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Apr172012

Stalking a dichotomy

Like night and day. Black and white. Inside and out. Front and back. Old and new. Victorian era house and modern extension for sale in Richmond, Melbourne. The dark moody spaces appeal while I think it may be the lighting that leaves me a little cold in the open plan kitchen and family room. Do you see the must have "I've made it!" Australian house accessory? It's the outdoor kitchen. We're crazy for them here. Link here while it lasts.

Reader Comments (15)

As a property finder I see an incredible number of properties in London and this one breaks my heart... they have ripped its soul out and expensively blandified it. I'm sorry but I really don't like it one little bit. It has absolutely no character. Property developpers you have to stop this massacre!

17 Apr 2012 | Unregistered Commenterselina

I have to agree with Selina! All character has been stripped!

17 Apr 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKylie

Flawless. I love the contrast between victorian and modern. It's fresh!

17 Apr 2012 | Unregistered Commenterliza

I just wish the inside reflected the outside. The first shot took my breath away and then it was just 'meh'
Ness xx

17 Apr 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNess Lockyer

Absolutely perfection! I adore the contrast between the old exterior character and new modern pulsating heart of this home. Every detail has been expertly staged with stunning vision. I would move in and not change a single thing other than fill the office bookcase with books and collections.

17 Apr 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Clark

I'm gonna have to disagree with the first 2 lovely ladies. I live in London and absolutely love the character of the city, but there is still a place for these gorgeous sleek clean lines.
Love of love for this home and how it unfolds the interior with the exterior
x kat

17 Apr 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkat - dot dot dash

The indoor / outdoor living space is one of my dreams (but I'm too scared of mosquitoes getting in the house here)

17 Apr 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrooth

...loving how those rooms open to the outside.

17 Apr 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhomestilo

Magnifique !!

17 Apr 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClara

Hang about: London?
I love the inside/outside rooms and it is a wonderful use of space, but the decor is strangely impersonal and bland - maybe styled for sale, let's be charitable.

17 Apr 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTricia Rose

Poor old house. A little cottage intended for workers has been stripped and bleached and implanted and botoxed into a big box for millionaires. All of its quaint charm has been obliterated.

Seriously, what can one say about a house that has had its back yard not merely paved over, but designer tiled over?

18 Apr 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlanders

If you look at the floor plan the open space is basically part car parking area, part large tiled expanse of nothingness - I think thats the problem - they have overdone the indoor/outdoor space and it ends up like a vacuum - it gives it the warmth of lobby in an office building. However I think all the individual elements are very funky and cool - it just doesn't work as a home.

18 Apr 2012 | Unregistered Commenterclp

I agree wholeheartedly that there is room for sleek lines in London. What I am more critical of is the total lack of integrity with the style and character of the buiding. I love modernist and contempory architecture and even daring refurbishments. However there is a very bland makeover style that is applied to every kind of building, a sort of mock boutique hotel style that seems to be the taste of many property developpers. To this is prime example of that non style.

18 Apr 2012 | Unregistered Commenterselina

This would be lovely in London..... But it's in Melbourne!

18 Apr 2012 | Unregistered CommenterD

I absolutely love this house...The front door is just amazing !

21 Apr 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdecocrush

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