Dreaming of Elwood;

Every now and then, I look on realestate.com.au to see what’s available to buy or rent. With university finishing up in the next 6-8 months, I’m free to work and live where ever I please (the benefits of property valuation!)
Most days, I look at houses that are far beyond my reach (for now at least) but lately, I’ve been looking at what I can realistically afford by myself. I’ve never been an apartment kind of person, because where will my poor (future) bulldog live? But when I saw this little studio apartment in Elwood, Melbourne, my heart melted into a million pieces.
It’s situated on the first floor of a mansion, within 10 minutes walk of the harbour. It’s got beautiful high ceilings, so high that you can stand on the floor of the bedroom loft and still not touch the ceilings. 
I can’t stop myself looking at the photos online, imagining what kind of furniture I’d put in. After reading Sarah Wilson’s ‘Simple Home’ series, I would definitely apply the simple home principle to this wee place.

I am in loveeeee with the natural light!

Looking out to the entrance and bathroom


And the stairs up to the loft? No problems, I’ll just make sure my couch is super comfy to sleep on!

Sketches of Frank Gehry;

IAC Building, New York by Frank Gehry

Back in April this year, I posted about my love for Frank Gehry’s buildings, especially the new residential one in Manhattan. So when I was browsing the summer list of rooftop movies starting end of this month, you wouldn’t believe how excited I got when I saw there’s a documentary about Frank Gehry and four of his buildings, as well as a look inside his house.

Starting next week, Artrage are starting up their second summer of Rooftop Movies which will run until the end of April 2013. There will be movies classics like Drive and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; you can check out the rest of the program here & like their facebook page here.

Now, any Architect loving people out there who want to come check out this documentary with me? It is going to be played on Wednesday 7th November @ 8pm, tickets can be purchased here.

My biggest passion;

In between taking in hours of property related information, my brain turning to mush today, so my favourite lecturer showed us a video that blew me away (there’s a reason he’s my favourite!)

The video was about how can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding. Taken from the website, “Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past”.

The video was short but it gave a glimpse into the future and boy am I excited about some of the things being thought of & hopefully, available soon.

How does an apartment with moveable walls sound? Using your study as a guest bedroom or even a work out room? Or how about moving that room aside and making the dining room a big room for a dinner party?

If you have the time, I urge you to watch the video here and let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these little ideas I’m oh-so passionate about- sustainability & green living.

You can see more images of Kent’s plans here.

The day I truly appreciated architecture;

On Thursday, I was given the opportunity to walk through the Schmidt-Lademann House, a Iwanoff masterpiece for work. Before I stepped foot in that house, I wasn’t too phased by his other pieces (found here) but this was something else.

Some have gone as far as to say it’s the best house in the universe, I would have to say some parts of it is pretty amazing (valuing houses for a living sure doesn’t make you turn your head at the words ‘best house’). The property itself is located opposite a park with not much traffic passing by and the house falls below the road, making it pretty hard to look into majority of the windows from the street. The property has a high fence & security gate to the front, making it really private but this doesn’t ruin any of the views from the ground floor or upper level.

Built in 1959, extended in 1970 and again in 2004, there’s some parts of the house that really stood out for me. The lounge room, looking out over the front yard, in the photo below brought back some memories of New Zealand for me (I don’t know if it was the wood or the minimalist styling that was similar to a friends place). But just standing in that room, I felt a certain vibe about what kind of life you could make up living there. The glazing to the front made the room feel so bright, warm and just so relaxed.

The room (below) that joined the front lounge was known as the dining but it could double as an alfresco with its cedar lined ceiling and polished timber floorboards that were similar to the decking. This room had the lounge to the left and the pool and outdoor area to the right that was separated by a wall of glazing (my favourite!)

The outdoor area wasn’t anything special so I’ll move onto my next favourite: one of the bedrooms upstairs. It faced the road (although you couldn’t tell with its view) and it had so much natural light shining in, I had serious bedroom envy.

My last favourite part of the house was the latest edition around 2004, the master bedroom’s ensuite. One wall was stone & another was all glass with sneaky cupboards you can pop out. Ahhhhh, I didn’t want to leave!

Unfortunately, if you take away the furniture (which will be happening with the sale), the house will not even come close to the level of amazing it’s currently at. Whoever put that house together, complete with all the quirky art pieces and other pieces not posted above, I would like to give them a BIG round of applause.

What do you think of the house? You can see more photos here (where I got the select few above from).

The Big Verandah

I’ve often thought about one day just packing up & moving to the country to build a house with a big verandah, where nothing interferes my views. I don’t think I’m being unrealistic here, I only have to move a little bit out of the closest town because all you really need are the bare minimums, especially if I plan to live simply.

As much as I love the city and my work is currently city based, it doesn’t mean that it will be forever. There’s so many things I can do with my profession in property that I’m not worried about the little details at the moment. Time to audition for ‘The Farmer wants a Wife‘?

If you want some inspiration for a house in the country, follow The White Verandah.

Welcome to my home!*

This is the entrance to the house, it looks rather plain from the front but you know what they say, “don’t judge a book by its cover”!

This is my kitchen, with its polished timber floors, stainless steel appliances and simple white cabinetry. We use the kitchen regularly, I love to make breakfast while my husband loves to prepare dinner.

This is where I sit with a cup of tea and gaze out into the backyard where the children play all day long. The windows are hardly ever closed as it’s always warm where we live or else a little breezy.

This is where I work hard at night, writing business proposals and feasibility studies for clients.

Occasionally, you’ll find me upstairs, finding a new book to read or sourcing a reference for a report.

But most days, you’ll find me outside. Reading the paper in the morning with my breakfast, lunch with the hubby while the kids are at school and then after school, watching as the kids run around the backyard.

Sorry I couldn’t find any photos of the bedrooms and living area, it’s all a big mess since we repainted the place!

*I wish it were my home. Maybe one day in the future with the man of my dreams. Images sourced from my pinterest board ‘dream home’. 

New York by Gehry

A few weeks ago, I watched a video on a fascinating new building in Manhattan.

“At 870 feet tall, New York by Gehry is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere and a singular addition to the iconic Manhattan skyline. For his first residential commission in New York City, master architect Frank Gehry has reinterpreted the design language of the classic Manhattan high-rise with undulating waves of stainless steel that reflect the changing light, transforming the appearance of the building throughout the day. Gehry’s distinctive aesthetic is carried across the interior residential and amenity spaces with custom furnishings and installations.”

Now I’m not sure how clear it is that I love heights. I discovered this obsession backpacking through Europe, climbing whatever buildings gave me access, and hiking up hills just to get those few photos of all the miniature things below. There’s just something about heights that brings me peace- strange isn’t it since so many people fear heights!

The thought of climbing this new building by Frank Gehry while they still have apartment viewings is motivating me to sort out my financial situation SO much.

Just take a look at some of the views:

Who’s coming with me?