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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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Monday
May162016

Alisa and Lysandra - a renovated Victorian terrace home

You know you're good at your job when you help a client with the gut and renovation of their home so they could sell it, only for them to love it so much they decide to stay. Another winning design by Alisa and Lysandra. Love the subtle pink accents in the living room. 

Monday
May162016

Alisa and Lysandra - a penthouse apartment

I love this stylish penthouse apartment in Melbourne, Australia designed by 'design duo' Alisa and Lysandra. What was once a new build complete with builder's beige walls and not much else to speak of, this home is now contemporary, filled with life (the plants! it even has a massive plant wall!) and has an underlying earthy vibe that keeps it very casual and not so high-rise-y. 

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