Displaying posts labeled "Art"

The thrifty home of architects Berman Horn

Posted on Tue, 26 Sep 2023 by KiM

We have had this blog for what seems like forever, and back when we first started the blog homes filled with flea market/thrifted finds were all the rage and Jo and I were obsessed. I think it’s safe to say we still are and this quirky, random, thrift-filled Harlem townhouse of architects Maria Berman and Brad Horn of Berman Horn Studio is so fun and artful and everything I remember loving about thrifted homes.
This renovation of a hundred-year-old Manhattan townhouse sought to honor the neighborhood’s rich architectural past while updating and redefining its spaces for twenty-first century living. In contrast to the small rooms typically found in rowhouses, here, the living, dining, and kitchen spaces are combined into a single large space spanning from the front to the back of the house. The kitchen is centrally located and designed as a single 18-foot run of lower cabinets that becomes an extension of the furnished spaces, and the beating heart of the house, whether for daily life or entertaining. In contrast, a small library at the back of the house brackets the large rooms with an intimate space that looks onto the yard below. The bedrooms are on the more private upper floors, and are sun-filled and cozy, layered with textiles and collected art. Throughout, the remaining historic details have been restored, but simplified through a cohesive painted palette that allows them to contribute to the architecture of the rooms without overwhelming them. Photos: Greta Rybus with some from this post via Remodelista

This East Village duplex penthouse was owned by designer Alfredo Paredes and if you didn’t see the terrace photos you might assume this was located somewhere in the Mediterranean or tucked away in a Tuscan hillside. A fireplace, oversized, casement windows and 5 arched glass doors, natural white oak bookcases, panelling and cabinetry, raw plaster walls, reclaimed wood ceilings, French limestone tile floors all imbue this “it can’t be New York” vibe and the neutral colour palette of cream, brown and black perfectly offsets the architecture. This is stunning. Photos: Miguel Flores-Vianna.

A masterful collaboration

Posted on Wed, 13 Sep 2023 by midcenturyjo

“Assisting a creative and accomplished design professional like Ryan Hughes with his personal residence involves a collaboration unlike any of our commercial projects. Ryan was the design decision maker and force behind this strong and beautiful home. We acted as sounding board, and documented the ideas he envisioned for finishes and interior architecture. Ryan chose all furnishings and art throughout. His goal to have a “simple cottage getaway” is energized by his choices throughout: confident furniture shapes, rich colors, and an expressive collection of art. Located in the Mado Hamlet in the Serenbe community, this little powerhouse of a cottage is an intimate gathering place and getaway since 2020.”

It may be a simple cottage getaway but it’s a masterful collaboration. Impactful and creative the Hughes Residence by Smith Hanes.

Photography by Tim Lenz.

A jewel box of a London pied-à-terre

Posted on Mon, 4 Sep 2023 by KiM

This London pied-à-terre is an absolute gem, full of whimsy and colour just all around good vibes. There’s an elegance to this home while at the same time a playfulness. For example, the kitchen includes a hand-painted meadow mural on the tiles. There’s modern pieces mixed with antiques, with backdrops of deGournay wallpapers and yellow curtains and marble marquetry floors that all add so much drama and interest. Designed by Studio Ashby. Photos by Kensington Leverne.


Posted on Wed, 23 Aug 2023 by KiM

Marrying the beauty of original French architecture with modern and vintage elements, graphic artwork, lots of textures and materials, playing with space and light…it all comes together in such dynamic spaces by designer Isabelle Stanislas. Photos: Matthieu Salvaing