Dark darling

Want. Need. Covet. Dark and moody elegance meets bright light and pool glints. It's harsh outside but oh so cool in here. Cool but warm. Hip yet luxurious. I'm drawn to the dark side and this Coogee Beach, Sydney home is sucking me in with its siren song. Hello my deep dark darling. I'm coming home. See what happens when you real estate stalk?! You want to buy a house that you can never afford but you'd sell your soul for.  Need better pictures. Need to get to an open for inspection. Here while the link lasts.

(I swear this is Maggie Tabberer's old house that was then recreated by ?? and featured here on DTI. I'm having a senior moment and just can't remember who it was and I'm slowly making my way back through the archives to find it in its white incarnation. It's the frangapani tree by the pool. It echoes in my design psyche.)

Update: The house is that of Marcella Kaspar and builder/designer Mark Cooper (all expained in the comments below). Photos by Simon Kelly.

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Reader's home - a renovated apartment in Sarajevo 

Belma Mujezinovic-Pribilovic is the owner and editor-in-chief of, a popular online interior design based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The site provides free of charge expert advice on interior design with 20 architects and interior designers oin staff. Belma wanted to share her site as well as her home with us.

It was designed by the architect of magazine - Arijana Suvak, but my husband and I were involved in choosing decoration and giving it the final touch.
Completely renovated - some walls were removed to create an open space - it is a home that we have always wanted to live in. It has 80 square meters and two balconies - enough room for us and our cats Tigra and Zorro :)
We are great fans of red (as you can see in the pics) therefore each room had to have at least a splash of that color.
Living room has a lot souvenirs from our trips. There is a wall decoration made of our pictures from honeymoon and renewal of our vows in Cuba (i personally created the photo montage of those pictures). We brought the sand from Cuban beaches and placed it under the glass of commode.

All furniture was custom made.

Here is a before photo of the living room:

And after what appears to be ALOT of work, her newly renovated apartment is modern yet homey, bright with bold additions of colour and features a killer view. I think it's fabulous. (P.S. Photos of her cats will be featured in next Monday's pets on furniture post).

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Brie Williams

Soft light like honey. Colours blossoming from each shot. Real beauty and hazy dreams. Gorgeous rooms exotic and everyday captured through the lens of über talented photographer Brie Williams. Take me away Brie. Pull me into the dream your photos weave. Here and now and steeped in history. Far away yet strangely close to home.

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Monday's pets on furniture

If you'd like to send us photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow our basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off...and your pet happens to be sitting on it. And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it's dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to and PLEASE don't send closeups of your pet!)

this is a recent picture of our new home and our cat, cookie, on our bed... The background print is a taste of a new product we are working on to follow the success of our sticker...
- Fabien (France)

Iman loves lounging on this sofa.
- Adrian (Antipolo City, Philippines)

Here are my dogs in my Brooklyn brownstone. The boxer is Mugsy and the puggle is Klaus. Mugsy is on the sofa and Klaus is looking down a very dramatic stair. (Photos: Peter Margonelli)
- Jessica

The images show our kitchen in Oslo, Norway. Our cat, Ferdinand loves the kitchen table! *smile*
- Lidyll

Attached is my rescue pup. Her name is Little and she loves to snuggle up and nap on the bed.
- Jen (Scottsdale, AZ)

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A South African penthouse

It's about energy and mood. A black and white palette with exotic colour accents. Artwork, sculpture, glassware and ceramics add soul, depth and character. Luxury is layered with practicality but above all it's about living in the centre of the city in an apartment that blends the inside and out seamlessly, the view being paramount. This three-level on top the Sandhurst Towers, Sandton, Johannesburg penthouse is the creation of  Greg Truen and Ina Fourie of SAOTA (Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects) with interiors by Adam Court of OKHA Interiors.

"In effect, we created a wall-less 900m² penthouse, with a garden, that gives the impression of levitating above the city mass. We created a continual flow from zone to zone, utilising materials that emphasised the sense of space, transparency and reflection.  We introduced organic textural/tactile elements through the use of timber and flamed granite to soften and add a counterpoint to the contemporary drama."

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