Wednesday
May222013

Casa Montani 

We received an email from Italian photographer Francesca Pagliai about a luxury guesthouse she photographed called Casa Montani, located in the heart of Rome. It's so classy and perfect for a getaway in such a magnificent city. 

Lazio, Rome.
It’s Monday morning and Campo dei Fiori greets me with its fruit, Indian spices and souvenir stands.
Giuseppe and Charlotte Montani have just finished renovating their little apartment in nearby Piazza dei Satiri, in which you can find a fountain right next to the entrance that delivers water from the aqueduct of the capital.
On the corner of the building you can see an ancient marble mullion that was probably put there from the builders to indicate that it was an illustrious palace, that came from an important history.
To confirm first owners’ lust, we find the interior staircase, that brings you from the ground floor up to the top floor. The design and how it's made are really similar to those of Borromini made for the staircase that accompanies you to the crypt of San Carlino alla Quattro Fontane Church, obviously changing the proportions.
The architect, responsible for the restoration of the beautiful space, is Miss Liliana Sciacca, one of the most renowned architects in Rome. Her touch is unique: clean in the structures, refined in the definition of the details, really careful at the fine-tuning and at functionality of the spaces.
The brands that we can find in the house are Chelini and Artemide in the bedroom, and in the study a Poppi Clei.

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Wednesday
May222013

How to do knotty pine

If life gives you lemons then make lemonade. If your cursed with knotty pine then embrace your inner 70s muse. Also helps to invest in a large piece of art ;) By Bestor Architecture.

Wednesday
May222013

Unrequitted love

The collector's house. It's a love affair from afar. Lust and avarice and greed. I want. I covet. People will talk. Gossip and snicker and bite. I'm hooked. It's a bad habit I just don't want to break. I'm in love. Not the collector but the house ... and the collections. By Selldorf Architects.

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Tuesday
May212013

Krista Keltanen

A big thanks to Nina for introducing us to the work of Finnish photographer Krista Keltanen. She is super talented, especially at post processing. Love the deep contrast and brightness of her photos. Gorgeous. 

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Tuesday
May212013

A spacious loft

This property is loft living at its finest. I have and always will adore loft spaces. The ability to have all that space, and those huge windows and high ceilings, to be able to cram it with furniture or keep it at sparse as you wish...the possibilities are endless. This loft is to die for. It's 2700 sq ft in a warehouse-style building located in London, with 3 bedrooms, each with it's own bathroom. It's been totally renovated by the current owner, and one of my favourite features is the flooring continuing along the wall in the kitchen and in the media area. I'd just throw in some industrial touches like some funky light fixtures and maybe some metal carts/cabinets and I would settle in quite nicely. :) (More details here, and the agent's page here

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