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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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Glasshouse Residence

Brisbane-based design firm Maytree Studios say they’re humans first and architects second. Their emphasis on affordability, reuse and how people live and thrive within their designs is at the forefront of their Glasshouse Residence. Simple yet stylish, open-plan with an industrial vibe, warm and human-scale.

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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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Hudson House

There are two blaring omissions with this amazing house by Brooklyn/Miami based interior designer Jennifer Bunsa. 1) It does not belong to me and 2) I never knew that I really, really needed a ginormous macramé owl in my life. Seriously I need both. Now.

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It’s hard to be neutral

I’m passionate about the neutral tones of this Greenwich Village apartment by Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. Love the biscuit and the taupe, the tan and the ecru, the caramels, creams and whites. Don’t get me started on the Tobia Scarpa Soriana sofa, the lighting, the marble and the brass. I’m loving the bedroom and the matching shower and dressing room. No I’m definitely not on the fence about the gorgeous home that the pair share with their daughter Poppy. Perfect.

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Light and dark

Effortlessly beautiful with light flooding in through impossibly tall windows. Elegantly serene with a white on white palette. What could be better than this stylish living room with beni ourain rug and ornate fireplace by New York based designer Tom Delavan? Perhaps a dark and moody bedroom with Tuareg rug and ornate fireplace?

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First stalking of the year

I love when the real estate market starts to heat up after the holiday break. More houses listed and a greater chance of hitting the design jackpot. If you are a regular reader you will know I have a thing for older houses in inner city suburbs and if they have an architect designed modern extension out back then even better. I’m stalking in Paddington, Sydney and I think it might be love. Exposed old brick, glass transition between heritage and new, slick open-plan living areas with a great connection between in and out. There’s even a car lift and I don’t know why that excites me but it does. With Sydney house prices we’ll never afford it but it’s all about the stalking and the gawking. Link here while it lasts.

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Working on a Saturday

As I always say if you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. As I am an employee of the 80s I’m totally into this modern interpretation of the period. Gnomo by Masquespacio.

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More to love from Leanne Ford

I love this limited palette of whites and creams married with the deep warmth of the stained wooden walls. (Great inspiration for those faced with a renovation of retro examples.)  I love the luxury of a thick beni ourain rug against the raw concrete. I love the stone of the kitchen, the handthrown pottery and how the tile runs across the bathroom ceiling. I love the mid century classic pieces and the rough hewn wood. I love it all but then again I have professed my love for everything by L.A. and Pittsburgh-based interior designer Leanne Ford before.

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Hill Plains Cottage

Living off the grid has never been so fabulous … except this isn’t the main house. It’s the guest/pool house to Wolveridge Architects award-winning Hill Plains House in country Victoria. (You can see our previous feature here.) Stylish sustainability in the middle of a wide brown land with a natural, chemical free pool by Natural Swimming Pools. If I was a guest I’d never leave.

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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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A casual glam

What do you get when you mix industrial with bling, Palm Springs with plantation style, all with a South African influence? A house brimming with the owner’s personality by Durban-based Douglas and Douglas. Definitely glam but a casual almost effortless glam. We know better 😉

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I want

I’m like a spoilt child. If I see something I like then I want what I see. Please mummy can I have a beach hut right on the beach? Just meters from the water? Pleeeeeeaaaase. Except I’d want sand not shingle but you can’t have it all. Beach House by Studiomama.

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When compromise is no compromise

What do you do when the parents want no colour and no fuss and the kids are talking parakeet hues and bunnies for the bedroom? There may be a compromise but definitely not in the style department. Love this New York City loft by Monique Gibson. A fabulously family home for all.

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What? More stalking?

Stalking a warehouse down a private lane in Sydney’s Waterloo. Industrial and a touch of Mediterranean. Check out the copper in the kitchen. Link here while it lasts.

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Casa en el sur

Today’s daydream involves a cool drink by the pool then a saunter through the stylish rooms of this house in the south by Madrid-based design firm Melián Randolph. Mediterranean chic.

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Still stalking

OK I’ll fess up. I missed this house on my recent forays into local real estate listings until a fellow stalker sent me a link. Am I glad she did! Favourite Sydney suburb Redfern? Tick. Terrace house renovation? Tick. Great art collection? Tick. Cool mix of old and new? Tick. Polished plaster walls that must feel amazing on a stinking hot day? Tick. Link here while it lasts.

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Breathtaking

A glorious grand old dame in Brisbane, Australia has had a facelift with contemporary furniture and finishes. Definitely not mutton done up as lamb though. Not at all. The beautiful heritage home now has a bold personality and a fashionable flair. It’s all about luxury and lifestyle. «Creating interiors that take your breath away»Louise Walsh Interior Design and Decoration.

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Black & white modern extension

It’s what Australian architects seem to do best … the modern extension to an older home. Open plan, family friendly, perfect for entertaining and that blurring of the boundary between inside and out. Just like this fabulous black and white design from Sydney-based Hancock Architects.

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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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Mid century in Miracruz

I’m like a child in a candy store. Where do I look first? So much goodness to devour. Mid century furniture, gallery wall, the rugs, fabulous vignettes sprinkled with a great collection of West German pottery. I need to pore over these photos to wring out all the inspiration. In case you don’t realise I love this home by interior designer Mikel Irastorza. You can see more of his work here.

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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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Cabanon

A wee, white shed by the sea in the Èze region of France. It may be small in size but it’s big on style. Piano on the deck anyone? Cabanon by Monaco-based architectural duo Humbert & Poyet.

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A town house in Ho Chi Minh City

Only 4m wide and 17m deep this contemporary concrete and brick house rises above a busy street in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The minimalist, modern home references the traditional shop houses of the area with a blurring of private and public spaces at street level achieved by a folding shutter which also moderates shade and ventilation. A large central skylight allows light to penetrate to the inner rooms. By MM++ Architects.

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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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Shades of grey

An Australian interpretation of Scandinavian Modern uses a palette of greys with metallic accents and dark timbers. The apartment, on the bay in Melbourne, is clean lined and contemporary with an emphasis on simple luxury. Albert Park Apartment by Griffiths Design Studio.

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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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Working on a Saturday

It’s like I always say. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish like this London office by French design firm Festen. Talk about mid century chair porn!

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Still kitchen crushing

Can you tell I’m just about to start my kitchen renovation? That the only things on my mind at the moment are kitchens, kitchens, kitchens? I’d love to scrap my plans and start all over again now that I’ve seen this moody beauty by New York-based interior designer Monique Gibson. You can see more of the East Village Atelier here.

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Seaside simplicity

The renovation and reconfiguration of this house in Mas Nou in Spain’s Catalonian region by 05 AM arquitectura was all about opening up the warren of smaller rooms into open-plan living all with access to a stunning sea view through a wall of large windows. Light, bright and spacious with finishes that are perfect for relaxed family living. Seaside simplicity.

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Backyard oasis

Some garden inspiration today. Contemporary landscape design by Melbourne-based Eugene Gilligan. I’ve chosen a few of my favourite outdoor spaces. With the temperature tipped to reach 41 degrees Celcius (106 Fahrenheit) I’m dreaming of luscious green shade and bubbling fountains … and definitely a dip in a pool.

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Green with envy

A cursory glance at the pretty little white house with the green shutters would not reveal how fabulously fun and stylish are the spaces within but look closer, take a step inside and it’s not hard to see why Madrid-based interior designer Marta de la Rica is one of Spain’s rising stars. Pool house? Guest house? Small house? Who knows? One thing I do know is I’m green with envy.

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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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A model apartment

A historical building with soaring windows. Light flooding in to an apartment with exposed brick, reclaimed oak floors and marble. What a wonderful canvas to work with. 60 White Street, a model (display) apartment in New York’s TriBeCa area by interior designer Magdalena Keck.

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Green Apartment

Different shades of green and blue are the heroes of the redesign of this 30th floor apartment in Kiev by Oleksii Venediktov and his design firm Special Project Venediktov. Bold, unique, a little Scandinavian with an undercurrent of industrial. I love how the colours change as the light advances and wanes changing the feel of the apartment.

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The luxury of lo-fi

«Purposefully lo-fi, The Retreat embraces a low-tech aesthetic towards the operation of the building itself, fully embodying the idea of retreat and slowing down. Celebrating craftsmanship and integrity of materiality instead of technology, every wall of the building have been designed to contain components that manually fold, open and close to manipulate the space and transform the program of the building.»

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Rancho Mirage

A stylish, new mid mod pays homage to the oh so cool Palm Springs vibe. Built on Frank Sinatra’s old estate there’s even a cheeky tribute to ol’ blue eyes himself. I’m seriously envious of this weekend getaway. Would you want to leave? Rancho Mirage by Newport Beach based interior designer Brittany Stiles.

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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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A serene white house

No not that White House. This renovation project by SJB in Rye, Victoria is designed to be a place to relax, to close the door and just be. It’s simple, clean lines, miminalist but not lacking in creature comforts, provide an oasis for the owners from their busy careers.

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Quintessentially English

Close your eyes and try to imagine your idea of the quintessentially English country home. Mine has boot rooms and sculleries, flagstones and wood burners, antiques and quirky family treasures. There are bedrooms under the eaves, beams and hopefully a roll top bath. Of course there would be a big kitchen diner with room for a sofa or two and a snug for those chilly nights. The thing is I don’t have to close my eyes. I just have to drink in these photos of The Stables by hám interiors. Can’t get much more English … oh maybe a chocolate labrador lying by the fire.

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A’ Design Awards & Competition — Last Call for Entries

Last call for entries for the A’ Design Award and Competition. The deadline for entries is fast approaching and now is the time to submit your best work. You can nominate your design here. With over 100 categories the A’ Design Award and Competition is the worlds’ largest design competition. But it is not just an award. It is an indicator of quality and perfection in design, recognized worldwide, your design front and centre before design companies and professionals. Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of scholars, professionals and media members and the benefits to the winners are inspiring. The trophy, of course, an invitation to the gala night, a certificate of quality, inclusion in the prestigious A’ Design Award and Competition exhibition and the yearly ResultBook but even more importantly press, PR, introduction to industry professionals and companies and international exposure.

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Open yet private

Clever use of large sliding battened screens to provide seclusion and light control while expansive glass doors push wide open to reach out to the views where privacy is not an issue. Stylish subtropical living in Bardon, Brisbane by architectural firm bureau^proberts.

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Open yet private

Clever use of large sliding battened screens to provide seclusion and light control while expansive glass doors push wide open to reach out to the views where privacy is not an issue. Stylish subtropical living in Bardon, Brisbane by architectural firm bureau^proberts.

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Parisian chic

Don’t get me wrong. I love Haussmannian apartments. But stunning as they are they need a firm but deft design hand so that the the contents are not overpowered by the almost saccharine sweet plaster embellishments, the commanding windows, the drool worthy floors. Sandra Benhamou is a story teller, a lover of light, of beautiful objects and furniture, a woman who embraces eclecticism. Hell, she runs with it but her style is clean, with attention to detail and a dash of humour.

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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

I say it week after week but it’s true. If you have to drag your sorry self into work on a weekend it better be somewhere stylish. I would love to be surrounded by as much colour and fun as the creatives who work in Masquespacio‘s studio.

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Backwater

After surviving a record breaking heatwave in my part of the world I find myself dreaming of getaways that involve water, lots of water. Backwater «sits on a small promontory in a secluded lagoon in the Norfolk Broads and offers a contemporary counterpoint to more traditionally designed neighbouring houses, while respecting the peaceful natural setting.» Off the grid and may I say off the scale style-wise. I just want to lie staring at the ripples in the water as gentle breezes waft over me … and I can because Backwater, designed by London-based Platform 5 Architects, is a holiday let. Bliss.

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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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