Entries in Australia (1932)


A tale of two gardens

Two grand old homes in Sydney, two gardens full of delight. One, an entertainer's garden, sits on the harbour's edge and has an almost Mediterranean feel with stone and whitewash. The other, a green escape, cascades down a steep slope with a hint of mysterious rainforest. Both beautiful, both inspiring, both by Bates Landscapes.

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A modern midcentury pool

You could be excused for thinking that you had time travelled poolside to 50s Palm Springs - breezeblock walls, long sleek lounges for sunning, architectural plantings, graphic black and white palette with that oasis of blue water screams Mad Men and Sinatra. Except this is Perth in Western Australia and the time is now. Midcentury mod perfection. Applecross residence by Tim Davies Landscaping.

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Stalking a warehouse penthouse

I'm stalking the heritage MacRobertson building in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. With its "industrial living with a minimalist, contemporary" bones this two floor penthouse apartment is overflowing with artworks, books and life's little treasures. And then there's the rooftop terrace with treetop views over the surrounding suburbs. I could see myself moving in and feeling immediately at home. As is usually the case the video gives you a much better feel of the space. Link here while it lasts.

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Stalking on a Saturday

A glimpse of a very contemporary addition to the side of the facade is a dead giveaway that this home in Melbourne's Fitzroy North is not what it seems from the street. I'm stalking an Edwardian era red brick home with a industrial modern extension. Love the play of the black steel against the brick and the monumental kitchen island with its rich green tiles and old timber beams. Link here while it lasts.

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Small city garden with big impact

The downside of living inner city is often outdoor space is very limited. This Bondi, Sydney house has only the tiniest of backyards, more courtyard than wide open spaces. That didn't stop design and construction design-it landscapes from creating a perfectly formed oasis complete with jewel-like plunge pool. So many ideas to inspire your small space gardening.

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