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July 8, 2015
These modern Australian interiors are simply stunning.
Open-plan dining room with a view

Built on a hill with beautiful views, this house in Lorne, a small beach town in Australia, was made for entertaining. The central living area features an open-plan kitchen, living space, and deck with views of Louttit Bay. To maximize energy savings, the house has a ducted reverse air cycle system from Fujitsu.

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Derek Swalwell
Originally appeared in A Breezy Modern Beach House Among the Trees in Australia
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Scandinavian midcentury furniture in bungalow with a modern addition

Like many families looking to renovate, Tribe Studio’s latest clients in Sydney wanted more space, better light, and a stronger connection to the outdoors. Architect Hannah Tribe delivered with an unapologetically bold design that smartly marries old and new. The clients' impressive collection of Scandinavian midcentury teak furniture pops beautifully against the concrete floors, white-painted brick, and pine v-joint walls.

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Originally appeared in A Traditional 1920s Bungalow with a Boxy Modern Extension
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Cut Paw Paw house kitchen in Australia

A pre-WWII bungalow in Victoria, Australia became a bold experiment in indoor-outdoor living. In their renovation, Andrew Maynard Architects decided to leave the structure deliberately incomplete. The existing bungalow transitions into an empty frame that houses an open-air corridor. The simple kitchen features a white stone countertop from Stone Italiana and Hoop Pine plywood cabinets.

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Peter Bennetts
Originally appeared in Indoor-Outdoor House Looks Completely Unfinished, And That's the Point
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Melbourne Apartment Living Room

Australian firm Clare Cousins Architects proves urban living and functional family homes are not mutually exclusive. The firm smartly (and inexpensively) reimagined an 800-square-foot apartment to provide more than enough space for a young family. To increase the illusion of space, the architect raised the ceiling height and installed window treatments that let in plenty of light. Carefully chosen furniture and fixtures make every square foot count.

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Originally appeared in A Tiny Apartment Renovation for a Growing Family in Melbourne
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Australian living room with Scandinavian furniture

Situated in a quiet grove of sculpted tea trees, the house that architects Annick Houle and Stephen O’Connor have created for themselves on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula is completely at home in the natural world. Taking cues from Japanese design, the house was designed around a courtyard. An open-plan living space leads out onto a long terrace. 

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Originally appeared in Local Wood Covers This Getaway for Two Architects
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Byron Bay house kitchen with island.

For this four-module prefab house off the Australian coastline, local firm Archiblox’s aim was “to create an inspiring double height living area with full glazing along the northern façade that could be enjoyed throughout the changing seasons,” according to architect Bill McCorkell. The airy kitchen opens up to an outdoor dining area. 

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Archiblox
Originally appeared in Modular Beach Home in Australia
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modern fairhaven beach house blackbutt eucalyptus living room Patricia Urquiola sofa

A coastal home designed by Australian architect John Wardle is uniquely tuned in to its residents and to its epic surroundings. Refusing to fixate on the seascape at the expense of other views, Wardle oriented the living room to a lush grove of trees. 

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Originally appeared in How To Decorate with Patricia Urquiola Furnishings
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modern lakeside home in Australia kitchen and dining area with tom dixon pendant lamps and steel and marble dining table by chris connell

A family home on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula is built to blend in with its lakeside setting. Architect Karen Alcock designed a simple, robust, and slightly elevated building with a modest floor plan considering the wide-open space available. The flat-roofed house appears to hover over land and water; in fact, its eastern end cantilevers over the lake. 

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Originally appeared in A House That Looks as Natural as the Landscape
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Modern timber house kitchen with tiles, custom oak veneer cabinetry

A modest kitchen addition to a couple’s cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one 376-square-foot room can revive an entire home. Local studio Owen and Vokes and Peters designed the addition to the traditional Queensland-style timber house. The architects used blackbutt wood for the flooring and Whisper White paint by Dulux throughout the interior. 

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Alicia Taylor
Originally appeared in This Kitchen Brings It All Together
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Open-plan dining room with a view

Built on a hill with beautiful views, this house in Lorne, a small beach town in Australia, was made for entertaining. The central living area features an open-plan kitchen, living space, and deck with views of Louttit Bay. To maximize energy savings, the house has a ducted reverse air cycle system from Fujitsu.

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