Take a narrow inner city Sydney terrace house. Strip it to its stone walls and carefully construct a minimalist dream home. A limited colour palette of black and white tempered by sandstone walls and blonde timbers provides the perfect stage for statement furniture pieces and lighting. What could be stark instead is full of beautiful vignettes. Darlinghurst Terrace by Tom Mark Henry.
It’s like a beautiful woman stripped bare of makeup, in my eyes even more beautiful. This New York country house by Michael Dawkins Home has amazing bones but it’s simple colour palette of black and white, its exposed posts and beams as well as those lusciously naked floors that allow the carefully curated furniture pieces and objet to shine … or should that be subtlely glow.
Old meets new in this modern makeover of a classic Spanish Mission bungalow by Melbourne-based design firm Kennon.Studio. The arch motif, repeated throughout the house, references the house’s history but in a way that is modern and fresh. A tight colour palette of black and white allows graphic art works to pop. Decoration is stripped back, lines are clean and contemporary, but modern minimalism no way detracts from the house’s past. A perfect marriage.
Don’t get me wrong. I love this house. I love the cool white rooms with their doors thrown open to the outside. I love the Spanish tiles on the floor, the mix of old and new furniture, the painted Asian pieces. What I really love, though, is the garden. Oh my! A series of courtyards intimately connected to the interiors, the gurgle of water features including a small rill, white and yellow frangapanis. What low maintenance loveliness. I’m stalking in the Sydney suburb of Paddington just a stone’s throw from Oxford S. You’ll find the link here while it lasts.
The client, a real estate firm, wanted an atypical office where their agents could work and entertain. The space is definitely not your standard office cubicle. In fact it could easily be the kitchen/family room in one of their properties. The future of your local real estate high street presence? PS Platinum Del Mar Plaza by Intimate Living Interiors who are based in Solana Beach, California.