Some iPhone snaps I've taken recently on my travels. The architectural photos are from Darlinghurst. I took these photos as I was interested in the different ages/ styles of building design ranging from early Victorian to art deco and beyond. The flowers and pelican are from Centennial Park.
It is definitely the first day of spring here in Sydney. The weather, the flowers and the birds all say, "It's spring!" I spotted two rainbow lorikeets having a chat in a London planetree in the local park today and managed to get a photograph of them before they flew off.
Ian McMaugh of Budwise Garden Design has created for himself a mini tropical garden jungle in the heart of inner city Redfern. The green layers of exotic plants are an oasis in the middle of a very urban environment. You can read more about his gardening philosophy here: The Design Files.
It's not quite spring yet, but the botanical Gardens in Sydney have lots of lovely flowers to admire. I spent an hour or two there this week attempting to capture the beauty of the flowers with my camera. The poppy field (photos one, two and three) near the rose garden at the top of the Botanics was a highlight, as were the rhododendrons down by the stream (bottom three photos).
A desirable residence I found whilst perusing Arch Daily: Studio Mumbai's House on Pali Hill. I especially like the inner courtyard lily pond. The enclosed green space offsets the clean Mid-Century interior very well in my opinion.
Surrounded by trees and a garden growing vegetables and fruit, this treehouse built at the top of a valley in Bristol is my idea of heaven. It also features a wooden platform that is supported by an apple tree further down the hill where you can sit and enjoy the garden. The actual residential house for the family is at the very bottom of the hill. You can read more about the Bristol treehouse here.
Canadian architect Natalie Dionne has converted an industrial building into a modern home for herself in the city of Montreal. After being renovated and added to, the finished house forms a "U" shape and so it has become known as the "U" House. Could you live here? I think I could quite comfortably. All images via decoist and arch daily.
Furniture designer, art collector and antiques dealer Richard Shapiro has landscaped a superb garden for himself in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. It is full of rare and exotic plants and a box wood maze which he hand carved into pillowy clouds himself. You can read more about behind the scenes info on what inspires Richard Shapiro at MagazineC.com.