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Sydney Spanish Mission Beach Apartment

I have loved this apartment ever since I stumbled across it in Design Sponge over a year ago. It is the home of interior designer, Sarah Davidson and embodies what I love about great design: beautiful evocative aesthetics filled with the personality of the occupant mixed with functionality and ease. It is a relaxed home which invites you to sit down and take it easy. The location in an  iconic 1920s Spanish Mission-style building overlooking Tamarama beach in Sydney isn’t too bad either.





Some highlights for me is its size (small) with an eclectic mix of furniture and furnishings including art such as a piece by the Australian photographer Bill Henson famed his chiaroscuro paintly atmospheric work. I can spot Ikea mixed with vintage (such as the bamboo chair) and iconic 20th pieces such as Harry Bertoia “Large Diamond” armchair and platinum-glazed “Bishop” side table by India Mahdavi.


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Bathrooms are so often neglected and can appear to be a bland after-thought. But the  Moroccan tiled bathroom here is breath-taking. No wonder it is Sarah’s favourite room in the house.



It makes you  wonder why apartment living is not that popular in Australia.

via Design Sponge

Bathroom perfection

Just adore this bathroom vignette: the white painted wall, the vintage mirror, the rustic wooden stand painted in gloss black, the deep pie dish sink, the black and white tiles and the low hanging off-centre light bulbs. Designer Paola Navone has nailed it.


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Another stunning Parisian apartment

I don’t know much about this amazing home except that it belongs to Anne Geistdorfer, it was designed by Double G, it’s located in the St Honore district in Paris, it’s 150sqm and . . . that it is gorgeous.

My favourite elements are those incredible blue and white tiles in the bathroom and the living room with its worn kilm, beautifully arranged bookshelves and wire chairs which logic dictates should be uncomfortable, but are really inviting. What do you like the most about this home?

Images via afflante


Escape to La Banane, St Barts

The reputation of  the tiny Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy (St Barts) as a playground of the rich and famous, has kept me from that part of the world – and not  just because of the cost. Nevertheless, the ever so stylish Villa la Banane deserves to be featured on Urban Kaleidoscope.

Built last century by cabaret owner and singer, Jean-Marie Riviere, to entertain his family and friends, this remarkable place has been lovingly brought back to life by Jean-Marc Israel. The genuine mid-century furniture, canary yellow walls, geometric fabrics and crushed crimson upholstery mixed with the traditional wooden architecture create an exotic other-worldliness.  It’s like you have stepped into a set from Mad Men: the sort of place Don and Megan Draper would have honeymooned.

La Banane is unique in that it does not simply recreate a retro vibe, but its owner prides himself on authenticity and thus is furnished with highly collectible pieces including some by Pierre Jenneret, commissioned by the master of modernism himself (and Jenneret’s cousin) Le Corbusier, for the Indian city of Chandigarh.

The 8-guest rooms are individual bungalows nestled in a lush tropical garden and each has an open-air bathroom and merges three essential qualities which elude most hotels: unique, stylish and cosy.

It is my kind of place: intimate, private and located near the undiscovered Lorient beach away from the typical St Barts scene. It certainly makes me reconsider my anti-St Barts bias.

Images via aldetopippa james on interiorsdesign hotels

Escape to the Scandic Grand Central, Stockholm

The newly opened Grand Central Stockholm, part of the Scandic super hotel chain, is not just a nice place to stay, but a hotel that’s at the forefront of design.

Certainly this is not what we think of as traditional Scandinavian design: white wood, off-white wood with a bit more white. This has an edgy, funky, dare I say it, eccentric feeling, with its Moroccan tiled floors, manhole cover-inspired carpets, cheeky motivational phrases screen painted onto walls and tactile sculpted bathroom tiling. The designers, Koncept, call it “a love affair between the grand Vienna-style city palace and street life of Stockholm.”

Transforming the 1885 building into a hip social hangout, Koncept have made “the hotel interact with the street life outside its windows and invite everyone walking or driving by inside, a living room in the middle of the street.” There are many superb and inviting touches throughout the 391 room hotel: the plum velvet armchairs in the foyer, in the restaurant, Teaterbrasseriet, with its gold topped dining tables and aqua glass lights.

Rarely have I seen such a triumph of the eclectic and unusual that succeeds in also being so calm and inviting.