Wind in the grass, ripples on the pond, kids splashing in the pool. Alfresco conversations, family gatherings, native wildlife paying a visit and the joy of an Australian garden that is more than a lawn and the latest “it” plants. Low maintenance, drought resistant, sustainable and beautiful. Musk Cottage garden in Flinders in country Victoria by Eckersley Garden Architecture.
It’s Friday. The weekend is looming and a girl’s (or boy’s) mind turns to weekend activities. For me it’s all about gardening. (I must be getting old. It used to be all about partying.) A little inspiration via this Port Melbourne garden by landscape architect Ben Scott. Traditional with a twist out the front and modern alfresco fun surrounding the new extension out the back. Just about perfect!
Don’t get excited boys and girls. It’s just the pool house. Just the pool house!? Who am I kidding? It’s fabulous. I’d happily move right in and make it my main home (which makes me wonder what the main house does look like). Brentwood Pool House by West Hollywood based residential design firm STUDIO LIFE/STYLE.
All prim and proper, solid and traditional out the front, slick and modern out the back. I’m stalking a renovated home in the Melbourne suburb of Malvern and it’s my favourite type of renovation … a sensitively restored facade with a fun open plan family addition to the back. A small back yard isn’t so much of a drawback when stylish landscaping and easy sight lines in and out through expansive doors and cleverly placed windows blur boundaries. Link here while it lasts.
The perfect marriage of sophistication and rustic style, of old and new, humble object and high end statement piece. Stone and straw play against the gloss of lacquer and hints of gold. While the dichotomy provides the drama in this Mediterranean Townhouse by Spanish designer Serge Castella, the contrast is more curated than clashing. Imagine living surrounded by such beautiful things.