Last week's episode of Grand Designs Australia was so inspiring. It was the story of the most wonderful, young-at-heart couple, who had purchased an unusual block of land in Kyneton, Victoria (somewhere I've always wanted to visit after reading about so many creative people that live there), where they decided to build a flat-pack modernist home. Not only do I admire them for being so contemporary, but I adore the look of their new house and the finished product is just amazing.
"Kyneton, a country town in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges, is known for
historic architecture and bustling farmers markets. It’s the perfect
place for foodies Rod Moore and Di Foggo – who are embarking on a huge
life change. They’re farewelling a classic Victorian home with
traditional furnishings and building a brand new, cutting edge flat pack
house on a rugged escarpment overlooking the racecourse. Di is a keen
gardener and wants to create a lofty paradise with a wide, rolling view.
They’ve been burnt before with budgets spiralling out of control and
schedules doubling, so they have chosen a high end, quality flat pack
home knowing there’s a fixed price and a speedy schedule. Trouble is,
the land isn’t complying and from almost day one generates unexpected
problems. Seems even the most regulated grand designs are at nature’s
It's official! I have booked my tickets and I'm heading to New York for a week and half of pure pleasure in mid-August. One of the shops I can't wait to visit in person is Anthropologie. Will be packing light for sure, leaving plenty of space for new purchases to make their way home.
We are often in Nelson Bay for holidays, as my husband's mother has a house there. During our stays we occasionally take day trips to Newcastle - which I love, mainly for the stunning architecture and fabulous beaches. Newcastle has always been a working class town, due to it's sea ports and coal mines - but it's once lively town centre has become very run down and a bit like a ghost town in places. Things are changing slowly however, and so it was with great excitement that I came across this new development in the De De Ce newsletter yesterday. Next time we are up that way and the weather is playing nice, we'll definitely be paying the Merewether Surfhouse a visit.