I would have never in a million years guessed this was a townhouse in Notting Hill, London. But it makes total sense once learning this home was designed by the gurus of the reclaimed, the salvaged, the well-worn. Retrouvius, you’ve created magic converting this city home into a piece of history. Lime-washed walls, a marble sink from Turkey, silk fabric from Fez, pine planks from a cheese factory, a 15th century fireplace, onyx from a bankrupt chimney shop and many other treasures make this home truly unique.
I have a case of serious kitchen envy thanks to Alessia and Sarah of Chicago/Detroit based design firm reDesign. This kitchen, pantry, mudroom and laundry renovation was inspired by a trip to the South of France. The original floor plan was choppy and unified, which we used to our advantage to create functional work rooms while opening up the kitchen and dining areas. Our clients had a long list of needs, like a cathedral ceiling and access to the side entry, which we were able to navigate through careful space planning. To keep things feeling cohesive, sourced complimentary materials through each space, differentiating them through custom details.
I can’t remember how I first came across the Instagram account of designer Elle Patille (@leydi_milagros_design), though I do recall being instantly smitten with her style. In a really profound way. Her Victorian heritage home is located outside of Toronto and I fell in love with every inch of it. And once I saw the before photos I was even more enthralled with her home and her talent as a designer. Her home was very very white not long ago (as seen in this House & Home feature), and I have to applaud her for deciding to do a 180 and go mostly dark. The drama the home now exudes is magical, and the dark backdrop is exactly what was needed to showcase her collection of curiosities. (Yes, there is quite a bit of taxidermy in her home – if you aren’t a fan please move on to the next post and comments on this subject will be removed). Her aesthetic is what she calls modern ‘horror vacui’ (“fear of empty space”) and it’s breathtaking. Also, her and her husband share this home with a slew of dogs and cats so she gets major bonus points for that.
For me, home is a place that understands how you’re feeling and how to comfort you at any given moment. I knew there was a lot of potential when we purchased our home but I didn’t go into it with a vision. I did however go into it with a lot of emotion which allowed it to take shape without questioning it. In order to achieve this, I needed spaces that were healing and that tapped on every emotion… Spaces that were pretty but at the same time can give you the chills… rooms soft and romantic yet strong and masculine … dark busy rooms that are thought provoking and bright clean areas that allow for a clear and creative mind. In turn, it became a sort of therapy – a release, psychological turned physical and ultimately it became not just a home for me but rather a refuge.
I’m not sure I can ever really get behind minimalism, but this converted warehouse in Sydney transformed into a concrete bunker of sorts is really quite beautiful. That curved ceiling and the 2 story impact of it is spectacular. It’s incredible that such a simple architectural detail could add so much interest. I also love how the curve is found throughout the loft (sofa, console, mirror, shower door). Brutalism with a cocooning impact. Designed by Matt Woods.