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Bride's Row

I had to share another Brooklyn row house with you, again by architect Lorraine Bonaventura, because I cannot get enough. 1850's house was completely restored after being taken down to the brick...Mantels were restored, plaster work recast, herringbone floors meticulously restored and replaced, new limestone and antique french oak floors added to kitchen and dining level. Every surface was completely redone, rebuilt or restored. Radiant heating, air conditioning was added, brick work repointed, new sand cast iron exterior railings, brownstone facade replaced, new weight and chain mahogany windows with antique glass, all wood moldings replaced to replicate original moldings, original window shutters restored. It's essentially a brand new house! But with character! This home has such lovely details...it's unfortunate that the decor is bland (IMHO) - I would have added so much more drama with some (better) colour, and a bit of pattern, and some statement light fixtures. Oh, I could dream about what I would do to this home for hours. (Photos via Houzz)

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Renovate. Restore. Renew. Redo. Rework. Recreate. Relive. The Stonington/Lincoln Residence designed in 1945 by John Lincoln and brought back to life by Joeb Moore & Partners. New life built on solid foundations.

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Magnolia remodel

This remodel has managed to blow me away. Another one masterminded by SHED Architecture & Design. Located in Seattle, this 1914 craftsman had the exterior and main floor reworked to include a new kitchen, bathroom, laundry and backyard connection whilst keeping original details intact. Modern now blends with classic details and brings this house from ineffective to WOW. 

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A Camille Hermand renovation

We have featured the work of architect Camille Hermand a few times and I think this project is by far my favourite. Oh, how I would LOVE this home in the Paris suburbs. It is EVERYTHING. The three-story house was completely revised and renovated. An open-plan living room and kitchen occupies the ground floor. Atelier-style glass partitions define each area and maximise natural light throughout. The master bedroom and guest room occupy the first floor. And the top floor is dedicated to the children. Features such as the bookshelves in the living room and the walk-in wardrobe on the first floor are made to measure. The home is characterised by a moody yet contemporary palette of blues and greys that complement the traditional features of the house (such as the original tiling on the ground floor and the beautiful Parisian style staircase), while bringing the house stylishly into the 21st century.

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A writer's stylish retreat is just one of elegant contemporary spaces created by West Australian Hartree & Associates Architects. The addition to the original 1911 bungalow is light filled, stylish, open plan yet intimate. Be still my beating heart. What I wouldn't give to have such a wonderful office/library/music room.

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