Brooklyn-based Home Studios have cleverly updated and refreshed this 3 storey townhouse in Fort Greene for its new owners. The house is all about cooking and entertaining with a fabulous light-filled kitchen that spills into the dining room. For me though the standout is the tiny powder room hiding under the stairs with its Le Corbusier–inspired wall murals. Now where can I try that in my house?
Photography by Brian W. Ferry
Oh so this is what heaven looks like! A 15th century Croatian compound (or castle to flow with my new Sunday theme) complete with a medieval tower, restored by New York–based architect Steven Harris and his husband, interior designer and artist Lucien Rees Roberts. I have to say that in all my years of blogging this is up there as one of the most spectacular properties I have ever seen. What a gem! (Photos: Scott Frances)
Hollywood Regency meets Palm Springs mid mod in this Indian Wells (one town over from Palm Springs) mid century gem. We all know that mid century houses can take themselves a little too seriously but not in this Californian desert house. Colour, pattern and furniture choice make for a vibrant, fun filled abode by Jen Samson Design.
What was once a completely uninhabitable, crumbling, 12th century, 35,000 sq ft castle that sat untouched for over 60 years (see photo below), became an absolutely marvelous estate thanks to architect Domenico Minchilli and interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who designed the castle as it would have been 200 years ago (maybe with the kitchen taking exception). This is exactly how you should redo a castle, by paying homage to its history. (Photos: Oberto Gili for Architectural Digest and Martyn’s website)
“Our Beach House at Mermaid represents a refined beach house design with a bold expression of form and materials. From the west orientated urban streetscape the façade responds to privacy and solar concerns by way of sliding timber screens set within white vertical walls and horizontal concrete floor and roof elements in a two storey form. The two storey form boldly cantilevers towards the street over feature stone walls and glass entry. Dense landscaping softens the built form and provides a unique arrival experience. Externally and internally the material palette is a composition of natural materials and textures including stone, concrete and timber set against white surfaces. Internally high ceiling and voids capturing light creates a variety of unique spaces.”
A new coastal design language. Modern, monolithic and strong. Beach House by Gold Coast based BDA Architecture.
Photography by Andy Macpherson