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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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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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Paradise at Patonga

I couldn't resist. I've featured this home before but when I found it again on the Koskela website with even more pictures I had to share. It's Dickebusch, a 2 bedroom holiday home, with separate cottage in the fishing village of Patonga north of Sydney. Renovated by the duo behind Koskela furniture - Russel Koskela and Sasha Titchkosky - it is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Relaxed and stylish. Warm and fashionably laid back. Imagine your perfect holiday shack full of Koskela furniture, lighting and objects. Throw in some vintage pieces and collectables and it is just about heaven. Sleeps 8. Now there will be two from DTI ... that leaves 6 more. Just leave your name if you want to join us ;)

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Stalking on a Saturday

It is sooooooo hot in my part of the world at the moment. Most of the country is experiencing a heatwave. Day after day of unrelenting high temperatures, the threat of bushfires and smoke curling into everything. Oh to be sitting at the table in this house, a large pitcher of iced tea making rings on the wood, waiting for the sea breeze to roll in and annoy the pages of the Saturday papers spread in disarray before me. In my fantasy the fire of course is not lit! What a lovely beachy home perched above the trees. Books, vintage furniture and tapa cloth. Perfect. What a great way to start the real estate stalking year. Link here while it lasts.

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Reader's home - Nelly's daughter's nursery

This is the first of 2 posts I have for you today that take you into the homes of a couple of our readers. Nelly (a stylist whose work I have featured here, here and here) sent in photos of her daughter's adorable nursery.
I was blessed with a massive room with beautiful floorboards and a decorative fireplace, but I had a very tiny budget. As a result, all furniture are second-hand (including the much-loved rocker) and most decorative items were handmade by family and friends or sourced on Etsy and/or overseas. I'd put a maximal limit of $100 for each piece of furniture and $30 for any decorative items. I only "splurged" on the cocktaoo ceramic lamp ($75) as I had eyed it with envy for a few years... You might notice that I have again used a cow hide. Well, it just happens to be the same that was featured in other of my rooms/shots. It no longer fits into my "new" home (not that new; it's an old cottage in a heritage listed suburb of Perth), except in my daughter's. And as I don't really have the financial resources to invest in another rug at the moment, well, I've used it!