The apartment is located on the 4th floor of a residential house, which was built in 1905, in the historical area of Kyiv. The space itself is luminous: all the windows overlook a quiet green park, and the light freely streams through them. Because of the state of the building, a massive renovation of the flat was required. The process of dismantling revealed the rotten slabs and large cracks in the walls, and that flooring replacement is needed. We found an authentic alternative, namely an oak parquet, which is about 100 years old. The bedroom can be seen through the double door from the living room. The walls were painted on top of plaster, with the deep texture being left as it is. The angle between walls and ceiling was smoothed out — this was a popular solution for the old flats in Kyiv. Our solution was not to copy the “Parisian chic” tricks. This decorative element was produced by hand from gypsum, according to our 3D model. The bathroom is separated from the bedroom with a glass partition and a soft tulle. Photos: Yevhenii Avramenko
What a calm, soothing sanctuary Rina Lovko Design Studio created in this apartment. I’m fighting back tears reading this description and hoping the owner of this apartment is able to find refuge and peace in this space despite what is going on outside those windows 🙁
Transforming a stiff, unyielding late-medieval fortress into a dynamic family home: that was the challenge that Gert Voorjans faced in the Bavarian town of Coburg. The commission was anything but obvious: the moated Schloss had in no way been renovated to current standards of residential convenience.
Once the seat of an aristocratic family, the oldest section of the house dates back as far as the 16th century. However, various ad-hoc adaptations and expansions that were started in the 20th century had left the property an eclectic hodge-podge of architectural styles.
Gert evidently embraces the eclectic hodge-podge and ran with it, which makes this fortress of a home so dynamic and unexpected and filled with spaces that are pleasant to the eye each in their own way. Love it!
“Conceptually we wanted to keep the space free from ‘visual stress’ and we embarked on a journey to use materiality and tactility to create unique detailing which is not always noticed at first but can often be felt before it is seen. The kitchen is a beautiful example of this with the marble ‘live edge’ shelving, handmade walnut handles and brass details in the breakfast bar. The coffee station further removes clutter by hiding most of the kitchen equipment.”
“Ocean views and coastal landscapes inspired a palette of cooler tones, paired with warm flecks in golden-veined stone on the ground floor of a two-storey penthouse. Enhanced by the texture and tactility of materials, such as expressed wood-grained joinery and fluted oak. Upstairs to the master suite, the palette transforms into a moody and masculine interior with deeper tones and richer materials, a more intimate space predominantly occupied at night time. The end result, a space of coastal elegance, classical, yet contemporary.”
A stylish take on coastal living, beautifully layered and effortlessly sophisticated. Tamarama Penthouse by Sydney-based SE DÉA.
Photography by Dave Wheeler
Stories start in all sorts of places. 1892 Piggott Castle’s story began. Using double thick brick exterior walls with 11 ft ceilings and 9 ft windows mirroring architecture from Rome’s seven hills, Piggott built his sanctuary. Fast forward to 1979, current owners saved, restored and treasured the castle. Now, it is available in all its historically cool glory. Once in a lifetime opportunity to own. The only registered castle in Portland. Brace yourself for a world filled with phenomenal views and inspirational living.
I never imagined I would find a castle for sale in Portland, Oregon but I had a good chuckle reading that it’s the only one. The rooms seem a little small and awkward shaped and the carpeting is really unfortunate but other than those details this is one fabulous home!!! Listing via James Edition.