I continue my quest to find the most beautiful restored homes which seem to all be in London, or somewhere in France. They almost bring me to tears I am so enamoured with the history and the patina and the craftsmanship. This one is entirely renovated and reconfigured in recent years, care of Mosley and Mann architects and I applaud them for not turning this into some blasphemous modern shell. Bermondsey Street, for sale via The Modern House.
“An existing heritage building is transformed through the introduction of a modern, two-storey addition that playfully re-interprets the distinctive geometry of the original dwelling through a contemporary lens. Capturing abundant natural light and garden aspects, the new addition employs a refined and subtle palette of brick, steel and timber.”
Adding more space to a heritage home isn’t always about replicating the existing style. Sometimes it’s better to clearly delineate between old and new. This contemporary extension with its umbilical cord of glass and brick connecting it to the mother house shares similar materials such as brick while referencing the existing hips and gables in its form. York Street Residence by Melbourne-based Jackson Clements Burrows Architects.
Rising like a rocky outcrop on the sandy dunes this stylishly designed guesthouse at Yzerfontein, South Africa is an oasis of calm, a dark cave providing protection from the glare of the sunlight and howl of the wind while opening to the stunning sea views. Understated luxury perfect for a beach getaway. Olive Tree Villa by Gavin Maddock.
The home of landscape designer Will Dangar, architecture by Andrew Burges and interiors curated by David Harrison and Karen McCartney of Design daily, it’s a design dream and you can stay there. Bismark House, a four bedroom urban oasis minutes walk from Bondi Beach is the ultimate Sydney experience. Now we just have to wait for the borders to open.
This home is everything that would never come to your mind when you think of a townhouse in New York City. Exposed wood ceilings, extra wide wood floors, painted brick, concrete walls, steel and wood staircase, linen curtains, a stone tub…..this is everything you want in a raw, natural, earthy, wabi-sabi, zen-like retreat. I am in complete awe of the architecture and the incredibly well curated collection of furnishings. Designed by David Cafiero. (Photos: Stephen Kent Johnson)