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In a departure from his signature highly decorative Hollywood Regency/ midcentury glamor style leading Australian interior designer Greg Natale has taken a inner city terrace, played with scale and colour, streamlined his rich multilayered interiors and delivered a home that is dramatic and stylish. Sultry grey is lifted by white. Furniture is carefully curated and oversize is not out of place in the play. In the new extension kitchen and family room are open plan and sleekly modern, the perfect counterfoil to the high drama of the rest of the house. A grey beauty indeed.

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Stalking the old with the new

Today's second real estate stalking finds me pounding the virtual pavements of Armadale, Melbourne. A renovation and extension of a Tudor style period house has caught me eye. From its dark exterior and stylish garden to the sophisticated open plan living. Glass gym in the backyard anyone? Perhaps watching TV in the media room from the pool? I would love to see this home photographed sympathetically. Please, please, pretty please professional real estate photographers in Australia stop with the HDR over tweaked photos. We get it. You want a dramatic effect but it's like bad cosmetic surgery ... fake and unattractive. Link here while it lasts.

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An artist, some architects, a designer and a hotel

What do these have in common? A photographer. More than a photographer, a genius with half light and shadows, a magician at capturing mood and modern intimacy. Elegant Swedish spaces without being bright, white and overexposed. Grown up, sophisticated and calm. The photographer is Magnus Mårding. The first apartment is that of illustrator Mats Gustafson, designed by Fernlund + Logan (and just to be complete the shoot was styled by Jacob Hertzell). After the jump another design leader and more rich and moody Swedish rooms.

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Stalking subtle

Sometimes one can just have too much boulle and ormolu. Sometimes there is such a thing as too much fun. Today's second house is a more subtle take on luxury. Starting with an equally impressive historic building the owners in this case have chosen an understated elegance. Greys and whites play against dark floors and modern, clean lined furniture and an open plan design play against the period features. Favourite here? The office. I would gladly home invade, er sorry, move in just for that office and of course the location. Gore St, Fitzroy, Melbourne. Sigh. Link here while it lasts.

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The studio at the end of the garden

Down at the end of the garden is a little shed but this is a shed with just a little more than you would expect. A stylish work space/studio appears like a screen in a suburban garden that has been decked to connect it with the new kitchen extension at the rear of the Victorian era house. Ornamental pond, hidden paddling pool, sand pit and fire pit complete the backyard transformation by Ashton Porter. The attention to detail in this project won it the NLA (New London Architecture) "Don't move, Improve" Award 2012. Definitely filing some of these ideas away for my own renovation.

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