Pairing pastels in a Newport Beach home

Posted on Thu, 31 Aug 2023 by KiM

The peacefulness and warmth that this Newport Beach, California home exudes with its soothing pastel colour palette, and it’s classic décor with pretty florals and stripes, makes it so family friendly and comfortable. Designed by Casey Hill, it is just oozing with feminine, pretty vibes and I can’t help but smile from all of the charm it exudes. Photos: Laura Resen; styling: Lisa Rowe.

What is the importance of plants in a person’s home living space? This is the story about a 95 square meter apartment with 4 fronts and full of light that as part of a renovation is dealing with this question. The love of the members of the house for growing house plants challenged us to find surprising design solutions all over the house. Examples of solutions can be seen in opening a balcony to the green boulevard at the expense of the living room space, planning furniture that is adapted to growing plants and thinking ahead about utilizing areas for growing plants even at height, and even in the bathroom. We wrapped the entrance hall with carpentry, which makes it possible to store all of the entryway’s stuff: glasses, a dog leash, bags…. We also incorporated a bench that allows you to sit down immediately when you enter the house and take off your shoes. This carpentry rotates inside and also becomes the kitchen’s storage cabinets.
I am envious of all of the light and storage in this apartment. As much as I adore old homes they typically lack in both of those areas. Plants sure do seem to thrive here, unlike in my home 🙂 Located in Tel Aviv and designed by Ma/Deux. Photography by Sivan Askayo.

I am not typically drawn to homes that are “unattainable” like this one in Central London which apparently went on the market in the spring for $72 million (?!?!?!) but Albion Nord kept the feel in here pretty casual considering the price point (which was listed with the furnishings included) and I am in love with the earthy, moody colours used so I opted to share regardless. Photos: Kensington Leverne

Château Bayeux

Posted on Sun, 27 Aug 2023 by KiM

This breathtaking 19th century 460 m² Neo-Gothic-style château is located in Normandy and has 17 rooms including 9 bedrooms and is set within 7000 m² of wooded parkland. The property includes a tower, a pheasantry, a former orangery with an adjoining chapel, a very large garage and an old pavilion in need of restoration. I can imagine the person who originally had this built saying “Ornate!!! It must be the most ornate castle this side of Normandy!”. The detail in the entrance is absolutely spectacular. Talk about grand staircase. For sale via Sotheby’s for 1,395,000 €.

La Tarantella

Posted on Fri, 25 Aug 2023 by KiM

Set on 102 acres of land amidst the Santa Ynez Mountains, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees, La Tarantella by Grassini Family Vineyards was originally designed and built by Los Angeles architecture firm Choate Associates as a private residence.  The original homeowners’ passion for Spanish, French and Italian architecture lead them to integrate interior architectural elements such as columns, fireplace surrounds and lighting that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Grassini Family Vineyards, along with Corinne Mathern Studio transformed La Tarantella into an event and hospitality space in 2022. Corinne Mathern Studio pulled hues of the olive trees, vines and hills to the interior through a muted palette of neutrals, sage greens, dusty blues, chocolate browns, deep rusts, tans and creams for a sense of harmony. Corinne Mathern Studio designed the oak millwork throughout the entire property to complement the cedar and Douglas fir ceilings.
The architectural details of this home are a wonderful starting point and the vintage mixed with contemporary furnishings makes this home more fresh and “now”. And that pale terracotta plaster exterior is absolutely delightful.