In Toorak, one of Melbourne’s most affluent suburbs, stood a 1983 mock Georgia home the owners described as “80’s faux styling”. But underneath the bad stuccos and trompe l’oeils, they saw potential. They commissioned architects Robson Rak to give the house a complete overhaul of the Melbourne house. The building wasn’t entirely knocked down, but it was stripped to its core.
The materials that re-entered the house were simple, but elegant: steel doors, honed granite countertops, flamed timber floors. A new wing was added to include all the modern comforts a family could want: elevator, butler’s pantry, extended laundry room, and new garage. Perhaps the best part of the house: Michael Anastassiades’ Tube Chandeliers that hang above the dining table, and office desk. Don’t you agree?
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Photo: Brooke Holm, Styling by Marsha Golemac, Architecture by Robson Rak
My favorite concept store The Line opened up shop in the Hamptons. Located on Main Street in quiet Amagansett, the store is set in a charming 1720 clapboard house. The interior is far from what you’d expect from a traditional small town shop though—The Line has all the sophistication and refinement it’s known for, in a relaxed beach setting. This shop follows the New York, and Los Angeles Apartments, and is open as a pop-up for the summer (and hopefully much longer).
I visited the store over Memorial Day weekend. The painted white porch is adorned with leafy palms, and a light blue ceiling You are greeted with a gorgeous pair of pink Pierre Jeanneret chairs as you walk in—the massive walk-in closet The Line is known for takes over the line of sight. The whole place is drenched in sunlight. Needless to say I wanted to buy every single item. My favorite shop, in my favorite town—this may just be my version of heaven.
Well, not exactly, but she just snagged a stunning condo in a historic Greenwich Village building—a short two blocks away! Take the tour.
New York City real estate—it’s scarily expensive, but it can also get real good, real quick. Proof: Ashley Olsen just got her hands on this stunning $7m apartment in a meticulously updated historic Beaux-Arts building. In true Olsen twins fashion, the apartment is sleek, and detailed. It’s chic, but not ostentatious. The cast-iron glass panels create a separation to the kitchen dining room, while still providing natural light throughout. The very private building features a 24-hour doorman, and fitness center. I could imagine entertaining in the large enclosed kitchen—and cooking for days. How would you decorate?
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If you’re in the market, the terrace and penthouse are still on the market:
Full disclosure: I’ve been wanting to write about this home for weeks! Maybe months. It’s actually haunting me, and I cannot get my mind off it. This three story home in South London is quite a mystery—a location available for rent for photoshoots, it seems straight out of a wonderful daydream. Color coded to perfection, it masterfully blends a casual air with ornate antiques, and stark modern pieces. We know nothing about the owners, save for the fact that they’re clearly artists—the third floor is proof—and have a discerning eye like few others.
Are they trained interior designers? Self taught? How long did it take them to amass such a wonderful collection of pieces that blend so well together? All I keep asking myself is: how?! How does such perfection exist? How can you own so many lime green furniture without it looking tacky? How do you make so many droopy plants look so effortlessly chic? How do you know to lay down matte herringbone floors next to lime green geometric tile, and keep the most gorgeous crown moldings, but make doorways ultra modern? HOW?!
If a lesson in layering exists in décor, this is it. Have you ever read Perfume by Patrick Süskind? The story is about a man called Grenouille born with an exceptional sense of smell, who becomes a legendary perfumer (he also becomes a murderer, but that’s beside the point). I feel like like the owners of this house are the Grenouille of décor. Like they can sense style like no other. I rarely say about a space that I would move-in and not change a single thing—but not only would I move into this place without changing anything—I don’t think I would ever get sick of it. Because even if piece by piece some items might not be my favorite, they all come together to form a wonderful whole. Love it? Hate it? Are you with me? Let me know!