Giant Marvels of Melbourne

Melbourne is a vibrant, urban metropolis of skyscrapers, giant structures towering upwards to dizzying heights. The heart and soul of the city is a concrete jungle of high-rise commercial and residential buildings constructed in a fusion of architectural styles, which suits Melbourne’s evolving cosmopolitan landscape.

Below are a selection of Melbourne’s most noted skyscrapers:

Eureka Towers

Standing at a height of 300 metres, Eureka Towers is one of the world’s tallest residential structures, consisting of 576 apartments in addition to office, retail and hospitality facilities.

120 Collins Street

Designed in collaboration with Hassell Architects and Daryl Jackson, this 53-storey landmark echoes characteristics of art deco architecture, including a central mast and setbacks similar to New York’s Empire State Building.

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101 Collins Street

Located at the ‘Paris’ end of Melbourne, 101 Collins is a monument epitomising style and class. The building facade is accentuated with glass buttresses, while the focal point within the interior are the travertine columns and the use of opulent materials including marble and 23 carat gold leaf. The design in essence is one of grandeur and elegance, to compliment the cultural heart of the city.

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Prima Pearl

Towering at a height of 256 metres, Prima Pearl shimmers with boldness. Incorporating over 8500 high performance, bronze glass panels, the building is Melbourne’s second tallest residential structure.

568 Collins Street

Designed by Bruce Henderson Architects, 568 Collins Street stands at 224 metres in height, spanning 68 storeys. The overall structure is slick and slender in form, defined by three distinct vertical stratas that are delineated with deep balcony reveals.

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Bourke Place

Constructed in the tradition of modernist architecture, Bourke Place was built during the office boom of the late 1980s. The overall structure consists of 51 floors and its 223 metre height is topped off with a sloping roof. Of most significance is its facade, which incorporates 170,000 metres of laminated glass.

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The Telstra Corporate Centre opened in 1992 and was designed by Perrot Lyon Matheison, the same architect behind the Rialto Towers. Located on Exhibition Street, the structure spans 47 floors and towers at a height of 219 metres.

Melbourne Central

Kisho Kurokawa, Bates, Smart & McCutcheon and Hassel Pty. Ltd are the design force behind Melbourne Central. Its architecture combines historical and contemporary elements. This is evident with the heritage listed shot tower, a historical landmark enclosed within the conic glass atrium. Both of which are dominated by the “Crystal Cut” office tower (featuring a facade of reflective and tinted glass panels), that stands adjacent to the retail and commercial complex.

Freshwater Place

Freshwater Place aims to transform the cityscape, by establishing the ‘new norm’ of urban environments. The structure is a symbiosis of high-density residential living combined with commercial, hospitality and retail spaces.

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Located opposite the State Library of Victoria, Abode 318 is a 57 storey residential tower consisting of 433 apartments. Designed by Elenberg Fraser Architects, the building is noticeably curving in form and structure. The aim of which is to maximise views and offer privacy for each unit on every floor.

 

References

  1. http://www.fkaustralia.com/projects
  2. http://www.grollohistory.com.au/History/1990s/120-Collins-Street-Melbourne
  3. http://www.jacksonarchitecture.com.au/#/projects/120-collins-street-melbourne/
  4. http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/101-collins-st#.V4ibZvl97Dc
  5. http://www.101collins.com.au/about/
  6. http://www.primapearl.com.au/
  7. http://www.bh-architects.com/projects/selected/62-568-collins-street-melbourne
  8. http://www.walkingmelbourne.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4869
  9. http://openbuildings.com/buildings/telstra-corporate-centre-profile-14162?_show_description=
  10. http://www.walkingmelbourne.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2529
  11. http://dynamic.architecture.com.au/awards_search?option=showaward&entryno=20063008
  12. https://www.theurbandeveloper.com/melbournes-abode318-sustainable-luxury-in-the-city/
  13. http://www.schiavello.com/project-database/abode318/

 

Spiritual Marvels of Melbourne

Have a little faith, this post is not focused on any religion. Instead, the post is a visual tour of some of Melbourne’s most architecturally acclaimed churches. Praised for their majestic design, these houses of worship will enlighten you with their grandness and history.

St Patrick’s Cathedral

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Designed by William Wilkinson Wardell, St Patrick’s Cathedral is a prime example of Gothic-Revival design. Located on the edge of the city grid, the structure is laid out in the style of a Latin cross, incorporating a nave with side aisles, transepts flanked by side aisles, a sanctuary including seven chapels positioned in a chevet around it, and sacristies.

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A cross six metres in height sits atop of the main spire. The pinnacles of the Cathedral tower upwards, representing heaven above, while the gargoyles perched around the church are trademark features befitting the Gothic aesthetic.

St Paul’s Cathedral

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St Paul’s Cathedral represents the signature style of ne0-Gothic transitional architecture. Designed by William Butterfield, the cathedral consists of three giant spires, with the central spire considered to be the second highest of all Anglican churches, running second to the Salisbury Cathedral.

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This historic landmark features a sandstone facade and incorporates polychromatic brickwork, intricately arranged floor tiles, exquisitely patterned mosaics, banded stonework, timbered roof and finely tiled dado walls.

St Mary’s Star of the Sea

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Designed by Edgar J. Henderson, St Mary’s Star of the Sea church was built within the parameters of French Gothic architecture. The outer perimeter of the building is constructed in the shape of a cruciform, comprising of an aisled nave of five bays, with soaring clerestory, wide transepts, eastern chapels, and a two-bay sanctuary ending in a tripartite apse.

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St Mary Star of the sea renown for its opulent interior incorporating intricate stained glass windows, grand marble and granite pillars, unique timber ceiling and extravagant marble altars.

Scot’s Church

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The current Scot’s Church standing today was designed by highly regarded architects Reed and Barnes. The structure embodies the characteristics of Decorated Gothic or early English architecture. The interior is one of restraint featuring timber fixtures and intricate stained glass windows.

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Like many churches built during the period, Scot’s overall layout is based on a cruciform shape. The church spire stands at 210 feet in height, which provides a commanding presence on site.

St Michael’s Uniting Church

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You can’t help but notice the striking architecture of St Michael’s Uniting Church. Designed in the 1860s by Joseph Reed, the building’s aesthetic reflects the Lombardic style of architecture. The design incorporates Romanesque arches, a turreted spire and multicoloured brickwork.

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The interior evokes a theatre layout featuring a semi-circular shape floor plan with a sloping floor and tiered seating, a gallery area to further expand the seating capacity and a coved ceiling for acoustic purposes.

References: 

  1. http://www.cam.org.au/cathedral/History/Article/13333/A-Quest-for-Perfection-William-Wilkinson-Wardell-and-St-Patricks-Cathedral
  2. https://cathedral.org.au/
  3. http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/MelbourneLandmarks/Historic/Pages/7575.aspx
  4. http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/StMaryStarSea/
  5. http://www.onmydoorstep.com.au/heritage-listing/1276/st-mary-star-of-the-sea-church-complex
  6. http://www.scotschurch.com/about/scots-church-info/history/
  7. http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/ScotsMelbourne.html
  8. https://thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/MelbourneLandmarks/Historic/Pages/6946.aspx
  9. http://stmichaels.org.au/the-church/the-history-of-st-michaels/

 

Iconic Marvels of Melbourne

I love Melbourne, a city that is defined for its vibrant atmosphere, a passion for sport and a hub for fine food, wine and great coffee, often embraced through its cafe culture.

As a tourist destination and from an architectural perspective, what is quintessentially Melbourne? Nothing else epitomises Melbourne more than the following landmarks, which form the very fabric of this fine city: Flinders Street Station, the Shrine of Remembrance, the Rialto Towers, the GPO, the Arts Centre, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Luna Park and Melbourne Star.

Flinders Street Station

Built in 1910, Flinders Street Station is the heart of a comprehensive railway network in Melbourne. The facade of this iconic structure was a result of a worldwide design competition awarded in 1900 to JW Fawcett and HPC Ashworth.

 

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Shrine of Remembrance 

Constructed between 1928-1934, the Shrine of Remembrance was built in honour of the men and women of Victoria who served in the First World War. The structure is a poignant memorial dedicated to honour those who sacrificed their lives while fighting bravely for their country.

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The Rialto Towers

At 253 metres high, the Rialto Towers are a pair of giant structures designed by architects Gerard de Preu and Partner and Perrott Lyon Mathieson. The Towers is noted for its mirrored facade and covers a total area of 160,000 sq metres, with one building standing at 56 storeys and the other at 43.

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The Rialto Towers

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The Arts Centre

The Arts Centre is famous for its 162 metre high spire that fans out into flowing folds, representing a ballerina tutu wrapping itself around the Theatres Building like steel webbing.

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The GPO is in fact the heart of Melbourne, the epicentre of the city. The landmark is characterised by its Renaissance Revival architectural style, highlighted by a stone facade and layers of archways and columns.

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The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), considered by Aussie sporting fanatics as Down Under’s very own version of Mecca. The stadium is a spiritual home of sport, a place of religious worship, hosting the AFL Grand Final as well as Test and One Day international cricket.

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Luna Park

Located in St Kilda along Port Phillip Bay, Luna Park is a historical amusement park that was built in 1912. The venue is renown for its main entrance featuring a colourful bold face with a giant mouth, which acts as a focal point to draw in crowds. Some of the main attractions include Ferris Wheel, Terrace Tea Gardens, Scenic Railway and Pharaohs Daughter.

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Luna Park

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Melbourne Star

Located in Melbourne’s Docklands, the Melbourne Star is a giant ferris wheel that gives both visitors and locals spectacular views of the cityscape. The 40 storey high structure consists of 21 cabins that allows uninterrupted, 360 degree perspective of the city.

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Melbourne Star

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Melbourne Star

 

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References

  1. http://ptv.vic.gov.au/about-ptv/victoria-s-pt-network/history/early-history-of-public-transport/
  2. http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/built-environment/flinders-street-station/
  3. http://www.visitvictoria.com/regions/Melbourne/Things-to-do/History-and-heritage/Heritage-buildings/TV-Flinders-Street-Station.aspx
  4. http://www.shrine.org.au/The-Shrine-Story/History
  5. http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/shrine-of-remembrance#.V3nssfl97Dc
  6. http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/MelbourneLandmarks/Historic/Pages/4465.aspx
  7. http://www.grollohistory.com.au/History/1980s/Rialto-Towers-Melbourne
  8. http://www.travelvictoria.com.au/regions/melbourne/melbourneobservationdeck/
  9. http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/organisations/arts-centre-melbourne/
  10. http://www.we-love-melbourne.net/arts-centre-melbourne.html
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  22. http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne-star#.V3rvr_l97Dc

Heritage Marvels of Melbourne

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Royal Exhibition Building

Like most cosmopolitan cities around the world, Melbourne is characterised for its concrete jungles, dominated by modern skyscrapers with shimmery glass facades. But scattered amongst these contemporary structures are buildings noted for their classic architecture.

The very fabric of Melbourne consists of heritage listed buildings, recognised for their historical, cultural and architectural significance. This post is a visual exploration of some of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks including the Royal Exhibition Building, Parliament House, the State Library of Victoria, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Old Treasury Building, and the Melbourne Town Hall. Each of these structures have a common thread, the very essence of their construction is linked to their traditional charm and majestic designs.

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State Library of Victoria

The majority of these landmarks (such as Parliament House, the State Library, Supreme Court and Old Treasury Building) were constructed during the Victorian era, a period that saw a renewed focus towards classical renaissance architecture. The classical  aesthetic is characterised for central pediments, a Corinthian style portico, Ionic columns and grand archways.

The Royal Exhibition Building and  Melbourne Town Hall  are both examples of the Second Empire style of architecture, a trend made popular in Paris during the Napoleonic period. The signature features of this design aesthetic include ornate trims, quoining brickwork, opulent details including Palladian inspired archways and columns.

There is nothing like taking a step back in time.

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Royal Exhibition Building

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Royal Exhibition Building

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Parliament House

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State Library of Victoria

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Old Treasury Building

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Old Treasury Building

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Old Treasury Building

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Supreme Law Courts of Victoria

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Melbourne Town Hall

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Melbourne Town Hall

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Melbourne Town Hall

References:

  1. http://www.visitmelbourne.com/Regions/Melbourne/Things-to-do/History-and-heritage.aspx
  2. http://www.melbourne.com.au/heritage.htm
  3. https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/places-vic/
  4. https://melbourneheritage.org.au/about-heritage-in-melbourne/
  5. http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Melbourne/Things-to-do/Art-theatre-and-culture/Architecture-and-design/Heritage-buildings
  6. http://www.visitvictoria.com/regions/Melbourne/Things-to-do/History-and-heritage/Heritage-buildings/Royal-Exhibition-Building.aspx
  7. http://www.walkingmelbourne.com/building27_state-library-of-victoria.html
  8. http://www.walkingmelbourne.com/building12_parliament-house–parliament-of-victoria.html
  9. http://www.visitvictoria.com/regions/Melbourne/Things-to-do/Art-theatre-and-culture/Museums/Old-Treasury-Building.aspx
  10. http://www.walkingmelbourne.com/building261_law-courts.html
  11. http://www.walkingmelbourne.com/building8_the-treasury-building.html
  12. http://www.walkingmelbourne.com/building311_town-hall-administration-building.html
  13. http://www.walkingmelbourne.com/building2_royal-exhibition-building.html

 

Deconstructing Gehry

Frank Gehry is a trailblazer in contemporary design, often considered as one of the most highly acclaimed architects of the 20th century. An iconic genius in post-modern architecture, Gehry thrives in pushing the boundaries with his complex, avant garde concepts. Gehry’s bold structures rebels against the status quo, shifting away from the paradigm that ‘form follows function’.

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As a proponent of the deconstructivsm movement, Gehry’s projects are defined for their striking profiles, mixed with undulating layers of elements, resulting in structural facades that are both complex and bold. His style of producing abstract constructions are combined with his use of malleable metal finishes juxtaposed against more traditional building components like concrete or bricks.

 

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Gehry portfolio of projects are characterised for their use of unconventional materials, incorporating structural elements manipulated to produce rippled forms and irregular shapes. Although Gehry’s creative vision was inspired by the DeCon architectural style, the silhouettes of his spectrum of famous landmarks mixes a new age revival of cubism and futuristic aesthetics.

Below are a snapshot of Frank Gehry’s volume of work:

Walt Disney Concert Hall – Los Angeles

 

Guggenheim Bilbao – Spain

 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion – Chicago

 

Lou Ruvo Center – Las Vegas

 

Weisman Art Museum – Minneapolis

 

Neuer Zollhof – Dusseldorf, Germany

 

Dancing House – Prague

 

DZ Bank building – Berlin

 

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

References:

  1. http://www.colorcoat-online.com/blog/index.php/2011/01/12-architects-that-changed-the-world/
  2. http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/construction/planning/10-most-famous-architects9.htm
  3. http://freshome.com/2012/08/17/iconic-legends-the-10-greatest-modern-architects-of-our-time/
  4. http://au.complex.com/style/2015/06/25-architects-you-should-know/frank-gehry
  5. http://www.biography.com/people/frank-gehry-9308278#later-life
  6. http://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/best-of-frank-gehry-slideshow/all
  7. http://www.fastcodesign.com/3053937/9-things-you-didnt-know-about-frank-gehry
  8. http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/geh0bio-1
  9. http://www.archdaily.com/tag/frank-gehry

If It’s Broke – Fixer Upper

Who said country style was dated? Certainly not the hosts behind the hit lifestyle show Fixer Upper, featuring the husband and wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines. The dynamic duo are the creative minds behind several major renovation overhauls.  They turn run down, dilapidated homes into farmhouse chic.

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Don’t judge a book by its cover. With Chip’s construction expertise and Joanna’s creative vision, they can upgrade any beat-up rickety old property into a home that exudes southern charm and comfort. The pair are bold enough to take on any property, regardless of its condition, and transform the house with a fresh facelift and an interior makeover. While most buyers would view such dwellings as a money pit and shy away from such projects, Chip and Joanna see nothing but potential.

Joanna’s aesthetic is characterized for its modern, country style chic. Her passion for vintage fixtures, unique flea-market pieces and up-cycled accessories combined with soft color schemes, weathered timber finishes and eye catching vignettes adds a touch of character to a room. The result is a warm, inviting look that is both soulful and welcoming.

Together, Chip and Joanna are an endearing couple whose friendly banter and lighthearted personalities adds further sugary sweetness to the program, making Fixer Upper a delight to watch.

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Modern Marvels of Melbourne

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Melbourne’s central business district is renown for its eclectic mix of architectural styles. The cityscape is blanketed with skyscrapers, featuring shimmering façades and rectangular block silhouettes, a trend that dominated the 80s era. These post-modern forms are nestled cohesively together with heritage structures typified by Romanesque and neo-classical designs, linking back to Australia’s federation period.

Since the millennium, a greater movement towards contemporary architecture have eclipsed the city and its surrounds. The following is a small selection of landmarks and commercial buildings that stand out for their edgy, distinct and innovative style.

AAAMI Park

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NAB Building – Docklands

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Federation Square

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Swanston Square

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Catherine – The Great Hermitage Collection

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The National Gallery of Victoria is currently showcasing a collection of masterpieces from the Hermitage, epitomizing the artistic vision of Catherine The Great. The collection includes an exclusive curation of Italian, French, Flemish and Dutch art and features specific works from Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck  and Velazquez. As a backdrop, sections of the gallery has been transformed to recreate the interior of the Hermitage Museum, giving the audience an opportunity to experience the richness and grandeur of Roman and Classical architecture embraced by Catherine herself.

Catherine’s thirty-four year reign as Empress of Russia is often considered the Golden Age of the Russian Empire, a period that cultivated a movement towards the ideals of Enlightenment – a drive towards liberty, progress and tolerance. Catherine’s passion and enthusiasm for the arts, literature, education and culture instigated the foundation of her collection of paintings, sculptures, and priceless treasures and artifacts of silver and precious…

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The Age of Beige is Over!

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What do you get when you combine a couple with opposing design aesthetics, a single room in their house in desperate need of a makeover and a colour wheel – you get a vibrant episode of Colour Confidential!

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The crux of the program centres on each couple moving away from the standard builder beige and making a giant leap towards adding a splash of colour to what is a boring room. The homeowners then face the tough task of determining three colours that ultimately form the basis of their room’s colour scheme, using everyday objects that inspire them. These objects (which could range from red strawberries or blue earrings to violet flowers) are systematically placed around the show’s secret weapon, the colour wheel. The colour wheel consists of 12 shades covering primary colours through to varying shades of secondary colours (including warmer tones and cooler shades).

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Top Deck-orators – The Designer All Stars

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It’s true. I have a style obsession! I have an instinctive flair for all things fabulously chic, whether it’s fashion, photography, art to architecture. I’m a visual person. Comfort and functionality? Blah, blah, blah – boring! But if it’s eye catching, on trend, with a dash of wow, you’ll have me salivating – and I have no shame!

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On the flip side, I’m a space cadet with no artistic talent or skill to create my own masterpiece.  This applies to interior decorating. I know what I like, but I struggle at pulling together a look that has panache, you know, what the French call a little ‘je ne sais quoi’. Instead, I’m living my designer dreams through the growing number of home makeover programs that I’m highly fixated with.

Candice Olson – Contemporary Kitchen –…

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