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Wednesday
Aug052015

Main Street House

This simple and modern structure is my ideal new-build home (minus all the corrugated steel on the exterior - I am not a fan of that stuff). Concrete floors so cats can run amok as they do and I won't have to scream, pale wood and white walls as a lovely backdrop for furnishings and art while not losing focus of the architecture, some exposed beamed ceilings, an abundance of large windows, and a streamlined outdoor space. Another successful project in Seattle by SHED Architecture & Design. (Check out past features here and here)

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Wednesday
Aug052015

Under the stairs

Tucked up under these open stairs is a clever little office space while further bespoke cabinetry helps overcome the limitations of this narrow open plan living dining kitchen space. North Fitzroy Residence by Chamberlain Architects. Crafted architectural solutions to enrich daily life.

Wednesday
Aug052015

The oasis

Beautiful light spills through French doors making its way further into this apartment through internal windows and cut outs, reflecting off glass walls and slick services. White walls and pale floors lift and brighten the space while a colour palette of greys and blues and greens calms and relaxes. The re-design of this old flat in the heart of Barrio de Salamanca, Madrid has created a cool retreat from the harsh Spanish sun. Minimalist style for maximum impact. Ayala House by ÁBATON.

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Tuesday
Aug042015

Art Collector's Loft

Fabulous artwork, furniture classics, freaky little figure perched on two chairs. A light touch was employed by Melbourne design firm Molecule when reworking this South Yarra apartment. Walls were removed or added but not everything was ripped or remodelled, bespoke joinery added and a minimalist shell designed to showcase an amazing contemporary art collection. I wouldn't change a thing ... except maybe that freaky little figure perched between two chairs.

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Monday
Aug032015

A Ronald Thom home for sale

The other day a reader named D sent an email with a link to a beautiful home that recently went up for sale in Stouffville (a town near Toronto). This home was designed in 1967 by Ronald Thom, who happens to be a famous Canadian architect, and coincidentally the late father of Emma, my veterinarian. It is absolutely stunning inside and out. Located on 15 acres, this home is a work of art, and takes advantage of the outdoors unlike any house I have ever seen (at least in Canada). Unfortunately the current homeowners who have lived in the home for 11 years had renovated the kitchen and master bathroom - I would have loved to have seen the spaces in their original glory. When I sent Emma the link and commented on how terrible some of the furnishings are she said her father would be spinning in his grave - especially because of the hideous tub for 2 now located in the master bath, which is so hideous I could not bring myself to include a photo in this post. She added "He used to design furniture for his houses when he thought the owners didn't have enough taste to buy the right stuff. Arrogant SOB, but he was usually right."...such as the dining table as mentioned in this article in The Globe and Mail. I hope the new homeowners who fork over the $2.5 million they're asking for this home aren't going to attempt modernize the home any more than it already has been. Oh, the fun one could have filling this with classic mid century furnishings... (This post is in honour of my friend Tom who is restoring an LA home to it's mid-century beginnings - Tom, I thought you'd enjoy this one)

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