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Thursday
May282015

Stuff...and things

Minimalists beware. This British warehouse conversion available through The Modern House (designed by 6a Architects) may induce heart palpitations and shortness of breath. It is FILLED to the rafters with STUFF. And THINGS. And more stuff. And I am afraid to admit this....but I kind of like it. Except for the kitchen. A kitchen with that much clutter would drive me mad. I am however, feeling some plant envy. Details can be found here

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Thursday
May282015

Eye on you

I knew I had seen the cabinet with the eyes before. I had admired it in a post by Kim showcasing the photographs of Janis Nicolay. There were only two shots of this space. I wanted more and finally more is what I have. It's the design studio of Vancouver interior designer Peter Wilds. White on white with a mix of traditional, quirky, modern and classic. Knowing how designers change their studio surrounds on a regular basis I wonder what it looks like now?

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Thursday
May282015

Concrete sophistication

Raw concrete and honed basalt. A monochrome palette warmed with burnt orange highlights. A nod to Palladian villas perched by the sea. Loggia lounging and beachside modern. A marriage between swimwear and sophistication. Sorrento House on the Mornington Peninsula by Melbourne-based Rob Mills Architects.

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Wednesday
May272015

55 Central Park West

I have one more beautifully executed project for you today by Susana Simonpietri and her team at Chango & Co. The aim was to completely revamp the space while honoring its historical integrity. The existing structure was stripped of its belongings and the walls lined with custom built-in millwork to maximize storage and conserve as much living space as possible. A long and narrow living room was conscientiously re-arranged into distinct nooks for reading and lounging that can be used as a gathering place for a large group. An oversized hallway was converted into an efficient dining room. Custom built-ins were incorporated to the new dining area to house an upholstered banquette flanked by an illuminated bar and a 200 bottle wine cellar. Introducing crisp white sheer window treatments helped to make use of every drop of natural light while diffusing and illuminating the newly painted powdery grey walls. Light backgrounds are coupled with deep blues to establish a sense of visual hierarchy, while men’s suiting fabrics are juxtaposed against white cable-knit cashmeres and embroidered silks providing hints of unruffled masculinity, and an ambience reminiscent of an English clubhouse. The result was a home which is at once comfortable, elegant and timeless. Photos: Jacob Snavely

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Wednesday
May272015

A Connecticut countryside retreat

How would you like to spend your weekends at this countryside retreat? The design team at Chango & Co. transformed this Litchfield, Connecticut gem for a family to escape to from their primary residence in Brooklyn. Sitting on 5 acres, the 6500 sq ft home is now a fun home filled with personality, compared to its stuffy, old fashioned past. As acting architect and interior designer for the project, we had a long to-do list, but we made it a priority to preserve as much of the character of the house as possible. The kitchen was demolished down to the studs to provide an open floor plan, asbestos abatements were performed, lines of gas, plumbing and electric were relocated and ample amounts of structural work were performed to get our space ready for its final custom finishes. Everything in the kitchen was designed and fabricated from scratch, everything and the kitchen sink. A massive solid white oak kitchen island topped with a 12 foot seamless slab of honed Calacatta Caldia marble became the centerpiece, and marble-topped custom cabinetry housed a 1,058 pound 5 Oven AGA range and a custom farmhouse soapstone double sink. Photos: Ball & Albanese (Check out a previous feature of their work here).

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