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Monday
Mar022015

Stalking the 70s

Exposed brick and knotty pine cathedral ceilings, split level with walls of windows framing the views of native bush. I'm stalking the 70s in Sydney's Castle Cove. The Erby House by Jonathan Erby of Devine Erby Mazlin completed 1971. A time capsule waiting to swing again. In my dreams I'm the new owner filling it full of 70s classics and inviting you all round for a fondue party. (If it ever was mine, hand on my heart, I would promise not to paint anymore of the pine.) Via Modern House.

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Sunday
Mar012015

L’après-guerre 

Often times an architect's portfolio seems so unattainable. I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this project by Montreal architects L. McComber, because it appears to be a very attainable renovation - taking an older home and making it current and functional without a bunch of fancy and unnecessary detail. To conserve the best aspects of this post-war worker housing: this is what a young family asked their architect. The wood floors and almost all of the walls and original plaster mouldings have been restored. A series of targeted modifications helped to bring light and a modern feel to the home: a new pantry-wall in the kitchen, sliding doors to the hallway and a serving hatch in the dining room. The bathroom has been expanded underneath the existing skylight dividing it with the bath on one side and a large storage wall on the other. Cascading onto the natural quartz ceramic, the overhead light provides a welcoming depth in this tiny space. A small playroom in the basement covered with birch wood ceiling and fibre board walls created a pleasant refuge for the kids.

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Saturday
Feb282015

Stalking leftovers

Saturday again and you know the story. I've spent my spare moments flitting from real estate listing to real estate listing during the week. I'm a stalker but I'm fussy. Not quite right, bad photos, I need more photos please! Can't quite put my finger on it listings with something that has me nodding "yes". It's a mixed bag this week. I've found an OTT house in Toorak that will leave you gasping or gagging or both, the usual modern house extensions tacked on the back of an old houses, a whimsical 1860 sandstone artist's house that used to be a church, another church conversion that has me scratching my head and, wait for it, there's even a third church conversion! Now that must be a record. There's art deco, contemporary, historical and OMG. Click on the images to head to the listings. All via realestate.com.au.

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Friday
Feb272015

Cave Interiors - items of note

There is nothing more quaint than a little built-in seating area in a kitchen. I have always wanted one. (I'll take that sign too)

Something else I have always wanted - a proper media room with loungey sofas for movie nights. 

The dark painted cubes are a great way to break up the monotony of piles of books, and are perfect for showcasing little treasures, like penguins. 

Via Cave Interiors

Friday
Feb272015

Cave Interiors

Cave Interiors is an interior design firm based in London and founded by Georgina Cave. The homes she has designed have great bones to start with (gawd I love classic British architecture!) and would be such amazing inspiration for some fabulous spaces, such as those she has created here. Our interior design portfolio demonstrates a range of design styles from ultra-modern to traditional; opulent to minimalist; relaxed havens of tranquillity to stunningly eclectic schemes mixing the industrial and the domestic. It is always about expressing the client's needs, lifestyle and personality – not the designer's signature. We create solutions which, whilst highly creative in their use of space, colour and detail, never look 'designed'.

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