“The Bruey Cottage is a renovated and restored Georgian Cape located on six acres in Norfolk, Connecticut. Built in 1790 by Captain John Bradley, a Revolutionary War Veteran, the home experienced various cosmetic updates over the years but suffered from extensive structural damage. The cottage was purchased in 2017, and over two years the envelope was fully re-built, the kitchen was gut-renovated, and the historical interior details were refurbished. Great care was taken to honor the original architecture and materials of the home. Today, the Bruey Cottage has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, three seating areas, dining room, office, and light-flooded kitchen that overlook venerable oak trees and farmstead stone walls.”

Architecture by Frances Mildred  & Interior Design by Nune for Branca & Co.

Photography by Nicole Franzen

Refined meets rustic with a contemporary take on a country stone cottage. A rough stone exterior, almost a caricature of a childlike house, belies the refined, modern interior with its materials palette of concrete and glazed tiles, terrazzo, timber and bronze. It’s a country getaway. Lucky owners. Beechworth Residence by Melbourne-based Doherty Design Studio.

Photography by Derek Swalwell

Working on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 4 Apr 2020 by midcenturyjo

A lot of us are compelled to stay home in these dangerous times. Others have no choice but to go out into the big, bad world to help others or keep the wheels turning. I can’t use my usual spiel about being dragged into work on a weekend. It doesn’t feel right. So many of us have lost our jobs. I’ll just share this stylish workplace instead. The interior design studio of Yasmin Saleh Ghoniem of YSG (formerly Amber Road). Stay safe!

I’m real estate strolling scrolling in the Australian beach hot spot of Byron Bay and the house I have found typifies a style I have come to call Byron Bay boho coastal. Think of a neutral colour palette of sands and earth and white, mix in a natural materials palette, wood and stone, jute and linen and rattan. A little bit coastal, a little bit Scandi but then we add the boho layer. Hammocks and macrame, dried palm leaves and pampas. It’s hippy meets hip, eco warrior meets entrepreneur (with deep pockets because Byron Bay has overtaken Sydney for highest medium house price. This laid back beach home up in the hills has a guide price of $2 to $2.2 million. Oh you do get a little studio over the garage that you could list on Airbnb to help with the mortgage. Link here while it lasts.

Kim and I have always had a thing for converted churches and today I bring you one for sale in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Edithvale.  The Church of St Columba has been standing since the 1920’s but its new incarnation is as a modern home. Look closely though and you can still see the archway entrance, soaring cathedral ceilings, exposed beams and original leadlight windows. It’s a great conversion of a suburban weatherboard church but a little sterile (most likely over zealously styled for sale). If I moved in I’d add a little more colour and a lot more art. Link here while it lasts.