Stunning. That’s the word that springs to mind whenever I set eyes on the double height kitchen area in this London home by interior designer Amanda Durham. The renovation and extension in collaboration with Snell David Architects created a coherent family home from what was originally a rabbit warren of disjointed rooms. The new interiors are timeless and stylish, marrying modern and traditional but for me it’s still the kitchen that is the standout, a fabulous hub for a family home.
I love a good before and after. Dowdy and dull is transformed into light and bright, frumpy into fabulous family living. It’s been a while since we featured the work of Brooklyn-based mercer INTERIOR so I was excited when Elizabeth Mercer Aurandt and her team sent us their latest project. (You can see our previous post here.) Wow what a transformation! The home has been reimagined with a light colour palette and stylish, contemporary furniture, reinvigorating the rooms and, I’m sure, how the family use their new home.
Photography by Emily Gilbert
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We’re huge fans of conversions here at DTI and this one is….majestic being the first word that comes to mind. That staircase!!! Believed to have built in the early 1900s, this former brewery cooperage on a tight site in Central London had already been in residential use since the 1990s. By stripping back to the buildings fabric and preserving its original features it was possible to bring a new understanding to its potential. The existing basement was extended laterally to create a large open-plan family living area over which rises a triple height atrium – a space around which much of the accommodation is structured and through which passes a dramatic feature staircase. The vertical extension rises from the top of the building and is occupied by bedrooms and a generous roof terrace with far-reaching roof-top views. To distinguish this extension from the original brick structure a system of patinated bronze cladding panels and glass has been used. By Chris Dyson Architects. (Photos: Peter Landers)
I am a sucker for all things vintage, so I had to share this home in Somerset, England I found via Period Living because the homeowner clearly shares my obsession. Built in 1750 and purchased a few years back by Hana Reynolds and her family, they had the home rewired, re-plastered, a new kitchen added and the bathroom renovated. Filled with mostly traditional style antiques, a bit of mid-century and all kinds of beautiful vintage floral artwork, it is a throw-back to its roots and is absolutely charming.
Photos: Colin Poole