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Mid Mod Country Home

There are several words which when combined make my salivate with anticipation. "Mid mod"and "country home" are combinations that definitely tweak my interest but "mid mod country home" definitely has my quivering. Add in "Shelter Island" and well it's all over. What's that commandment? "Thou shalt not covert thy neighbour's goods." When it comes to this wonderful holiday home then I'm definitely a sinner. Architecture by Andre Tchelistcheff Architects and interior design by Gachot.

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I'm in Melbourne (Yay Melbourne for the win again!) stalking a family home in Kew. A 4 bedroom family home with pool renovated by a well know Aussie reality TV reno show couple (the bathrooms are a dead giveaway), it recently sold for $2.9 million. Yikes! The real estate market here in Australia is overheated. Still congratulations to them. It's a lovely makeover. Link here while it lasts.

P.S. Don't you hate early evening photos high on HDR? This place would photograph so well in "natural" light.

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Echoes of Old Hollywood

I have had a long love affair with the Spanish Revival style. I think it has to do with the Old Hollywood glamour that I associate with these distinctive houses. Brown Design Group's renovation of 1920s Inverness is beautifully sympathetic but still with more than a nod to contemporary tastes. A perfect marriage between the heavy oak pieces of the era and modern overstuffed linen and leather sofas and statement modern art pieces. Still it's always the wrought iron work, the terracotta and the intricate ceilings that get me as well as the pool side entertaining. Speaking of ceilings what about that original tiled ceiling in the kitchen!

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Verdant views

There is a little slice of paradise in the rolling hills behind the northern New South Wales coastal resort of Byron Bay. Lush green land with stunning views often with old farm houses poised on top of a ridge. Where once dairy cattle grazed or avocado trees groaned under bumper crops now cashed up tree changers create little kingdoms. As much as I love a good old Queenslander-style house restoration (this one was moved here) it's the gardens that I'm concentrating on today. A simple, classic layout with emphasis on the house and that view. Such green goodness in Federal by Secret Gardens.

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Madeleine Blanchfield and the Coogee House

Renovations took this Coogee, Sydney duplex apartment from ground floor flat to modern house with great outdoor living. New layout, new kitchen and new bathrooms within, pool and entertaining space out, all the time respecting the building's history by combining old and new. A fabulous example of making the most of what you've go. New work from Madeleine Blanchfield Architects.

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