Get ready for Open House Perth 2015!

ohp-1-13ohp-1ohp-1-2ohp-statetheatre-1-3ohp-pre-2014-8ohp-pre-2014-9ohp-pre-2014-1This coming weekend sees Open House once again invite you inside, around and on top of more than 80 locations around our green and growing city. Running over Saturday and Sunday, explore the heights of the Central Park Tower rooftop, the unmistakable baroque excess of His Majesty’s Theatre, or even look inside some of Perth’s newest spaces such as the Cathedral Square and the Perth City Link.

An exciting change to the Open House program is the addition of a number of food and drink venues, such as Bar Lafayette and The Flour Factory, some of whom will be doing something a little special for the event such as tastings or exclusive menus. Personally, we can never go past a visit to the architect-designed homes dotted around the city. A quick glance at this year’s selection and I’m already certain that I’m going to end up inspired to makeover our own home yet again.

Take a look at the Open House Perth program over here to plan your weekend’s itinerary!

Open House Perth 2015 / Saturday 7th November and Sunday 8th November

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Perth City opens its doors

ohp-1-18 ohp-1 ohp-1-19 ohp-1-20 ohp-1-22ohp-1-2 ohp-1-4 ohp-1-5 ohp-1-6 ohp-1-8 ohp-1-10 ohp-1-11 ohp-1-12 ohp-1-13 ohp-1-15We were like two kids in a candy shop, gleefully and excitedly buzzing around our great city during the two days over which Open House Perth was held. Over 70 places opened their doors and welcomed in the general public, allowing us access to magnificent vistas of the city, into the workspaces of local creatives, and into a number of architecturally-designed private residences. Venues ranged from brand-spanking new to heritage-listed, and all were interesting and inspiring in their own ways. We also learnt a fair bit about Perth’s history just by touring certain places such as the 108 St Georges Terrace (previously Bankwest Tower), Council House and Moana Chambers (a ballroom back in its heyday!).

We got 16 places ticked off our hit-list and, though there’ll be plenty more blog posts to come showcasing the great hidden and not-so-hidden spaces around Perth, here is our highlight reel.

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Lake House
Council House
Casa 31_4 Room House
View upwards on St Georges Terrace
Moana Chambers/Moana Coffee
108 St Georges Terrace 
Paddington St
Sussex St
Another corner of Paddington St
Dapper Jack/Studio Bomba/On A Whim
108 St Georges Terrace lobby and view from 50th floor
Geyer Studios (Atlas Building)
State Theatre Centre
Gotham Studios

Sandringham House

SandringhamHouse020SandringhamHouse001 SandringhamHouse012 SandringhamHouse014 SandringhamHouse028 SandringhamHouse003We came across this delightful house on Desire To Inspire the other day. Designed by Techné Architecture + Interior Design, it is a wonderful conversion of a double-fronted weatherboard house into an amazing and inviting space full of colour and energy. I love how the street frontage is subtle, with only a cheeky bright blue door and a small amount of metal cladding visible to hint at the impressive structure within. They have managed to add four extra bedrooms, an open plan living-dining area and a study, with heaps of life-bringing natural light. And to top it all off, the interior design and furniture is positively mouthwatering! (Excuse me whilst I rescue my laptop keyboard from my drool…)

Photography by Derek Swallwell

Home Inspiration – Waverley St

Our quest for home inspiration has taken us to the amazing home of Sam Klopper from Klopper and Davis Architects. This beautiful inner city gem is the perfectly formed marriage of original 1920’s worker’s cottage and modern vintage extension. I’m a big fan of the neutral palette with those splashes of colour, and those mid-century touches. This is a family-centric home and makes great use of space and natural materials – exactly what we want our future home to have.

Home Inspiration – Maylands Additions

We’ve finally decided to take the plunge and start planning a home extension! We live in an old 1930’s california bungalow which is a great size for the two of us, but far too small to function as a family home. Because of our large block size, our idea is to extend backwards, adding more living space and bedrooms in a modern, contrasting style to the original.

This extension by Jonathan Lake Architects in Maylands is something akin to what we would like. I love the large, boxy back of the house and the generous use of glass. The use of a wooden cladding on the outside surface of the house really softens those hard edges. Those large windows draw the outside garden inwards and really let lots of light into the house.

images © Robert Frith

The shoot before the storm…Part #2

Sa-1As promised, here is the second part to my shoot with Steven plus a bonus costume change! Don’t forget to check out his facebook and tumblr pages for more of his fab work!

The weekend has been a crazy whirl of rehearsing for wedding, showing relatives around Perth who are visiting for the wedding, making cupcakes for the wedding, and ultimately finally attending the wedding!!!! (Did I mention Eu-Jinn’s sister got married last weekend?) There will be plenty of nuptial-related snaps to come this week…but I’m still recovering this morning so you’ll just have to wait…zzz…

Oh, and before I slip back into my dreams, I can reveal that my next project with Steven Chew will be a video! (Pressure’s on now Steven…) Keep posted for that one, it’s going to be a cracker!
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***What I’m wearing – cream lace dress by Madewell (similar), colourful beaded necklace from Ruck Rover, pink leather sandals by The Horse

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