I have been a fan of Irish architecture and design firm Kingston Lafferty Design for a few years now and they never disappoint. They mix antiques with modern and mid-century classics like no one’s business. And they are bolder with colour than most designers. And do it sooooo well. This post is 100% proof of this.
A cursory glance at this Southampton’s house with its gabled roof line and greying shingles might lead you to expect an interior chock full of blue and white patterns, white painted furniture, sisal rugs on whitewashed floors and driftwood chandeliers. Perhaps some chrome and glass lantern style lighting and a sizeable collection of Chinese urns. Open the door to this house and you’re in for quite a surprise. Statement designer furniture from the 60s to the 80s, modern art, colour, metal and lucite. It’s like a well curated 1stdibs dealer’s showroom and you know what? It works. Fun, fabulous, personality packed, the perfect place to retreat to if your idea of Hamptons style is more style than “Hamptons”. Waterfront Estate by Frampton Co.
It’s dark, it’s moody, it’s mysterious and it’s too good to be true. The design concept may be fabulous but the computer generated rendering is even more so. Based in St. Petersburg, interior design firm Cartelle Design not only creates stunning built environments but inspiring dreams as well.
Now THIS is where I would want to spend my summer. This island retreat by Seattle design firm Hoedemaker Pfeiffer is all kinds of rustic, while adding a bit of whimsy with an unconventional bedroom set-up. This project shows what happens when you focus on your strengths, defy convention, and take a few risks. The demolition of half the house made room for a camp-like setting of grand indoor spaces for gathering with great outdoor spaces for taking the sun and views, or gathering around the fire. Bedrooms were replaced by a collection of wall tents that lose nothing in luxury and gain everything in the connection to the great outdoors.
Ines Mazzotta of Kelly Hopter Interiors is a designer based in Toronto whose aesthetic I instantly fell in love with. Glamorous, Parisian chic and dramatic. Many of these photos, including the first 6, are of her 140 year old home she has transformed into an absolutely gem for her family.