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A bachelor's first home

Perhaps I am still making up for Sunday's all black apartment with this blinding white bungalow designed by Los Angeles based Alice Cheng of Shialice. Such a beautifully simple yet powerful statement in this home for a bachelor. His friends are envious no doubt! Light in the main spaces, and dark elsewhere, the combination of these two extremes provides drama. The mid-century elements add a little funk. 

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Ssshhh ...

It's quiet here. The kids and their dad are off doing those weekend autumn sports that guarantee muddy boot prints on old tiles on return. The light is soft and the peace is palpable. The tick tock of a mantle clock, the crack of well seasoned log in the fireplace. I've been tinkering with recipe books and pots and pans but my hearts not in it. Instead I think I'll nestle in with those magazines I haven't had a chance to read. Ssshhh ... I'm daydreaming. This is my country house. A Grade II listed 17th Century farmhouse with Victorian editions in Hertfordshire, England via jj Locations. Don't you know that everything old is new again?

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Holzhaus am Auerbach

Only 4 meters wide this holiday house in the small town of Oberaudorf in Bavaria, Germany packs a lot of punch in its small footprint. Cantilevered balconies on either side allow for indoor/ outdoor living while a series of levels rise through the 2 storey interior. By Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck of Munich-based architectural firm Arnhard und Eck not only is it their own getaway but you can rent it too.

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Dramatic colour

One of my personal favourite dramatic colour combinations is black, white, grey and yellow. This model apartment designed by British design firm Honky is modern and funky with cool whites, smoky greys with accents in black and yellow and bits of gold. Graphic and edgy works really well to reel in potential buyers. I adore the bird print above. 


Drama and pattern

Drama, glamour and pattern play. Three essential ingredients in any scheme by interior design maestro Greg Natale. Sydney-based Natale's redesign of this historic Geelong house, situated on an equine estate, sees him weave his magic with dark, moody colours, geometric riffs and a repeating horse motif. But it's not the grand rooms I'm concentrating on in this post. It's his bathrooms and kitchen that have my mind spinning with ideas. I'm smitten by the powder room. Love. Don't miss the rest of the house over on his website and if you love his work as much as we have here on Desire to Inspire over the years you simply can't miss his book The Tailored Interior.

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