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Connelly London

My heart! After a five-year hiatus, the iconic London store, Connelly has been reborn by the storied French duo Gilles & Bossier and for me it is perfection. Housed in a Georgian townhouse in the heart of Mayfair, the store is two levels of highly-edited luxury goods and one level of residence for the store’s owner, Isabel Ettedgui....

Luxury exploration

A "lavish hotel in motion" could be what best describes South America's first ever, luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer in Peru, which was designed by Inge Moore and Nathan Hitchins of London-based design firm, MUZA Lab. Its inaugural launch journey in May 2017 welcomed its passenger-guests with an elegance and exclusivity also romantically connected with the local cultural traditions of the idyllic-seeming, Peruvian...

Sydney downsizer

This beautiful little gem is located in Sydney purchased with the intention to fix up and sell, designed by the sassy and clever ladies from Amber Road – Sydney based Interior Design & Landscape Architecture firm. The dated 60's building was transformed into a luxurious beach side apartment, perfect for a retiree couple. It consists of 2 bedrooms with clever integrated storage, a modernized kitchen and...

Nature bursts in Milan

Turin-based architects Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa refurbished a 150m2 apartment in Milan, facing a lush internal garden. The visual relationship with nature was the guiding motivation behind the choice of this place on the part of the client, a place with which to identify and establish a personal rapport. These were the...

Salt Vanity Australia

Salt: Vanity, an exhibition of the most recent work by Australian photographer Murray Fredericks just wrapped up at London's Hamiltons Gallery The Vanity series is a continuation of Fredericks’ renowned Salt series. In this next cycle of the project, Fredericks introduces a mirror into the previously undisturbed landscape.

His long relationship with Lake Eyre, where his...

The New Venice

I have posted about Venice previously, so it’s no secret that I love it. Its home to some extraordinary architecture and engineering steeped in tradition from an age of a gilded empire. It’s a place that truly peaks my sense of wonder. So for me, this latest project by Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa set in this amazing...

living simply

Located in Canada on the shores of Lake Memphremagog and designed by Montréal-based firm acdf*, the first thing that drew me to this house was the simple yet stunning timber staircase. The ribbon of perfectly stained woods cuts faultlessly through the stark monochromatic interior and provides the perfect anchor for the grand piano. This starkness continues throughout the...

reviving the past

Located in London’s Covent Garden, the Henrietta Hotel by Parisian design firm Chzon is named after the eponymous street, once home to the city’s renowned publishing houses and booksellers. The hotel, stretching across two four-story townhouses from the late 19th century, comprises 18 rooms, one restaurant and a cocktail bar. Inspired by the hodgepodge of different...

pure mastery

South African studio Malan Voster designed the Paarman Tree House, a cozy retreat in Cape Town that resembles a tree house, which offers views among the trees.  The architects have been involved with previous projects on this tree-rich property, and were commissioned to design a small contemporary house to compliment the existing collection of buildings organised around a modern interpretation of the Cape Werf. The Paarman Tree...

Chromatic tension

Situated on Boston’s famous Beacon Street this stately apartment is an exploration of colour and balance by Dee Elms of Elms Interior Design. Traditional in it proportions and architectural detailing the home is an eclectic mix of contemporary, mid-century and classical decorative elements. Australian made lighting from Christopher Boots sits alongside New York’s Apparatus Studio and vintage Serge Mouille...