Back in 2017 Jo shared some spaces that were done in rich yet muted colours by Belgian designer Natalie Haegeman. I was perusing her portfolio and was mesmerized by both her colourful and neutral spaces and wanted to share some more of her work here. So moody with lots of antiques and textures and patinas. Brilliant.
Photography: Claude Smekens, Guy Obijn & Bieke Claessens
Last year Jo featured Sydney-based architect Daniel Boddam and spoke of his signature style: considered simplicity. I wanted to share another example of that approach with this beautiful modern home in Mosman, NSW. Considering architecture and interiors as one, Villa Carlo is a holistic, contemporary interpretation of the Californian bungalow – embodying my signature considered simplicity, drawing focus to artisanal craft and the clients’ coveted collection of art. Being a semi-detached dwelling, I sought to create a dialogue with its neighbouring counterpart; a white rendered brick home that was once more akin to a traditional bungalow. Key touchpoints create a considered spatial journey, starting from the custom brass pull to the entry door. A splice in the building envelope introduces a sliver of light where ascending meets descending; a refined and poetic gesture inviting a spirited interplay of shadow and light throughout the day. Villa Carlo is holistically designed with architectural and interior details forming a consistent and harmonious dialogue – the macro is in the micro. As patrons of the arts, the creative interest of our clients is reflected in the spirit of the house, which confidently interweaves art, living spaces, light and nature; an enduring and poetic outcome.
Oh, to have a house with an exterior that freaking cute! (San Fran, you sure do have some cuties!) And OH, to have this much space! I’M DEAD!!! It’s modern, yet classic and sophisticated and appealing to the masses. Designed by Lauren Nelson, photos by Seth Smoot.
The minute I spotted this house I had to show my husband. I imagine us building something like this – simple architecture that blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors – one day on a lake and living our best geriatric lives 🙂 Designed by Berman Horn Studio. Little Peek, a small home fifteen miles from Maine’s mid-coast on the island of Vinalhaven, is both an escape and a refuge from today’s urban existence. The house is a contemporary reinterpretation of the New England connected farmhouse. Organized as a long bar that faces the water to the west, the Camden Hills to the north and untouched ledges to the east, it includes a main house, a small guest cottage, and a custom designed fully screened porch that links the two. This porch, which creates a shared exterior room and frames views to the landscape, extends the profile of the roofline to tie the two houses together. Along its length the house transforms from cape to saltbox to create the traditional “Ell” found in historic buildings in the area. Within the whitewashed interior, the decision was made to limit the visual presence of wood to give nature the chance to enter uncontested through the large industrial windows and bring focus onto the textures and colors of the stone, huckleberry, bay and lichen that surround the house. Details are both modest and spare, recalling the cleanliness of the Shaker aesthetic. The interiors are inspired by a casual but edited mix of American and French antiques and textiles juxtaposed with the clean lines and playful finishes of late 20th century contemporary design. The vibrant colors and painted surfaces create a warm counterpoint to the ever-changing vista of the outdoors. (Photos: Greta Rybus)
Simple and elegant and timeless. A gorgeous restoration designed by Lisa Staton. Perched up on a hill in a bustling Seattle neighborhood, our clients came to us wanting to do a full gut remodel and restoration of their classic Craftsman house. The request was for us to restore the old bones of the house where years of various renovations had stripped it away (especially in the kitchen). They wanted a generous kitchen that flowed easily into the dining room for entertaining. Key to making the new space-plan work was moving the powder room to the opposite side of the house which also allowed us to create a butlers bar area. Windows on the main floor were re-configured to match the size and proportion of existing original wood windows. In the dining room inky gray walls and a crisp white ceiling marry well with the new kitchen. While the kitchen is all brand new, details like the new windows, open shelves in brass and marble and the vintage 1900s French cabinet keep it true to the old house. A simple mudroom sits off the kitchen. Upstairs the main bath was fully redone with a combo of black marble hexagon floor, putty pink cabinets and custom lights and mirrors. (Photos: Aaron Leitz)