Like a new industrial skeleton within an old brick skin, this 250m2 warehouse conversion in inner-city Melbourne is a mixture of intimate spaces and open voids, family space and public face. I love the light that streams into the heart of the old building, the walls of steel and glass windows and the outside that is actually in. Fitzroy Loft by Architects EAT.
In my dreams I live in a farmhouse surrounded by vineyards. It’s a simple but oh so stylish pile. Rustic yet sophisticated, traditional yet modern, surrounded by friends and family, celebrating the beauty in life. My dreams might just look a little like Healdsburg Ranch by San Francisco-based design firm Jute.
It’s a bit like Cochella meets William Morris or Swedish exposed brick meets Bob Dylan. I’m going to call it boho, rock chick, Scandi granny. Think David Hamilton photographs come to life with an iPhone and a flat screen TV. A warmer and, may I say, more welcoming progression from the washed out, monochrome, Scandi had a holiday in Bali look we’ve been seeing for a couple of years now. Hats off to the home owner and the stylist of this real estate listing. Yes I have a new Swedish estate agent crush… Entrance Fastighetsmäkleri. Unfortunately this townhouse has sold but there are plenty more lovelies on the website.
It seems this week that Kim and I have been travelling the same design path. Our focus has been on fabulous Australian design. This East St Kilda House by Melbourne-based interior design and architectural practice MEME is yet another stellar example. Clean, modern lines with a palette of whites and greys warmed by wood. The recurring arch motive references the building’s original Spanish Mission style with new windows and doors in black steel adding another layer to the link. Tactile, robust but strikingly contemporary.
First stalking of the year and I’m excited. (Beats chest. Bellows loudly. Frightens neighbour’s children.) I’m in Rozelle, Sydney and but it’s not just one home I’m stalking. It’s two. Two houses, same suburb, same street, separated by scant meters. I’m partial to both, can’t afford either but my love affair with small heritage cottages with architect extensions continues. First the sandstone house. Link here while it lasts.