Monday, September 27, 2010

On A Mission

....a Spanish Mission to be exact! The Architect's brief was to create an 'urban-beach feel, not so much beach-house or urban chic, but somewhere in between. A place to live, work, entertain & enjoy the beach-side living.' The client owned both upper & lower apartments of this Duplex, so one large space was created in the refurbishment. The internal redesign features clean, modern lines, while externally, the house was freshened up, while still retaining the original period features. The above view is from the front street entrance, with fabulous Sydney water views seen in the distance.

An original arched window in the entrance has been retained & highlighted. The Spanish Mission style of houses emerged in California during the period between the 2 World Wars & here in Austalia, we followed on very closely from the U.S. example. The style particularly suited our Mediterranean climate. Typically houses of this style often feature terracotta tiled roofs, stuccoed external surfaces, external spiral columns, parapets, loggias, timber window shutters, arched doorways & windows, ornamental metalwork & balconettes.This property has all those features in abundance.

The Living Room looking out to those captivating water vistas.

The Dining space & balcony with the same fabulous views.

Clean, simple lines in the Living Room.

Polished boards & simple cabinetry in the kitchen.

Love the bathroom!

And the curvy wall!

The rear aspect, with dress-circle views over Bondi Beach.

Images: Mac-Interactive



  1. that bathroom is fantastic and do I spy I little recessed nook? Just like yours......xoxo

  2. Oh such relaxing, clean simple lines. Dreamy.
    Your comment on my bloggy today made me spit my coffee out. The mental image you created was magical. A-M xx

  3. Millie,

    Everything is just beautiful. Hope you are well. Thanks for sharing.

  4. oh, I could definitely live in that bathroom!
    I had to laugh Millie at your pies comment, hilarious!!
    what would have happened if I was a pie supporter ;) (never!!)

    have a lovely week MS Millie ♥

  5. What a beautiful home! The old Spanish architecture is lovely while the inside shows that the house is contemporary. Lovely day, Kellie xx

  6. So gorgeous! I think the Spanish Mission style is so perfectly suited to beach living! Clearly! XX!

  7. This home looks like the hubby agreed to hiring help for a spring clean! Or maybe a weekly cleaner? My house is Spanish Mission style built in the 1930's so I always love seeing what others have done with them. I dream of turning mine into a grand dame one day! Ax


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