I love the idea of a second home/cottage/pied-à-terre – a home you can be brave with and do all the things you wouldn’t dare do in your primary residence. The owners of this pied-à-terre live in London and needed a space in the heart of Paris. Maéma Architectes took what is a beautiful 130 sq m structure, did a bit of re-working and added alot of charm and creativity in a Jonathan-Adler-esque style that is a bit quirky, colourful and fun.
Photos: Paul Allain
We all know the mansions that pass as holiday shacks in the Hamptons. For most of us they are dream houses, the stuff of fantasies. Today I’m not quite dreaming of a mansion, more of a simpler building (yes I know it’s probably in the estate of such a mansion but let me hold on to this dream just a little longer), a boho barn. Love the cerused oak walls, the block print fabrics, the kantha quilts used to upholster the sofa and how things change around the room from shot to shot. A wonderful daydream by Virginia Tupker.
“A compact two-story hillside mid-century received an extensive and thoughtful remodel; the only original elements to survive are the burnished block central fireplace core and the steel beams and window frames.”
Intricate details such as screens and scones were replicated and architectural materials carefully chosen. Think custom tiles, Western Red Cedar for ceilings, rift-sawn White Oak and all the modern conveniences such as a screening room. Hey it’s L.A. after all! Hill House V by The Archers.
Café Birdie in L.A.’s Highland Park neighbourhood is a little bit of Paris bistro style in California. Designed by ETC.etera, this firm accentuated the 1920’s structure with some sexy lighting, beautiful floral wallpaper, pretty pale colours. The black bentwood stools and chairs, iron and marble tables, marble topped bar and brass accents really add to the Parisian vibe. There is also a cocktail bar in behind called Good Housekeeping with exposed brick and a gold bar. I would loooove to spend my Sunday here!
It’s like I say week after week. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it certainly helps if it’s somewhere stylish … like the studio of architect and interior designer Jamie Bush.