“The original Stone House was built in 1780 and was updated with a second structure in 1877. The addition and multiple renovations left the house with layers of finishes and a memory of how the home accommodated people’s needs through time. Our sensitive approach recognized that we are one piece in the building’s long life. While there was a drastic reorganization of the interior spaces, we took care to respect the building’s thick stone structure.”
I love the thought of this renovation being just one piece of the building’s long life. To me a good renovation is all about respect. Retaining important features and reinstating the lost while carefully creating a home for modern living. This 19th century stone house outside Callicoon, New York is a triumph by Brooklyn-based General Assembly.
Photography by Matthew Williams
Built in the centre of Biarritz between 1927 to 1931, Villa Magnan was only ever inhabited from 1931 to 1936 by Spanish aristocrats. It then lay empty for 80 years until current owners Anne and Jérôme Israël purchased and restored it over the course of one and a half years. Its 1,400 m2 of art deco mostly pink beauty is absolutely spectacular, and you can book a stay via their Instagram account. What a dream!!! (Photos: Melvin Israel via Vogue France and Eve Campestrini via The Socialite Family)
Austin in Stereo is a 7,300 sq ft, 4 bedroom home in West Austin where nearly every room of the house was designed by Fern Santini with a unique art or music-themed element. A bar, turntable, Sonos speakers, signed photos of music legends, Woodstock wallpaper, lots of dark walls and graphic patterns make this a really stylin’ and party-ready home. (Photos: Douglas Friedman)
What was once a Victorian Georgian corner store is now a modern, 2-story, 4 bedroom home with original and new details like sandstone walls, travertine floor pavers, mother of pearl mosaic tile, leathered quartzite, venetian plaster and stained glass floral reliefs. This is an honourable example of how to renovate a traditional space whilst transforming it for modern times. By YSG. (Photos: Prue Ruscoe)
This magical place is Kilcoe Castle, a 15th century castle located on Roaring Water Bay on the south western coast of Ireland. It was purchased by actor Jeremy Irons several years ago and took 6 years of painstaking renovations to get it to the state it is in today. It is absolutely beautiful, filled with art and treasures from the actor’s travels (carpets from Morocco, a Nepalese yoke, an old Roman-style threshing board, a fiddle he had made in Slovakia, a life-size antique wooden horse that he found in the Cotswolds…). Photos by Simon Upton for Vanity Fair.