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Wednesday
Apr012015

Tree house

When a graceful old lemon-scented gum tree is celebrated as part of the fabric of a new extension then it is time to celebrate the integrity of architect and owner. When a treehouse is truly a tree house. Hopetoun Avenue, Vaucluse by b.e architecture.

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Friday
Mar272015

A 19th century Brooklyn tenement turned brownstone

One of the blog posts I had done while I was down south was about architecture firm Creative Renovations. It seems some of the photos I had featured of a sparse townhome in Red Hook, Brooklyn, have since been transformed into an eclectic and stunning home. Creative Renovations worked on this project with architect Rafe Churchill and his wife, interior designer Heide Hendricks. The 19th century six-family tenement was a diamond in the rough, and when purchased had already been almost entirely gutted.

Lacking any character, it was repurposed into a single family home with a first floor apartment. Rafe and Heidi went a traditional route with the decor, with some loft-like qualities and a maritime theme (it is a few blocks from the waterfront). At first I was a bit put off by the somewhat odd colourful trim detail.... 

But with the furnishings in place - an eclectic blend of traditional and mid-century, it makes complete sense. It was an inexpensive way to add an architectural feature and make it pop. Just the right amount of quirkiness. (Photos: John Gruen)

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Thursday
Mar262015

A modern home in Hintonburg

I have driven by this home in Ottawa's Hintonburg neighbourhood several times and always loved how simple the exterior is. For an infill project amidst a slew of very old brick homes, this seems to blend in more than one would expect. I was also dying to know what the inside looked like, and now I know, because I discovered it was designed by built, and featured on their website. The architecture is simple and modern, with a WOW kitchen and some really cool bathrooms. Love it!! (Photos I think by Justin Van Leeuwen)  

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Wednesday
Mar252015

A colourful jigsaw of a shop

Like a giant puzzle box this compact tea shop by Brazilian architect Alan Chu unfolds its colour blocks to reveal its wares. Compact with impact. So clever.

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Tuesday
Mar242015

Greenhouse

I could almost forego my house for this greenhouse. A modern, steel and glass take on the traditional hothouse. Pavonetti Office of Design Austin Texas

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