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Friday
Dec162011

Paul Brissman

Before a weekend of holiday parties, almost last minute shopping, and other seasonal chaos (or in my case studying), I thought I'd provide you with a little visual respite via some gorgeous photography by Swedish (but now based in NY) photographer Paul Brissman.

 

  

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Friday
Dec162011

Methodist Chapel conversion

It is no secret to regular readers that Kim and I have a "thing" for church conversions. Today's remodel is amazing. A minimalist conversion of a stunning stone-built Grade II-listed former Methodist chapel (1868) in peaceful countryside on the Dorset / Wiltshire border. A once austere house of worship is now an austerely beautiful house to worship. Designed by Gary Tarn and for sale through The Modern House Real Estate Agents here, the price will have you selling your soul but oh my what a home! (Many thanks to professional house stalker Selina for the introduction to this website.)

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Thursday
Dec152011

Artamus Hall

As I mentioned earlier today, I had to share with you all a few photos of Priscilla Glover and Ivan Spaller's home. This is really quite astonishing, hence right up their alley. I am (on a rare occasion) rendered speechless. It is a High Tudor house that we have named Artamus Hall. Attached are pics of the facade - before - then lifted 5 ft. Then completely reworked. Now this...

 

wait for it....

 

 

...waaiitt for itttt....

 

 

Thursday
Dec152011

Barcelona Modern

The Austin design duo Priscilla Glover and Ivan Spaller (of Spaller Glover Design Build) are at it once again. I have blogged 2 of their projects in the past: "church turned castle" and "extreme gingerbread". This couple has so much creativity between the two of them it's astounding. And this works very much in their favour as they specialize in one of a kind, or once in a lifetime, sorts of houses. This latest project, Barcelona Modern, is located in downtown Austin, Texas and is gorgeous and inspiring as always. Our current project has been something we drafted up years ago and then modified to fit the lot. It is a study in Early European modernism with the intrinsic classical touches of that period- some deco influences (lighting and doors), chevron floor pattern, push-button lighting, glass door knobs, factory style doors. And it has all the comforts of a modern energy efficient home. I love it all - from the round and multi-paned windows to the mirrored riser with tree trunk steps.
Stay tuned later for a peek at this couple's own home. :)

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Thursday
Dec152011

Reader's home

Sarah emailed to share her house.

We have just finished (but not completely styled) a renovation of our 1880s workers cottage in Adelaide, South Australia . As a bit of an amateur designer, I drafted a plan and gave it to an architect whose house I'd seen at an open inspection 5 years previously. I tracked her down (Sophie Fielder) and when we met for the first time couldn't believe our eyes when we discovered we had the same photos in our scrap books! We even had photos from the internet of houses in other states! Due to budget constraints and the love of a challenge, I project managed the job with our builder and we're thrilled with the result. We wanted to create a home with a slightly industrial/warehouse/barn feel that was practical and didn't waste space.

The garden is yet to grow but already it is a sanctuary with birds and chooks (over the back fence!) waking us up each morning and we absolutely adore the  50 year old olive tree right outside our bedroom window.

I've already informed Sarah to expect me any moment, bags in hand, because I'm moving in. What a wonderful marriage of old and new.

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