strolling scrolling the streets of the Melbourne bay side suburb of St Kilda on my favourite real estate website when I was stopped in in my voyeuristic tracks. I think I’ve found my dream home. Ivy threatens to engulf the walls of this Arts and Crafts home with its otherwise clipped and manicured garden. Inside it’s all designer style with colour, art and the fun of family life. Even better because it’s been designed to be used as two separate dwellings over two floors I can live in one and you can have the other. Link here while it lasts.
A colour palette that mixes dark and moody black with rich pinks and blues, an industrial edge with exposed brick and pipes, old married with new. It’s the recipe for a bold apartment by Chicago-based interior designer Lauren Svenstrup of Studio Sven. She calls it Castle Black. I call it vintage glam.
“A rear extension consists of timber and cement sheet cladding, which is given nuance through minor alterations to its simple form: a curved corner softens the entry experience, a folded line of north-facing glazing provides a functional eave, and glazing is located to moderate light and frame views. Inside, generous living spaces are conducive to casual family life. Different living zones are created through gentle interventions: gentle light on entry shifts to a bright double-height family room, changes in material create warmth, and small nooks are suited to impromptu reading and resting.”
A modern extension for modern family living. Thornbury House by Melbourne-based Olaver Architecture.
Photography by Ben Clement
The house is an early 1900s Queenslander. Described by the designers as “never lacking in style and charm”, they saw their role as updating the social lifestyle aspects of the home. The kitchen was redesigned and living and dining areas became connected inside and out. The result is a chic, contemporary home with a nod to its past and its feet firmly in the 21st century. Banksia House by AP Design House, a small, award-winning, multidisciplinary studio in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
“Richly layered interiors that utilize a refined sense of color, texture and pattern. Mixing pieces from all eras, the work is simultaneously modern and traditional.”
That’s how New York based boutique interior design firm Chused & Co describe their work and this art collector’s family home in Panama City is the perfect example of their creative magic.