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SUMMER VILLA

16th August 2016
Summer Villa VI, Haroma & Partners

I remember when I first started Copperline – when the blog was only on Tumblr – I featured quite a few black timber houses. After the first couple of posts, I realised that this aesthetic was a bit of a ‘dream house’ moment for me, and it still is. Back in March I shared this timber house in Norfolk, and it remains one of my favourites so far of 2016.

Which explains why this house, Summer Villa VI by Haroma & Partners, caught my eye. There are seven summer villas listed on Haroma & Partners’ site, and number VI is located in Kustavi in southwest Finland.

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HOUSE FOR A PAINTER

28th July 2016
House for a Painter, London, with The Modern House.

Years ago, I visited an incredible property called Sea Loft in the Fife coastal town of Kinghorn. Sea Loft was the home and studio of artists Robert Callender and Elizabeth Ogilvie, who created the space by converting a previously derelict cinema. The volume and the natural light thundering into the all-white studio was incredible, and no less so in the couple’s living area with its sea views. It was a wonderful example of a living space and studio that worked together, cohesive in design and approach, to create an unforgettable home.

And this London house, House for a Painter, although very different in location, shares that same unique quality and the wonderful sense of light and volume. Whereas Sea Loft was about views outside to the landscape, this house offers long views between the studio and living zones, an “internal landscape,” as architect Dingle Price refers to it, where one area flows into the next.

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DOUBLE LIFE HOUSE

16th June 2016
Double Life House by Breathe Architecture; photo by Katherine Lu

Last week I wrote about an amazing warehouse conversion in Melbourne, Richmond Residence, which was shortlisted in the residential decoration category of the Australian Interior Design Awards. The winners were announced on June 10 – the Richmond Residence picked up a commendation in its category – and I wanted to share another project, this time from the residential design category.

Like Richmond Residence, Double Life House is located in Melbourne, and this project also picked up a commendation. I was intrigued by its description on AIDA: “A house for two introverts living in a world of extroverts. Double Life House is an attempt to keep them sane, to protect their true identities from the outside world. It’s their hideout, their fortress of solitude. A mild mannered exterior, but an interior made of steel and strength.”

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THE HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATING SHOW

16th May 2016
The Nook by Hall + Bednarczyk Architects, photo by Simon Maxwell

Whenever I’m interviewing people about their build or renovation projects, they often mention how they’ve found inspiration by attending homebuilding shows where they’ve come across interesting companies or new products that they might not have encountered otherwise. For all that we’re used to doing research online, there’s nothing quite having like a face-to-face conversation, or seeing a product in the flesh.

Next weekend, The Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns to the SECC in Glasgow on 21 and 22 May. The show is billed as a “one-stop shop for all your needs” whether you’re undertaking a conversion or renovation project, or thinking about extending a house or indeed building from scratch. This year’s show will feature over 140 exhibitors presenting their latest products and services.

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ST ANDREWS BEACH

22nd April 2016
Moana Court, St Andrews Beach, via RT Edgar

For those who know me (and therefore know of my love of St Andrews in Scotland), you may be looking at the headline and the photo above and wondering about the whereabouts of this striking house. But no, this isn’t that St Andrews. This St Andrews Beach is located on the Mornington Peninsula to the south of Melbourne in Australia, and this house was designed to make the most of the spectacular views of the rugged coastline here. Just look at this location… incredible, right?

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A NEW HOUSE WITH OLD BONES

8th April 2016
House designed by architect Weyne Jurgen

I came across this house by chance while scrolling Pinterest – the photo below of the fireplace popped up on my feed and I pinned it on my Quiet board, thinking this was an image to explore further. And sure enough, that photo led me to this beautiful house in Belgium designed by the architect Weyne Jurgen with an interior designed by Severine Jaspar.

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