It was love at first sight;

Thank you Pinterest once again for linking me to beautiful architecture & interior design.

The Carpinteria Foothills Residencelocated 10 miles east from Santa Barbara in California, is situated on a hill overlooking the coast line with open plan living that screams ‘perfection’ to me. You can read more about it HERE because there’s no way I could describe the house as well as Dave from The Contemporist so I’ll let the photos do the talking.

The entrance

The view from the other side

Hallway/ Gallery….those floorboards ❤

The library….check out that stone wall!

The living area

I would happily cook in a kitchen like that

And finally, the master bedroom

More photos of the residence can be found here. I can’t decide which part of the house I love more: the kitchen or the master bedroom, I’m a sucker for views (if that’s not already obvious?)

 Now excuse me while I daydream about one day being a part of such a beautiful house, whether it’s designing something like that or living in it (a girl can dream!)


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).

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’. 

My idea of a house;

I just had a 3 hour lecture all about concrete. Now I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I enjoyed every minute of it. I can’t remember when my fascination with concrete houses started but it was well before I posted about The Safe House (I first saw this in a magazine early 2011).

I live in a state where double brick construction for residential houses is the norm so seeing anything slightly modern gets me excited. Valuing houses for a living, I get to see all sorts of awesome houses so I’m pretty lucky in that regard.

Here’s a few of my favourite concrete type houses from all around the world:

I love love loveeee the look of concrete and wood

Now if I could live in any of the above houses, I would never leave my house.

The Blue Rock Road Retreat;

I spent a week in a house with no phone or internet reception that was 20 minutes drive from the closest town, an hour and a half from a city and a flight away from my home town Auckland, in New Zealand.

To say it was relaxing is an understatement. I did so much sleeping, relaxing and thinking, it was crazy. We did some drinking but it was pretty tame.

Here’s some photos of the house me & 8 others stayed at:

Sliding doors to go outside

Awesome indoor/outdoor flow

The great outdoors!

View from the bathtub

This bathtub was amazing! Kept us cool in the day & was great fun having a hot bath in the evening

Unfortunately we got a lot of rain….gotta keep the surroundings green somehow though!

Now inside…

The dining area

Kitchen bench

The kitchen! It’s awesome knowing what sort of benchtop that is (I’m such a geek)

The living area where we watched numerous DVD’s on the rainy days

I had so much fun. Usually when I go away for new years, I come home extremely sleep deprived but this time, I felt so refreshed.

What a view;

The view from North Fremantle

Lately, I’ve been finding myself looking on real estate websites, dreaming about living near the coast. This one house in particular (the one above), I am absolutely in love with. It’s overlooking the swan river, the main river in Perth, it’s 5 minutes walk from my favourite beach, Port Beach & it’s just all round amazing.

Here’s two other photos of it:

The outdoor area overlooking the river

The view from upstairs

Now…..where did I put that $5 million dollars I had?

I <3 Valuating Houses;

The past two weeks, I’ve been helping out with residential valuations. The hours are long- 7:30am until 5:30pm, sometimes even 6pm but the work is so rewarding. Looking at houses over a million dollars, seeing the way that some people live is interesting.

I often find myself wondering, how are some of these people so successful? Was it just luck, hard work or did they inherit these amazing properties? Most the time, there’s a parent at home but lately, we’ve come across a large amount of nanny’s.

You know you’ve made it when you can go diving in the morning while a nanny looks after your two kids (real example from a Friday morning coastal property).

I’m going to put it all down to hard work to make myself feel better.

Nearly finished

Our house is nearly finished! It’s been 15 months in the making & we finally got the keys from the builder this weekend. Now all that needs to be done is the carpet, timber floors, curtains and the landscaping. Nearly there! Here’s some photos I got yesterday:

The master ensuite

The master bedroom

The second bathroom

The kitchen!

Meals and living area looking out to the park

Our house is the one with the red tiles. Speaking from a valuing perspective, I think our house definitely has more street appeal than the ones next door.

Can’t wait to see the finished product!

Saving space

I think this is a fantastic idea. I’m the kind of person that can never have enough draws. Well I used to be but for the past few years, we’ve been in between houses so I never really bothered unpacking. At the moment, if you walk into my living room (aka my second room), it looks like world war III. There is stuff EVERYWHERE.

C’mon end of 2011, I want to design my dream room already!