Thursday
Jul192012

Brick house

Modern and sculptural. Brick plays off concrete and timber, linear patterns meet sweeping curves. It's a funky Melbourne house by Clare Cousins Architects that takes the raw to a new level. Bright, fresh and sun filled spaces with an indie vibe. New and now. (Photography by Shannon McGrath.)

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Thursday
Jul192012

Parents' retreat

Something a little different for today's post. The Melbourne Central Parents' Retreat by Clare Cousins Architects.

"The brief called for three key zones: a wet area for toileting/baby change; a feeding/play area; and a retreat lounge as a waiting or alternative feeding area. While the project required a highly practical solution, ensuring children's safety, adequate sight lines, and low-maintenance wet areas, for example, the emphasis is on peace and play. This is not a utility space, which is used and then left; rather, it encourages people to linger, children to play and parents to recharge. Key to the concept was the aim to preference local suppliers, and to use low-tech and sustainable materials, with bespoke play equipment unique to the project. A vibrant colour palette delineates and connects zones for easy navigation, while the custom-designed play equipment entices children to engage with the space physically."

It's fun and fab, a touch of practical luxury and leisure in an often utilitarian and frankly boring space. No "tuck them away way down the back and forget about them" but a celebration of young children and their parents, a welcome respite from the bustle of the crowds. (Photography by Shannon McGrath.)

Wednesday
Jul182012

Mark Egerstrom

I need a little dose of rustic in my decor - I appreciate the beauty of the outdoors and all things in nature. Earthy appeals to me. Mark Egerstrom's most definitively aesthetic appeals to me. He's all about rustic spaces and beautiful wood furniture.  

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Wednesday
Jul182012

Quentin Bacon (again)

A photo of a room can just be a photo of a room. Or it can be much more than that. Quentin Bacon's photographs are so much more. These photos are beautiful. Quentin takes an ordinary space and makes it beautiful. He makes you want to climb through the photo and ake yourself at home. Wonderful composition, light and depth of field. (Jo showed him some love a few years ago here). 

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Wednesday
Jul182012

Indulge me ...

... if you will. I have always wanted to find an old cottage, some place that hasn't changed in all the years it has stood. A time capsule. The simple life. A few spartan rooms stained with history, heavy with memories. A place like Railway Farm just outside of Malmsbury in Victoria. I have been real estate stalking and found a rough gem. This 3 room hut, let's face it it's hardly a cottage, was built around 1865. Slab and tin, brick floor, walls paper in old newspapers, hot in summer, cold in winter and wonderfully beautiful in its own way. A pioneer hut unchanged except for ever thickening coats of paint on ceilings and walls. 56 acres of land, a well, stone walls and no electricity. Perfect for weekend getaways for those who crave the rough luxe ... minus the luxe. Perhaps I can bring that along each weekend. Dreaming of how I would furnish it. Thank for indulging my daydream. Back to normal programming soon. Link here while it lasts.