It was a while back that Jo featured a few of the photos from this home, and when I stumbled across it on architect Laurent Bourgois‘ website recently my heart melted and I thought it deserved a complete post. It is quite clear that I am becoming soft for traditional spaces that really highlight and celebrate original architectural details now that I finally have a home where I can celebrate in my way (adoring my wainscoting, curved ceilings, archways, leaded and stained glass windows). I don’t really know what exactly it is about this house, only that it has a very magical quality to it. And its elegance is indescribable. (Photos: Nicolas Tosi, Interior design: Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi)
Liveable, lasting, light and lush. Relaxed spaces, beautifully soft colour tones, simple yet stunning bathrooms any of which I would kill for (dying to renovate my bathroom it is driving me so crazy with all of its aggravating qualities). These are the works of Los Angeles based Wendy Word Design.
My third floor ‘loft’ room, since we moved in, was a feral cat rescue sanctuary/junk room and continues to be so as other projects around the house take priority. When I came across this library/garage space I nearly had a stoke. What an amazing space to hang out, enjoy peace and quiet and read a book. I would even consider taking up yoga if I could do it with all that room to move and those views! By Ziegler Antonin Architecte.
The facade of this Hawthorn, Melbourne house may be traditional but behind the glossy black door is a sophisticated, contemporary home. The renovation by Austin Design Associates is rich with bespoke details and beautiful finishes. (The joinery is a standout of the property.) A palette of black and white is warmed with golden wood and metal in the open plan kitchen/dining/living areas while a playful dose of greens and yellows is a surprise in the family room. A beautiful home. A perfectly modern marriage of the old and the new.
Sometimes I feel I’m trying on other people’s homes like clothes in a shop. Does this look good on me? Is it a good fit? Often what looks good on the rack just doesn’t work when you try it on. Sometimes what looks great in the magazines, the trends, the hottest looks, the must haves for 2016 for your home are just like the cheap and cheerful fashion fads that we all rush to buy and then wonder why we ever did. Like my last post I think I would be very comfortable in this West Village apartment by New York-based Bachman Brown Design. It too is all about making the most of the architectural bones and a collection of furniture and favourite pieces gathered over time. A second “second skin” for today.