The perfect weekend getaway, linen, cane and soft hues in this renovated Queenslander style house in the Northern NSW hinterland. The modern Australian country vibe is just what I’m craving in these uncertain times. Bangalow house by Lennon Head based Louise Walsh Interior Design.
Photography by Maree Homer
Modern family living and a historic home. Can you have both? Will it look like an unholy mish mash? The Old Schoolhouse on the outskirts of Milton on the NSW South Coast by Christina Prescott Design (in collaboration with VIEW//THRU building design and Seed Garden Design) saw the addition of a new wing containing a large open plan living, kitchen and dining room. A sympathetic and stunning heart of the home.
The renovation of a 19th Century Bellport Long Island sea captain’s house by C.S. Valentin saw the marriage of the house’s beautifully uncomplicated bones and a mid century aesthetic. It’s been called “Mid Century Shaker” even “Flintstone Chic”. I call it simply sublime.
Photography by Jonathan Hökklo
Who else dreams of an upcycled treehouse, a play spot, a bolt hole, a little bit of fantasy in the backyard? Well my dreams never quite reached the scale of this A-frame beauty. Here’s what the architect had to say …
“The Treehouse is a hideout for two boys and their friends, held by a gum on one side and a hill on the other. Largely built from recycled materials, including a recently demolished carport, the project was an exercise in getting the most – from as little as possible. Set on a steep site overlooking the Derwent, it is accessed by duck-boards and consists of a small entry deck and a single room with a loft. A glazed facade captures the sun and view, while a timber door pops out from the roof form, allowing access to the tree and summer breeze. Lined in Baltic Pine, the cabin-like interior cocoons a sitting space and floating daybed, while the loft provides another place to climb and nap. The A-frame is generous in height – narrowing as it rises to frame the treetops and sky, while widening as it lowers to create child-friendly nooks.”
Crump Treehouse by Hobart-based Crump Architects.
Photography by Andrew Knott
“Settled amongst one of London’s hidden Georgian terraces along Varden Street is this exemplary three-bedroom townhouse, meticulously renovated by historical paint expert, Pedro da Costa Felgueiras of Lacquer Studios. The award-winning design represents an artful fusion of early 19th-Century detail and thoughtful modern concessions that combine to create a wonderfully individual central London home.
It is eminently clear that the original fabric of the building is fundamental to the owner’s renovation. Original fittings such as panelling and staircases were repaired during the process, and the rear gardens reinstated on what had become a car park. Bespoke paints that were hand-mixed using linseed oil and antique powder pigments enabled da Costa Felgueiras to create historically relevant tones to rejuvenate the interiors.”
There is something about the old Georgian townhouses in London’s East End especially those that have been sympathetically restored/renovated so that although life’s mod cons are well catered for it is almost as if time has stood still. Varden Street, London E1 via The Modern House.