If you have a beachfront home, you have to have floor to ceiling windows, and low slung window seats. I don’t make the rules.

(You don’t really see partial walls this tall – I really dig this – normally they’re headboard height.
Love the choice of bedside lighting too, so fine and linear.)

Photography Derek Swalwell

This incredible home by Planned Architects (with interior design by Studio Tom) sits in the sand dunes along Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. See the full house tour (including oceanview pool) here and here.

Materiality masterpiece – love the wide oak floors, that tall timber-framed glass door, the low and deep window seat, and especially…

…this lime-washed, muted masonry wall running down one complete side of the space. The perfect balance of substance and serenity, by London-based Erbar Mattes.

And now, out to the country. Specifically the hills and dales of Berrilee, on the outskirts of Sydney. This modern country farmhouse (dubbed The Ridge, and available for location hire) belongs to Andrew and Vicki Saran – he’s a builder, she’s the founder of a lifestyle concept store Deer Willow. Dream team. (Why didn’t I marry a builder? Poor planning, past Alana)

I love a kitchen layout that doesn’t conform to the norm.

You can see more of The Ridge over at Australia’s Homes to Love

Love a low, trough-style bathroom sink

Really like this simple linen-look textural tile here, too.

Bedroom in the same apartment – this opens out onto the living room, thanks to those dreamy, white-steel-framed, glass accordion doors.

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Photography Felix Forest

How the other half live, right? These incredible bathrooms belong to various Sydney homes by design duo Tania Handelsmann and Gillian Khaw. As Handelsmann and Khaw (now that’s couple of surnames just made for eponymity) Tania and Gillian’s spaces share a signature grace and stature, but also have a sense of spontaneity and fun about them. You’ll see just what I mean if you go and explore their portfolio, here.

When it comes to sinks and faucets, I really dig the unexpected – like this kitchen situation, via architects Contekst

More unexpected sinks from Contekst – I adore this monolithic-looking kitchen island, the extra-thick concrete top, the style of those hobs, the unexpected positioning of the sink, all that concealed storage…

With the fridge and other appliances all hidden away on the left there, and that huge stone fireplace, this reads more like a dining room than a hard-working kitchen

And space down this end to sit

Details, friends. Details.
The master bathroom from this same house.

Told you I love an unexpected faucet (and in this case mixer) situation

Please don’t do your new bathroom in these tiles, because I’m reserving them for my next house.

Photography by Shannon McGrath

Bagsy. Beautiful bathrooms by Studio Griffiths. See the full home tour over at The Local Project


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Trying to summon warmer weather – and a balmy tropical escape – with these images from Villa Massilia in Bali.

This internal arched smoked glass French Door (that’s a GOOD mouthful!) and kitchen belongs to an incredible Melbourne residence – an original Italianate 19th-century home and stables, reimagined as a stately family home. Architecture by Pleysier Perkins, interior design by Sanders & King. See the rest here.

Palette appreciation: Love the combination here of textural limewash-painted walls, with the off-white tapware and lighting. Beautiful bathroom by interior architects Daytrip (also, btw – cool name).

More scenes from the same London terrace home. All the metalwork (such as the kitchen tapware and stair rail) were custom powder-coated in Oyster White as part of Daytrip’s design.  See the full home tour here.

Lovely little heritage-meets-modern bathroom by Emily Broom

It’s in the details: stone top slightly recessed into the countertop *chef kiss*

Love the way they’ve used the same blonde timber in the kitchen cabinetry, ceiling and…

 The dining set (banquette one side, bench seat the other – nice). This kitchen belongs to Mill 3, one of many holiday homes offered through AM Residences.

Possibly the most gorgeous itty bitty apartment kitchen I ever did see!
Another of AM Residences’ offerings, Zoute 33 in Belgium

Another sublime space by AM Residences – the combination of the linen curtains used as a partition, the chocolately cabinetry, thicc stone countertops AND oval cabinet pulls is sending me.  More images of this kitchen here.


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Photography by Thomas De Bruyne

Belgian Farmhouse by the master Pieter Vanrenterghem. See much more of this home over at Est.

From the A Girl Can Dream pile, this bathroom by Melbourne architect Paul Conrad, which shows how richness and restraint can play nice together.

So much to dig in this Chicago home by Pernille Lind Studio. While many of the design features are sympathetic to it’s 1920’s European history and Colonial Revival style, I love that the finished aesthetic is definitely eclectic and not easily definable undefinable. They’re layered lots of cool, chubby new-post-modern pieces in, too – items like the curvy black dining table, stone slab coffee table and that huge graphic artwork in the lounge room above.

Walk through this gorgeous moody passageway (with loads of tucked away storage), and you come upon:

This gorgeous moody kitchen

Designed by Atelier Barda

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