This is Ben and Charlie’s own house, tucked away on an estuary in the far west coast of Scotland. Ben and Charlie found the tiny pair of buildings – a Victorian two-roomed cottage and a much early stone bothy – in derelict and unloved condition – in 2018, after a long search for something untouched and unspoiled. The Victorian cottage had intact match boarding to the interiors, and we took the decision to keep this completely intact – re-wiring the two rooms with simple galvanised surface mounted conduit in order not to damage the historic interior. The stone bothy was stripped back to rough stone walls. Both buildings have been furnished with a different atmosphere to suit their age and character. The bothy forms a simple, basic kitchen, and the cottage contains a tiny sitting room and bedroom. There is as yet no running water or heating, but in 2023 Ben and Charlie are building a third new bothy to the west of the two original houses to provide a little more creature comfort.
This is so beautiful I could cry. Ben Pentreath must feel privileged to be the proprietor of such a magical space.
What is the importance of plants in a person’s home living space? This is the story about a 95 square meter apartment with 4 fronts and full of light that as part of a renovation is dealing with this question. The love of the members of the house for growing house plants challenged us to find surprising design solutions all over the house. Examples of solutions can be seen in opening a balcony to the green boulevard at the expense of the living room space, planning furniture that is adapted to growing plants and thinking ahead about utilizing areas for growing plants even at height, and even in the bathroom. We wrapped the entrance hall with carpentry, which makes it possible to store all of the entryway’s stuff: glasses, a dog leash, bags…. We also incorporated a bench that allows you to sit down immediately when you enter the house and take off your shoes. This carpentry rotates inside and also becomes the kitchen’s storage cabinets.
I am envious of all of the light and storage in this apartment. As much as I adore old homes they typically lack in both of those areas. Plants sure do seem to thrive here, unlike in my home 🙂 Located in Tel Aviv and designed by Ma/Deux. Photography by Sivan Askayo.
A captivating single-level pavilion extension unites a two-story 1870s corner pub with a new double-story structure at the rear. Each room offers views of the adjacent courtyard garden, beautifully framed by the glazed pavilion. The slim north-facing courtyard is cleverly divided into zones, maximizing the feeling of space. From a paved seating area that transforms into stepping stones through ground cover, to a pond along the entry path, the design captivates. A semi-circular concrete bench under a leafy tree’s shade divides the space and offers seating. Plant selection adds texture, covering walls and ground, extending to the street with the owner’s decorative pots. South Yarra 2 by Kate Seddon Landscape Design.
Photography by Rob Blackburn and Kate Seddon.
At first glance it looks like hip loft living but in actual fact it’s an interior designer’s showroom. A place to welcome clients, support the creative community and an ever-changing showcase of design ideas. An artfully curated space with depth and individuality. Welcome to Aker Interiors Showroom.
Photography by Michael Clifford
This project was a total refurbishment of a rather neglected mansion flat on Chelsea Embankment for the new owners, a retired North American couple who wanted a comfortable base in London from which to explore Europe. We sought to make the flat feel as though nothing much had been done except a gentle refurb and some new furniture when in fact the apartment and all its its services and layout was completely overhauled to make a backdrop for the clients collection of ceramics and photography.
I love the old world vibe of this space. It’s elegantly casual and chic without being pretentious. Designed by Adam Bray. Photos: Oskar Proctor