It’s like a beautiful woman stripped bare of makeup, in my eyes even more beautiful. This New York country house by Michael Dawkins Home has amazing bones but it’s simple colour palette of black and white, its exposed posts and beams as well as those lusciously naked floors that allow the carefully curated furniture pieces and objet to shine … or should that be subtlely glow.
Old meets new in this modern makeover of a classic Spanish Mission bungalow by Melbourne-based design firm Kennon.Studio. The arch motif, repeated throughout the house, references the house’s history but in a way that is modern and fresh. A tight colour palette of black and white allows graphic art works to pop. Decoration is stripped back, lines are clean and contemporary, but modern minimalism no way detracts from the house’s past. A perfect marriage.
I could waffle on about how I love this or that in this Jackson Square loft by Catherine Kwong but she tells the story best.
“When approaching the remodel of this small loft apartment, editing was the key. First step: removing the eighties-style shag carpet and the mirrors that covered every surface. It was smooth sailing after that: white walls, dark floors, tailored drapery… Throw in an 800-pound steel firewood holder, a glass chandelier, and a favorite pair of leather sling chairs, and the place was ready for late-night cocktails and easy Sunday mornings.”
High up in the rafters in the centre of Madrid is a penthouse full of light and space, pattern and colour and most of all exhuberance. It’s about modern living within a historic shell, keeping the past but surrounding yourself with contemporary luxury. Fabulous Spanish interiors by design duo Melián Randolph.
It’s like I say week in week out. If you have to drag yourself into work on a weekend it should be somewhere super stylish and your can’t get anywhere more stylish than a designer’s own work space. Neal Beckstedt Studio.
Photography by Eric Piasecki