Wednesday
Jul182012

Stalking a suburban resort

Want to get away from it all without leaving home? Ever craved a resort style oasis in your backyard? I think this Paddington, Sydney house might just be the answer. It feels like a tropical beach house only kilometers from the centre of Australia's biggest city. Free flowing open plan living spaces with great connection to the outdoors. Throw those doors open and welcome the sun. Cool off in the plunge pool meters from the living room. There is even a studio above the garage for your friends and family who want to check in for a break. Small space, big style. Link here while it lasts.

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Tuesday
Jul172012

Incorporated - part 2

This next home by Incorporated (called Sixteen Doors - guess why) caught my eye beause of the mid-century vibe and the simplicity of the structure. In such beautiful surroundings, anything more would have been completely unneccessary. Now THIS is a "cabin". It has confirmed my belief that long, rectangular homes are so basic yet the layout is really effective and I find this so very appealing. 

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Tuesday
Jul172012

Incorporated - part 1

My twin sister sent me the link to the architecture and design firm of Incorporated, based in New York, and the heart palpitations began the second I started peeking through their residential portfolio. These guys are the shit. Seriously. This apartment they call bohemian, is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. I don't even know where to begin. Its space after space of awe and wonder.  

Let's start with the dining room, and the birch sliding screen. It's a work of art in itself and the perfect backdrop for the rough wood table. And then to mix things up unexpectedly, a couple granny-ish wing chairs. And if that wasn't enough to stop your heart, an Adelman fixture rounds off the space.   

The owners must REALLY love their kids, because there is a playhouse in the middle of the apartment. And it's wrapped in the infamous Cole & Sons Woods to make it look like a tree house. *insert big smile here*

*insert even bigger smile here* This is my dream room. A retro niche to sit back and enjoy a book, swathed in Orla Kiely's multi-stem wallpaper because having such a niche wasn't cool enough. 

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Tuesday
Jul172012

Sunset cabin

Toronto based Taylor Smyth Architects create poetry or so they say. Buildings relate intimately to their surroundings, embracing the site, celebrating the vista. The Sunset Cabin at Lake Simco, Ontario is a simple building and simply beautiful. A one bedroom cabin, a private retreat in the woods, a bunkie, a getaway that looks to the setting sun for inspiration.

Tuesday
Jul172012

Bronnie Masefau

Australian interior designer Bronnie Masefau's work is all about the family. In fact she embraces it whole heartedly. Home as sanctuary, home as hearth, home as centre of it all. It's about gathering at the kitchen table to share meals and life stories, leaving the outside world at the door, homework spread across desks, someone practicing musical scales in a family room. Nothing precious in her designs except those who live in them and that makes them very special.

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