Entries in Australia (1635)
There is nothing like neutral, earthy colours that makes you want to stop, smell the flowers and hug someone. This family-friendly farmhouse in New South Wales, Australia by Cottonwood Interiors is a bit classic American, a bit Scandinavian and just about the coziest home I have seen in a long time. Understated, relaxed yet elegant. Always a winning combination that stands the test of time.
The facade of this Hawthorn, Melbourne house may be traditional but behind the glossy black door is a sophisticated, contemporary home. The renovation by Austin Design Associates is rich with bespoke details and beautiful finishes. (The joinery is a standout of the property.) A palette of black and white is warmed with golden wood and metal in the open plan kitchen/dining/living areas while a playful dose of greens and yellows is a surprise in the family room. A beautiful home. A perfectly modern marriage of the old and the new.
We are huge church conversion fans here on Desire to Inspire and this once derelict country chapel is one of my favourites. The former Catholic church was deconsecrated in 1993 and quickly fell into disrepair with the roof eventually collapsing and the remaining stone walls looking to quickly follow. Purchased by a local builder, the church has been lovingly restored with a sympathetic extension referencing it's form and simplicity. There are even remnants of the original hand-painted friezes. Yes I know that the purists among you will say that it's cheating when the new build is substantially larger than the conversion but I love how the tiny chapel has not been tampered with in an attempt to squeeze more in. Located in Yandoit in country Victoria, it is a short drive from the spa town of Daylesford. And, dear readers, it's for sale. I wish I had the just under $1 million needed to purchase it and a reason to move to so far away. Link here while it lasts.
It's like I say week after week. If you have to drag your sorry self into work on a Saturday then it certainly helps if it's somewhere stylish. I would have no trouble punching the clock on a weekend if I worked at the Wolfdene offices designed by Melbourne-based Larritt-Evans.