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This blog is my *virtual magazine* of stunning homes in Australia currently for sale. The homes are not necessarily perfect (like in a magazine shoot) so you need to forgive some obvious mistakes, and just enjoy seeing how others live, perhaps even take some inspiration from here n' there! (if you see your home here, take a bow because I search high and low before I finally decide to post a home for my blog!) THANKS FOR DROPPING BY...

28 November 2009

A Pleasing Potts Point Place

Graceful Citiscape Apartment
(yes, I did make up the word "Citiscape" - sorry, it felt right tho)

Property Summary
Category: Apartment
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Garage: Double

Firstly, let me say that when I searched NSW properties for sale over $5 Million, there were over 200 results - wow! That's a lot if you ask me, but there you go... prices just keep going up!

This property is currently asking around $5 Million Big Ones and is a gorgeously styled apartment with city and water views (but not classed a penthouse). It was formerly a 3 bedroom unit, renovated to a 2 bedroom unit, in it's current form. Very nicely done indeed!



I felt overall the style of this apartment, architecturally and decor design, this apartment was not quite minimalistic, but def refined...



Obviously, the Master Bedroom used to be two bedrooms, and the current owner took out the wall to make one large master bed (with a retreat), great idea for an apartment.



And here's the Master Plan...



AND what did the Agent have to say...

BKH Designed Glamour And Luxury Showcasing Unique Flexibility With Magical Views

2 bedroom apartment for sale in potts point

The über-chic signature style of Iain Halliday provides a world class escape from the fast paced high fashion lifestyle and c afé/restaurant/shopping scene just a lift ride away. Wrapped around on 2 sides by iconic views including the CBD, Opera House, Bridge and Sydney Harbour, this sophisticated apartment enjoys stunning day and night views from every room.

Reinventing the original 3-bed layout into a collector's item of sheer beauty, the fluid spaces display special finishes, limestone floors, custom cabinetry, ducted rc air con, C-Bus electronics and back to base security. Reception area, living-dining zones with main balcony, palatial master wing with 2nd balcony and study-office, flexible guest wing, 2 marble ensuite bathrooms, cocktail bar style stainless steel gas kitchen, butlers pantry-laundry-utility room, wine room. Take the lifts to double security garage and pool, spa, sauna, gym and concierge. Fabulous!

Outgoings:

Council Rates: $253.53pq
Water Rates: $139.44pq
Strata Levies: $4,857.70pq

WOWEE

26 November 2009

Tropical Rural Oasis in QLD

Aussie style Shangri-La

Property Summary

Category: House
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 4
Garage: Triple
Land: 1.24ha (3.06 acres) (approx)
Close to: Brisbane: 12km (direct line)

At first when I saw this driveway portico, I thought,
Wow, so lush, so elegant, so Queensland!



The agent used the words "tropical rural" property, is that possible???


And what would your friends say if this greeted them when they visited!
I actually liked it because it was so, um, well, impressive!







Except for some of the tired decor in the rooms (like below), I generally found myself wanting to live in this home, although with a bit less timber...



Considering this house is currently on the market for around $2.5 Million Big Ones, you'd think they'd showcase one of the nicer bedrooms instead of these little pokey ones - although they're not too shabby!






I really loved the feel of the outdoor rooms in this home, very relaxing...
and to be honest, I'm not a big fan of Asian influenced decorating, but I thought this home owner had decorated quite tastefully, yet still maintaining an Asian feel to it.


These are amazing outdoor rooms...



AND What did the Agent say about it?

SHANGRI-LA

6 bedroom house for sale in brookfield

If you are looking for a sprawling family home set in a tropical oasis with rural views just 30 minutes from the city, you've found it!

East meets West in this architectural masterpiece combining exceptional style, grand spaces and fabulous options for entertaining atop three fully-usable acres. If you love to entertain, you've found an entertainer's paradise!

The award-winning home is impressive from the first glimpse, with electric gates opening to reveal a sweeping entranceway flanked by tropical landscaped gardens which lead to the imposing porte cochere. From here you will be drawn through impressive timber doors and into the formal entry to be met by a striking water feature, a soaring vaulted ceiling illuminated by hundreds of twinkling fibre-optic lights and the huge alfresco dining area beyond. Chinese cultural influences add a calming atmosphere, with an emphasis on cascading water and clever integration of the five natural elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

All this combines to make a breathtaking first impression and the east and west wings fan out from this focus area to create the tone for the rest of the property. Despite its imposing looks, this home was built to embrace family, friends and the joy of entertainment. It has six bedrooms and four bathrooms, a dedicated guest wing with separate kitchen, a bar, media room and massive outdoor areas which can be easily divided into individual zones when there are just a few guests for moments of solitude and intimacy, or combined together when entertaining on a large scale.

All the living spaces combine effortlessly and radiate out from the gourmet kitchen with its dark granite benches and warm timber cabinets. As the current owners are restaurateurs, these well designed features have been integrated with hard working commercial-quality appliances and not one, but two gas cook tops - a 'wanna be' chef's dream kitchen from the oven to the walk-in pantry.

Most living is shared between the family room and the adjoining alfresco dining area. Connected through sliding glass doors, this interactive space brings the outdoors in and is set against a backdrop of tropical palms and a gently flowing watercourse that surrounds almost the entire home providing a reflective, calming feel.

A timber walkway leads over the water and through the tropical gardens to a second entertainment area; an elevated gazebo which looks out over the surrounding countryside. With power, water and plenty of space, it is ideal for your outdoor BBQs on summer evenings.

Back inside, the house offers a practical separation of living with the bedrooms divided into two independent wings. The west wing is primarily designed for guests or older children, with an entirely self-contained suite that offers private access, an ensuite, lounge and kitchen. There are a further two bedrooms in this zone, as well as a family bathroom and private terrace. This whole area can be closed off from the rest of the home, making it the perfect retreat for teenage children, grand parents or guests.

Following a similar design approach, the east wing is ideal for family with a study and two children's rooms sharing a bathroom and terrace. The master suite is located nearby and is truly impressive with a sprawling spa ensuite opening out to the bedroom, spacious dual walk-in wardrobes and an alfresco lounge area with data cabling for entertainment.

To add to all this, the home lists a three-car garage, ducted air-conditioning, combustion fireplace and security with electric gates. The rest of the three acres are occupied with lush gardens, a dam, bore, two 27,000lt tanks and a shed with dual car bays, workshop and power.

With its resort-style looks, outstanding liveability and seamless integration between indoors and out, this home is difficult to overlook. Make it your Shangri-La - paradise on earth.


WOWEE!

24 November 2009

Classy St Georges Home, SA

Comfortable Living Modern Home

Property Summary

Category: House
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4
Garage: Double
Close to: Adelaide: 5km (direct line)
I personally find this home to be quite classy, yet somehow understated by no "overdone" design and interiors...
Imagine walking up these steps coming home each evening...
You have arrived!

I don't even mind there's no flowers in the front yard.



This is such a simple decor, but if you look at the details, it's actually quite detailed (eg. soft drapes with roman blinds; coffee table design).
It's currently on the market and going for auction in a few weeks, I think they expect well over $2 Million Big Ones!


Stainless steel benchtops and backsplash!
Love it!
OK, someone needs to tell them that the black couch under the window is not quite happening!



I think drapes in alfrescos are so "now" - I love it!

This is a perfect rear yard for family, entertaining and most importantly, "alone" time!



AND here's the Master Plan...



AND what did the Agent say about it???

Stylish modern masterpiece offering an exceptional family lifestyle opportunity.

5 bedroom house for sale in st georges

Beautifully balanced on a generous private manicured garden allotment of some 1340 square metres approx. with solar heated fully tiled inground swimming pool.
The flexible floorplan allows for comfortable extended family living and accommodation over two levels. The spacious, light and bright formal living is adjacent to a formal dining room, which opens up to a stunning terrace deck – ideal for year-round entertaining. Accommodation is excellent, with up to four bedrooms and the option of a fifth on the lower level which includes a dedicated kitchen and bathroom. The main kitchen and generous casual living area is fully equipped to ensure ease of entertaining and overlooks and opens to the beautifully established sunbathed garden and pool setting. This superbly appointed family home offers a stylish and comfortable lifestyle opportunity and surrounded by excellent schooling and shopping facilities.

WOWEE

21 November 2009

Awards etc

HOUSEKEEPING!

Firstly, I want to send out a BIG thank you to a couple of fellow bloggers who have given me an award for my pretty blog!

I haven't been posting as usual because we moved house over past week, and I'm a bit frazzled, but I wanted to put up this post about my awards to thank the girls and encourage my bloggers to visit other great blogs!

ENJOY, and I'll post again in a couple of days of another gorgeous new home in Australia!


MY 1st Award

Judy @ Kifus, who has been an avid follower (and generous commenter) of my blog from it's humble beginnings, has sent me a "From me to You" Blog Award.

Here it is:

Thanks Kifus, you're a doll!
And thanks for your wonderful comments!

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Here's the idealogy of this blogging award which apply to the recipients of the award.

1.Thank the person who gave you the award.
2.Copy the Award.
3.Post it in your blog.
4. Tell Us 7 things that your readers don't know.
5. Link 7 new bloggers as recipients.
6. Notify winners of award with comment on their blog.
7. Keep being Awesome.

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Seven things you don't know about me:
1. My favorite craft is tapestry.
2. I am fluent in pig latin.
3. I have a law degree and used to practice as a soly b4 kids!
6. I wish I was a interior designer, but I'm not confident life will be that good to me! (I'd settle for property development, and I may finally get that wish in a couple of years)
5. I never trust people, been burnt way too many times when I was younger, I always look for lies in people's stories and opinions - can't help myself!
6. I was first married at 21yrs, divorced by 25yrs, then married again to my current DH in my mid 30's and now have two lovely cherubs to him - never looked back since.
7. I just found out I'm pregnant!

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Seven bloggers I have chosen for this award:

(this was quite hard for me, I visit an awful lot of fellow (home type) blogs, but I think I'm happy with this selection)

1. Colour Me Happy

My first award would have to go to Maria, at Colour Me Happy. Maria is a popular US colour expert, who is in the process of branding herself online, and is very generous with suggestions and help. Essentially, her posts are very useful and interesting, and one of her most popular posts is actually on blogging, not colour, (10 Things Every Blogger Should Know), with 90 comments and growing - check it out!

2. Hooked On Houses
This is def one of my fav blogs, and I visit it daily. Julia, like me, is a dedicated blogger and regularly updates her blog on house related topics, usually fantastic US interior pics. I am a particular fan of her Celebrity Home posts, I can't get enough of them!!! Seriously, you could spend hours on her blog!

3. Glimpse of Style

Another fav of mine which I check regularly is Lee's blog on Melbourne style - interesting local shops, brands and items. I can relate to her taste and really enjoy her blog. I really look forward to her Monday Morning Posts, which showcase local retail shops... here;s one example!

4. Gail McCormack (Artist)

I love this site. I am such a huge fan of Gail's artwork. She is a local Melbournian artist who sells her work through local markets, online and from her retail store. If you live down the Mornington Pennisula way, you'd be made not to check out her shabby chic original oil artwork (or prints), I'm glad to say that I've now purchased some of her artwork for both of my kids to treasure (and hopefully oneday be worth millions!) for life!

5. Struggling to be Stylish

Struggler, as she calls herself, posts on all topics of style, fashion, interiors, jewelery, and her taste is great! Let's face it, I'm only really interested in her home/interior related posts, like her post on women's wardrobes, but I browse her other posts too!

6. Swagger 360

OK, now this one is a little off-the-track, but I like it all the same, and visit it all the time. From what I can tell, they photograph people on the street, who are dressed to the nine's! I think they also do professional photo shoot posts, but posts are often just of just someone walking along the street. I love to see posts like this!

7. Ada and Darcy

And finally is Kellie, a Sydneysider, from Aus! Kellie's blog states she blogs about "all things lovely" - and that she does! Her style is quite distincive "romantic" and her images are always lovely, she is right about that. But it's no secret that I've given her "this" award because of her puppy dogs - that's right - she has cav's!!! (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels!) We too have a little cav tri-colour, Teddy, and he is our best mate and loyal buddy to my 2yo DS. Yay to the Cav's!


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MY 2nd Award


A Lovely Blog Award

Not surprisingly, this award is similar to the first one, and was given to me a couple of weeks ago (sorry for the delay Brandi) and only now have I had time to respond!

Brandi from Not Your Ordinary Blog gave me this award because, as she put it, she loves my blog - ooorrrr - so nice to hear!

Thanks a bunch Brandi!



Here is the idealogy of this Award:

1. Thank the person who nominated me. Check!
2. Place the logo on my blog. (I don't know how to do this???)
3. State seven things about me that most people don’t know. - Again!
4. Nominate seven awesome bloggers - Again!
5. Let those bloggers know. Sure...

So, here's another seven interesting things about me.

1. If I could chose a way to die, it would be heart attack in my sleep - any surprises there!!! lol

2. I wish I had a full time secretary working for me, at home (even though I don't work (paid!) at home - I mean just for coping with life!)

3. My favorite food is chocolate (or chicken pies when I'm preggas).

4. My favorite all time movie is The Birdcage starring Robin Williams (it makes me happy).

5. I can touch type 85wpm.

6. One of my great great grandfathers was sent here from the UK in the late 1800's for stealing a sheep. He was sentenced to Life, but eventually was given freedom to continue his life with his wife and children - and here I am!

7. I am a great believer in "coincidence", I don't believe everything happens for a reason. One day our two cats both lost their collars in our wardrobe, there is no way to two losses were related as it has only ever happened with one of our cats previously, and they both regularly go through the wardrobe. This was the day I decided that there is such a thing as a coincidence, and maybe someone who circumstantially seemed responsible for something may actually just be in a "coincidental situation" - and not to always jump to conclusions. Prior to that day I would always say "if it smells like chicken, and it looks like chicken..." you know the saying!

Now I pass this award onto the following blogs and hope you get a chance to visit them sometime, I do regularly:

1. Wabi & Sabi
This is, put simply, a beautiful Swedish blog owned by Skansa. He images are divine and she posts on all things beautiful, interiors, fashion, furniture etc. An example of her wonderful posts is her post on timeless inspired furniture! Ok, some of her work is in sweedish, but much of it is in English too!

2. Room Remix

Another BIG fav of mine is PK at Room Remix. PK is a wonderful home decorator, crafty person extraordinaire! Her posts are gorgeous, and most of them are inspirational for you to go do what she has done - some come with instructions! For example, she has a post on ways to "accessorise your walls" - you'll love this blog - it's fantastic!

3. Absolutely Beautiful Things

An amazing blog posted by Brisbane interior designer, Anna Spiro! Her work is divine, her taste is amazing, I love her style and the things she loves she posts about in this blog. She often posts about her retail interior design shop display - which is always gorgeous - as you can imagine!!! Look at the amount of comments she gets on her posts, she is one popular Aussie designer!

4. Le Musings of Moi

This blog cracks me up. The owner is Summer, and she basically posts about all things in her life, that she wants to! She is a very witty writer and I enjoy reading her posts (most blogs I just look at the pics!) Essentially, she likes to post about her wardrobe style, AKA "Fashion Friday" posts, where her poses are quite, er, um, cutsie??? I'm sure she wouldn't like that description, but I'll trust her sense of humour is as developed as her sense of style!

5. Surroundings

This is a blog contributed to by a few writers, and the posts are fantastic, often very inspirational from an interior design point of view. Their recent post on a US interior designer Brooke Gianetti's home gives you an example of the standards they aspire to. Just fabulous!

6. Velvet & Linen

And here is Brooke's own blog, Velvet & Lace! She has great taste, her husband is an architect (I think) and they often work as a team. Just a wonderful style... She posts about all things interior, and currently has a competition for followers of her blog to send in photos of their rooms to select the best - some of the entries are awesome! Check it out...

7. VT Interiors

Last but not least, is VT Interiors, a "library of inspirational images" - indeed it is! This is a truly professional collection of interior pictures... A typical beautiful post is her post on decorating with green. Most of her posts get a "wow" from me! Sometimes she posts about things other than interiors, maybe fashion or artwork, but it's all relative!

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Of course I could go on, but I won't, so far it's taken me 2hrs to get this post up and running, but I have enjoyed looking through my fav blogs! (and my FRIGGIN mouse has been dancing all over the place tonight - drivin me BANANAS!)

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Well that's my "award" commitment completed, I could write many more fav blogs, but I'm sure more of these awards will come my way over time... until then, adios bloggers!



11 November 2009

Converted Warehouse in Freemantle

Inner City Living WA Style

Property Summary

Category: Apartment
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Energy Efficiency Rating: 0.0
Garage: Double
Land: 378.00sqm (approx)
Close to: Perth: 15km (direct line)
I;m not a huge fan of warehouse conversions, because people don't decorate them well with the huge spaces, but this residence caught my eye which is currently on the market looking for the Low $2 Million Mark...


This is a quite an elegant residence, even the balustrades are elegant (dark timber stain!)


There's no denying it, timber floors can really take a decor to a new level.





All things considered, if I had to live in a warehouse conversion, this one would be awesome with it's own huge atrium
(indoor/outdoor entertaining area)!





AND here's the Master Plan.
AND What did the agent say?

Nothing Else Comes Close

4 bedroom apartment for sale in fremantle

Enjoy a slice of the extraordinary with this striking inner city conversion. This capacious, converted warehouse apartment unites unique and contemporary design elements, enhancing the soul of its historic past.

Originally built as a stable block in 1896, the property was then used as a warehouse before being split into just two, dual storey apartments.

The ground floor accommodates two spacious bedrooms, both serviced by the freshly rejuvenated bathroom. Also on this floor, a generous library and study area offer a cosy space to tuck yourself away and enjoy a good book while you savour the delights of the adjacent, custom built wine cellar - a connoisseur's paradise.

A stairwell on both the North and South sides wind up to the central living zone where light and elevation create a heavenly space. Here the open plan design comfortably incorporates the kitchen, formal and informal dining areas.

The five star kitchen, remodelled just one year ago, features stunning stone benchtops and an extra wide, five burner Omega oven and stove. With everything in its place and ample work space, you will revel in this chef's utopia, where cooking becomes an art form.

The master suite with dressing room and ensuite leads out to the impressive loft style area, which is light, bright and expansive.

Boasting masses of storage space, including an outdoor shed, the scope to build a third level loft bedroom and council approval for a balcony, you can enjoy this space as is or flex your own design flair.

Located in the eclectic hub of the bustling West End, you will enjoy the bubbling mix of flavours and culture this area so richly affords. A truly remarkable find.

WOWSA