Displaying posts labeled "Vintage"

Rustic touches in a renovated Madrid apartment

Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2020 by KiM

Such a fun and inviting apartment this is! Another great project by Madrid-based architecture, interior design & construction firm BAO. Rustic touches throughout make the space homey and perfect for a family. The frosted glass partitions are a wonderful feature that lets light flow through whilst offering privacy.

Maximalism in a renovated mid-century condo

Posted on Wed, 4 Mar 2020 by KiM

I had to share another project by Michelle Dirkse because I am in awe once again. Drama, pattern and colour are back but in this case it’s a bit more modern/hollywood regency. With almost no updates since the original apartment grade finishes from 1960, this condominium was in need of a major overhaul along with new furniture and decor. While existing wall locations and the original periwinkle bathtub remained, everything else was updated during the remodel. After removing the asbestos popcorn ceiling, the concrete ceiling was revealed which told the story of the numbered concrete forms. Light oak floors and a custom protruding window trim contrast with the black cerused cabinets and doors as well as the wallpaper. The kitchen counter was extended into the small dining space to create more storage and workspace. Many furniture pieces were designed from scratch by our team and produced by local craftspeople. Fabric, wallpaper and the living room rug are from the Michelle Dirkse collection that is made in collaboration with local artists. Artists were also commissioned for the custom bedroom table lamps and art throughout. Light fixtures were sourced from vintage vendors. The remodel and decor result is an unexpected mix of finishes and fixtures in a functional space.

Photos: Haris Kenjar

Victorian chic in a historic landmark home

Posted on Wed, 4 Mar 2020 by KiM

Dream home alert!!! I am absolutely head over heels in love with this project by Seattle-based designer Michelle Dirkse. Victorian chic is what I would call this. “We want it to look like a haunted mansion.” Our clients’ request was one that we had never heard before and we were excited to explore it. The historic landmark home needed major work on the second floor. We completely re-developed the floorplan for the existing 6 bedroom 2 bath layout. By relocating walls with the help of a structural engineer and converting one of the bedrooms into an appropriately sized master bathroom, the new floorplan served the clients’ as they needed. With no plans to have others live in the home with them, we were able to convert 2 rooms into a large art studio with a lounge area. Another room was converted to a den, one to a dressing room and the last to the master bathroom. (The bathroom – OMGGGG!!!)

Photos: Aaron Leitz

BE Attitude

Posted on Tue, 25 Feb 2020 by KiM

I could not get enough of Émilie Bonaventure‘s work (see this post from last week) so here are 3 Paris apartments she designed. Each one has me dreaming of moving to this glorious city with some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. *sigh*



Mountain cottage

Posted on Wed, 19 Feb 2020 by KiM

This, friends, is the most perfect cottage ever. Mountain Cottage in Cashiers, NC. Designed by Basic ProjectsOur whole office called this cottage ‘The Dream’. Our clients are some of our favorites we’ve ever worked with – not only did they have impeccable taste, they have an amazing view on life and had collected so many little gems to include in the decor – they made this project as fun and easy as it gets. They told us they wanted an “english cottage in the NC mountains”… so with that, we did not fear lots of pattern, plenty of frames and books to cozy up with by the double sided wood burning fireplace and materials that were “family friendly” so the kids could walk through with muddy boots – all staples in the English countryside.

Photos (and most light fixtures) by Urban Electric Co.