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Wednesday
Dec102014

Harold Street

In case you haven't noticed I've jumped on the contemporary Australian design bandwagon. I'm excited by the spaces being created in my country at the moment none more so than simple domestic spaces. Family homes with flair. Day to day living with style and storage solutions. Looks good, works well, feeds the soul. Like the latest work by Nest Architects, a renovation and addition to a small traditional inner city Melbourne house.

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Friday
Dec052014

Red ghost

Like a ghostly shadow echoing the surrounding homes the Kew House by Piercy & Company is formed by two volumes containing four bedrooms and living areas set back from the street behind the retained 19th century stable wall. The weathering steel shell, solid and sturdy yet at the same time hinting at decay and change, references the autumnal hues of nearby Kew Garden. A thoroughly modern family home (love the children's spaces up in the attic) with echoes and ripples of the past.

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Friday
Nov282014

Serenity now

This Capel Sound home designed by Melbourne Architects Altereco Design has such a soothing, serene vibe brought on by lots of white, beautiful wood floors and streamlined kitchen and bath. So much potential once the homeowners ad their personal touches. Serenity now. 

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Tuesday
Nov182014

HOUSE House

Always intrigued by how architects join an existing structure with a new addition, this one is a new favourite. Andrew Maynard Architects took neighbouring terrace homes (owned by two generations of the same family) and extended both at the rear, stacking the structure 3 levels high. Not trying to blend the old with the new, these brilliant architects separated them with a clear gap using glass infills. The new form is clad entirely with cedar, which is beautiful juxtaposed with the brick of the original homes. And the outline of the house in black is so damn cute. 

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Friday
Nov142014

One apartment three ways

One report, three interior stylists, one apartment, three ways. When Sweden's leading real estate brokerage firm Fastighetsbyrån wanted to know what effect styling a home for sale had on the price and how fast it sold they enlisted the aid of design psychologist Sally Augustin. Her report shows that home styling works if done correctly. The buyer must connect consciously and unconsciously with the home. They need to imagine themselves living there, moving right in, daydreaming and scheming how to get it. OK we all say. Fair enough. Nothing new there. That could have been the end of Fastighetsbyrån's research but ... they decided to take it one step further. They took one apartment and let three stylists, Mikael Beckman, Hans Blomquist and Tina Hellberg, mess with our minds and our hearts and make it into their version of our dream home. They put the research in practice. So now there is one apartment three ways and I have one big problem. I can't make up my mind which one I am moving into. They are all tugging at my heart strings.

First is classic modern by Mikael Beckman.

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