August 20th, 2014

Home Tours: Sydney Residence

With the internal spaces of this Cronulla beachfront home in need of some attention, Amber Road sourced inspiration from Japanese design principles and their minimalist clients plea to keep things as unpretentious and simple as possible. Looking effortless is often the hardest task of all but the designers have outdone themselves using clean lines, and pale timbers of birch and american oak to compliment existing features like the marble floors.

Nook Sofa and Stanley Stool by Jardan

A lack of flowing light and a ‘boxy’ nature was combatted by collaboration with paint colour artist Sonia van De Haar of Lymesmith. The result, a restrained yet transformational colour palette of warm greys, bright whites and rich blacks creating blocks that stop just short of the roof with rounded edges.

The original downstairs master bedroom – a former garage with low ceilings given new life with the introduction of birch panelling to walls of half of the room. Rug by Kulchi.

The white weatherboard waterfront house looks fresh against the green landscape.

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Photography by Prue Ruscoe

August 19th, 2014

Decor Inspiration: Pitcher Flower Vases

I absolutely love having fresh flowers at home, the sweet scent of jasmine and hyacinths and tenacity of gorgeous hydrangeas are a welcome for sore eyes (and noses) walking in the front door. I have several “regular” shaped vases (flared and column vases) at home and while they do the job of letting the flowers be the hero, I came across a very romantic image of pale peonies in a cream pitcher and couldn’t resist hunting for more inspiration. I didn’t have to look far. Hope you enjoy!

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Easily adjusted to suit a rustic country style or french chic interior, pitchers are a alternative way to display those beautiful flowers don’t you think?

August 18th, 2014

Urban Outfitters HQ Renovated from Abandoned Navy Yards

With three big brands all the same company – Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People; it would only make sense to have a office space that matches the “trendy” vibes that each posses. While the renovations cost $100 million, the four buildings cost $1 to buy each (yes that’s two 50 cent coins you read correctly!) much of the materials were reused and reclaimed into the 330,000 sq ft space.

Designed by Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, this large space allows the brands to grow side by side, while allowing the public spaces to be their ‘mingling’ grounds between brands and buildings. The cafeteria, coffee shop, library, fitness center, and courtyard are all shared areas.

Photography by Lara Swimmer

August 17th, 2014

Three-Storey Home in Florida

When I came across this Florida home by Alexander Gorlin I had to share! Despite the size, the light, warmth and comfort oozing out of this family home is giving me some serious envy.

Thoughtfully detailed, the house was principally built with stucco on reinforced concrete, steel, glass and stone. The first floor is comprised of one large and one intimate room that share a bath and convenience bar. The spaces can easily be transformed to accommodate various functions and needs. The entire north wall of the first floor was recently painted in situ with an original work by Justin Lyons. Red oak floors anchor the primary living areas on the second level.

Photography by Craig Baranowski

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