Warm minimalism for serene spa pavilion in Nova Scotia

If you squint a little it would be easy to imagine this as a stunning luxury home but in fact it is a luxury spa. It is the third pavilion style structure on the same parcel of land designed by Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple architects and is in Nova Scotia, Canada. In the words of the architects, "This new, third pavilion is sited and experienced very differently, below the others and tucked into the edge of the forest, facing a field, before the sea...

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Nautical and natural materials in Balmain

Balmain is a colourful and cultured suburb of Sydney and is the setting of this home renovation designed by TW Architects in collaboration with Hagan Built. The brief was to extend the existing modest weatherboard home to create a modern light-filled home that retained its link to the history of the house.

In the words of the architects: "An awareness of the climate, the use of sustainable materials and green sensibilities were important considerations in the design...

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Natural textures and Indigo blue in Cottlesloe

The village of Cottlesloe in Western Australia is famous for its superb beach and terraced lawns overlooking the Indian Ocean. This home received a full fitout and furnish from the talented team at Collected Interiors. The owners were planning to lease the house out for short term stays so needed the fitout to be hardwearing, on budget and styled to suit the beachside locale.

Collected Interiors have expertly incorporated design elements that reflect the coastal locale using textures and colours inspired by Nature and the ocean...

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Rugged architectural beauty in the Glasshouse mountains

This home in the Glass House mountains of Queensland was designed by Bark Design Architects as a place of ‘glass and stone’ with qualities of being robust and anchored to the earth but also floating, light and transparent.

The connection between indoors and out is blurred with transparency to the interiors while anchored by the basalt garden wall and the natural volcanic landscape.

In the words of the architect the house "celebrates economical finishes, directness, authenticity, natural, textured and unadorned surfaces which are embroidered with highly crafted timber elements and pieces...

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The '2 Corner' house

The owners of this Sydney home originally planned to renovate before deciding to demolish and start from scratch with the skills of architect Matt Elkan on board to design their new abode.
The key requirements were around maximising the location and climate to bring in light, beach views and bring the outdoors in, while still providing protection from strong sea breezes.

Matt's response to the brief was incorporating diagonally opposite outdoor spaces, one on the North East side to maximise the aspect and a sheltered courtyard to the South West for refuge...

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The house that we built

I'm excited today to be sharing my personal architecture journey with you!

Hubby & I have followed the work of Bourne Blue Architects for many years so it was exciting to give them the challenge of transforming our ugly duckling into a swan while incorporating their signature style of understated simplicity, extensive use of concrete and timber and sustainable principles.

I thought it would be good to share the images I originally gave Bourne Blue as inspiration for the design...

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Warm minimalism on the beachfront

This award-winning beach house on the Atlantic Ocean was designed by West Chin Architects to take advantage of unobstructed views of the ocean, Long Beach and the horizon. Taking every advantage of its natural surrounds, the home has been designed as a picture of warm minimalism and is one of the first US homes to use eco-friendly and structurally robust BBS wood panels from Austria, which provide warmth as internal and external finishes as well as allow wide spans and high level insulation...

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A sun-drenched home in Cooks Hill

This house in my hometown of Newcastle, Australia was designed by leading local architects Bourne Blue. With no street frontage and 10 adjacent neighbours it was no small task to design a home that delivered space, light and privacy for the young family who would live there. Double height living areas and expansive bifold doors helped to create a wonderfully spacious, modern and light-filled interior that seamlessly flows into the back garden...

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Industrial cafe vibe for Rozelle terrace

This terrace house revamp in Rozelle was originally restricted to a modest kitchen makeover, however, led by TW Architects, the owners realised the advantages of reworking the whole house and decided on a full makeover including open plan living area, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. The owners wishlist included a strong industrial design aesthetic for the kitchen, given their enjoyment of entertaining and cooking in an open format...

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Colourful + organic design in North Coogee

Colourful, rustic, orgnanic, fun and relaxed was the brief for the interior makeover of this home in North Coogee, Western Australia. Charged with the brief, Collected Interiors weaved their magic to produce all of those things, working the new furnishings and decor in with the clients existing furnishings and giving the home a real sense of warmth and personality. Some great additions include the vintage hairpin leg console to the entry (loving the yellow legs!) and French industrial flavour in the form of Tolix chairs and the pendants over the dining table...

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