In a poetic contradiction, the spectacular view visible from the floor-to-ceiling windows is powerful to the soul yet delicate to the eye; a picture perfect surround which is complemented by the subtle, earthy components scattered throughout the home. To capture the countryside, Herman De Oliveira chose design features which would echo our ecosphere, from a marble slab bench top and polished wooden floors to an Escea NZ River Rock fuel bed.
Completed in April 2013, this outdoor courtyard is a testament to the striking effects of contrasts in colour, texture, and materials. Designed by Sandra Batley from Flourish Gardens, the courtyard was built to provide an expansive outdoor living area for a family of four, and has all the mod cons to keep the kids entertained during the day and keep the parents and their friends up a little too late at night.
Sleek yet cosy, minimal in structure but rich in colour and texture, this striking country home is a comfortable family residence that makes a serious statement. From the multiple courtyards to the see-through gas fireplace that links the living and dining areas, this is a home with a firm commitment to flowing, timeless beauty.
This apartment in the heart of Sydney pairs cool neutrals with clean lines for the last word in understated urban cool. The combined kitchen/living area features a beautiful, dramatic dark polished wood floor. A bookshelf in the same solid, dark wood stretches across an entire wall, effortlessly imparting that sense of solidity, history and permanence that can be so elusive in smaller apartments.
The site of this luxury rural retreat is so perfect – all-day sun, sweeping views, lush green pastures – that prospective home builders might have been tempted to rest on their laurels and let the landscape do all the talking. Luckily, the owners of this home resisted that temptation. The result is a home which is at one with its natural surrounds while still making a strong design statement.
Outdoor living need no longer be held hostage by the elements. With the radiant warmth of an Escea EF5000 outdoor gas fireplace, any outdoor space can be transformed into the perfect hideaway for entertaining or relaxation.
Imagine sinking into a cushioned chair in your palm-fringed private courtyard after a long day at work, sipping on a glass of wine as a roaring outdoor fireplace fends off the evening chill. This is reality for the lucky owners of this home, who asked Sandra Batley from Flourish Gardens to create their own inner-city oasis.
The term “apartment living” does interior designer Neil McLachlan’s CBD penthouse a disservice. This sophisticated urban oasis offers the chance to experience the intimacy of big-city lights after dark while sheltering from the high-rise breeze in front of an outdoor gas fire’s radiant warmth.
When Mary and Brian Parkinson decided to build a home to live in for the rest of their lives, they wanted to get everything right. To make sure their home would meet their high standards, they decided on an individual architect-designed modern Lockwood, with a range of materials to complement the classic Lockwood design. The resulting home is an airy paean to sophisticated suburban living and natural light.
The elegant lines and luxurious textures of this Shanley Building showhome recently won the house a coveted Gold award at the Master Builders House of the Year awards. Built on a former sloping paddock, the showhome makes the most of a long and narrow site, with sunny north-facing living areas and sweeping views of the Pacific.