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Cool tool for designers + renovators - capture colour wherever you go!

Check out the SwatchMate Cube, a cool new gadget that captures the colour of any surface and sends the colour via Bluetooth to your smartphone or directly into Photoshop, showing you the RGB, CMYK or Pantone colours used in the scanned surface. The founders are three Melbourne based engineers and recently won both the Sydney and the Melbourne Design Awards. The team say they're doing for colour what Shazam does for music...

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Zinc + cedar architecture with a view

It's hard to believe that this dramatic zinc-clad structure in Auckland was once a brick bungalow with "warren-like rooms" and not much in the way of water views. Dorrington Architects & Associates were called in to revamp an existing home which, from a philosophical point of view, the owners preferred to renovate rather than rebuild. As such, the architects describe the project as an amalgam of old and new, with the emphasis on retaining the detailing while maximizing space and water views...

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Nordic-inspired beach retreat

The interior design of this cottage in Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula involved its refurbishment and transformation into a warm and Nordic inspired beach house retreat. The existing architecture was challenging to work with as it offered very little natural light. Inspired by a Nordic aesthetic, Christopher Elliot Design specified that the entire interior, including floors and walls, be painted white to create a clean backdrop...

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Sustainable Aussie-made furniture

There's not much that gives me more of a thrill than to get behind beautiful Aussie made sustainable products. Isn't this Nomi furniture line divine? And would look awesome in any of our Designhunter homes featured here on the blog. Made from solid oak and hand-crafted in Melbourne, the pieces are flat packed for shipping (free shipping to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane & Adelaide) and feature 'no-tools' assembly based on a Japanese 'peg, lock and wedge' method of joinery...

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Canadian ridge retreat with bold but delicate architectural form

If I was designing a luxury rural abode this warm and earthy rural oasis in Canada would definitely have a place on my mood board! Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson architects, the long linear form of the home stretches along the crest of a narrow ridge and is surrounded by evergreen forest with sensational views across the Canadian wilderness. The architects have done a great job in achieving a balance of strength and beauty with the core of the structure in stone and steel offset by Douglas fir rafters and timber cladding...

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Tin shed architecture in Redfern

I love the concept of using the new to celebrate the old and this project beautifully illustrates how well it can work. In the words of its creative designer, Raffaello Rosselli :


The humble tin shed is an iconic Australian structure. The project was to repurpose an existing tin shed at the rear of a residential lot, in the inner-city suburb of Redfern, Sydney. Located on a corner the existing shed was a distinctive building, a windowless, narrow double storey structure on a single storey residential street...

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Design your ultimate bathroom sanctuary

What’s your idea of bathroom heaven?


For me, it’s the luxury of an island bath, organic textures and surfaces, and a view to a secluded garden. A hot bubbly bath is running, a candle or two are flickering and there’s most certainly a chilled flute of champagne nearby.


The ideal bathroom can be hard to achieve, especially if you’re a perfectionist like me! When I was building rec...

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Light-filled architecture in Queens Park

The renovation and extension of this beautiful Sydney home was designed by Fox Johnston architects. Featuring lots of timber elements and a fantastic polished aggregate concrete floor, the design focused on offering flexibility for the young family of 5 and its evolving lifestyle needs. Multi-tasked spaces were included to allow re-purposing for the changing needs of the family. The playroom for instance can be converted into a study or an additional bedroom when no longer needed and the guest retreat can be a future teenager’s bedroom or a visiting grandparent...

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'Inspiring through Creative Design'

This interiors of this fantastic home South of Melbourne were designed by the multi-talented Bronnie Masefau. Bronnie is an interior designer who prefers to think of herself as a "home maker". She is also the author of a series of books, including the newly released Inspiring through creative design: Enjoying the Journey, which showcases this contemporary beach side home decorated and furnished with an eclectic mix of global influences...

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The Edgeland house

A glimpse of the future, inspired by the past, the Edgeland home is a showcase of art, nature, technology and culture all in one architectural design. Designed by Belgian-Taiwanese architecture studio Bercy Chen, this sustainable home is constructed on a rehabilitated brownfield site in Austin, Texas for a science fiction writer who was fascinated by 21st century human habitation of abandoned industrial zones in urban settings...

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