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Monday
May232016

Still Monday and I need more coffee

If you'd rather start (or in my case continue) your Monday with a hit of caffeine in a dark, albeit stylish cave then perhaps Abbots & Kinney by Adelaide-based architects studio-gram will help you ease into the week. If I was drinking a cappuccino in the last cafe then it's definitely short blacks here. The added bonus is that if good coffee and great surrounds aren't enough to cure your Mondayitis I hear the pastry is to die for.

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Monday
May232016

Mondays need coffee

One sure fire cure for Mondayitis is a cup of coffee at your favourite, local cafe. And if my local coffee joint had as much pastel meets subtropical meets neon sign goodness then I might just stay for a second. Hang on .... I stay for a second cup anyway. It's all bright light through shop windows, painterly touches, brass, man buns and La Marzocco at Mr Hoffman in Niddrie, Melbourne by designer Joanne Motee.

Friday
May202016

An exuberant pied-à-terre

The makeover of this inner city Sydney pied-à-terre saw a nondescript apartment become a celebration of personality and charm. Too often inner city living is thought of in terms of slick finishes and sharp lines, hip and hard. Not here. It's all about colour, pattern, a stunning harbour view and a whole lot of fun. Potts Point pied-à-terre by interior designers Arent & Pyke.

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Wednesday
May182016

Stalking leftovers

I don't need to hide it. We all know that I'm a real estate addict. I stalk listings hoping to find the perfect property I can't afford anyway and don't even need. There is one problem with all this though. You see I'm fussy. Not quite right, love the bones but ditch the furniture, bad photos, I need more photos please! Can't quite put my finger on it listings with something that has me nodding "yes". This week there is everything from a one bedroom flat to multi-million dollar mansions (including one with taxidermy that has to go), extensions and renovations and a red brick bungalow that spells out its address. Click on the photos to go to the listings. All via realestate.com.au.

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Tuesday
May172016

Durham House

I love the idea of escaping for a few days to a 5 star hotel whether far afield or just in the next city. An escape from the everyday to somewhere special. What I love even better is a getaway to a beautifully crafted home like Durham House, a unique alternative to luxury hotel-style accommodation. Luckily this award-winning house by architects Owen and Vokes and Peters (now Vokes and Peters) is less than an hours drive from my own in the bohemian, inner-city Brisbane suburb of West End. The 1920s worker’s cottage has recently undergone an extensive but sympathetic renovation and is the perfect base for exploring all that Brisbane has to offer. There is only one problem though. I won't want to leave at the end of my stay!

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