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Minimalist traditional

Traditional and minimal where jewel colour pops against wedding cake white, open space replaces a rabbit warren of old rooms and the light, oh the light. K Apartment, a rethinking of an Art Deco apartment by Sydney-based Marston Architects.

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I’m still stalking

Not so much stalking leftovers as a round up of what I’ve found real estate stalking and what is inspiring me. There’s a lot to love from a Glenn Murcott house to a couple of beach side beauties. Click on the pictures to go to the listings. Via Domain.

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Stalking in the gritty city

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.

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Working on a Saturday

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).

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Stalking in Melbourne

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.

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Stalking Superman’s house

It may be a little Clark Kent at the front but it’s all superhero out the back. I’m stalking an 1890s weatherboard cottage in Lilyfield, Sydney with its modern extension by Nobbs Radford Architects. A a great light-filled, fun family home. Link here while it lasts.

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Moving House

My second minimalist white house for the day. Home as art with vaulted concrete ceilings and clad with aluminium slats referencing the gables of the neighbouring houses. Moving House by Melbourne-based Architects EAT.

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Halo House

Modern family living in a white monolith. Sculptural, minimalist, tough yet beautiful.  Halo House by Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture.

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Sinuous and sexy

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.

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More kitchen love

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.

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Pared back perfection

A sense of simple luxury, a sense of style, a sense of calm. Sensual and personal. Pared back and perfect. It couldn’t be anything thing else but Belgian. Oostkerke House by interior designer Nathalie Deboel.

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Monochrome mastery

It’s Scandi monochrome done right. A stark, limited palette warmed by exposed brick accents and a rug of muted jewel colours. As for the piano! Love it. Private residence by Helsinki-based interior designer Laura Seppänen.

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Mid Century Yellow

You know I’m nosey. I like to stalk people’s homes online. I like to look in every nook and cranny. The only thing better would be to actually stay in other people’s homes and really look in every nook and cranny. I’m smitten by this Chelsea apartment with its fabulous collection of mid century pieces and a yellow kitchen that I never knew I wanted to replicate at my place. It would make the perfect base for any London foray because guess what? It’s a vacation rental available through The Plum Guide. You can find out more here

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Green with envy

What to do when the house you are refurbishing is perhaps the most beautiful example of Le Corbusier-inspired architecture in Johannesburg? How to breathe new life into an iconic building by local Modernist hero Rex Martienssen? Keep it true, keep it real and let the owner’s personality shine through. I’m green with envy over that verdant entry. Greenside Residence by Tonic Design.

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The Huguenot Physician’s House

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.

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Stalking old school

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.

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Because …

… I cannot get enough of Michelle Gerson‘s portfolio. Aircraft fuselage as artwork? Why not! So white, so bright punctuated with statement pieces and refreshing pops of blue and green.

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The Yard

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.

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Spencer & Wedekind

Hello English style kitchen in all your sage green goodness. And hello to you too sunny dining area. It’s Edwardian era style meets a touch of industrial and theatre. Love this house full of personality and fun by London-based interior designers Spencer & Wedekind.

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A simple beauty

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!)

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Au natural

A classic palette of creams and whites, neutrals enriched with accents of black and brown. Refined boho meets modern scandi, layers of texture, nothing cookie cutter, carefully collected. The joy of living au natural. Interiors by Los Angeles based Hannah Polskin of House of Hannah.

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Island Retreat

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.

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Dan Davis Design encore

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.

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Working on a Saturday

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).

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Minimalist extension

The original house may be full of Victorian era charm but the new extension with its clean lines, neutral palette and natural materials is the perfect complement. Think minimalist with a mid century vibe. Seddon Residence by Melbourne-based architectural design firm Templeton.

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Taupeology

Inspiration comes from the most unlikely sources! A fabulous old chair, a silky smooth velvet dress or a wild exotic pattern can all spark an emotion. It is capturing that energy and excitement and transforming it, that Taupeology do best.

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Millie the caravan

For those who like their family holidays to be simple yet stylish. For those who dream of bringing a retro caravan back to life. For those with a wandering spirit. Millie the caravan by Cedar & Suede

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Cutting edge classic

Gutting this Sydney beachside house back to structural columns and beams Madeleine Blanchfield Architects then set about creating, in their words, «a home that was whimsical, calm, inspiring, slightly quirky and deeply personal.» It’s big and bold yet intimate and informal, a luxurious take on the beach living. A cutting edge home that will become a classic.

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The kitchen of my dreams

 

Oh my I’ve died and gone to kitchen heaven. This is it. English country kitchen perfection and … it’s a showroom. We all know I’m smitten by anything that deVOL Kitchens design so it’s no surprise that I have been following the fitout of their new Clerkenwell, London showroom on their Instagram account. Pink fireplace wall, handmade green wall tiles, bespoke cabinets in dreamy blue and copper pans hanging on a creamy tongue and groove wall. The little chandelier, majolica plates and vintage portrait are icing on the cake. I couldn’t wait for the showroom to turn up on their website. I just had to share their IG posts.

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The kitchen of my dreams

 

Oh my I’ve died and gone to kitchen heaven. This is it. English country kitchen perfection and … it’s a showroom. We all know I’m smitten by anything that deVOL Kitchens design so it’s no surprise that I have been following the fitout of their new Clerkenwell, London showroom on their Instagram account. Pink fireplace wall, handmade green wall tiles, bespoke cabinets in dreamy blue and copper pans hanging on a creamy tongue and groove wall. The little chandelier, majolica plates and vintage portrait are icing on the cake. I couldn’t wait for the showroom to turn up on their website. I just had to share their IG posts.

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double g encore

From those French design doyennes double g comes an oh so chic Parisian apartment. Some much sophistication in its 100 sq m footprint. Urban chic with a rustic flick. So cool. So clever. But what else do you expect from Flora de Gastines and Anne Geistdoerfer?

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Boathouse

Never mind the house. (It’s beautiful by the way.) I would be happy with «just» the boathouse. Perfection perched on the edge of the Sydney Harbour by interior designer Sarah Davidson.

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Working on a Saturday

It’s like I say weeks after week. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s someplace stylish … and full of plants. Loft Office (within an old steam factory in Rotterdam) by jvantspijker.

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Mount Pleasant

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.

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Parkside family home

Come on in. It’s another fabulous London home by Sigmar. Contemporary meets vintage, beautiful architectural details, a muddied palette of greys, golden timber accent pieces, lots of storage and mirrors bouncing light. A warm family home with loads of character.

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A modern city garden

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.

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Coldwater Canyon

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.

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In another life

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.

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A salon by Robert Brown

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.

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Beachside beauty

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.

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Bondi Apartment

Continuing the theme of beachside living but this time with an urban edge. Designers Lawless & Meyerson gutted this tired Bondi apartment giving it a cool, contemporary look with killer artwork. The perfect city pad with an amazing beachside lifestyle.

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Max Humphrey

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.

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More kitchen love

Not my usual English country kitchen crush but I’m loving this kitchen by Dutch interior design team Nicemakers. Industrial yet earthy. The glimpses of the rest of the house are pretty fab too.

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Rare sighting of child’s room on blog

The headline says it all. We don’t feature children’s rooms very much on the blog. I guess it’s because neither Kim nor I have any of our own. I’d like to say that if I did I’d love a room like this for them but truth be told I would have loved a room like this for me growing up. You see I’ve got a thing for slides. L’habitació d’en Guillem by Bracelona-based interior designer Marta Castellano. (You can see more of her work here.)

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Stalking

I’m stalking in the well-heeled Melbourne suburb of Toorak and what a home I have found. 1930’s brick with 4 bedrooms, 3 bath and wonderful outdoor living and garden. Almost like living in a resort. Perhaps not quite my style (I’d like a bit more art deco, a touch less Hamptons) but hey I wouldn’t say no if one of you bought it for me. Link here while it lasts.

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Oxford Larder

Don’t get me wrong. I love the rain. After all, the summer has been so dry and these blustery showers are welcome. It’s just that I’m racing home from work, side stepping puddles and cursing my cheap and inadequate umbrella. AND I need to find something for dinner. If only I had a cute little larder cafe around the corner from where I live. Something just like this. Dinner sorted and I can fit in a coffee and perhaps a slice of chocolate and pear cake while waiting for the latest shower to pass. Any excuse to linger just a little longer in this stylish little space. (Love that sink set up by the way.) Oxford Larder by Pipkorn & Kilpatrick.

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Monday dreams

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.

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Tropical paradise

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.

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Minimalism in Fulham

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.

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So French so fabulous

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.

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Stalking in Melbourne 2

If I was stalking walking down this street in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond in real life I would stop outside this old industrial building and wonder what it was like inside. I’d probably try to surreptitiously peek through the window. Thank goodness for online real estate listings. Makes it all so much easier. Link here while it lasts.

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Dangar dalliance

Time to escape the everyday. Time for a virtual getaway. Perched on the slopes Dangar Island (in the Hawkesbury River just north of Sydney) is a mid century dream, a designer home in the Australian bush. Can you smell the eucalyptus and hear the continuous thrum of cicadas in the trees or are you all agog at the iconic furniture pieces sprinkled about the stylish interiors? I think we should stop imagining and go there in real life. The Dangar Island House, with interiors by Karen McCartney (design author and founding editor of Inside Out) is available for holiday rental. Start packing your bags.

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Stalking in Melbourne 1

It never ceases to amaze me that a small Victorian era cottage can be hiding a large, modern extension just behind its cute, historic facade. There’s even a pool and a separate studio. I’m stalking in the Melbourne suburb of Williamstown. Link here while it lasts.

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The perfect warehouse

When I close my eyes and think of my perfect warehouse it looks it looks just like this one. Design firm We are Huntly‘s reworking of this 80s style warehouse conversion brings new life to the space with oversized, statement furniture pieces, custom joinery and standout art.

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Coming up behind

A classic worker’s cottage façade with a contemporary extension behind. Another great example of how Australians like to live — a desirable inner city suburb close to all the action, a small but charming historical property, a local council that values the preservation of the streetscape and that overwhelming Aussie desire for open plan living with seamless integration of inside and out. Sydenham St house by Red Door Project

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The beautiful white box

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.

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Slot House

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.

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Double Bay House

It’s not hard to see why Arent & Pyke are at the forefront of Australian interior design.This Double Bay, Sydney family house with its cool colour palette and easy flow from room to room is stylish and warm, sophisticated and calm.

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Riad Mena & Beyond

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.

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Dirty pastels

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.

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The new luxury

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.

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Stalking a modern take on old

Another day another stalking. You’d never guess from its rather unassuming 19th century facade that this inner Sydney terrace house is actually an ultra modern home. There seems to be little of the original house left but sometimes living inner city means keeping true to the streetscape and doing your own thing behind closed doors. The rear elevation is quite striking and the garage with loft over is just too cute. Link here while it lasts.

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A charming family apartment

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.  

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Personal space

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.

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Showhouse dreams

We all know that a showhouse is the platform to display an interior designer’s talents, to flaunt a fantasy, to revel in their design dream. I’m just going to spend some time today entertaining a few close friends in this gorgeous sitting room by Westbrook Interiors. In my dreams at least.

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Vintage style in the West Village

«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.»

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The best of both worlds

I couldn’t think of anything better. A fine old home, originally designed by 1930s society architect Marcus Martin, beautifully renovated and extended by Melbourne-based Powell & Glenn. The best of both worlds. Deco bones and modern living filled with artwork and iconic furniture pieces. 

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Contemporary chic

Minimalism meets mid century, a touch of industrial and beautiful old bones, human scale and warmth. All work together to make this Parisian apartment by Philippe Harden the epitome of contemporary chic.

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Clock House

A sad and sorry 1960s mid-terrace building in Finsbury Park, London has had new life breathed into it by architectural studio Archmongers. By knocking through the internal walls and creating a glass and timber extension the ground floor layout is more connected and so much brighter. I love the use of glass bricks, terrazzo, tiles, rubber and plywood, even the quirky «brain-coloured» tile and clock on the facade. Tired and dated is now energetic and creative.

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Living well in minimal space

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.

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Because

Because Monday’s should be all about relaxed family living with loads of colour and style. Austin, Texas house by O & S.

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A maisonette in Maida Vale

The star of the show might be the high ceilings. It might be the lovely large windows overlooking the communal garden or the dark oak parquet flooring. It might be the charcoal coloured staircase or the new kitchen. Any one of these could be the stand out feature of this renovated maisonette in London’s Maida Vale by Studio 29 Architects & Interior Design but for me it’s the bespoke, blown bubble chandelier in amber, lemon yellow and cyan hued glass.

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Cider House

It’s simple house in a coastal hinterland by Nexus Designs. Simply stunning that is. I could definitely imagine this as my weekend bolt hole. Stylish and relaxed.

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Hidden

I do like a hidden kitchen, everything behind a bank of doors. Clean lined and contemporary. Take a closer look at this garden pavillion extension to a post war bungalow. Can you see it? Yes there it is. Hiding. House Au Yeung by Tribe Studio Architects.

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Still stalking

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.

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Working on a Saturday

Is it really working if your place of employment is a vineyard with a stylish cellar door? I don’t think I’d have to worry about dragging myself in on a weekend if my job involved wine and a great looking work place. Hell they’d have to drag me out not in. Sinegal Estate by San Francisco based interior designer Katie Martinez.

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Working out on a Saturday

It would definitely not be a case of dragging your sorry self into this wellness centre on a weekend. I’d be racing in for yoga, pilates, treatments and a golden latte at Sum of Us in Prahran. By Melbourne-based interior design studio We are Huntly.

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Working on a Saturday

It’s like I say week after week. If you have to drag yourself into work on the weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. White and wood with pops of greenery and mint. The studio offices of interior designer Marta Castellano are so fresh and fun.

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More kitchen love

Love the cabinets and the pantry. Love the old fashioned look of the electric range and the new fangled fridge. Love the beams and the wide floor boards. I love the traditional feel and the modern convenience. It’s even in a thatched cottage. Swoon. My love affair with English country style kitchens continues. This lovely room is by Robert and Tamsin Allen of Fawn Interior Design Studio.

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Working on a Saturday

What is it that I’m always going on about? Something to do with dragging yourself into work on a weekend? Are yes! It helps if it is somewhere stylish. (Dark and moody with a jungle of indoor plants helps too.) Slack Melbourne Office by Breathe Architecture.

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Stalking leftovers

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.

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Sunnyside

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.

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Because …

… sometimes I don’t want to do minimalist Scandi white. Give me a riot of colour and pattern. See more of this amazing Laurel Canyon house by Molly Luetkemeyer of M. Design Interiors here.

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Working on a Saturday

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.

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Modern farmhouse

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.

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Working on a Saturday

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.

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Stalking leftovers

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.

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Working on a Saturday

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.

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Nantucket dreaming

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.

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A designer’s home

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.

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