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Thursday
Nov072013

An architect's home

I adore this home of architect Nicolas Schuybroek that he renovated. It was a slum dwelling and with a minimal budget we've been able to renovate it from the ground floor all the way up. We're standing in my office, which used to be a well-known gastronomic restaurant and back in the forties this space housed a butcher shop. The beautiful tiles on the wall remind us of that period. First, I was thinking of removing them because they aren't in good condition. But now I'm glad I didn’t. The same goes for other decorative elements in the house, such as the fireplace, the moldings, the wooden doors and floors and the staircase. We really wanted to preserve the volumes and charm of the building, although its charm is largely defined by the collection of furniture. The classic style mixed with midcentury iconic lighting and furniture and neutral colour palette really do it for me. I could absolutely live here. For more fabulous photos of Nicolas' home check out the very cool Coffeeklatch (featured with permission).

Thursday
Nov072013

Suzette Sherman

Suzette Sherman is an interior designer based in San Francisco who dabbles in all kinds of styles, from very highly traditional to contemporary minimalist. Here's a sample of some of the spaces that piqued my interest. 

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Tuesday
Oct222013

Germain Suignard

I want to eat that photo above. Utter perfection. Captured by talented Parisian photographer Germain Suignard. All the others are his as well. There is a whole lotta midcentury fabulousness up in here.  

P.S. Fellow Ottawans, it's that time of the year! The Ottawa Antique Show is happening this Friday to Sunday at Carleton U!! Always a good time, and always lots of cool things to see and purchase (I scored in April!). Check out their website or Facebook for details. 

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Sunday
Oct062013

An air raid shelter turned loft

My dream of living in a loft has never wavered, and the idea of living in a very industrial loft and having the challenge of warming the space up has always been intriguing. This loft isn't necessarily all that warm and cozy, but I really love the dramatic vibe it gives off. It is a former Nazi air raid shelter (complete with WWII bullet holes) erected in 1942 in central Berlin, and is the home of ad agency founder and publisher, Christian Boros, and his wife, Karen. Formerly devoid of natural light, the homeowners had the 3000 sq m bunker completely reconfigured and added massive windows. They have an amazing collection of furniture (and art of course - love the upside down head!), and the dark flooring and concrete walls make it dark and moody but the windows keep it fairly bright. Oh, to have that much space..... (via Freunde von Freunden)

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Sunday
Sep292013

A photographer's apartment in Madrid

I often get tired of homes that don't look like anyone actually lives there (often the case of architects' portfolios). Perhaps that is why this apartment took my breath away. It is the Chueca, Madrid apartment of British-born photographer Adrian Tyler. It is located in a building built in 1894 and maintains much of the original features, but includes some new touches such as 3 tons of tile from Morocco for the kitchen and bathroom. Throw in some mid-century furniture classics, Adrian's photography and a sh*tload of books and you've got some pretty sweet digs. (Via Neuvo Estilo)

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