The owners of this semi-detached home in Dublin, Ireland approached interior design studio (and interior + lifestyle store) April and the Bear to refresh and modernize their dated and boring family home. The design team refurbished most rooms and injected some personality with new paint and wallpaper, bespoke furniture and wall beading, new carpets, curtains, furniture and lighting. The result is very much family-friendly, provides lots of storage, has a really “now” vibe and is a huge improvement from what they started with. They sent over before and after photos so you can see just how transformed these spaces are. Check it out! (Photos: Philip Lauterbach)
“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.
This cute as a button 1904 Victorian house in New Orleans wasn’t always cute. Some apparently hideous renovations in the 80s and 90s and a subsequent fire left things in quite a state. In came Samantha Wetton and Alexandra Neu of Los Angeles–based Lafayette Studio who added some colour, whimsy, vintage, modern and a touch of monastic and religious je ne sais quoi for some spice 🙂 I adore this home – particularly all the curvy elements. Photos: Jess Isaac via Architectural Digest.
And this is the fabulous carriage house!
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.
This five‑story neoclassical townhouse, built in the 1890s in London, is all about saturated bold colour choices and using them tonally in each space, creating sooooo much drama and eye candy. And is a wonderful example of one of my favourite paint techniques – taking one colour and using it over trim, walls, ceiling, doors etc. In this case Golden Design took the same shade onto curtains, and carpet, cabinetry and furniture and headboards etc. It’s one way to go a little crazy with colour but in a soothing, easy on the eye sort of way. And it’s so much fun. Photos: Michael Sinclair