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)
I LOVE this Venice, California home which happens to belong to Anna Paquin and Steve Moyer. A sweet vintage, mid-century modern vibe, designed by Arabella McIntosh. Arabella completed the interior decoration and styling of this 7000 sqft home in just five months during 2019 while the family were overseas filming. The brief was to add warmth and character to the newly built home. With a group ethos on sustainability and using materials already in circulation they were able to create a new home with as little new materials as possible. Over 80% of Arabella’s budget was spent on vintage pieces and materials. Antiques were sourced from all over the US and from Europe. Custom pieces were created to suit the large family’s needs. The oversized dining table/ ping pong table in the downstairs area Arabella designed is made from maple floorboards salvaged from a bowling alley – and the iron base was once a kitchen island. The pendant that sits above it is a repurposed truck hubcap, and even the canopy is vintage, sourced to match the patina of the light. It doubles as a large seating area to entertain guests next to the wet bar. It also doubles as a ping pong table for Steve and his son with a removable custom leather net and paddles. (Architect: Studio of Environmental Architecture; Landscape Design: Big Red Sun; Photos: Jess Isaac)
“A former glass factory was transformed into single family homes … The project started from a bare construction. The idea was to design the entire interior in an industrial cosy natural way. The use of chalk, concrete, steel windows, marbles, oak floorings and linen curtains. To have an energy neutral building had never an effect on the interior but is a great plus. This project is a perfect example of an added value in a beautiful collaboration between client and interior architect.”
It’s a masterclass in modern Belgian design. The spare beauty, the use of grey, the simple material palette. DS Apartment in Gent by Æ Studio.
Photography by Jan Verlinde
It’s all about drama and bold personalities in this concrete addition to a Melbourne weatherboard home. Modern clean lines, a swathe of stone running through the kitchen and carefully chosen statement pieces bring a feeling of sculptural brutalism softened by fabrics and texture. Toorak House by Melbourne-based architectural firm Kennon.
Understated elegance, comfort and character with a hint of nostalgia. I’m back delving into Cape Town-based designer Gregory Mellor‘s portfolio and his take on an African farmhouse doesn’t disappoint.