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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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A Swedish style cottage in the American woods

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.

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Soaking

Oh it’s you! Didn’t see you there. I was too busy soaking in my bubble bath taking in the view. Love this bathroom by Jeff Trotter Design. Love the herringbone stone floors, the soft green vanities, the rustic texture added by the rug and that too too cute faux bois table.

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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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Shadow

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.

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Hideaway in the city

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.

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Here

Any day, any time, anywhere in the world. The perfect spot to while away the hours. Work? What work? From the portfolio of DixonKirby.

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Soho Loft

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.

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Scandinavian modernism in New York

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.

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Spanish Mission style renovation

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!

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Sag Harbor cottage

Sometimes simple … and stylish … is just right. Especially in a summer getaway and especially in Sag Harbor in the Hamptons. Who needs a big, flashy pile when you can enjoy this pretty little cottage by Glenn Ban.

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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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The Chequit

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.

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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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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 an artist’s apartment

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.

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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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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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Stalking on a Saturday

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.

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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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Texture and tribal

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.

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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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Bondi backyard beauty

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.

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Stalking a pied-à-terre in Paris

Got a cool 1 200 000 €? Great. This 2 bedroom, 86 m2 pied-à-terre in the 3rd arrondissement on the right bank of the River Seine might just be for you. I’m sure if you love the eclectic and eccentric contents a deal might be done. Link here while it lasts.

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Stalking a summer house in Sweden

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.

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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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Stalking an up-cycle house

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.

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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. (Mind you if I worked with such fabulous jewellery there wouldn’t be any dragging involved.) Jennifer Fisher Flagship by Michelle Gerson Interiors.

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Stalking concrete blocks

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.

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Collected

collected:

  1. brought or placed together; forming an aggregation from various sources:
  2. having control; calm

Perhaps an equal share of both. What a beautiful pied-à-terre in New York’s Chelsea by Montreal-based Les Ensembliers.

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Stalking the other half of a concrete block warehouse

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.

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Mid century kitchen love

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.

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Rae’s on Wategos

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?

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More from Tamsin Johnson

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.

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Storie

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.

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Stalking scandi industrial

Industrial glamour in the gritty inner city. Concrete, timber, stone and a modern scandi colour palette of greys, blacks and blush pinks. I’m stalking in Redfern, Sydney and the link is here while it lasts.

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Modern on the water

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.

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It’s French

It’s at times restrained and contemporary. At others it’s OTT. It’s old and new. It’s eclectic. It’s light hearted. It’s fabulous. It’s French. It’s Rue du Japon Toulouse by Paris-based design duo RMGB, aka Baptiste Rischmann and Guillaume Gibert.

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Working on a Saturday

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.

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More from Clements Design

Renowned for their restraint. Admired for their exquisitely curated rooms. Finders of treasure and seekers of beauty. Notoriously secretive about their clients but known to be one of Ellen DeGeneres’ favourite design firms. Welcome dear readers to another fabulous home by Clements Design.

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