Bringing the Mediterranean to Malibu

Posted on Fri, 15 Dec 2023 by KiM

This Spanish colonial ranch on the beach in Malibu has really colourful Mediterranean holiday home vibes. As soon as you walk in the front door it’s tons of personality smacking you right in the face, in the best ways. Plates on display, yellow chairs, a lemon lampshade and rattan…emus? WHY NOT? Designed by LALA Reimagined. Photos: Ori Harpax; styling: Joanna Williams.

Alice Leigh Design

Posted on Fri, 15 Dec 2023 by KiM

With an eye for natural materials, bold shapes and handcrafted pieces, Alice produces characterful living spaces that seamlessly blend form and function. With a background in interiors that spans nearly two decades, Alice creates timeless schemes based on the principles of good design. Alice embraces both pared-back design and traditional, more maximalist approaches, delivered with a twist. The values that underpin her work remain consistent however: a respect for craftsmanship and the beauty of design classics; an enjoyment of colour and pattern and a tendency to produce playful motifs, from an unexpected lampshade trim to a tactile wall finish. A seamless blend of antique and modern pieces, one-off finds and specially commissioned art or furniture means that schemes take on a relaxed yet supremely comfortable feel.
A little bit of soothing eye candy from London-based Alice Leigh Design during this crazy hectic time of the year. Happy to just forget about all that and lounge with a tea on one of these chairs by a fire.

A dreamy apartment in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Posted on Wed, 13 Dec 2023 by KiM

This Paris apartment designed by architect Pauline Lorenzi Boisrond of Studio Ett Hem is top to bottom full of WOW factor elements. I mean the kitchen alone – that terracotta (?) tile floor, the beautiful cabinetry, the banquette, a statement tiled fireplace wall (a fireplace in the kitchen, what a dream!)…and then you turn around and there is the coziest black low-ceiling lounge nook. AND THEN you walk into the bathroom and I’m about to pass out over that tiled bathtub alcove. LOVE THIS!!!! Sourcing: Milkshake Interior; photos: BCDF studio.

Artistic penthouse in a former chapel

Posted on Wed, 13 Dec 2023 by KiM

What was once the chapel of a 20th century convent has been transformed into a graceful, art filled penthouse duplex. With its traditional sequence of rooms, this penthouse mixes the classic with the unexpected. The end result is a delicately balanced space where art, heritage, and modernity intermingle. Our brief was to create a generous formal living space where they could entertain guests, but also easily be able to gather with their close family and their grandchildren (19 in total!). The reception area boasts a 20-foot-tall ceiling, and encompasses a dining room, a formal living room and a lounge area. Like the rest of the spaces, it combines chic traditional elegance with subtle architectural elements. The challenge was balancing a timeless and effortless-looking design with the mix of contemporary and classic pieces that are found throughout the home. 
Les Ensembliers at it again with another gorgeous project but this time much more formal. A wonderful juxtaposition of modern and classic. The drama of those gold ikat curtains – they steal the show!

Land of plenty

Posted on Mon, 11 Dec 2023 by KiM

This project was deeply personal for Les Ensembliers: Argyll Farm, which includes a circa-1886 five-bedroom farmhouse, is just down the lane from their own country retreat, Humminghill Farm. Architecturally, the challenge was to keep the original charm of the farmhouse while reimagining it for modern family life. A large English roll-arm sofa dominates the L-shaped living room. The house has beautifully considered sight lines, and that includes the view from the main entrance. Even the space under the stairs is a design moment, with its vintage wooden bench, patterned pillows and intriguing wall art. An antique table is completed by a bright yellow cabinet and contemporary pendant. The kitchen has a serene atmosphere, and its custom warm oak cabinets and cream-colored backsplash tile envelop the space, while carefully curated open shelves flank the range. “There were two things we wanted to be able to do in the kitchen: to be comfy in sweatpants and to be able to host an elegant party, all without switching anything up,” says the client. “This space can do both things; it’s magic.”
Richard Ouelette and Maxime Vandal are a design duo I adore and their country house in West Bolton, Québec is such an inspiration for anyone with an old home and want to make a bit more contemporary. I am dying over each and every space. (I’m also dying for them to finish the completion of their new home on the property. It is bound to be EPIC. Side note: I just bought some of their maple syrup and vinegar – so good!)