After a hectic year and a maniac build-up to Christmas, I can't be the only one looking forward to a whole lot of doing nothing between now and New Years. Between mining boxes of Celebrations for mini Bounty bars (don't @ me) and topping up my wine glass, there'll be little else on my list, except catching up on some Netflix interior inspo. Here's what's top of my list.
From homes in a converted 120-year-old former oil boat on the Thames (episode 1) to an expansive aircraft hangar (episode 7), there’s plenty of brilliant and bonkers projects in this series – the clue is in the name really.
However, it’s the transformation of the top floor of a sixties tower block in the Netherlands that will have me skipping to episode 4 immediately. The resulting space (pictured above) is seventies-inspired, complete with warm wood panelled and exposed concrete walls, combined with retro furniture and fittings.
I Own Australia's Best Home
After nine weeks of shows on Aussie TV, just one was crowned the nation’s best and took home $30,000 for their chosen charity. From an “industrial glam” Art Deco bungalow in Perth to an artist’s home and studio in Torquay (pictured above), and soaring surfers’ beach houses, this series is like taking a little imagination holiday. And it's got sunshine.
Abstract: The Art of Design
Truthfully, a show I plan to revisit is the Ilse Crawford episode, in which the designer reiterates that interior design is more than “a look” and that how buildings are designed effects how we feel and behave. A little academic in parts, with design language a go-go, but the work speaks for itself. Beautiful.
The World's Most Extraordinary Homes
A BBC production presented by architect Piers Taylor and property developer Caroline Quentin, the intrepid duo visit contemporary houses in mountainous regions, in forests, by the coast and underground, that respond to their surrounds. Pictured above is the cedar-clad Te Kaitaka house by Steven Lawson Architects (from episode 1), whose wood and concrete interior frames incredible views across the water.
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
One you’ll have to wait until January 1st to view, when the eight-episode series launches globally, and the organisational icon and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up changes the lives of a recently widowed woman, a downsizing family and soon-to-be parents. Prepare for Queer Eye-esque tears.