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Wednesday
Jun242015

Inside Out

Every month an email arrives from Inside Out magazine's Managing Editor Lee Tran Lam and every month I get excited. The sneak peeks from inside the latest issue of the magazine are always amazing. Today's is no different. It's winter down under and it's just a little grey and chilly. Inside Out's antidote to the cold-weather blues is a cheery home. As Lee Tran explains ...

"I feel like the house belonging to The Family Love Tree's Katie Graham is a perfect example of this. It's so vibrant and instantly jumpstarts a good mood. It appears in our July issue and definitely brightens our pages! When her family moved into the home , the 1970s bungalow was "quite Liberace" and they needed to dial it down a bit. I think they've done a fantastic job – especially with the exuberant wallpapers. Katie is such a wallpaper fan that she managed to sneak one behind the kitchen splashback, too (despite people telling her it was impossible)! She also managed to pull off the renovation in seven weeks, too – which is pretty impressive."

Love the wallpaper, the Falcon chair, the West German and Bitossi pottery, the black wall and those dining chairs. Hang it I'm moving in. Styling for the story is by Rachel Vigor, photography by Derek Swalwell. Can't wait to see more in the July issue out Thursday. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play,  the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

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Wednesday
May272015

The latest from Inside Out

Has half the year flown by already? Is June just a day or two away? It must be because I found an email in my inbox from Inside Out magazine's Managing Editor Lee Tran Lam with a sneak peek at the June issue. June! The blow of somehow having frittered away six months of the year was soothed by the pictures of the amazing home she shared.

So it's that time again and given the drop in temperature, I've got a home from the new June issue of Inside Out (out Thursday) that I think you might warm to. It belongs to photographer Harold David and it shows that the waiting game can really pay off. He first spotted this Blue Mountains home back in 2005 – it was not too far away from his weekender – and fell quite dramatically for it. He would look into the windows and say, "I want this house". Then – years later, in 2013 – he happened to be stumbling across real estate sites and saw that it was up for sale. And even though he had no plans at all to move at that point (in fact, he had settled into a Sydney home that he'd extensively renovated only two years prior), this Blue Mountains cabin just had such a hold on him that he couldn't resist. And now it's his. (Ceri David's story about this in the mag is great – she asks Harold David why he was looking at houses online if he had no intention to relocating, and he replies: "I just love property porn! I bawl my eyes out when I watch Grand Designs.")

Wow! What a house! The styling in the story is by Lara Hutton, photography by Harold David. Can't wait to see more when the June issue of Inside Out hits the stands tomorrow. Don't fret if you aren't in Australia though. You don't have to miss out. You can read along on  ZinioGoogle Play, the Apple Newsstand and Nook.

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Monday
Mar022015

Stalking the 70s

Exposed brick and knotty pine cathedral ceilings, split level with walls of windows framing the views of native bush. I'm stalking the 70s in Sydney's Castle Cove. The Erby House by Jonathan Erby of Devine Erby Mazlin completed 1971. A time capsule waiting to swing again. In my dreams I'm the new owner filling it full of 70s classics and inviting you all round for a fondue party. (If it ever was mine, hand on my heart, I would promise not to paint anymore of the pine.) Via Modern House.

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Thursday
Nov062014

Stalking the 70s

Be still my beating heart. I'm having palpitations. My favourite architectural real estate site Modern House has a new listing and it has me in a spin. Rippon House (1971) by Gerry Rippon of Towell & Rippon. I think I could have called this post stalking chair porn. An amazing house, an amazing collection of furniture.

(A and C abandon your families. Rob a bank. We need to pool resources and buy this baby.)

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Sunday
Oct262014

Eclectic on a Sunday

It has been a bit of a crap weekend so far - I am dealing with my second cold/throat infection in a month, and I spent 11 straight hours yesterday finishing up painting my living room (all I have left to do are the alcoves on either side of the back window once husband builds and installs shelves). It looks fantastic and I am really pleased. Photos to come once the room is complete and put back in order. And on a side note of happenings around here, I have a kitten rescue scheduled for Thursday (gawd help me) and a trip to Montreal Friday to pick up some vintage chairs for my dining room (!!!!). Anyway, it's 5 am and before I head back to bed with the cats I leave you with one of the most eclectic homes I have seen in a while. It is located in Barcelona in a building built in 1910, and was formerly a jewelry shop. Now it is home to the owners of an antique shop - which makes complete sense once you see the fabulous interior. It is furnished with such random pieces from different eras yet somehow it all works. (Via Nuevo Estilo)

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