The perfect marriage of sophistication and rustic style, of old and new, humble object and high end statement piece. Stone and straw play against the gloss of lacquer and hints of gold. While the dichotomy provides the drama in this Mediterranean Townhouse by Spanish designer Serge Castella, the contrast is more curated than clashing. Imagine living surrounded by such beautiful things.
No ornamentation, no excess, no ostentation. Beautiful finishes, attention to detail, quality, quality, quality and an emphasis on function. It’s the formula Madrid-based architectural and interior design firm Ventura chose to create this modern, minimalist renovation within a historic apartment. Clean, sleek luxury with warmth and style.
White on white … just so right. This Hudson Valley home takes the monochromatic palette to the next level. Light floods through the huge wall of windows highlighting the textural play of stone and wood, rich fabrics and slick metal. But just when you think this is a one trick white on white wonderland watch out for a shout of colour. An eclectic, creative home by New York interior designer Sasha Bikoff.
There are the lucky few who live in Paris. There are the luckier few who live in a Haussmannian apartment with its sugar icing plaster details, beautiful floors and towering windows and doors. Then there are the luckiest few of all who live in a Haussmannian apartment renovated by Parisian interior designers Agence Véronique Cotrel. Shall we talk about that kitchen? Perhaps not as I just might tear up with jealousy.
Simone Haag “likes to think of a house as a blank page, an empty book – boundless, full of possibilities – a story wanting to be written, a tale waiting to be told.” In the case of this Melbourne house she has penned a best seller. It’s a collaboration between stylish fashion director client and designer, the end result being a sensationally chic and fashion forward house. That living room sends shivers up and down my spine and did you notice the gradation in the dining chairs? Sigh!
Photography by Mark Roper