Sorana Kfir, a designer in Tel Aviv, reached out to us about this apartment she designed for her client, who took it over after her parents passed away. Sorana planned the new layout and decor of the space, and though it appears very modern in its transformation, there are pieces left from the homeowner’s past as well as some remnants of the old space reused as I’ll point out below. It’s now an eclectic and homey space.
The hutch above was lined with tiles from the old backsplash. Love that!
The vertical light feature at the end of the hallway to the bedrooms was a partition originally located at the entrance of the apartment and was reworked to serve a new purpose.
I love seeing renovation projects where a period home’s architecture is respected and restored. Kudos to STUDIO 1 NINE 1 for doing this home justice. This 100+ year old Edwardian received a complete makeover, bringing beauty and life back into this classic Toronto home. The project included, Full demolition/gut of the dining room and a new window, new paint throughout, new furniture, lighting, accessories, complete refurbishment of 2 fireplaces as well as the vintage pocket doors. We also updated the kitchen by painting out the existing cabinetry, installing new counters, back-splash and hardware.
After 30 years of stale decor and small rooms, Gramercy Design took this 1400 sq ft Lower Fifth Avenue apartment to a whole other lofty level by opening it and making it conducive to entertaining. The kitchen is the money shot. So simple yet perfectly executed in a fairly small space. Stashing that photo in my inspiration folder.
It had been a while since we heard from architect and interior designer Alex Calin of Space Casuals (there was this project), so I was stoked to see what he’s been working on lately. This 1930s modernist home in Bucharest was thoughtfully restored with attempts to maintain original details whenever possible. The whole story is about recovering and restoring an initially lost image. The small details, the kitchen table, the door fragment that became a bed sheet, another old existing door transformed into a hall mirror, the countertops of the bathroom sinks made from damaged pieces of furniture all complete this effort and the care to preserve and restore.
Photos: Madalina Ciobanu
Kiki, who lives in London, sent over some before and after photos of her kitchen renovation and I love the subtle yet effective transformation of the space. It started off white and ended in white, but a lighter countertop and a massive window really lighten up the space. This kitchen is the same shape as mine yet I think slightly longer, and what I would do to add a window like this! (I can’t – would mean breaking through brick, and then staring at my neighbour’s house and driveway 6 ft away).
The after pics below. I love how neutral it is. You can throw a Persian rug down, add a bright bowl on the counter and completely transform it.