Russian decorator Liza Rachevskaya is really pushing all the right buttons with these spaces that are a wonderful random mix of colours, textures and furnishings from many eras. I love unexpected combinations that have me devouring each photo in detail. And I must note how head over heels I am for the first bedroom below. Gorg!!!
Finished your Christmas shopping and baking and wondering how to spend your Sunday afternoon? How about relaxing in a pink booth with a coffee at Pastel Rita in Montréal’s neighbourhood of Mile End. Designed by Appareil Architecture, this 1500 sq ft space is home to a café, artisan workshop and boutique. The colour scheme of green, pink and yellow is so warm and energetic. I’ll have to check this place out next time I’m vintage shopping on St. Laurent.
Photos: Félix Michaud, This Is The Place I Was Telling You About
From a forgotten house in the suburbs of Paris, lost to years of neglect, to a contemporary family home threefold in size.
“It’s difficult to imagine the spectacular transformation this house has undergone. At the request of its new owners, a young couple with two kids, the renovation involved a downstairs extension and roof elevation, increasing the size of the house from a meager 40m2 to a generous 140m2.
The first step, in order to start afresh, involved removing all the existing ‘lean-to’ annexes, which had been added over the years without much coherence. A new extension was then built to the left side of the house, to preserve space for the garden to the right. The new kitchen being located in the extension downstairs, which gives directly onto the the garden.
In place of an old veranda, the exterior wall was brought forward in order to align the facade accross the width of the house. The previous small and dark living room becoming a large, open-plan living area bathed in natural light. Full length patio doors give directly onto the garden. A contemporary woodland wall decor to the rear of the living room dialogues with the garden. Upstairs, the roof extension creating a 2nd floor houses a spacious parental suite.
The exterior facade follows traditional 19th century Parisian century design codes, with Persian-style shutters, cast iron balcony railings and a grey slate roof. The large windows, their painted black frames, as well as the wooden terrace, brings a contemporary edge.”
Brilliant transformation like this give so much hope to those of us living in old houses in dire need of renovation. From ugly duckling to beautiful swan through grit and determination, a healthy budget and the talent of a fabulous architectural firm like Camille Hermand Architectures. Look out for the before photos below of the complete change the dingy and dank to a bright, light-filled family home.
Photography by Jennifer Sath
It was a labour of love. Over two years Arent & Pyke worked with the family who owned the house on a full scale overhaul. “The interior architecture, furnishing, decoration, art selection, exterior paint scheme and final styling pieces were all lovingly designed, crafted and curated to create a home that was both sophisticated and comfortable while still being functional and appropriate for a young family.” A beautiful home by one of Australia’s foremost interior design firms that speaks to the clients and about the clients.
Terracotta and dirtied greens, salmon and persimmon, walls clad in shadowy bucolic wallpaper as backdrop to contemporary furniture that can only be classified as “statement”. With its bold rooms within old bones this Lyon residence by Claude Cartier puts all those monochromatic white upon white spaces I’ve been featuring lately to shame. If colour is king then long live the King!