architecture

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...

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...

Victoria – Coastal Cool

“This was to be a quality, robust home for generations” so say the designers of this home located in Victoria’s costal region. Architects Robson Rak were tasked with a brief from the client that this was to be home that could not only house the family (as well as extended family and guests), but also be a building...

powerful hues

The once former head office of a fashion brand, was transformed into a family home located in a 19th century Stockholm apartment and renovated by Note Design Studio. I simply adore the colour palette, bang on joinery and contemporary furniture that contrasts yet compliments the old world interior. The colours of the tiled ovens were green, pink and a yellowish white, they decided...

Holland Park, sweetie!

Holland Park is arguably the best part of London and is where this six bedroom Victoria townhouse sits. Formerly owned by John Cleese, this impressive building is now home to a young couple and their children. Scott Maddux in conjunction with his British design partner, Jo leGleud, collaborated with the London architect Nathaniel Gee on this project of generous proportions....

Sydney pool house

The wraparound swimming pool plays the starring role in these alterations and additions and becomes the architectural pivot that binds one hundred years of history.The organic two-storey addition at the back of a single storey 1910 cottage located in Randwick NSW, is surrounded by a swimming pool and the water is the focus that holds the two distinct sections of the house together. Designed by