A traditional finca and the masterly touch of Swiss architect and designer Valérie Chomarat has resulted in a sensuous minimalism where tradition meets modern with a restrained line, form and palette.
“While embracing the existing detailing, adding a warm and bright palette of interior finishes, and curating a selection of art and lighting, Electric Bowery created a unique balance of organic and composed design within this verdant hillside retreat.”
Mid-century marvellous in the charming Blair Hills neighborhood of Culver City. Light-filled and open with killer views, Wrightcrest by Electric Bowery.
Photography by Laure Joliet.
Rye Colonial-Revival is a three-story, Colonial Revival house originally built in the early 1900’s on the grounds of a historic country club. Elizabeth Roberts Architects reimagined and reorganized the house to create an informal and light-filled home for a family of six. Priority was given to creating a new central kitchen. Vertical and entry circulation was reconsidered throughout the house by creating a new stair leading from the family entrance near the garage through an entryway with ample storage for shoes, backpacks and sports gear. The new stairway leads directly to the new and centrally-located kitchen and then directly to the bedrooms on the upper floors. On the main living floor of the house, ERA relocated the kitchen to a space which had formerly been a formal dining room to create a large eat-in kitchen with a new cooking fireplace and a generous island with bar seating. ERA created a double height conservatory room by removing the floor from a second floor guest bedroom to create a new two-story space overlooking the garden and pool area.
I continue to be in complete awe of how Elizabeth Roberts can merge old with new and create such livable, functional homes that are perfectly classic yet modern. Also, including that wood burning fireplace in the kitchen was brilliant.
I tend to make comments about the lack of inspiration, creativity, attention to detail and being able to step outside the box when it comes to design and architecture in this lovely city of Ottawa in which I have resided for my entire existence. And then I come across something like this and I find myself with a glimmer of hope, and my faith is somewhat restored. Congrats to Shean Architects (whose offices are coincidentally located in the ‘hood adjacent to mine) for creating this little piece of brilliance. (Photos: Doublespace Photography, and art in foyer is by a favourite artist of mine – Whitney Lewis-Smith and the dining room portrait is by Andrew Moncrief)
“Our clients wanted to bring part of their origins to Madrid. Plus, they are avid travellers—she is Mexican and he Galician—so they yearned to bring a family influence to their new home. This project is the outcome of a quest to find colour in Madrid, a characteristic marked by the owners’ journeys and origins. We focused on vivid colours: bright yellows, greens, blues and reds, paired with materials like tiles, ceramics and fine wood. They are all cool materials in bright colours brought from distant, exotic locales. White tile combines with blue, red or yellow in different areas and is finished by edging to frame the different zones.”
The hero of this design is tile, colourful, handmade, glorious tile simply but cleverly laid. It’s a celebration of a simple material elevated by clever design. Conde Duque by S+DLH (Sierra Delahiguera).