Displaying posts from October, 2021

Borders are opening and people are starting to travel again. We’re not quite there in Australia yet but we are edging closer. In the meantime I’m daydreaming of a getaway to Poland so I can stay at the mid century meets modern, Soviet Brutalist design era meets Western luxury,  inter-war Polish modernism that is the PURO Hotel in Kraków by Paradowski Studio.

So often mid century homes languish in an unloved state, suffering from past renovations that were at best lukewarm and at worst down right nasty. The reworking of this Laguna Beach home by Jen Samson Design saw all traces of unsympathetic meddling removed and the rooms allowed to look to the future while celebrating the past.

A manor house in the Normandy countryside

Posted on Sun, 24 Oct 2021 by KiM

Be still my heart. This 15th century manor home in the countryside of Normandy, called La Carlière, is home to British fashion designer Peter Copping and his French husband Rambert Rigaud. The 6 year renovation of this spectacular home transformed it into a liveable, comfortable home that is an absolute dream. (Photos: Alexis Armanet for Architectural Digest France and Billal Taright for the Financial Times)

Working on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 23 Oct 2021 by midcenturyjo

It’s like I say week in week out. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it helps if it’s somewhere stylish. Design office and shopfront of Sydney-based interior designers Studio Kate.

A gut renovated Brooklyn brownstone

Posted on Fri, 22 Oct 2021 by KiM

A gut renovation and exterior restoration of a landmark Brooklyn brownstone in the historic Clinton Hill neighborhood. Abandoned to decay for twenty years, the building boasted generous ceiling heights and a faded but undeniable grandeur that is uncommon for a brownstone of its size. The design of the house balances stabilizing the building and recapturing its original details with efforts to create a new home in an adventurous, innovative manner, producing an appealing aesthetic tension between the historic elements and the sleeker additions. Color is an important component of the design, and it is treated in a three-dimensional, spatial manner. Across the redesign, a rigorously uniform yet distinct palette washes over each room, retaining the boldness and vibrancy of the original hues, while rendering the spaces more modern, cohesive, and calm. The large rear garden was also reworked, in collaboration with Brook Landscape. Love this whimsical renovation!!! Designed by MKCA. (Photos: Alan Tansey)

(it was looking a little rough before the renos began)