A sad and sorry 1960s mid-terrace building in Finsbury Park, London has had new life breathed into it by architectural studio Archmongers. By knocking through the internal walls and creating a glass and timber extension the ground floor layout is more connected and so much brighter. I love the use of glass bricks, terrazzo, tiles, rubber and plywood, even the quirky "brain-coloured" tile and clock on the facade. Tired and dated is now energetic and creative.
When a home is totally unassuming from the exterior and then you walk in and POW! The dreamiest of black kitchens complete with black penny round tile backsplash. (Man I love black kitchens! So sexy!) But it doesn't stop there....a bathroom completely clad in black penny rounds? YES PLEASE!!! Screen House by Australian architecture firm Carter Williamson.
Don't get me wrong. I love the rain. After all, the summer has been so dry and these blustery showers are welcome. It's just that I'm racing home from work, side stepping puddles and cursing my cheap and inadequate umbrella. AND I need to find something for dinner. If only I had a cute little larder cafe around the corner from where I live. Something just like this. Dinner sorted and I can fit in a coffee and perhaps a slice of chocolate and pear cake while waiting for the latest shower to pass. Any excuse to linger just a little longer in this stylish little space. (Love that sink set up by the way.) Oxford Larder by Pipkorn & Kilpatrick.
Photography by Martina Gemmola
I'm stalking in the well-heeled Melbourne suburb of Toorak and what a home I have found. 1930's brick with 4 bedrooms, 3 bath and wonderful outdoor living and garden. Almost like living in a resort. Perhaps not quite my style (I'd like a bit more art deco, a touch less Hamptons) but hey I wouldn't say no if one of you bought it for me. Link here while it lasts.