Stalking in two minds

Posted on Wed, 3 Mar 2010 by midcenturyjo

I’ve been stalking again and have found a warehouse in Sydney. I’m in two minds though. I love many things about this conversation and others just don’t do it for me. The intimate spaces are fabulous. That bathroom is so much fun and has just the right amount of glamour. I love the room with the red couch. Is it because of its smaller scale? The open living areas are spectacular but the bells aren’t ringing for me I’m afraid. Is it the styling? Are the real estate photos that conform to the real estate mantra of get it all in shot, don’t miss a well apppointed thing the problem? If a good photographer and a clever stylist controlled the shoot would I be “ooohing” and “aaahing”? My favourite spots in this house – the roof top garden with hints of the historic facade and the wine cellar carved from the sandstone beneath. Just lock me in the cellar and throw away the key. It will be a noble death! Here while the link lasts.

vanessa says:

i see what you’re saying… the structure, use of space and integration of nature is actually quite beautiful but between the unfocused pictures (nicely framed vignettes do draw people in more than they care to admit), the mish mash of styles and areas in a single photo, and some poor styling choices, it’s hard to really love the place without some imagination. the best photos for me are the kitchen, bathroom and cellar because it’s obvious what they’re trying to convey and show off.

Cayla says:

LOVE LOVE LOVE this bathroom. This house is a beauty, so serene. Great post.

The property is amazing!! The styling is pretty much non-existent and the choice of furniture for the downstairs area is a bit dodgy. 🙂 The bathroom, the kitchen and the cellar are to die for, the rest could easily be adjusted.

whyioughtta says:

Agree with you and commenters about styling/furniture. I also feel like the architecture, for me, would feel almost like being surrounded by an apartment block…All those boxy overhangs (over living room, gardens, etc.) feel too weighty. I would not be at ease sitting in those areas, with that massive sense of weight hanging over my head. That said, give me that bathroom, please!

Excessive open space with all the hard surfaces makes for impossible daily living. The sound would bounce around everywhere and you’d not be able to understand what a person standing right next to you is saying! But if someone drops a teaspoon, you’d hear it amplified throughout the entire house!!! Monotonous arrangement of fenestration, and unless the glass is mechanized to control sunlight, it would be impossible to bear the heat gain. The all white wall color is devoid of interest and lacking texture. That’s probably one reason the cellar is so "inviting". Other than that, the roof terrace and view from it are wonderful. :o)

Jacqui says:

I think open spaces need to be minimally appointed with larger, more commanding pieces, otherwise it just looks like someone threw a bunch of furniture in a box and shook it. Cluttered! There should be at least one visual avenue when you look across the room, or you’ll feel like you’re going to walk into something.

Leanne says:

I absolutely agree Jacqui. The windows and the light well offer fantastic light but the rooms are just so overcrowded, maybe they collect chairs because I have never seen so many in one room!

miam says:

It is so surprising that they let such a pictures advertise the place, it make it looks cheap. The first thing that attracted my eyes was the 2 big Louis something armchair near the internal garden lower floor, yak. Nothing is matching…
Imagine it revamped in a contemporary japanese type with a zen garden in the middle…also big issue the tiles are too present and wrong color, wood or painted ciment would have been nicer, even sisal and the opening on the patio need to be revised look like the inside of a condo, mmmm thinking how to do this….
Just my opinion because I LOVE the space.

This place is gorgeous! I’d love for my future house to look like this.

msd says:

When it comes to real estate photos (as opposed to magazine shoots) the constant use of wide angle lenses is a problem. Yeah, yeah, you want the space to look bigger, we get it, but this frequently distorts the space and makes it look "off" somehow.

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