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Designers and their blogs ... and their pop up shops

You will remember Steve and Helena Trupp from this post featuring their Sydney apartment. Things have moved on in the last few years. Steve (runner up on Australia's Top Design) and Helena have moved to Melbourne, decorated a whole new home, grown their online business Empirical Style (their cage lights are to die for) and ... "ta-da" ... opened a pop up shop within The Industrial Revolution, 1114 High St, Armadale. Their retro, "can never have too much, too bright, really quirky, life's too short for beige" aesthetic is a favourite of many DTI readers and you can follow their design journey and inspirations on the Empirical Style blog.

When Helena emailed me to torture me with the news let me know of the pop up retail space I was salivating. (I'm 2000 km away. What I wouldn't give to stand transfixed by all those vintage maps and science posters in the flesh. I'd love the wall map of Queensland but my husband just quipped that he'd have the map of Tasmania .... bad boy!) I begged Helena for shots of the shop and their new home as the secondbest thing to being there. You know I could easily move into the Trupp's spare room and stay forever but failing that maybe I could live in the shop ... or at least follow their adventures on their blog.

More shots of the Trupp home and their pop up shop after the jump.Thanks Helena!

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Hello Mr Waller

Me again. I must admit I made a bit of a fool of myself gushing on last time. Just wanted to tell you how much I love this 1880 Victorian terrace renovation. The juxtaposition of old and contemporary, the original staircase and the vertical panels of frameless glass. The clean modern lines, the crisp joinery against old floor boards. It's here and now and harks back to then. It's memories past and new memories to be made. That's all. Just a little note. Thanks and take care.

Paddington Terrace by Andrew Waller of Mr Waller.

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Stalking dark and light ...

... and old and new. An Edwardian era home with an up to the minute extension. I must admit that the dark living room is my favourite ... or maybe the glass walls in the extension ... or maybe a dressing room with that much, well, room. Real estate stalking in Kew, Melbourne. Link here while it lasts.

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Jonny Valiant

It's been forever since I blogged some eye candy provided by Australian photographer Jonny Valiant. What was I waiting for? Here's another dose. So gorgeous. And still much more on his website

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Hillside beachside

Climbing up the hill behind a simple weatherboard beach house is an extension that opens to the breezes and captures the view. A traditional rabbit warren of a holiday home is lifted  to new heights with open plan living on the higher levels and a much needed level play space because after all this is a family home. Toys and tricycles, wet swimmers and sandy footprints trekked in. Not at all precious but a real jewel none the less. This Pretty Beach, NSW home is by David Boyle Architect.


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