I’m real estate
strolling scrolling in the Northern New South Wales “it” holiday town of Byron Bay. It’s stylish and chic but also boho and alternative, the place where Sydney-siders escape their stratospheric real estate market … except that Byron Bay now holds the dubious title of most expensive market in Australia. Today I am sharing a simple beachside getaway (but definitely not beach front), relaxed coastal living for just $3.3 million. Ouch! On the bright side that’s Australian Dollars so overseas readers need not fear because our currency is definitely weak at the moment and I guess you can always rent out the backyard studio on Airbnb to help with the mortgage. Link here while it lasts.
It’s an interesting mix, moody master bedroom and a tactile, almost organic bathroom in the lightest shade of grey. Inspired by luxurious Greek villas think sinuous shapes offset by angular joinery, light bouncing off walls, floating drapes, a calm oasis in a hot, hot city. Teneriffe Apartment, Brisbane by Alexandra Ponting of AP Design House.
I had to post some more spaces designed by London-based design team Barlow & Barlow because this first kitchen is giving me all the feels and I can’t get over how gorgeous it is. And I don’t even like blue! (ok I’m imagining it in black instead). Everything else below is just so full of colour and pattern and general boldness as I come to expect from them. (Previous features here and here)
Spectacular views, an incredibly talented architecture firm and bold modern design where black is key. Lantern House in Waiheke, New Zealand by Herbst Architects.
Photos: Jackie Meiring
Sensuous and stylish or a lumpy, bumpy fad? Quite frankly I don’t care where you sit on the zellige tile spectrum because I’m firmly on the sensuous side when it comes to this shower room designed by Portland-based Kaemingk Design. The whole room is a neutral nirvana with its natural patina, imperfection and texture. You can see the designers’ own home here.