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A quiet beauty

Understated elegance and quiet beauty spring to mind when I look at these pictures. The house doesn't scream or shout. It's not brash and brassy. It is the simple luxury of quality whether recently crafted or inherited. Classic, comfortable, timeless. By California-based architectural firm Chambers + Chambers.

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Kelly McGuill update

It has been an eternity since Jo featured some spaces by Boston-based interior designer Kelly McGuill. In all that time it seems her style has become more subdued with a bit more rustic and elegant elements. And I love every bit of these rooms. The neutral colour schemes are so soothing and I am absolutely in love with this first kitchen, which happens to be Kelly's, and THAT GREY CARRARA MARBLE IS MY JAM!!!

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Working on a Saturday

Two dentist's surgeries in 2 weeks. I must be getting over my phobia! I would definitely have no problems dragging myself into the office on a Saturday if I worked in such a space. I'd even consider being a regular patient. So sophisticated, so chic. By Summer Thornton Design.

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Sean Anderson Design

I am not typically a fan of classic/traditional decor, but when it's filled with vintage and time-worn furnishings, linen, serene earthy colours and subtle accents in black and charcoal, I am completely and utterly sold on it. Sean Anderson of Memphis Tennessee is one I'm going to be keeping my eye on because if I wasn't into dark, modern-eclectic design so much this is the next best thing. Maybe I just need to buy a cottage so I can enjoy this style too. :)  

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A magical 160 year old home in Cape Town

As soon as I spotted this 1854 Cape Dutch home (located in Montagu, Cape Town) featured in Visi, I knew there was something magical about it. And when I read the story, I realized I was right. As the homeowners tell it: "For a year before we started renovating, I spent every weekend sleeping on a mattress on the floor of the empty entrance hall. It was important to do this, because only then did I hear the house. I could hear her breathe. I could hear the creaking of the wood, the sounds the pipes make, how the wind whispers through the rooms and where she ached. And in doing so I realised that ours would have to be a historical renovation; it wasn’t so much what we wanted the house to be but rather what it should be." You can read the rest of the story here. (Photos: Micky Hoyle)

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