This rustic barn in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire is a texture-lovers dream. Exposed brick walls, rough-hewn reclaimed wood, steel and add in some crittall windows and you have an industrial treasure trove. Barn living at its finest! Design: Lauren Gilberthrope Interiors; architect: Javelin Block; (most) photos: Emma Lewis.
“The curb appeal of this home mesmerizes those lucky enough to see this house in person. And the outdoor dining space would impress any would be chef or hostess. A comfortable pool invites summertime lounging and no one would turn down a cocktail at the cozy firepit seating area.”
As summer disappears in the rearview mirror of my imagination it’s no surprise I’m fixated on cocktails by the pool and this poolside spot in California is a perfect placeholder in my design files until next summer. Port Streets by Garden Studio Design.
“A property becomes a destination when it speaks to the culture of a particular moment; it comes to life when filled with an audience that gets it.”
Oh I get it. I get it. Chic beach living in Montauk is a dream that can come true. You can actually rent this getaway. I’ll just daydream it’s mine all mine. Edison Bungalow by Studio Robert McKinley.
“This 820 sq ft apartment takes up the entire Parlor level floor in a 1850s townhouse in West Chelsea. The 12’ ceilings in the public areas – the living room and kitchen – are remarkably higher than those in the bedroom and the bathrooms. To create a better sense of flow in the space, and to mitigate the height difference, we introduced two diagonal ceilings.
An arched library built in the living room provides the space a sense of hierarchy, grandeur, and scale, together with a newly designed marble fireplace and crown moldings.”
This awkward space bereft of the architectural details such a historic townhouse should possess did have redeeming features such as soaring ceilings at one end and south facing windows. It was enough for architectural duo Noam Dvir and Daniel Rauchwerger of BoND to see the potential and run with it. The result? A light-filled small space design with clever spatial planning.
This 19th century riverfront cottage is filled with antiques and vintage finds but has a casual and livable feel that makes it all the more loveable. And judging by the photos it seems to be easy to switch things up and repurpose rooms which is always a fun undertaking and keeps things fresh. Design consultancy by Susan Burns.