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Wednesday
Jan272016

La Micheline

It's Wednesday. Hump day. Time for a virtual getaway to the Ardennes region of Belgium, to La Micheline, an old railway station now a holiday home set amongst meadows. If the impressive renovation and rebuild using bluestone, rough hewn wood and concrete isn't enough to get your design juices running there's even an old railway line with trolleys. The gîte is the creation of architectural photographers Anne and Jean-Luc Laloux and is a sister property to La Classe which we featured here.

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Friday
Jan222016

Stalking in the same street part 1

First stalking of the year and I'm excited. (Beats chest. Bellows loudly. Frightens neighbour's children.) I'm in Rozelle, Sydney and but it's not just one home I'm stalking. It's two. Two houses, same suburb, same street, separated by scant meters. I'm partial to both, can't afford either but my love affair with small heritage cottages with architect extensions continues. First the sandstone house. Link here while it lasts.

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Monday
Jan182016

Scorpios Mykonos

I spent Friday daydreaming of a hotel in Paris. Today I've run away to Greece, to the island of Mykonos, to a beach club and restaurant that takes my breath away. Simplicity and beauty and luxury. A truly stunning location and a truly stunning complex. Scorpios Mykonos.

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Monday
Jan112016

Latest from Carter Williamson

The historic sandstone cottage in Sydney's Balmain had undergone many changes to its fabric over the years. Let's just say that they weren't all sympathetic. Carter Williamson Architects' renovation has seen the exterior revitalised while the interior has been renewed whilst respecting the narrative of the old home. Walls slide and disappear, old and new are juxtaposed and the choice of materials lets the richness of the original cottage walls become the decoration in this modest, yet spacious and flexible home.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Locanda di Doris

Imagine an old tumble-down stone barn near Todi in Umbria, Italy. Imagine it fully rebuilt, stylishly furnished and waiting for you to come visit. Two suites, "Love" and "Passion", private garden, pool, olive grove, slow tourism. Locanda di Doris is the beautiful B&B created by Doris Sochaczewski and Valentino Fialdini. She’s Brazilian with European soul and he’s half Italian half Brazilian. Both are artists, stylists, food and wine lovers and trend watchers. No wonder the inn is so fabulous. I'm ready to book my flight. Trouble is I don't think I'd want to leave.

Photography by Valentino Fialdini.

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