comfortable, stylish and with meaning.
I’m stalking something slightly different today. I’m in Blackheath, a town in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney and I’m stalking the first home of a young architect. «Up-Cycle House is a freestanding 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home that is ideally located within walking distance to the lively high street of Blackheath Village. The house has been lovingly renovated by Architect and owner Alexander Symes. Recently completed, the renovation pays tribute to recycled building materials that have been “up-cycled” with a creativity and playfulness not found in an ordinary house. The architectural vision has come to life to create a unique home that celebrates sustainable design and living.» The link to the real estate listing is here while it lasts and you can read more of Symes process here.
I’m in Collingwood an inner-city suburb of Melbourne and I’m stalking one half of an old concrete block warehouse. Inside it’s soaring ceilings and white walls, black steel windows and open spaces. From the mix of mid century and contemporary furniture to the striking artwork it’s the quintessential industrial meets modern living conversion. It appears that’s it is being used as a commercial premises and I’m stratching my head as to where I’d put the bed . You must view the listing video and leave your critique of the acting in the comments. Link here while it lasts.
As promised yesterday I’m stalking the other half of a warehouse in Melbourne’s Collingwood. What a difference! Yesterday’s conversion was modern industrial. Today’s is a mix of traditional, eclectic, a touch of industrial meets country kitchen and a whole lot of designer loft. Not surprisingly it is the studio of interior designer Diane Bergeron. Part design studio, part client showroom, part inner city pad. And it has that ceiling high bookcase that is featured on thousand upon thousands of Pinterest boards. It sold last month for $1.8 million. Link here while it lasts.
Recently I’ve been seduced by English country-style kitchens but every so often I return to my first love. This bright white modern kitchen has more than enough mid century to make me smile. From the Marina Residence in Huntington Harbor, California, a mid century remodel by Jette Creative.
Hump day getaway anyone? Rae’s on Wategos has been a Byron Bay icon for many years. Now with a recent refurbishment designed by Tamsin Johnson it is even more fabulous. Moorish meets Mediterranean, whitewash meets sand and surf, elegant yet relaxed and all just steps from stunning Wategos Beach on the most easterly point of Australia. I couldn’t think of a better virtual escape. Can you?
Rae’s on Wategos wasn’t enough. I had to share more from Tamsin Johnson‘s portfolio. The Sydney-based interior designer is known for her eclectic and refined style. Here the home is elegant and contemporary with a touch of traditional while a light, fresh palette is highlighted with striking hues of blue.
Simple, understated, elegant — that’s the ethos behind Storie. Part boutique accommodation and part studio available for hire, both showcasing carefully curated pieces from the soon to be open online store in South Melbourne. A beautiful house, a beautiful base for exploring Melbourne, beautiful pieces, beautiful space for functions and workshops. Simply beautiful.
Sometimes a spectacular view can all but overwhelm any attempt to decorate a room. Either the room pales in comparison or the view and the room fight each other to the death. Definitely not the case in this harbourside home in Sydney by EB Interiors. A palette of moody blues, an emphasis on strong contemporary lines and bespoke joinery provide the stage for the subtle textures and pops of colour from soft furnishings and wallpaper.
I was almost going to call this one «Shopping on a Saturday» but, as wonderful as it would be to spend time in this store as a customer, can you imagine how fabulous it must be to work in such a beautiful space? As I always say, if you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. Ulla Johnson boutique by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture and Design.