Inside/ Outside :: an elegant Victorian villa with a modern touch

One of the many delights of mid Victorian villas
are the bay windows,
often arched,
which create a sense of inside/outside theatre:
a literal prism window onto the garden.
Internally, 
the bay window plays with the garden views:
a little inspired by those early camera obscura, perhaps?
But looking at the same scene,
from different angles,
makes it rather fun.
It can also become 
a cosy nook
for a couple of chairs,
as it has here, 
in this elegantly renovated home on the market
in the bayside suburb of Elsternwick.
But it's out the back, 
where the deck lays invitingly and
sunlight floods in,
that we find a modern interpretation of this inside/outside interaction.
And I suspect the inhabitants would spend most of their time right here.


A rather pleasant spot for lunch.
Alfresco dining is always in season,
when there is sunlight to be captured, celebrated & loved.


And as we spin back around to see the front of the house,
the garden beckons yet again,
this time framed symmetrically by the moulded archway.

In more ways than one, 
the Victorian villa extols the beauty of this inside/outside connection.

Would you like to live here?

property :: 21 hopetoun st elsternwick, melbourne
images & agents :: biggin scott
flower images :: kate hill 

thank you so much to everybody for your lovely get well wishes!
no site visits for me this week - but lots of lovely posts to come - including 
the highlights of the melbourne international flower & garden festival last weekend.