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Lisbon’s, Java Bar

Located in Lisbon, Portugal the Java bar is a roof top terrace bar / bistro which maximises views of the capitals harbourside whilst serving seasonal ingredients to its guests. Designed by Studio PIM the attention to detail, materials and layout creates a harmonious space that makes an unforgettable experience for its diners.

The exterior mimics the surrounding views of Lisbon with earthy terracotta tiles and creamy white walls. Whilst the interior contrasts with velvety seating, arched doorways, and curved lines.

Additionally, the interior incorporates rich woods that provide warmth, complementing the greenery and cacti that line the space. Curves are seen throughout the tiled flooring, seating, tables, doors, and lighting which visually soften the interior.

Vibrant blues are continued onto the terrace creating a cohesive and unified seating area accompanying the waterfront. Java successfully provides an atmosphere that lives up to its breathtaking location and scenery.

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Victoria’s Countryside Retreats

Escaping the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, country Victoria holds architecturally striking retreats that are surrounded by rich landscapes and natural beauty.

Follow along and enjoy some of Victoria’s most gorgeous havens.

Daylesford Longhouse in Daylesford

A habitable greenhouse that also functions as a culinary school and boutique farm incorporates striking architectural details. Located in the Elevated Plains the property overlooks the vast bushland of Daylesford. Mt Franklin and Hepburn Springs.

The Longhouse cleverly focuses on indoor/outdoor living and is designed to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The accommodation includes a semi outdoor bathroom, indoor water feature and pond as well as a fire pit, fireplace and sauna. Additionally, guests are welcomed to harvest herbs and produce from the internal gardens protected from the elements.

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Ross Farm in South Gippsland

Created by husband-and-wife duo Robyn and Lindsay Moore the couple enlisted their daughter Andrea to revamp their 1970’s dairy farm. Successfully turning three rundown agricultural buildings into modern holidays homes.

The Cabin, Dairy and Barn can be booked individually or together to enjoy, as well as the central courtyard, outdoor shower, fire pit and scenic countryside.

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Cortes Kiln in Gapsted

The Cortes family collaborated with Perth-based practice Whispering Smith Architects to transform a 100-year-old tobacco kiln into a minimal and understated retreat.

Nestled on a heritage Walnut Farm in the High Country, this accommodation fits perfectly for a secluded and intimate stay.

The addition of polished concrete flooring pairs perfectly with crisp white walls and clean lines. A lush internal green courtyard with an in-situ bath for guests invites in an abundance of light and warmth.

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Sky High in Mount Franklin

Panoramic views, grand and architecturally impressive, Sky High sits on a 50-acre wellness retreat. Designed by Josh and Tik White of Spa Country Builders, the luxury accommodation captures views of Mount Franklin and the surrounding countryside.

A geometric exterior, sharp in its design feature acute pitched roofs and angled windows. Circular portholes act as frames for the scenery across the property. Internally, polished concrete floors and warm woods create effortless design.  

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Inside NBA star JJ Redicks Parisian inspired Brooklyn Penthouse

JJ Redick, currently a shooting guard for the Dallas Mavericks shows off his Parisian inspired home in his Brooklyn Duplex. Redick’s wife Chelsea and two sons Knox and Kai reside in their gut renovated Dumbo penthouse.

In 2015 the Redicks initially started apartment hunting in New York City to find a temporary home to live in during the off season. JJ was playing for the Los Angeles Clippers at the time and the couple had just recently welcomed their first child and wanted to be closer to their families on the East Coast.

The family put down a deposit on the 1913 factory building which was being converted into a residential complex. The couple were drawn to the grittiness of the warehouse and its backstory. A year later and now with their second child, Chelsea inspected their construction zoned apartment and instantly thought it was too small. She investigated the adjacent penthouse and found that it was much larger and included a 2,600 square foot terrace. She instantly knew that they had to swap.

Successful, the couple hired decorator Michael Aiduss who helped turn this initial temporary residence into a long-term home. Chelsea was inspired by European apartments and Parisian details, the opposite of the industrial Brooklyn warehouse they were in.

What started out as adding some crown mouldings, turned into a complete gut renovation. Closing off the initial open plan into more defined and designated rooms. Creating their ultimate statement kitchen in lacquered top to bottom Aegean blue cabinets with brass fixtures.

Their formal dining area includes a large round ebonized table under a 1940s Venini chandelier. Chelsea is strongly drawn too vintage furniture, Fortuny fabrics and Salvador Dali which reoccur throughout.

Their master quarters are closed off to the rest of the penthouse and holds a study/mancave for JJ, two bathrooms, one for JJ and one for Chelsea, master bedroom and walk in closets.

Upstairs holds the boy’s bedroom with a starry-night theme and a spare bedroom for guests.

The generous outside terrace wraps around the entire apartment with an abundance of space including seating, dining, and an outdoor kitchen. The perimeters are lined with a canopy of trees creating intimate pockets of defined spaces. The couple can now proudly say that they have created their dream and lifelong home for their family to grow into.

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Highlights from the Architectural Digest 2021 Hotel Awards

Architectural Digest has listed their top picks of exceptionally designed hospitality destinations from around the world. We have hand-picked our favourite winners to present to you.

Ace Hotel, Brooklyn

Located on the cusp of Downtown Brooklyn and Boerum Hill, The Ace hotel has been inspired by the geographical and cultural history of Brooklyn. Spacious and welcoming, the hotel incorporates communal and creative spaces for events such as intimate weddings, culinary workshops, record lunches, dinners, and receptions.

The guest rooms are fitted with floor to ceiling windows as well as original artwork by local fibre and textile artists. Rooms on the higher levels have panorama views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Statue of Liberty.

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Splendido Mare, Portofino, Italy

Tucked into the curve of Portofino harbour, Splendido Mare exudes charm whilst providing culture and endless exploring. With 14 rooms and suites to choose from, Mediterranean restaurants, bars, and ice cream parlours as well as boat excursions and water sports. Splendido Mare provides everything you could possibly need for the perfect stay.

Whimsical corridors and views of glittering sea views, luxury is highlighted throughout. Clean white and bright interiors with wooden accents provide a dream like escape. Subtle marbling details as well as Portofino’s glamorous village sprit flows thorough its doors. Guests will discover an alluring haven, chic in design and playful in nature.

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The Maker Hotel, New York

Nestled by the Hudson River and around 2.5 hours from busy New York City, The Maker Hotel is surrounded by panoramic farmland, Catskill Mountains, and a wealth of nature.

The Maker Hotel brings a bespoke experience for its guests who can immerse themselves around hand crafted and custom pieces by Hudson Valley artisans.

The level of detail and layering of textures, materials and light create a truly unique atmosphere for The Makers guests to unforgettably enjoy.  

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Hotel Les Deux Gares, Paris

Think bright colours, patterns and maximalism in the most gorgeous way. Designed by Luke Edward Hall, Hotel Les Deux Gares offers a combination of English chic and French soul in design. Touches of Art deco furniture are placed throughout with clever layering of colours and patterns.

Located in Paris’s 10th arrondissement, Hotel Les Deux Gares welcomes its guests to stay in their playful and electric hostelry.

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