I thought nothing could be better than a genteel country house by Spanish interior designer Isabel López-Quesada. That is until I realised you could have a genteel country house with a flower room. Room crush!
The brief was to update this apartment in Sydney’s heritage listed interwar Free Classical style Astor building. What resulted was sophisticated modern living while respecting and restoring the heritage bones. The stunning inner city Sydney views are an added bonus. My favourite part? The new gently curving entry, a feature that seems as if it was always part of the fabric of the building. By Madeleine Blanchfield Architects
Photography by Anson Smart
“Inspiration for the design of this three-bedroom, three-bathroom house came from its rural environment and the result is a modern interpretation of traditional barn architecture. It strikes a balance between natural textures and materials, earthy dark-stained furniture and beautiful charcoal and black-stained panelling.”
Casual sophistication in this contemporary country home with a strictly limited palette. Main Ridge House by Studio Griffiths.
Photography by Sharyn Cairns
“A modern bohemian beach retreat for a vibrant family. Drawing on the home’s strong indoor/outdoor connection, JPL introduced an earth-tone palette layered with natural fibers, chunky textures and vintage furniture pieces to create a relaxing escape from the city bustle.”
The perfect family getaway, Springs Beach byBrooklyn-based interior design firm Jesse Parris-Lamb.
Photography by Nicole Franzen
This country house in Extremadura in western Spain is a sophisticated marriage of old and new, rustic and elegant, modern photograph and heirloom art. Rural living with a surprisingly urbane touch and through it all a calm, unaffected beauty. What else would you expect from Isabel López-Quesada?
Photography by Montse Garriga