Alison Giese Interiors based in San Antonio is all about creating eclectic yet timeless homes with soul. Liveable, comfortable, with a level of class that will endure. This first kitchen is so simple yet gorgeous with a hint of Parisian café chic. Stashing it away in my inspiration folder as I am on the hunt for ideas for my eventual kitchen renovation that needs to highlight my new art deco light fixtures.
A classic Madrid apartment with soaring ceilings and grand windows, carefully curated and monochromatic. Restrained, refined and just when you thought a tad predictable a contemporary stained glass window enlivens the space, adding whimsy and wonder. By Patricia Bustos Studio.
Photography by Montse Garriga for Ediciones Conde Nast S.A.
This inner Sydney terrace house celebrates the play between old and new. Four flats were stitched together with a new extension while minimalist interiors breathed life into the reunited space. Rising through it all, beckoning with its sinuous curves a statement staircase. Hargrave Terrace Paddington by CM Studio.
Photography by Prue Ruscoe
When I spotted this property on Shoot Factory I was shocked I had never seen it before and then knew it had to be associated to a fabric/wallpaper company (no kidding!) and after about 35 seconds of sleuthing found out this is Trematon Castle and its magical garden in Cornwall, which also seems to double as a B&B through House of Hackney. Some info on this absolutely spectacular (inside and out) property: the castle was built in the 14th century, the main house has 6 bedrooms and sits on 9 acres. The Castle then fell into neglect and ruin for centuries until, in 1807, the Duchy of Cornwall granted a 100-year lease to naval man Benjamin Tucker, alongside permission to construct a house within the castle courtyard. Yet more change came when part of the medieval castle wall was demolished to create a view from the house down to Plymouth Sound – and then again in 1812, when an ornate swimming pool was carved out in the lower reaches of the garden to commemorate a visit by the Prince Regent, who was later crowned George IV. Now, the Castle not only serves as the gateway to Cornwall, but to a mythical land dreamt up by its newest guardians: Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle. Adorned in House of Hackney’s imaginative prints, the interiors also act as a miniature museum for irreverent British design. In keeping with our ethos of championing local factories and generations-old techniques, the décor is anchored by timeless yet characterful creations, crafted by artisans – the finest our fair isle has to offer. From the artwork to the lighting, each piece you see is available to buy and take home with you (or purchase later via the House of Hackney website) as a memento of your stay.
Our 14th anniversary of this blog is coming up next month and after all these years I continue to crave ingenuity in design. I need to be stimulated! This home’s random fusion of contemporary, mid century and traditional gives me all the feels. By Jean Liu Design. (Photos: Nathan Schroder)