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Saturday
Jan192013

Dion Seminara Architecture

I love a Queensland home. History and grace and a sense of place. Whether the typical timber and tin Queenslander, a gingerbread Federation style or the local version of the California Bungalow (it appears California colonised large tracts of between wars Australia ... who would have thought?), these homes are sort after by families in my part of the world. Lovely as they are they do not lend themselves to modern family life though. Faced with a warren of small rooms and generations of unsympathetic renos, home owners want open plan family living, dining and kitchen, extra bathrooms, car parking and swimming pools, decks for al fresco living. What to do? Often our inner city homes are demolished and a contemporary house constructed that bulges over the site and dwarfs the neighbours, changing the streetscape, imposing its "newness". Today I thought I'd share two homes that have been extended and renovated by Brisbane based Dion Seminara Architecture. Charming old homes now just right for modern family living still with a sense of history and place.

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Friday
Jan182013

I love this kitchen!

A perfect combination of modern and rustic. Old wooden crates, baskets and metal bins for upper cabinets with simple white base cabinets. I LOVE this. It would make for a very inexpensive kitchen makeover. Via Katarina Grundströmer

Friday
Jan182013

Katarina Grundstomer

Katarina Grundströmer is an interior designer and stylist from Sweden whose portfolio knocked my socks off when I stumbled upon it recently - especially when I discoovered she designed one of my favourite bedrooms (it's in this post!). Her spaces are dreamy and creative, rustic yet modern. One of my favourite of Katarina's spaces is coming up later so stay tuned! 

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Friday
Jan182013

Stalking retro

I must admit before I go on that I did not find this fantasy time capsule of a home. Oh no there are other hard core real estate stalkers out there in the internets who email, tempt me, show me things I shouldn't see. (Thanks Alison!) Welcome to a retrolicious dream home. Oh my! How OTT! How bad taste! How perfect! Like stepping back into an uppers/downers and martini fuelled technocolour, freak show trip. Lattice patterned mirror walls, wall to wall synthetic carpet, a sunken conversation pit that would be right at home in Palm Springs, a stone bathroom and a kitchen that just leaves me gasping. There is even an electric organ! This place is so hot thank goodness there is a pool to jump into to cool down. Even better it's not for sale. It's for rent ... furnished ... move right in ... just bring the booze and the Pucci bell bottom pantsuit. I feel an uncontrollable urge to back tease my hair, slather on the eyeliner and slide into my marabou slippers. Perhaps Elvis will drop round when he is finished his shift at the 7-Eleven. See I'm rambling! This lovingly refurshibed 70's home in Caulfield North, Melbourne is obvious the lair of a retro collector and it could be yours, if just for a little while. Link here if you want to sign the lease.

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Thursday
Jan172013

Getting creative with a chair

This SO makes me want to buy a cheap chair at a thrift shop and dig out my sharpies. Photo via Mel Yates