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Thursday
Aug302012

Beam me up

I am in love with this house. The rustic/modern mix is gorgeous. Those beamed cielings and hardwood floors are phenomenal. Yes, I could easily and happily live here. Forever. (Via Le case di Elixìr)

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Tuesday
Aug142012

Attic apartment

I adore this apartment. Designed by b-arch (Jo blogged this firm recently here and here), this was formerly the attic and kitchen spaces of an eighteenth-century building renovated to make an open-space loft. I love the stairs (although not to code by Canadian standards), the flat file cabinet, the globe collection, the huge sign in the kitchen, the LIGHT BLUE SMEG!!!, colourful tomato cans, Jielde light fixture (I have 2 of those!), huge vintage map as a headboard. And then there's all the white...and those floors....

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Tuesday
Aug072012

Rustic in Italy

A huge thanks to Deb who sent us a link to an Italian magazine "Le case di Elixìr". They feature gorgeous homes in several styles they call shabby chic, meltin' pot, classic and contemporary. I am most definitively drawn to the rustic, "shabby chic" homes in Italy that speak of history. I found one that made my heart melt. This is how I always imagined living in Italy (it's been a dream of mine forever, as my mom is Italian), in a rustic villa with stone/brick walls and floors and wooden beams, with bits of modern furnishings thrown in for shock factor. This villa is going to haunt me (delightfully) for a long time. 

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Wednesday
Jul042012

The architect's home 2

Still continuing the relationship that the architect has with their home space. In the previous post it was b-arch's Alessandro Capellaro. Now it is his colleague and co-founder at b-arch Sabrina Bignami's personal space. Casa Orlandi, a late-18th century palazzo was underwent a minimalist restoration acknowledging its history and the passage of time. Inserted into this time capsule is a modern home of contemporary design classics and found objects. It is as if the old house is a stage and the contents a set on which to play out the owner's life. Whatever it is, it is a fabulous juxtaposition of old beauty and cool new style.

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Wednesday
Jul042012

The architect's home 1

I'm fascinated by the spaces that architects call home, by the designs they create for themselves. Today I am posting the homes of the principles of Italian architectural studio b-arch. This is the Florentine home of Alessandro Capellaro. 300 old ballot boxes were used to delineate space, provide storage and formed the basis of furniture pieces inside an old carpenter's workshop. Capellaro's home explores the nature between the historic and the contemporary, between the empty and the filled and between the new and the re-used. It is a story of what has gone before, what can be re-imagined taking on a new life and what is necessary for the present. It is downright cool.

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