AN AIRY BEACH HOUSE ON SYDNEY’S NORTHERN BEACHES

This bright and airy beach house in Avalon on Sydney’s Northern Beaches (Australia) once was a weatherboard fisherman’s cottage. Stylist Ali and her husband Michael, a residential builder, took on the daunting task of renovating the run down 1929 house and turned into a modern family home.

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SUMMER SHOPPING: VIBRANT COLORS

Shop for vibrant colors for a tropical vibe! Above: indoor/outdoor daybed | water resistant cushion set for daybed | indoor/outdoor rug.

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A CAREFULLY CONSIDERED COLLECTION AT SPARTAN

US based shop Spartan (they do offer international shipping) offers a carefully considered collection of home goods, furniture, lighting and fine art. Their site is worth a visit, I especially love their beautiful ceramic collection!

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A SEASIDE SUMMER HOME ON A BEAUTIFUL GREEK ISLAND

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Situated on the island of Syros in Greece this summer home has stunning sea views. The design process, led by Greek architecture firm Block 722, was defined by the clients’ desire to maximize the view of the Plagia bay. The main intention was to unify the various spaces of the house under one roof facing the Aegean, without creating a massive volume, thus resulting in a deconstructed rectangle with massive openings from all sides. The outdoor area follows the topography of the landscape through a series of steps that define the outdoor areas and offer vast relaxation spaces, either sheltered from the sun or open. The result is a beautiful home that is not an invasion of the landscape but an extension.

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A HISTORIC WATERFRONT CABIN ON VASHON ISLAND, USA

Designer Tim Pfeiffer has been searching for years for the idyllic vacation home before finding this cabin on Vashon Island (USA). In its original state, the house had a number of problems ranging from chipped paint and peeling linoleum flooring to a disarray of decorative styles. After a year of renovating, the result is a cohesive and timeless design that pays homage to the house’s historic charm while still keeping it rooted in the modern era. Read the entire story on Sunset.

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WATERMELON POPSICLES

It is still ice cream season and these watermelon popsicles are perfect for a warm sunny day. You can find the recipe here.

A BRIGHT BEACH HOUSE IN MONTAUK, USA

This bright home in Montauk, USA, is designed by integrated design practice (which means that they do both architectural detailing and interior design) Space Exploration. I can not give you much information about the house itself (besides the fact that it is beautiful but that you can see for yourself) but here is some information about the design firm: “Love architecture for its silence,” Gio Ponti once wrote, “in which lies its voice, its secret and powerful song.” Space Exploration seeks to create spaces that resonate with subtle harmony. The firm’s projects are driven by a love of simplicity, nuance, craftsmanship and the integrity of beautiful materials expressed through construction. Space Exploration has great reverence for history, but also prizes innovation and fresh ideas. We believe the surest path to a successful and beautiful project is through a sustained, clear and open dialogue between architect and client.

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