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Thursday
Sep272012

Eric Roth - #5

We have a serious crush on photographer Eric Roth. So serious that this is the 5th post we've done of his work (find the others here). And in a couple of hours you'll find a 6th post. His work is THAT GOOD. The homes he has photographed are THAT GOOD. I am totally jealous. It's one thing to come across such gorgeous spaces online, it's another to be able to see them in person, and get up close and personal to photograph them. I am so smitten with Eric's portfolio that I decided to save the best for last - so all of my favourites are coming up in the next post. 

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Thursday
Sep272012

Stuck stalking

Many apologies dear readers. I am still real estate stalking. I am trapped in a virtual world pacing back and forth outside houses for sale, peeking through their virtual net curtains. It is the Spring auction season, a time when owners spruce and zhush and real estate agents preen and strut. There is money to make, properties to move off the books. Today I'm in Bowral in New South Wales. A country cottage with lots of stylish vignettes. See for yourself. Here are lots of pictures of them. Methinks the house has had a magazine spread and the agent and owners like them a lot better than the photos the agent took. I have included only two of those, the outside and the master bedroom. Speaking of the master bedroom that is an interesting way of using an old unused fireplace to separate the ensuite from the main room. This pretty country cottage with its pretty vignettes can be found here while it lasts.

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Wednesday
Sep262012

Elizabeth Roberts - part 2

Here is another project by architectural designer Elizabeth Roberts. My favourite element is the little reading nook. Cute!! The Fort Greene Townhouse is located in the Historic District of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The renovation created 2 separate duplex apartments for the 2 families who purchased the building together. A family member designed the lower level duplex. Elizabeth Roberts Design designed the upper level duplex creating 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 private offices, a kitchen patio overlooking the garden and a new roofdeck accessed through a new stair to the roof.

  

  

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Wednesday
Sep262012

Elizabeth Roberts - part 1

New York based architectural designer Elizabeth Roberts has a couple new projects in her portfolio that I had to share with you today. This first one is incredible - I love every inch of it and how she maintained so much of the original home in final updated design. Here are some details of the work involved: The Sargisson-Robbins Residence is a prominent, corner building in the heart of the historic district of Park Slope, Brooklyn. The house was reconfigured from a duplex apartment and 2 single floor apartments (3 family) with Dr’s office at the basement into a 4 story residence with an apartment (2 family) and a Dr’s office at the Garden Level. Throughout the house existing trim and doors were removed, revised, stripped and reinstalled –often times in new locations. Work on the Parlor Level included new circulation created by the removal of a non-original stair and the opening of a structural wall , a larger kitchen that was created by removing several walls, new millwork was installed throughout, extensive stripping of historic woodwork, a new door and steel stair to access the rear garden and the installation of 4 large, salvaged historic pocket doors with trim to match existing. Renovations on the 2nd Floor included extensive work to create new circulation through a central Music Room to access a large Playroom at the front of the building and a Library at the rear. New custom millwork on this level included storage in the Playroom, a Playroom work sink area, and a bar beside the Library. The 3rd Floor was reconfigured to become a large Master Suite with a rear and front bedroom connected through a Master Bath and Closet Hall. Historic tile was removed and reinstalled with new plumbing and fixtures intact at the accessory bath on this level. A large laundry area on this level is accessed to the bedroom level above with a new laundry chute created in existing millwork located in the hall. Renovations to the 4th Floor included new doors and trim, new wainscoting along perimeter walls, a new double sink bathroom and adjacent urinal room accessed through a swinging saloon door. Brick was exposed on the stair wall and the floors were sanded and sealed to create 3 bedrooms and a home office.

  

  

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Wednesday
Sep262012

Cup of tea

Pull up a chair. I'll put the kettle on. Nixon Tulloch Fortley Architecture.