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Inner city hip

This groovy warehouse-style home, built for living, entertaining and relaxing is a prime example of the medium density planning happening in my home town. In a quiet lane that's reminiscent of a country town - several new dwellings combined with lean-to sheds and empty clotheslines, its hard to believe you're in the inner city. Backyards are being subdivided and funky small living houses are sharing the streetscape with historic worker's cottages and bad 70s "6 pack" apartments. Apologies for the quality of the pictures. This house was borrowed from a real estate site.

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Chris Chen

Beautiful fresh photos from Sydney based photographer Chris Chen. The lighting is so clear and bright. You almost feel that you could step right into the image. Be sure to check out the rest of her portfolio, beautiful travel photos and food that had me salivating. Sometimes I wish this was a food blog. Great work.


Drew Heath Architects

Travelling home from work today I noticed the roads were quieter. That time of the year when those that can flee the city for the summer holidays. A great Australian tradition is to escape to the beach but I'm just as much at home fleeing to the cooler hills or down to the calm lakes and rivers.

Drew Heath has designed two simple hideaways I dream of owning. I love the spartan quality of the cabin in the bush but I'm drawn to the simple lines of the house boat as well. Luxury in life isn't counted in the number of rooms and the most expensive finishes. Luxury is having an escape from the cares of the world to enjoy the simple pleasures with your friends. Drew has a passion for low impact environmental buildings He is both architect and builder. He enjoys the intimacy of the hand built and the small scale. The website is spartan like his designs but to read more about the Zig Zag Cabin go here.


Architect Prineas

"In a city like Sydney our greatest strength is our ability to maximise space and natural light through efficient, environmentally conscious planning. With a passion for aesthetics, we not only fulfill a project brief, we create beautiful places to live, work or visit." And it's true. Clean minimal lines, clever spatial planning and loads of light flooding in in unexpected ways are essential elements of the designs by Architect Prineas. Check out the unusual placement of windows that allow light in and maximise privacy as well as the clever placement of the flat screen TV on the outside of the kitchen island.

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New blogs

I've been enjoying some new blogs and wanted to share. As well as being design based blogs they have something else in common. They're all written by Australians. (Well one is an Aussie living in Hong Kong but that counts.) Some of you will already enjoy dropping in on these blogs but I wanted to introduce them to the rest of you.

Felicity is an Australian living in Hong Kong. Her blog All Things Bright and Beautiful is full of eye candy. She's a talented artist as well as having a fabulous sense of style.

Apryll Annie has been blogging for a little while now. She's an interior design student from Sydney with a great eye and just starting out on her design adventures.

Peta is an Interior Stylist currently based in country NSW. When she's not writing her blog Colour and Design she works freelance for a couple of Sydney based interior magazines, consults as a pre-sale property stylist and interior decorator and she has a degree in Photography from RMIT University in Melbourne. When does she have time to blog?

Anna is another blogger from Sydney who is also studying interior design. She has just started Villa Anna full of inspiring photos and tales of her families travels.