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Friday
Jun242016

Southwood by LLI Design

I just got a hold of some photos of this fabulous renovation project by London design firm LLI Design and had to share. LLI Design was hired on to complete a total redesign and refurbishment of a 4 story 1970’s townhouse in Highgate, London. The house had tremendous potential and the new owners, a young professional couple, wanted to embrace the 1970’s feel, rather than try to ignore it, albeit not in a cliched way. Top of their wish list was a contemporary glass and steel open tread staircase and a master bathroom with a distinctive WOW factor. In included one before photo below of the lower level to give you an idea of how much work this project was. I think the resulting contemporary home (it won an award!) is classy, welcoming and a great use of the space. Check out a couple more projects by LLI Design here and here

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Friday
Jun102016

More from Marc&Co

By building in under the original house and adding a two level extension to the rear, Brisbane architects Marc&Co have increased the usable footprint of this Queenslander style house while maximising the space available for a garden at the rear of the inner city block. From the street the old home retains its original features and now contains the bedrooms while the additions allow for the open plan living with the indoor/outdoor connection so prized by Australian families.

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Tuesday
May312016

Design Crew update - Christa's kitchen renovation

Back in 2012 Christa submitted this entry for our Design Crew series. She was wondering what to do with her Honduras mahogany kitchen cabinets that were in rough shape. We were excited to hear from her the other day that she did a mini renovation of her kitchen and send along some before and after photos. It isn't a dramatic transformation but I am glad because her cabinets are gorgeous and I think they're beautiful left natural. Here is what Christa had to say about her new kitchen: I have made peace with all the wood in this house and decided to keep and refinish the original wood cabinets. They are a bit beat up but I like the patina and they're solid wood and plywood, built to last. I decided that combining the old cabinets with some lux new appliances would balance out to something original and beautiful. I wanted the kitchen to feel fresh and bright but also timeless and appropriate to the house. I added 3 feet (a little less than a meter) of base cabinets matched to the existing ones (it was a rolling cart in the old kitchen). This gave me a lot more counter space along with shelves on the end for dog bowls and for small appliances so the countertops could stay clear. I took down an upper cabinet and built open shelves instead. I added a Heath tile backsplash, had the fridge integrated, and added a pull out pantry. 

AFTER!

(that's her pooch Agnes)

(that backsplash is soooooo fantastic)

Wednesday
May252016

Prospect Heights Brownstone

The restoration of this New York Brownstone saw floors replaced, windows reinstalled, doors rebuilt and all the boring but very important services updated. It had been a wreck but in the hands of Brent Allen Buck of Brooklyn-based Buck Projects the late 19th century building became a home again, its Italianate features restored to their former glory while a new focus was placed on modern open plan living. Think mod cons with a mid century collection of furniture and all the while the beautiful old bones grounding it all. "Approached with sensitivity, today can rise to be the equal of yesterday."

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Thursday
May192016

Modern bathrooms

Doherty Design Studio

As many of you will know I'm in the throes of organising a bathroom renovation. Searching for inspiration, planning, sourcing. I have so many images in my inspiration files I thought I'd share a few. Although my heart is set on a boho, vintage vibe I'm equally drawn to clean lined, contemporary bathrooms. They always look so fresh and fabulous ... and I'm finding that sourcing the look, particularly online, is so much easier which is really important when you're time poor like I always seem to be.

Mim Design

Owen Architecture

Neometro

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