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Wednesday
May272015

The latest from Inside Out

Has half the year flown by already? Is June just a day or two away? It must be because I found an email in my inbox from Inside Out magazine's Managing Editor Lee Tran Lam with a sneak peek at the June issue. June! The blow of somehow having frittered away six months of the year was soothed by the pictures of the amazing home she shared.

So it's that time again and given the drop in temperature, I've got a home from the new June issue of Inside Out (out Thursday) that I think you might warm to. It belongs to photographer Harold David and it shows that the waiting game can really pay off. He first spotted this Blue Mountains home back in 2005 – it was not too far away from his weekender – and fell quite dramatically for it. He would look into the windows and say, "I want this house". Then – years later, in 2013 – he happened to be stumbling across real estate sites and saw that it was up for sale. And even though he had no plans at all to move at that point (in fact, he had settled into a Sydney home that he'd extensively renovated only two years prior), this Blue Mountains cabin just had such a hold on him that he couldn't resist. And now it's his. (Ceri David's story about this in the mag is great – she asks Harold David why he was looking at houses online if he had no intention to relocating, and he replies: "I just love property porn! I bawl my eyes out when I watch Grand Designs.")

Wow! What a house! The styling in the story is by Lara Hutton, photography by Harold David. Can't wait to see more when the June issue of Inside Out hits the stands tomorrow. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You don't have to miss out. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play, the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

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Tuesday
May262015

Apartment for a hooligan

Crosby Studios is at it again, this time with a very small apartment (with a name that cracked me up so I had to use it as the title) that appears to have had a fairly limited renovation budget. And once again, they managed to keep it sleek and cool and homey. 

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Tuesday
May262015

Apartment on Leningradsky Prospekt

I wanted to share this apartment in Russia with you, because it is a wonderful example of modern, minimalist architecture done right in a small space. While fairly simple in its design, the black steel wall/windows is a DREAM, with white painted brick, concrete ceiling, sleek cabinetry and flooring, and the deep window sills all work so well together. I LOVE it....except maybe the hammock. I would prefer a sofa. :) Great job Crosby Studios!

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Tuesday
May262015

B&W

Black and white and lacquer. Sexy. By interior design doyenne Alessandra Branca.

Tuesday
May262015

Stalking a smart apartment

Actually I'm stalking an apartment by Smart Design Studio but in another incarnation. You'll see the original styling of the apartment by the architect a few photos done but what is listed is another owner's take on the space. Not quite as dramatic (or perhaps it's the difference in photographers, the double images are from the architect's website) this softer, whiter version still showcases the clever layout of this studio apartment in Potts Point, Sydney. Link here while it lasts.

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