Whoa! Real estate in Sydney may be expensive but London prices are stratospheric. OK I admit this 3 bedroom loft apartment is in the Westbourne Terrace area of London but £2,850,000? Ouch! My sympathy goes out to all who must live in the British capital. Thank goodness I’m only virtually stalking and not actually looking for a place to call home. Love the quirky personality of this apartment. The art, the odds and ends. The bathrooms are cool and the glass floor scary. Link here while it lasts. Via Domus Nova.
South African design firm Jacket Interiors«marries comfort and functionality with beauty and style in contemporary designs born out of timelessly classic tastes.» A definite flair and restrained elegance, carefully collected and curated, simple, liveable luxury. But perhaps it is the hero of the design, the bold choice of yellow as the statement colour that makes the house so memorable.
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.
As I say week after week if you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish … like this office by Dutch interior design firm Studio Slow. Love the Formakami pendant lights by Jaime Hayon and the deliciously refreshing minty green paint (Aresenic from Farrow & Ball).
You know how I often jest about packing my bags and moving into the houses I virtually stalk? This time I really am booking a flight, knocking on the door and politely, but very firmly, muscling my way in. Designed in 2000 by architect Allan Powell and with gardens by Eckersley Garden Architecture (2014), I’m at a loss for words. I wouldn’t change a thing if it was mine accept my address. It’s perfect … well almost. I won’t be able to afford it. Listing here while it lasts.
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.
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.
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.
My second stalking today is in Newtown in Sydney. From the street a simple brick facade that sits comfortably beside its historic neighbours but take a look from the rear and it’s another story. A striking mural on the boundary wall faces a large public park. Inside it’s all comtemporay chic with a great entertaining area with pool in the backyard. Just slide back panels in the mural to take in the parkland beyond. Link here while it lasts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I do have a thing for an old house and of couse it was love at first sight when I saw this Georgian building in the London’s Spitalfields. Just the perfect amount of restoration and renovation. Modern living with a historical emphasis. Even the name has me swooning. The Huguenot Physician’s House by Chris Dyson Architects.
I’m in the Sydney suburb of Annandale stalking an old school warehouse conversion. Not one of those new-build, pseudo industrial blocks with cookie cutter «loft» apartments. No I’m stalking an artist’s studio and home with suspended concrete, open ceilings and clear span space. There are mezzanine floors, plywood walls, a glass tilt door and walls crammed with amazing art. It’s a bit gritty, a bit grubby and it’s fabulous. Please Mr Bank Manager can you lend me the outrageous asking price of $3.5 million? Link here while it lasts.
This Georgian house is the home of hám interiors director Tom Cox. Situated in Oxfordshire, it has been sympathetically renovated and extended with new kitchen and beautiful bespoke furniture pieces. A limited palette and natural materials allow the fine details to shine. It’s all about attention to detail, personality and country style.
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.
It might be winter in my part of the world but that didn’t stop me pottering around the garden on the weekend. Pruning and raking, simple hard landscaping and planning for the summer to come. Dreaming of courtyard gardens with sandstone paving and ivy growing up walls, firepit and crunchy gravel, sun traps and sunken ponds. Dreaming of a garden like this one in South Yarra, Melbourne by Kate Seddon Landscape Design.
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!)
A chill wind is whistling around my house, tugging on windows and licking under doors. I’m cold and miserable and need a little lift. Time for a virtual getaway. Ah Morocco can you get anymore perfect? Sunshine sliding down smooth plaster walls, dappled shadows on plunge pools, mid century classics mixed with medina finds. A beautiful escape to the Beautiful Riad Marrakesh.
It’s American Gothic (painting) meets American Pickers (television). It’s dramatic and moody and quirky and fun.It’s intimate spaces and soaring ceilings. It’s theatre and performance, oasis and sanctuary. It’s John Mellencamp’s Island Retreat in South Carolina by interior designer Monique Gibson and it’s fabulous.
It’s fresh and fun, light and bright and liveable. Love this home by Seattle-based Heidi Caillier Design. The mix of old and new, textures and patterns. The mid century chairs in their unexpected pink patterned fabric, the green accents, the soft grey in the striped rug are so much fun against the crisp white of the living room.
Soon. I know it won’t be too far away. I just have to make it through another month then spring will slide into summer. Days in the sun, the taste of salt in the air, sand squeaking underfoot, waves slapping the beach in my sleep. Until hot sunny days are actually here I’ll keep my summer dream alive with these photos of a bijoux holiday bolthole in Provincetown by interior designer Glenn Ban.
Parisienne Corrine Bensimon has a passion for rich colours, textiles and Morocco. With a background in fashion and interiors she has a fabulous eye for what is stylish and beautiful whether in Paris or Marrakesh. You can see more of her portfolio at Lilah Spirit and Corrine Bensimon Maison.
Carefully and beautifully curated rooms that are minimalist but not at all sterile. Subtle variations in colour and texture. Elegant and intentional. The hallmark of great Scandinavian design and the signature of Stockholm-based Liljencrantz Design.
It’s like a shadow house, a phantom building. There but not there. Starkly minimalist this modern addition to a historic home is cartoon like in its form, its all black walls and roof helping it «disappear». Housing a garage and additional living space it is connected to the existing stone building by a glass walkway allowing for a strong delineation between old and new. Kensington Park Residence by South Australian Proske Architects.
This Vaucluse, Sydney garden may be young but it’s contemporary meets classic formality mix is fabulous. It will be perfect when the trees mature and the stakes and ties are no longer needed. Another great design by Harrison’s Landscaping.
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.
The romance of a New York loft. Large open spaces, exposed brick, massive columns holding up equally massive beams and the windows, oh the windows! This Soho loft by Drew McGukin Interiors is an eclectic mix of urban chic, vintage finds, industrial riffs and personal treasures. It’s stylish yet relaxed and real.
Scandinavian minimalism meets industrial in this Tribeca loft by Søren Rose Studio. From it’s original, now whitewashed oak floors and exposed brick to the super slick marble and stainless steel kitchen what’s not to love? The old windows playing against the black steel and glass walls, the use of wood veneered storage walls to warm the space, the Scandinavian style furniture, the skylight flooding the space with lovely light. Perfect.
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!
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.
Modern living in a house that is almost 300 years old. Living simply, living well but not excessively, respecting the past, embracing the moment, finding the beauty not only in the unusual but also the mundane. Give me this type of luxury any day. Give me this lovely home by Kelly and Co. Design.
From the exterior it is almost austere. Simple lines, almost like a child’s drawing of a house. Nothing extraneous. Inside, though, the simple clean lines of concrete, steel and glass are softened by layers of wood and textiles. What seems disciplined, almost spartan on the outside is a warm family home inside. House I in Amsterdam North by Hoyt
A joyous celebration of all things boho in the hills behind the beautiful blue beaches of northern New South Wales. In a part of the country known for its lush greenery and laid back alternative lifestyle, it’s not surprising to find such a colourful, individual home. Stylish, fun, liveable and lively … and it once was a boring 1980’s brick bungalow. A home about personality and passion by Byron Bay based Alida and Miller.
Whether it’s a sense of drama or a feeling of comfort this NY apartment by Samuel Amoia will meet your design needs. From striking one off pieces to oversized and over-comfy sofas, from circle motifs to sawtooth stripes the open plan living is stylish and sophisticated.
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.
A beauiful balanced of style versus function with an East Coast meets West Coast vibe. Layers of texture and a neutral palette. Style, personality and comfort. Yes please. Franklin contemporary rustic by Nashville-based design firmbureau.
It’s a such lovely bathroom. The stone tiles, the freestanding bath, that shower. But it’s the blue vanity that packs the design punch. Simple yet stylish. By Sydney-based Rhys Jones Interior Architecture
I’ve long admired interior designer Brett Mickan‘s work. His use of colour, the way he explores pattern. It’s contemporary with a vintage vernacular. Never stiff, always stylish with a sense of humour. Definitely one of my favourite Australian designers.
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.
You may remember the thatched cottage kitchen by Fawn Interior Design Studio that I swooned over a few months ago. (In case you don’t you can find it here.) I thought you might like to see more of this lovely old home. Robert and Tamsin Allen have now worked their magic on the reception rooms. The sitting room is like a private members’ club, dark and comfy, stylish and relaxing. The living room is more like a cinema room, darker and den-like while the dining room is lighter, the perfect spot for afternoon homework or gathering with family and friends to share a meal.
In my dreams I am sitting in this garden room, floral tea close at hand, writing letters (no computers here please … except perhaps my smartphone so I can IG pretty snaps of my surroundings), misting moss and rearranging pebbles. Bliss! By Frank Ponterio.
Modern minimalism in a period building. Midcentury references in a sleek London pad. A sharp contemporay look softened by the thick wool rug and touches of brass. Modern white and clean lined timber accents moves to muted moodiness in the bedroom. Lovely to look at. Even better to stay. The Butterfly in Fulham available for vacation rental via The Plum Guide.
Oh the French. They have that certain something. Effortless style and sophistication. A little bit rustic with simple luxury, primitive next to midcentury, vibrant colour playing against whitewash. An understanding of what is needed and what is not. Be style my beating heart. Maison des champs, Sainte-Foys-Lès-Lyon by interior stylist Nathalie Rives.
I’m stalking the inner-city Sydney suburb of Surry Hills. I’m stalking what would normally be a rather unremarkable 2 bedroom apartment except … I’m stalking artist Guy Maestri’s apartment. It’s amazing how a stellar art collection can elevate the unremarkable to the exceptional. The price may be stratospheric but unfortunately that’s due to Sydney’s inflated market not wishful thinking that the contents are thrown in for the price. Link here while it lasts.
Hello my name is Jo and I’m a Brit-style kitchen addict and deVOL is my drug of choice. OMG I love it all. The simple country style with no overhead cupboards, the pantry and concealed fridge, the different colour on the island and all the brass. It’s modern, it’s traditional, it’s country chic.
We try not to play favourites here on Desire to Inspire but sometimes we just have to fess up. There will always be a special spot in our design hearts for those who are ahead of the pack, who repeatedly create homes where every room goes straight into our inspiration files, where we would move in in a heart beat. Jessica Helgerson and her team are such designers. Just look at this 1920’s Portland home with its soft and muted colour palette and a modern, fresh fitout that respects the history of the house. Actually I’d be happy to just live in the kitchen a la Cinderella. Neely House by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design.
Is it too early in the week to indulge in a virtual getaway? No I didn’t think so. OK drink in all these photos, close your eyes and daydream at your desk. La Granja Ibiza was once a private residence but now a small hotel with only 5 rooms and a separate guesthouse. Dark and moody, imperfect and beautiful, an oasis from the hot sun and even hotter night life of this party island. There’s even a biodynamic farm. Perfection.
Oh the drama! High contrast less-is-more palette, soaring ceilings, walls of flowing fabrics, rich metals and dark woods yet this new luxury is about carefully curated opulence. No OTT gaudy glitz but a well considered elegance. Historic Nashville mansion renovation by interiors firm Chad James Group.
A minimalist oasis of calm sits atop a heritage building in Berlin, the home of a globe trotting entrepreneur with a killer African art collection. German interior architecture firm Dreimeta (who also designed Tuesday’s La Granja in Ibiza) has created a home as retreat, an escape from high powered, fast paced lives, a place to be surrounded by authentic materials and treasures from travels, a beautiful space to collect and recollect.
It must be an Australian thing but all the fun happens out the back of our houses especially in old houses with new extensions. I’m stalking a Victorian era house in a leafy street in Melbourne’s Elwood. While the facade sports a cool contemporary paint job the building still remains true to its architectural past. Hints of what is to come are revealed as you walk through the front door passing the bedrooms then BAM! all minimal and scandi, edgy and modern. Link here while it lasts.
Old and new, black and white. Private and public, open and closed. Spaces rethought and ways of living defined. Shadow and light, inside and out. Opposites are intimate and custom design is considered. The Wilson Project by Brisbane-based Wrightson Stewart.
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.
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.
I could have almost called this one «Hanging out on a Saturday» because I’d love to be doing that right now. But if you do have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it is somewhere this stylish. Dr. Smood in Miami by Quincoces-Dragò & Partners.
Strong, resolved and enriching architecture. That is what New Zealand design boutique practice McKinney + Windeatt Architects aims to provide and their project, The Stables is a fine example. From its ivy clad walls to the dramatic profile of floor to ceiling, wall to wall steel and glass windows curtains flapping in the breeze, from the cosy confines of the exposed brick kitchen to the bright sunlight streaming in to the adjoining private terrace, all joined by the consistent march of the connecting staircase the house is part stage, part gallery, all home.
Texture and pattern provide beautiful accents in this contemporary home by Kirsten Marie Interior Design. A limited palette of white and charcoal is layered with global textiles and treasures bringing character and flair. A subtle and stylish combination.
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.
I’m stalking Belhaven, one of Sydney’s trophy estates. High on a ridge in the exclusive suburb of Bellevue Hill, it is home to Westfield executive and Brambles chairman Stephen Johns, his wife Michele Bender and their vast art collection. (Their neighbours are media mogul Lachlan Murdoch and his wife Sarah.) I’m not bothering with the listing’s pictures. They do not do the home justice. The video does. This is how the other half lives unpretentiously in Australia. The home is expected to fetch $25 to $27 million. Link here while it lasts
Don’t get me wrong. I love colour. You only have to look at my own home. But sometimes I’m stopped in my tracks by a stunning home that is all about white. Not sterile or cold white on white but white as a beautiful canvas on which to display your treasures. This Silver Lake, Los Angeles home by interior designer Stefani Stein is the perfect example of fresh, vibrant white grounded with texture and natural finishes as well as pops of colour.
I’m in my beloved Fitzroy in inner-city Melbourne and I’m stalking warehouse apartments. High ceilings, beams, large steel framed windows. What’s not to love? I’m already fantasising about my midlife crisis and the need to escape to hipster heaven. Speaking of middle age hipsters don’t miss the video. Link here while it lasts.
Timeless and well-edited, warm and functional with a beautiful muted colour palette, the standout feature of this house by Dana Wolter Interiors to me is the rich and tactile layering of the textiles. It’s stylish and elegant yet casual and comfortable like a fine cashmere sweater.
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.
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.
Today I’m stalking an old coach house just outside the medieval town of Landskrona in Sweden. Beautifully restored with polished concrete floors, exposed brick and old beams the 1850s house is complimented by a small but perfectly formed garden with flowering fruit tree, hammam and Japanese hot tub. I’m dreaming of late spring days spent with good friends and family, bees buzzing in the blossom and lunch just about to be served in the outdoor dining room. Link here while it lasts.
Hello my name is Jo and I’m a real estate addict. I stalk listings hoping to find the perfect property I can’t afford anyway. Oh well a girl can dream. There is one problem though. I’m fussy. Not quite right, love the bones but ditch the furniture, bad photos, I need more photos please! Can’t quite put my finger on it listings with something that has me nodding «yes». This week I’ve found my usual old houses with expansive extensions, an artist’s house, a mid century home that needs a new owner and some TLC, houses for sale and those already sold. Click on the photos to go to the listings. Via Domain and realestate.com.au.
Most weeks I feature workplaces under the banner of «if you have to drag yourself into work on the weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish.» I’ve featured dental surgeries before but this is my first paediatrician’s practice. (I love the German for it … eine Kinderarztpraxis.) Even more important than a good looking workplace is a space where children feel happy, relaxed and safe. Doktorfisch (an underwater world for a doctor’s fish get it?) by Dreimeta.
It’s like I say week after week. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. The public areas are sophisticated and tailored but it’s the work areas with their lighter, brighter palette and walls of creepers that would have me coming in happily on my days off. PDG head office in Melbourne by Studio Tate.
Yes I admit it. I’m still stalking real estate listings looking for knockout homes. I admit that I’m not in the market for a new house. I’m just a voyeur, I have to know what’s going on behind the curtains, what we in Australia call a «sticky beak». There is one problem though. I’m fussy. Not quite right, love the bones but ditch the furniture, bad photos, I need more photos please! Can’t quite put my finger on it listings with something that has me nodding «yes». This week there are new builds and old house renovations, family homes and inner city pads, There is even a tiny cottage where it’s more about the street than the house. Click on the photos to go to the listings. All via Domain.
Week after week I chant my mantra. If you have to drag yourself into work on a Saturday it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. (It also helps if it’s the designer’s own office space.) Studio 45 in Manly, Sydney is the home of Marston Architects. Two work zones connected by a plywood cube housing the kitchen, all contained within a heritage listed terrace house.
From its dark panelled public areas and quirky maritime touches to its light and breezy bedrooms with layered bed linens from John Robshaw and Les Indiennes, Greydon House on the island of Nantuket off Cape Cod is the perfect virtual getaway for this hump day Wednesday. I’m fantasizing about strolling through the boutique shops in the morning followed by a long beach walk, warming up by a crackling fire with a drink and a dog eared book before by a fabulous dinner in the restaurant. With interiors by Roman and Williams I don’t think I want to wake up from this lovely daydream.
I think a designer’s home tells you more about them than any client work or show home can. An intimate look into their design soul you might say. This is the home of Holly Shipman on Choctawhatchee Bay, Florida. A beach look with an elegant ease. White and bright with pieces carefully acquired over time, lots of simple little treasures close at hand. Relaxed, comfortable, stylish and with meaning.
I’m stalking something slightly different today. I’m in Blackheath, a town in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney and I’m stalking the first home of a young architect. «Up-Cycle House is a freestanding 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home that is ideally located within walking distance to the lively high street of Blackheath Village. The house has been lovingly renovated by Architect and owner Alexander Symes. Recently completed, the renovation pays tribute to recycled building materials that have been “up-cycled” with a creativity and playfulness not found in an ordinary house. The architectural vision has come to life to create a unique home that celebrates sustainable design and living.» The link to the real estate listing is here while it lasts and you can read more of Symes process here.
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.
I’m in Collingwood an inner-city suburb of Melbourne and I’m stalking one half of an old concrete block warehouse. Inside it’s soaring ceilings and white walls, black steel windows and open spaces. From the mix of mid century and contemporary furniture to the striking artwork it’s the quintessential industrial meets modern living conversion. It appears that’s it is being used as a commercial premises and I’m stratching my head as to where I’d put the bed . You must view the listing video and leave your critique of the acting in the comments. Link here while it lasts.
As promised yesterday I’m stalking the other half of a warehouse in Melbourne’s Collingwood. What a difference! Yesterday’s conversion was modern industrial. Today’s is a mix of traditional, eclectic, a touch of industrial meets country kitchen and a whole lot of designer loft. Not surprisingly it is the studio of interior designer Diane Bergeron. Part design studio, part client showroom, part inner city pad. And it has that ceiling high bookcase that is featured on thousand upon thousands of Pinterest boards. It sold last month for $1.8 million. Link here while it lasts.
Recently I’ve been seduced by English country-style kitchens but every so often I return to my first love. This bright white modern kitchen has more than enough mid century to make me smile. From the Marina Residence in Huntington Harbor, California, a mid century remodel by Jette Creative.
Hump day getaway anyone? Rae’s on Wategos has been a Byron Bay icon for many years. Now with a recent refurbishment designed by Tamsin Johnson it is even more fabulous. Moorish meets Mediterranean, whitewash meets sand and surf, elegant yet relaxed and all just steps from stunning Wategos Beach on the most easterly point of Australia. I couldn’t think of a better virtual escape. Can you?
Rae’s on Wategos wasn’t enough. I had to share more from Tamsin Johnson‘s portfolio. The Sydney-based interior designer is known for her eclectic and refined style. Here the home is elegant and contemporary with a touch of traditional while a light, fresh palette is highlighted with striking hues of blue.
Simple, understated, elegant — that’s the ethos behind Storie. Part boutique accommodation and part studio available for hire, both showcasing carefully curated pieces from the soon to be open online store in South Melbourne. A beautiful house, a beautiful base for exploring Melbourne, beautiful pieces, beautiful space for functions and workshops. Simply beautiful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s my weekly mantra. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it definitely helps if it’s somewhere stylish. I’d have no problem reporting on a Saturday to the open plan studio, exhibition space and urban studio that is Ghiora Aharoni Design Studio.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the styling of this house in Melbourne’s waterside suburb of Brighton. I just think a lot of those plants would soon die if I was responsible for watering them on a regular basis. Link here while it lasts.
Just when I thought I’d found my dream kitchen in the last post … well … truth is I’m fickle. Oh no I haven’t changed my mind about deVOL kitchens. I just have a new favourite kitchen that’s all. Traditional meets eclectic with touches of retro French and contemporary graphic tiles. And the colour? Stunning.
There is a distinct Belgian vibe to this house by Nashville-based interior designers Parkes and Lamb Interiors. The grey colour palette enhanced with muted blues and taupes. The layering of rough textures with smooth, raw wood with plaster, whitewash and linen. It’s a house with personality, a mix of new and old, high and low, traditional yet contemporary. Beautiful. Comfortable.
Running, jumping, diving into Amanda Barnes‘ portfolio. Refreshing. Inspiring. I couldn’t choose just one house so I cherry picked my favourites. Light and bright with subtle highlights of blush and faded indigo through to dark and dramatic dining. Stylish, casually elegant, family living.
«A space that is unexpected and asymmetrically balanced using an installation of beautiful objects, the South Yarra Residence maximises every aspect. From the moment you step inside this considered home, a stone ledge and polished plaster niche immediately welcomes you. Curved walls complement the asymmetric nature of the apartment and open up the dining area to create a feeling of space.»
The kitchen of my dreams. Modern day living in a historic setting with just enough eclectic touches. Oh and my perfect kitchen has its little imperfections like the old worn floor with its wonderful patina. The Frome kitchen by deVOL. Now if I can just achieve the same look in my own home. Swoon.
A tiny 22 sqm Art Deco studio apartment in inner city Sydney has been transformed into a stylish pied–à–terre. A plywood insert creates a change of level, delineating the bed space from a small seating area while providing lots of hidden storage beneath. The look is contemporary Scandi with the original Art Deco elements providing a counterpoint. The Nano Pad by Architect Prineas.