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Sunday
May012016

When art makes all the difference

There is nothing overly exciting in the layout or architecture of this Swedish apartment for sale via Lagerlings, but throw in some large scale framed photography, gorgeous Thonet bentwood armchairs and an equally gorgeous dining table and classy herringbone hardwood floors and blah became BOOM!

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Friday
Apr292016

Stalking Ilse Crawford

Last year Ilse Crawford sold her London apartment and we all remembered how much we loved it. (You can still see the listing here.) Now Dinder House, another creation that had us swooning, is for sale through Knight Frank. Nine bedrooms, 7 reception rooms, 5 bathrooms and THAT kitchen diner in a Regency-era property set in over 21 acres in Wells, Somerset, England. Oh my I have loved this house so hard for so long. The real estate listing photographs, below, don't do the interiors justice but they do give us a stalker's peek into other areas of the house and the amazing grounds. This is also the perfect time to share my favourite part of the kitchen. Not the marble and lacquer main kitchen but the scullery next door. Both by Artichoke it's the behind the scenes pantry that I've had in my kitchen inspiration files for many a year. The link to the house listing is here. Price is on application but it does not take a stretch of the imagination to realise almost all of us can't afford it but if you can, and you buy it, can we all come round to visit?

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Friday
Apr152016

Styling for sale

A dear reader of ours named Erin was talked into setting up a real estate staging and styling business in Perth, Western Australia after nailing it on a couple of homes she staged for friends and neighbours of friends. This townhouse in West Perth is one of them - and it's already under offer (if not sold by now).

There are more than enough 1 bed new to newish apartments in this suburb and surrounding suburbs where the balcony’s overlook each other plus there are 50 to 150 of them in each block. This one’s saving grace is it’s in a group of 8 that allows pets unlike the apartments. Pets are like plants in my eyes.  They make a house a home. Ideally I would have loved to wack art on the walls but as the whole place was freshly painted inside and out the owner wanted to leave the walls clear so the new owners can hammer away til their hearts content.  I also would have loved to put another rug or two in but I need more rugs like a hole in the head as with the owner.  I am though still trying to source a well priced rug to possibly put underneath the wee dining table. we did this using mine and the owners furniture with all linen, cushions, vases, plants, basically every accessory you can see coming from me. I did get the owner to spring for the rug in the upstairs sitting area which we sourced from gumtree which is similar to craigslist as she was happy to keep this after the sale. The owner wasn't keen on hiring furniture and admittedly I would rather purchase second hand to keep costs down and sell furniture on after the sale to save costs for the owner. Plus she had a few sofas and coffee tables in her main residence, borrowed a spare bed from her mum and luckily owned the eames and expedit. I'm a big believer, in beg, borrow and steal, purchase what you need and store anything downright ugly and not suited to the target buyer. But will hire furniture if need be.

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Thursday
Apr142016

Stalking a little black terrace house

Not much over 4m wide but with its modern renovation and addition, this wooden terrace house in Balmain, Sydney manges to squeeze in 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and openplan living on a small inner city block. A little bit industrial, a little bit scandi modern and all with light pouring in through skyligfhts and voids. I wouldn't call it tiny but it certainly is compact. Link here while it lasts.

Saturday
Apr092016

Stalking leftovers

Hello my name is Jo and I'm a real estate addict. I stalk listings hoping to find the perfect property I can't afford anyway. Oh well a girl can dream. There is one problem though. I'm fussy. Not quite right, love the bones but ditch the furniture, bad photos, I need more photos please! Can't quite put my finger on it listings with something that has me nodding "yes". This week I've found my usual renovations and extensions, a former reality TV reno home, a "modest" mansion above the Yarra River in Melbourne and a modernist Harry Seidler house waiting to be loved again. Click on the photos to go to the listings. All via realestate.com.au.

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