Inside a Melbourne Home That’s a Modern Twist on a Cuckoo Clock

What do you get when you take inspiration from a cuckoo clock, Japanese architecture, and the charming qualities of historic Edwardian-era homes? The latest residential project from the geniuses at Rara Architecture. Nicknamed Cuckoo House after its clocklike form, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Footscray, Australia, a neighborhood right outside of the Melbourne city center, is a prime example of taking a dated home and transforming it into something new and exciting, while still celebrating the fabric of the existing structure.

<div class="caption"> <strong>BEFORE:</strong> The original structure had a classic Edwardian cottage with a small layout, including one dark bedroom at the front, a gabled roof, a weatherboard exterior, and a surrounding veranda. In the update, Wesley moved the veranda farther out, managing to bring more natural light into the front bedroom. </div>

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BEFORE: The original structure had a classic Edwardian cottage with a small layout, including one dark
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Yes, Your Home Being Messy May Affect Your Mental Health

Photo credit: Jonathan Rachman/Suzanna Scott
Photo credit: Jonathan Rachman/Suzanna Scott

From House Beautiful

Given the extended amount of time we’ve spent at home in recent months, there’s no denying the importance of turning your home into a personal oasis. After all, the state of our homes can directly influence the state of our minds. Dr. Toby Israel, author of Some Place Like Home: Using Design Psychology to Create Ideal Places, used this idea as the founding principle for the field of Design Psychology, which proves a point we at House Beautiful have long thought to be true: Our visual surroundings have a profound impact on our mental health.

On a basic level, Israel says, principles of light and color affect mood: “Light colors may make a space feel more open whereas darker colors may make people feel more closed in,” she explains. “Thus, for those quarantining right now, it might seem to make

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Barcelona beaches reach capacity despite ‘stay home’ calls

Barcelona's beaches reached capacity over the weekend - Getty
Barcelona’s beaches reached capacity over the weekend – Getty

 

Beaches in Barcelona reached capacity over the weekend, despite pleas from local authorities for people to stay at home as Covid-19 cases rose in the region.

Earlier on Sunday, authorities urged 96,000 residents of three Catalan towns to stay at home, as part of a tightening of Covid-19 restrictions. This came after residents in Barcelona were on Friday advised to leave their home only for essential trips.

However, thousands ignored the stay-at-home calls. Barceloneta beach, a favourite among tourists, reached capacity on Sunday and had to be closed as bathers queued up to access the beach.

Spain emerged from a nationwide lockdown on June 21, and UK tourists can now visit without needing to go into quarantine.

The latest figures from Catalonia’s regional health ministry show a daily increase of 944 cases, although the stay-at-home instructions stop short of a

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This Portland Home Was Designed to Feel Like a Parisian Apartment

Photo credit: Haris Kenjar
Photo credit: Haris Kenjar

From House Beautiful

Tudor-style bungalow homes from the 1940s with small kitchens and disjointed flows are fairly common in northeast Portland, and the one that JHL Design was hired to renovate for a family of three was no different. But rather than seeing problems, the Portland-based interior design firm saw possibilities: original mahogany woodwork, original hardwood doors, and small details like intact picture rails in the formal living spaces. So, together with Thesis Studio Architecture, the team worked out a plan that added only 150 square feet to the footprint—but through what JHL Design principal Holly Freres calls “a rearrangement of space” made the home feel significantly larger.

Photo credit: Haris Kenjar
Photo credit: Haris Kenjar

The first step was to reconfigure the entire main floor, which contained a narrow kitchen and two bedrooms at the back of the house. The bedrooms, Freres explains, “monopolized access to the private,

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Google Faces Antitrust Investigation From Its Home State, California

Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOGL) Google is facing a new antitrust investigation that has been launched by the State of California. 

In a report by Politico on July 9, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra decided to pursue an investigation after repeatedly choosing not to pursue the tech giant after being pressed to do so in light of other state investigations into Google that were launched last year.

California Attorney General’s Office Spokesperson Sarah Lovenheim said to Gizmodo, on July 10, “To protect the integrity of our work, it’s our practice not to comment on any pending or potential investigation, even to confirm or deny their existence.” Google also would not comment on the investigation.

Shares in Google were up 1% at market close on Friday at $1,539.01 per share.

California’s choice to withhold investigations on Google is noteworthy because the state is known for having a large staff of antitrust

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