The house was originally built by E.W. Godwin between 1878-1879 for Frank Miles, a society portraitist and friend of Oscar Wilde. The current homeowners wanted to acknowledge and respect its history – and they also wanted to create a home appropriate for a busy, modern family. This was not an academic historical re-creation. Using the wealth of archive material as a starting point, Rose peeled away the layers and additions, restoring the spaces purity, architectural integrity and authentic spirit whilst delivering a fresh timeless quality and new functionality. I have complete respect for designers who are after maintaining original details. Kudos to the inimitable Rose Uniacke for keeping it real with this home.
“Nestled off the busy streets of Melbourne, you will find this strikingly stunning building that is encapsulated by a garden that compliments the historical values of the home. With Boston Ivy climbing its way up the back of the building, to the pergola that stretches from the ground floor to the second level, creating a masterpiece of cascading vines.”
A riot of verdant vines. What could be better? Imagine the reds and oranges in autumn! East Melbourne oasis by Eckersley Garden Architecture.
Photography b y Tim Allen
“This award-winning house was designed by architect Hugh Strange in 2010. It is cleverly tucked behind a line of Victorian buildings on Evelyn Street in Deptford; it unfolds over the ground floor of the original period terrace, opening onto a private courtyard garden and the new single-storey house beyond. A contemporary palette of materials including concrete, glass, cross-laminated timber and hurricane-felled Nicaraguan hardwood has been used to dramatic effect throughout.”
A zen haven opens off a common foyer of a Victorian era terrace. Bespoke joinery, windows opening to courtyards allowing light to flood in, wood lined walls and ceilings all define this ground floor flat in London’s Deptford. This simple oasis was for sale through The Modern House but saddly it’s under contract. Doesn’t stop us from popping these ideas away in our inspiration files.
I spotted this home on Elle Decor Spain and knew it was a MUST share. Located in Vejer de la Frontera, a Spanish hilltop town and municipality in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, it is the summer residence of designer Gaspar Sobrino, and is a maximalist’s dream. The beautiful tile floors, unique chandeliers, artwork and rooftop terrace make this home really special.
It’s like I say week in week out. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. Faraday Street Studio home of Fearon Hay Architects.