Monthly Archives: October 2018

Decorating Around the World: Easy Living in Australia

It’s mid-winter at New England, and I’m craving the sunshine and wide open space of Australia. Pulling notions from sleek, architect-designed houses and bloggers’ abodes with this personal touch, there is something to tempt every taste.

Come with me on this virtual tour of new, inspired houses from Brisbane to Melbourne, and make sure you wait for the next in this new show when we explore the ingenious apartments of Amsterdam!

Olive & pleasure

This coastal Sanctuary Cove home has a perfect balance of mid-century pieces and new handmade accents. A zing of lemon zest is just the thing to awaken an interior filled with warm woods and white, and a graphic print is always a welcome touch.

Camilla Molders Design

Vibrant aqua paired with red, dark wood and weathered pendant lights makes a bold statement in this Port Melbourne kitchen designed by Camilla Molders. The large windows let in a flood of light in the gardens and invite you to take your meal outside.

Beach Vintage

Take a cue from Brisbane-based blogger Beach Vintage and frame a collection of classic swimming costumes. It’s quirky and charming and would certainly make any guest grin! Or, put your own twist on it by framing whatever private mementos you’ve got available; matchbooks or coasters from holidays would have a graphic allure when framed in a grid.

Sam Crawford Architects

This Sydney home has that indoor-outdoor living thing nailed. French doors leading onto a patio? Check. Cool, modern seating, outdoor fireplace and spacious yard? Check, check and check!

This Melbourne kitchen is a Mid-Century Modern lover’s dream. Eames chairs, a marble-topped Saarinen dining table, and groovy wallpaper that echoes the design of the timeless pendant lighting.

A Beach Cottage

This porch in Sydney is indeed warm, it makes me want to kick off my shoes and settle in with a heap of new design magazines and an icy drink.

Here is a very simple look to recreate in the home: collect a few classic furniture locates (leaving a few with Engineered timber and giving other pieces a lick of white paint), toss in a few striped cushions plus a row of Ikea lanterns, and you’re set!

A Beach Cottage

The beachy vibe continues into the bedroom of the Sydney home, with classic trunks painted white standing at as a bedside table, a linen-covered director’s seat, and old fashioned bedstead. Fresh flowers in a pitcher include a hint of color and create a welcoming mood.

Sam Crawford Architects

Sydney-based architect Sam Crawford created a sense of free flowing movement between inside and outside by installing a wall of windows and large open door in this home. And I really like the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with library ladder; what a great use of vertical space!

Sam Crawford Architects

An opinion of the same home at the day shows how the space flows effortlessly from 1 end to another. The big, open area keeps from feeling at all cold through the usage of chunky wooden beams, warm tones in the concrete flooring, and aged brick on the exterior.

Secret Gardens

Secret Gardens of Sydney is a creative landscape design company, and if you’re looking for outdoor inspiration, their portfolio is a great place to start. Note how they’ve replicated the color in the flowers in the foreground in the striped cushions of their outdoor armchair above. I know I’ll be maintaining this tip in mind whilst updating my porch this spring!

Sweet William

Paula Mills resides in a sunny Melbourne home full of thrifty locates and handmade flair. I really like the quirky mix inside this dining area; in the classic table and seats to the eclectic artwork display, it’s inviting and creative.

Every area in blogger and designer Vivian Mansour’s Sydney home is covetable, but I am drawn to her kitchen first and foremost. The open plan, large windows, and beautiful tile function create a clean, spacious feel, while the only wallpaper accent adds a more lively note.

Olive & pleasure

Julie of the beautiful website Olive & Joy is a new mother and internet shop owner. I’m completely smitten with Julie’s home, which is located on the coast in Sanctuary Cove.

Her style runs towards blank Mid-Century Modern discovers and graphic artwork, all kept within a rather strict color palette of black and white, charcoal and orange yellowish. I really like the classic bus roll hung on the wall !

Olive & pleasure

That attracts our excursion of Aussie style into a close, but I would really like to hear from you.

Tell us: That was your favorite space? What do you think of when you think of Australian style? Did you find any ideas here you would like to use in your home?

Read more Australian home design:
Sydney | Melbourne | Brisbane

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Get Organized: A Place For Your Pets' Stuff

Owning a pet is like having a child. OK, it is not exactly the same, however you still have to consider training, feeding, and washing themtaking them to go to the toilet and the doctor; and playing together. Not to mention all the stuff — it is amazing how quickly a pet’s stuff may add up. However, by purging unnecessary items and dividing things up according to action, you may keep your pet’s belongings tidy and readily accessible.

Studio Zerbey Architecture + Design

1. Put aside a place for ingestion. A home for your pet’s food gives him a routine and helps keep prospective mess confined to a single area. This custom made solution is excellent because it prevents food from tipping over and dry food from slipping out all over the ground.

Lumens

Dog Candles – $35

As an alternative to built-ins, look into skid-free pet bowls and a big plastic mat. Look for a little nook where your pet can eat in peaceout of the main traffic areas.

Artisan Kitchens Inc..

Keep food and treats tidy by setting aside an organized place to maintain dry food clean. This customized setup includes three drawers for snacks and meals directly above the feeding area. This is a beautiful solution to a messy problem, however a large airtight plastic container close to your pet’s feeding area is going to do the trick just fine.

Keep your pet’s food directly next to the feeding place. The less you have to bag their meals tote around the home, the less mess you’ll generate.

Casa Greer

2. Locate a place for their accessories and toys. Type through your pet supplies using basic organizational strategies. Toss what is broken or beyond repair, and donate unused toys to a friend. Torn leashes, tired brushes and died drugs ought to be thrown away, also.

Select a way to keep everything stored. Keep the leashes you use most frequently hanging from the door for easy access. Store toys in a bin where you generally play with your pet.

COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio

3. Give them a special sleeping place. I really don’t know about you, but fur is the thing that plagues my pet-friendly house more than anything else. It has definitely been a challenge to figure out what zones my kitty ought to be allowed into, and also the best way to instruct him to stay away from our red sofa. In case you have the space, a fantastic solution for this is to build-in a bed for your dog or cat. Animals love secure, snug spots in this way.

Crypton Doodle Dog Bed, Persimmon, Moderate – $130

In case a build-in bed is not a choice, a vibrant and lavish dog bed should do the trick. Tuck it away in a quiet place where your puppy remains near you when you’re at the kitchen or family room, however is outside of this instant traffic area.

Niche Interiors

Perhaps they have already staked their claim in your favorite window seat. Removable, washable pillow covers keep things looking neat.

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Native American Teepee – $24

A silent sleeping place gives your pet a safe and secure place to see if things are chaotic. My kitty loves to encounter his small cubby when we have folks over — it allows him watch the action without being part of it.

This contemporary teepee is the best place for your furry friend to snuggle up and hide during the day. And it is such a cute design, you won’t have a problem showing it in a principal area.

4. Keep track of the necessities. Keep your pet’s records in one secure place. Adoption and vet files, medical documents, and everything else ought to be stored with the rest of your important paperwork.

Keep creature medicines, flea remedies, and bathing materials in a place away from pets and kids. Even some normal pet shampoos may be toxic, so keep them out of reach.

Klopf Architecture

5. Solve the litter box dilemma. For cat owners, even figuring out where to place the litter box may be logistical headache. No one wants to know what is happening in there while they’re eating or watching TV. A lot of cat owners choose to put the litter box in a laundry room or a guest toilet, where folks don’t devote a great deal of time. Just remember that it ought to be within an low-traffic area where your cat could be lonely. Keep a broom, plastic baggies, additional litter and a scoop in there for easy cleanup.

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ModKat Litter Box – $188

Even though a built-in cubby for a litter box is perfect, it is not realistic for everyone. This contemporary litter box solution is a fantastic method to contain the mess without having to deal with a clunky and hideous contraption. Who would have thought”attractive” and”litter box” could belong in exactly the same sentence?

More pet ideas:
40 Fun Presents For The Pet-Loving Friends
5 Pet Issues Solved by Layout
50 Design Loving Dogs

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Readers' Choice: The Best 20 Patios of 2011

From desert landscapes to foggy mountains to lakeside cottages, the very best terrace photographs this year reveal the varied locations that users call home. And while ers were about modern and contemporary patios this year, stunning traditional and diverse outdoor areas also rose up in the ranks.

Have a look the 20 hottest patio photographs uploaded to in 2011. Which one you prefer?

More Readers’ Choice winners of 2011:
Kitchens | Bedrooms | Baths | Offices | Living Bathrooms | Kids’ Bathrooms | Laundry Bathrooms

Arterra Landscape Architects

1. ers loved the casual contemporary look of the outdoor terrace. The fireplace is partially surrounded by a built-in seat with added light fittings, and cold slate tile contrasts with the terra cotta walls.

Sullivan Design Studio

2. The wall encircling this outdoor patio made this picture worth bookmarking for several users. ers were inspired by the built in planters and each one of the seating this functional wall supplied.

Ana Williamson Architect

3. Putting an outdoor dining area outside of a kitchen and indoor dining area is the best way to transition your home in the inside to the outdoors. ers loved the simple setup and the beautiful shade given by the wisteria on the arbor.

Prideaux Design

4. This desert terrace is anything but bare. The combination of succulents and rock make the room feel complete and refreshing. users spared this distance for the great modern furniture, the most vibrant ceramic planters along with the pops of orange and blue throughout the plan.

Huettl Landscape Architecture

5. The blend of materials in this picture caught the eye of modern-landscape-loving ers. The redwood and steel arbor and lively greenery warm the all-concrete terrace.

Integrated

6. Ipe — a tropical timber — has been used in a lot of patios around this past year. Users loved the red tone of the timber in this terrace and the maze-like texture of these gardens surrounding the space.

Notting Hill Gardens | Design Build Construction

7. This lush rear patio area is the best location for outdoor entertaining. The numerous seating areas can hold several groups of individuals. users loved the vines on the walls, and the blend of the brick and the slate tiles.

Scot Meacham Wood Design

8. If you’re attempting to find out the perfect method to maintain an impromptu outdoor dinner party, use this designer’s alternative as inspiration. Chic white and black fabrics always look fresh and clean, and will dress up even the most casual outdoor space.

Clay Construction Inc..

9. The great thing about this outdoor patio is it’s fantastic for any time of year. While it’s clearly well-suited for summertime, the fireplace, covered terrace and covered outdoor kitchen make it a cozy refuge on cold winter nights.

Christopher Yates Landscape Architecture

10. ers were drawn to the blank linear shape of the concrete and timber outdoor dining area.

Cohn + Associates

11. This luxurious patio has just about everything you’d need in an outdoor space. Even a TV, covered living room and outdoor terrace are visible in this shot. users loved the drapes along the longer walls in this outdoor room — it is a great way to retain heat in the winter or block the sun through a daytime picture.

Metamorphysis Home Staging Services

12. The winding form of the built-in seat made it bookmark-worthy for most users. Users especially loved the tropical and warm feel the fearless terra-cotta colour on the cushions gave the cold concrete seat.

Andre laurent

13. The straightforward design of the outdoor patio follows the”less is more” mindset. The lines of this roof and the deck lead your eye on the other end of the home, and make the space seem longer. ers loved the sliding glass doors and the blending of the inside and the outdoors.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

14. The sculptural fence in this shot has an wonderful effect with this outdoor terrace. The lighting generates its own layout on the fence. It is daring enough that no additional decor is necessary.

Arterra Landscape Architects

15. ers loved the contrast between the granite countertop and the red Ipe wood with this kitchen. This photograph was bookmarked for layout inspiration — that the kitchen has plenty of space for cooking, serving drinks and eating a complete meal.

Sandy Koepke

16. Rich, lus, and exotic are a few of the very first words that come to mind when viewing this magical outdoor hideaway. Users loved the diverse mish-mash of lanterns, foliage and fabrics.

Cornerstone Architects

17. It is difficult to say what is more striking about this beautiful terrace — the view or the stunning structure of this terrace itself. ers loved the exposed wood ceiling and beams, along with the elegant interior-like expression of the fireplace and the kitchen chimney.

Baysix Design

18. Everything about this long and narrow outdoor terrace in Mexico is rather fabulous, but observant ers spared this picture for the exceptional bamboo flooring therapy. The beautiful colours on the outdoor pillows were another favourite feature, as were the wonderful outdoor lanterns near each column.

Studio William Hefner

19. These built in chairs are a excellent way to make use of any and all space in a walled-in terrace. Instead of staying far from the walls, this designer embraced them! The corner space turned into a comfy sitting room.

Kaufman Homes, Inc..

20. users loved the wise utilization of a sectional couch in this room. The L-shaped couch offers ample seating and retains the room comfy.

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Pattern Play: Subtle Southwest Style

I’m really loving all of the Southwestern influences I have been visiting in interiors and fashion this past year. Many times I get asked how to achieve certain looks without always making them a theme. By playing with stripes and colours I managed to get a look to illustrate that for you. As you can see, I didn’t actually use any actual Southwestern patterns. You’ll see no arrowheads or bison in this pattern play!

More Pattern Plays: Modern Masculine | Traditional Modern

Jennifer Bishop Design

Here is how I used my blueprint mixing rules of thumb to produce for this palette:

1. Decide on a beginning print. I began with the stripe. It gave me a fantastic way to pull my colours in, and the texture reminded me of a tapestry or a poncho.

2. Build the colour palette. With this stripe, I managed to pull in terra cotta, teal, beige and beige. Good colours to provide us our Southwestern feel.

3. Vary the design. Earlier, I pointed out I didn’t really use a typical Southwestern print. Instead, I used an Ikat which isn’t traditionally Southwestern but rather it provides me a similar feel. I then mixed in a tweed pattern that included a manly touch and an oval patterned chenille that read more contemporary to me. The conventional faux silk diamond pattern included yet another layer of texture with twine to layout the contour.

4. Limit the size of the pattern. The Ikat is my big blueprint, the stripe, diamond and tweed are my medium patterns and the oval chenille is my own small pattern.

Tip: You can mix in more medium-sized patterns than you can small and big.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Here’s a closer look at the mixture of textures happening. Next, more on the individual fabrics I used to get this look.

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KRAVET VARI – $55.30

This Ikat includes a sublte wood grained pattern in its own beige backdrop, giving it a much more rustic edge — another fantastic way to achieve a Southwestern sense without that theme.

I would love to see these used on an accent chair or even throw pillows.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Lee Jofa-Beehive colour: Mallard – $123.64

The teal color in this cloth was gorgeous, and the chenille added a touch of softness and shine to an otherwise largely flat-sheened cloth palette.

This heavyweight cloth would wear nicely in an ottoman.

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Lassen – Lassen Tawny – Carole Fabric – $33.90

I would use this lightweight synthetic silk as draperies or as a throw pillow that would be put in a lighter traffic place. It is always fantastic to interline silk or lighter weight materials to assist them hang more attractively.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Kravet-26281 colour: 616 – $39.90

This tweed could be used to get a seat, or if you were daring enough, even a sofa. Its smaller pattern would make a wonderful background for some of our larger patterns on throw pillows.

Interior Mall

Grandview Stripe – Grandview Stripe Adobe – Carole Fabric – $49.80

The stripe would make great pillow or upholstered item, as it has such a thick texture.

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More Pattern Plays:
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A Pretty Backyard Dinner Party

The holidays are quite busy already with all of the hustle and bustle that goes on, that planning a party in addition to this could be quite intimidating. The best way to get through a party during the holidays is go simple. Simplicity goes a long way during this time of year when everywhere you go is already decked out with Christmas decorations whenever summer ends.

To help with simplicity, I used things already around my home, though I did go buy several spools of glittery ribbon and yarn to hang, and I kept the menu simple. It was also important to keep the gathering place together, so that everybody could sit down near each other and just enjoy one another’s company. Company is the thing that makes a party a party after all! Plus, add a few twinkle lights and candlelight and everybody is in the mood to celebrate! Can not you agree?

Until: Our garden. Some metal lawn chairs for seating and a classic picnic table surrounded by metal folding chairs.

Following: Taking a large space and creating and styling areas to make it feel more romantic and fancy enough for a dinner party.

The distance was divided into three areas for the dinner party: the food station, dessert corner, and dining table. Each region had a bit of styling and decoration to add more charm and to distinguish each and every one. I used a classic metal garden table and brought out a comfy chair for coziness.

For seats, I brought out more classic cafe chairs from inside the home as well as a long seat that would help provide ample seating for your guests. It’s very good to have a seat around for purposes such as this.

I brought out our dining table and lined it up with the outdoor to table to make you really long table.

1 long table, mismatched chairs, pretty flowers, simple place settings would be the perfect makings for a wonderful dinner party!

Benches help supply more seating when it’s necessary. Mixing benches with chairs give it a nice eclectic mix.

For the tablecloth, I used an extra large flat bed sheet. It covered both long sides of the table nicely to the ground. For the table runner, I just used some burlap.

Burlap was utilized for the table runner and mismatch plates located at the thrift shop gave everything a one of a kind feel.

The party favors were miniature pops I made and place on every plate, wrapped up in a little fabric scrap, and also added a little tag cut from kraft paper.

Mismatched dishes and mason jars which may be found at thrift stores are so ideal for dinner parties!

I desired a wintry feel, so for flowers I just got a bunch of baby’s breath and place them together in large mason jars. I also just collected the candles I’d scattered around my home, set them on two plates and it added the excess pizzazz I needed on the dinner tables. Soft light adds such a wonderful ambiance.

With the holidays around the corner, I wanted a few sparkle, so I found a few gold and pink glittery type ribbons and yarn at the local craft store and cut bits. I had my husband take a 8′ dowel, drill holes at each end, then string it up into the wires we had moving round the top.

Soft candles include such a sweet mood to the party.

The party favors were miniature pies that I made and place on every plate, wrapped up in a little fabric scrap, and added a little tag cut from kraft paper. I utilized my recipe which I made for HGTV: http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/petite-pie-party-favors/index.html

Twinkle lights, a little bit of sparkle, pretty flowers, and gentle candlelight make a dinner party somewhat more fancy!

Twinkle lights, a little bit of sparkle, pretty flowers, and gentle candlelight make a dinner party somewhat more fancy!

Just a little nook for desserts. Varied heights include more visual attention. Try stacking cake dishes on novels.

Use novels and cake stands to add some sort in height. This was how we exhibited our dessert table.

Adding old shutters to cover up a dull outdoor wall provides more visual attention and a aged long wooden table is the best thing to maintain all of the food.

It was an Italian dinner featuring two kinds of pastas, chicken, and three distinct sauces. All were put properly to keep the food clean and had simple labels which were cut from kraft paper and I just wrote the title and set it in the front of its corresponding dish.

The long table is where everybody dined. There was another little place that houses all of the food and another little corner just for desserts. It was our own mini little restaurant. To hang the ribbon for decoration, then I had my husband take a 8′ dowel, drill holes at each end, then string it up into the cables we had going round the top.

The large space felt much cozier using the different areas and it made the whole dinner feel a bit more fancy rather than just your normal garden party. And needless to say, it’s somewhat more cold of a year, so an outdoor heat lamp kept all of the guest warm and comfy despite the autumn glow!

Twinkle lights are just absolutely necessary for fairly backyard dinners!

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Tastemakers: Object Creative

The husband-and-wife team behind Seattle-based Object Creative believes regular activities do not need to be boring. Jonah and Mac Griffith’s philosophy is to deliver the extraordinary into regular living, and also to provide users of their products with a little bit of comedy. Object Creative’s designs certainly pay tribute to this perspective. Their goods are simple, lively, and decidedly distinct. Since Jonah has experience in houseware design and Mac’s experience is in environmental design and softgoods, each of their designs functions easily and easily.

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Tea by Object Creative

The sleek lines of this ├╝ber modern tea kettle were inspired by the smooth, aerodynamic shapes of marine transport. A blend of ceramic, wood, and stainless steel, this pot makes the simple act of warm water just a little more elegant.

Q: How did you get started in product design? What’s it about house design that inspires you?

A: We both grew up in DIY households, fixing up our own houses, and finally continuing to study industrial design at college. We have our very own fixer-upper where we enjoy spending time working on house projects — we are finding our inspiration in our very own house.

Address by Object Creative – $21

The bold style of these modern address numbers come from their ease. Keep them subtle and sophisticated in an oxidized iron, or add some pleasure to the front of your residence in a daring green or blue.

Q: What sort of changes do you see occurring in product design now?

A: We believe companies and consumers are beginning to realize every product has an effect, and product design is reacting by using substances in a real way. Today we see far more products showcasing craftsmanship at a level of mass production.

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Step

Modern, sleek, and subtle, this stepladder’s design is intended to be used away from the closet. Its daring construction of lacquered maple makes it a piece you automatically want to show off.

Q: Exactly what are you attempting to convey with your layouts?

A: There are many products that we live with and accept just as they are familiar. Our design work concentrates on reconsidering these everyday products in an attempt to discover something new.

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Redoor by Object Creative

The Redoor is made from reclaimed and repurposed traditional house doors. Object Creative then uses a CNC router to reduce designs and patterns to these solid wood doorways, which are painted with a lacquered color.

Q: How has your work evolved since you started? How can you see it growing in the future?

A: Hopefully our layouts are smarter today. Among the exciting pieces of product design is not understanding what you’ll be working on in the future, but always knowing that there are more issues that will need to get solved.

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Object Creative

Once you find the light that filters from the woven metal shade of the Galaxy Floor Lamp, the lamp’s name is reasonable. The lamp’s oxide metallic shade allows the light to flicker out in soft specks, mimicking the expression of the night sky.

Q: What are some of your favorite new design trends?

A: We adore people are designing smaller distances, and we love seeing all kinds of new DIY projects.

Q: What are some of the new favorite product lines?

A: Linus Bikes, and Le Creuset — old is new again!

Q: What designers (both past and present) are you inspired ?

A: In the past — Eva Zeisel, and Charles and Ray Eames. Currently — Marc Newson.

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A Eclectic and Open Home in Sydney

This magnificent home in Sydney, Australia, was not always so receptive and light-filled. These rooms were initially small and dim, due to the orientation of the house on the website. For the homeowners, a couple with two kids and a puppy, natural light has been the priority during the design of this new wing. Thus Sam Crawford Architects added a central courtyard that attached the first arrangement with the new wing, and added high windows to let in the light.

The clients also wanted their home to reflect their characters as well as their incredible art collection. “This project is a superb illustration of how committed and engaged clients and challenging site limitations can make for a more wealthy and bespoke layout,” says Crawford Architects Senior Designer Karen Erdos.

Sam Crawford Architects

The largest room in the new wing serves two functions — it’s a music room where the kids can practice piano, and a dining room with access to the open kitchen. Like the majority of the main rooms in this house, this space is open and light, with numerous doors that offer access to the outside.

The beautifully crafted dining table and seats are heirlooms from Scandinavia. “They’ve a great painting and item collection,” states Erdos. “They have their own special style, which very considerably contributed to the craft and industrial aesthetic of the construction.”

Pendants: Great Dane Furniture

Sam Crawford Architects

This slick library-style bookshelf was designed to put away books and art objects (the owners had an extensive ceramic collection to display) and also to accentuate the height of the 14.5 foot ceilings.

The ceiling is lined with recycled timber beams saved during the demolition procedure. They’re among the many sustainable features of this special house.

Sam Crawford Architects

This wide shot of this space shows how nicely the brand new wing blends the inside and the outdoors. The home has a rear garden and central courtyard. Floors throughout is polished concrete, and the interior walls are lined with recycled brick.

Sam Crawford Architects

The clients wanted each space in the new wing to perform multiple functions. This large room has areas for playing and listening to music, dining, and even a lounge area for reading. “They really wanted to blur the distinctions between space uses,” says Crawford.

Sam Crawford Architects

Some of the clients’ precious assortment of Scandinavian hand-painted ceramic tiles have been used for the joinery work at the house, and they inspired the architects to create a large, laser-cut wood plank at a pattern borrowed in the tiles.

Sam Crawford Architects

The laser-cut panel has been installed as a visual divider between the kitchen and the great room. The kitchen also has sliding windows using a seat that opens into the backyard.

Sam Crawford Architects

The central courtyard plays a major part in blurring the line between inside and outside. Most of the windows in these rooms can be opened and have a low bench seat for appreciating the space in between them both. “We did wind up limiting the extent that all the doors and windows may open up,” states Erdos. “This provides some level of distinction between the inside and the exterior.”

Sam Crawford Architects

Recycled brick has been used extensively inside and out, for both environmental and aesthetic reasons. Lightweight steel-framed doors and windows have been painted black to emphasize the tall brick walls in the dining room and the courtyard.

Sam Crawford Architects

“Focusing on sustainability caused a layout that sits on a clear continuum in our work,” states Erdos. “We pushed for maximum sustainable relaxation with minimal continuing energy use.”

Sam Crawford Architects

The architects installed the concrete slab flooring and the opposite brick veneer wall with sustainability in mind. The central courtyard offers winter sunlight to the south-facing dwelling areas, which warms the concrete flooring.

Sam Crawford Architects

Evacuated solar tubes provide underfloor heating into the bedroom, bathroom and living areas. “It has quite an industrial sense,” states Erdos,”but it’s heat and great attention to detail. There are many small and delightful elements within the project that show themselves after spending time there.”

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