“Designed for multi-generational living, this courtyard house resolves a difficult 260sqm sandstone ridge site through creation of a podium base consisting of a garage and clever two-level, dual-key apartment suite over which rests a two-storey dwelling of light-filled spaces clustered around gardens and courtyards.”
Emili Fox, the director of Sydney based architectural practice Fox Johnston has created her family’s forever home over three levels, the lower containing a suite for her parents. The house with its simple material palette of recycled brick, concrete and plywood seamlessly connects with the gardens through walls of glass while sustainability principles are at the forefront of the design.
Photography by Anson Smart & Brett Boardman
There is a design firm here in Ottawa that pops up on my Instagram feed every now and then and it hit me that I should finally feature these talented folks. West of Main aims to create beautiful spaces that complement beautiful lives. Influenced by designs from around the world West of Main can assist clients in developing connections to styles inspired by culture and diversified by texture. With a belief that natural elements possess a timeless beauty, West of Main’s designs combine nature with modern pieces to create a chic, elegant and unique style. This is what everyone seems to be after these days, and why I titled this crowd-pleasing. It works for almost everyone. I’d of course add in some vintage bits and some funky mid-century lighting…..
It’s all about drama and bold personalities in this concrete addition to a Melbourne weatherboard home. Modern clean lines, a swathe of stone running through the kitchen and carefully chosen statement pieces bring a feeling of sculptural brutalism softened by fabrics and texture. Toorak House by Melbourne-based architectural firm Kennon.
I may be obsessed as of late with centuries old homes but on the other, completely opposing hand a simple, modern home with a black exterior and concrete floors is something I will always be drawn to. This home is giving me life and is GORGEOUS inside and out. For cityhomeCOLLECTIVE owner Cody’s Derrick’s personal residence, we worked with Sparano & Mooney Architecture and builders Sausage Space to create a “best of both worlds” concept: the goal was to bridge the gap between condo/loft living and a ground-level home that included yard space and room to grow. As lead designer on the project, Cody worked collaboratively with Sparano & Mooney to ensure that a simple but imaginative layout served as the blueprint for a plethora of natural materials and a focus on the elements (water being the feature at the center of the home’s footprint). Local craftsmen were hired wherever possible (in this case, for railings, cabinets, kitchen island, custom dining table, custom pigmented concrete, etc). For the interior design, we focused on a layered approach–from salvaged chandeliers and chairs to plants, books, art, etc.–that would add to the warmth of the open space and balance the newness of the project.