Butler Armsden Architects, based out of San Francisco, creates homes that make me want to weep - for joy. Spectacular modern design yet comfortable and casual. I love that they can modernize a home yet keep traditional touches intact as a reference to its history. (I think they had me at the chartreuse Saarinen Womb chair).
Nicolás and Jaunita live in Colombia. This is their charming home. Don't you love taking a peek into homes from all over the world? I know I do. I feel I've come to visit on a rainy afternoon. There's coffee and great conversation and I've fallen in love with their Spanish version of the Trainspotting movie poster. Lucky I'm not really there or I'd be tempted to take it down and make a run for it. Not a very good guest am I? Thanks so much for letting us visit and surprise your wife Nicolás!
The latest from award winning design firm Andy Martin Architects. Chevron House, West London. "Inspired by the architecture of the existing elegantly proportioned spaces, the design sets out to exaggerate, by scaling the space by removing walls, and attaching new space to create a large Edwardian warehouse on each of the three levels. The ground floor, the public level is essentially one space which is divided only by the use of colour and material. On the second and third levels, the private floors, bedrooms merge into bathrooms and visa versa. The rear of the property has new extensions off both the living and kitchen reaching into the garden to absorb the light from the south. The client's brief to use colour extensively was applied in such that the walls and ceilings are left light in colour (off white) and that only elements or interventions (joinery etc) would be strongly coloured giving the house a lighter atmosphere with greater sense of perspective." Colour. OMG colour! It's like a zing from tingly fruit candies, the zap from sherbert powder. I think I need a green bathroom!
A big thanks to Iza who sent us a link to a converted mill in Poland (where famoust Polish writer Stefan Zeromski created one of his major novels). Jo and I are both huge fans of all conversions, particularly churches as we've featured several here before. This mill is pretty sweet, although is totally against all code (here in Canada anyway) with all those raised sections and stairs with no railings.