I had to share another property available to rent from designer Jacques Garcia. This too is an absolutely stunning home in Sicily but this time set amongst a much more barren landscape than the previous one I shared. And like the last one, I’d be kicking and screaming on my way out. How could you ever leave this?
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)
If the last project by LyonsKelly didn’t quite knock your socks completely off…
After completion of our project Adelaide, the clients asked us to design a garden room, built separately from the house. It is intended to be a multi-purpose building, used most often as guest accommodation. The appearance of this room is of a Victorian orangery with large expanses of south-facing glass in a brick structure with a slated roof. The steel windows face south across the garden and maximise light. A large piece of built-in furniture contains a galley kitchen, TV cabinet and library.
What an absolutely beautiful home full of incredible architecture. Architected and designed by Irish based firm LyonsKelly.
The detached house was built in the 1890s but had been largely untouched since the 1940s. It retained its original layout including servants’ room, scullery and butler’s pantry. The layout and services required modernising but we did not want to take away from the special character of the house. We relocated the kitchen from the Northside to the South-West corner so that it overlooks the gardens and benefits from direct sunlight. This involved altering the service rooms of the house to make a new kitchen, family room and terrace with an outdoor fireplace. The original mosaic tiles on the terraces inspired new finishes such as the floors in the bathrooms. The clients did not want an interior that was slavishly period-perfect so the decoration is a combination of antiques mixed with contemporary and vintage items.
This modern renovation in Montréal by la Shed is a total winner winner chicken dinner in my book, partticularly because of the exceptional take on indoor/outdoor living.
In response to the redevelopment and expansion project of this lower unit of a duplex in Rosemont, the architects created a dwelling in continuity with the backyard where the spaces are organized in different levels in constant relationship with each other and with the outdoor gardens. In order to offer a warm character to the living rooms located on the ground floor and in the basement, the kitchen has been placed on the courtyard side, half-level between the two floors, playing the role of a link between the different levels. This new layout, a contemporary version of a split-level, allows the kitchen to be located at ground level and provide a direct link with the terrace. The fluidity between the levels is ensured thanks to a double height opening, offering a real decompartmentalization of the space. To materialize this link, wall furniture covering the three levels has been designed and becomes in turn sideboard, storage cabinets and TV cabinet. The staircase also contributes to openness and spatial harmony. One of the owners being a landscape architect, the landscaping took on particular importance in the project. With his collaboration, several distinct zones were created. Thus, the gardens seem to extend inwards through the rear windows, which open generously towards them, without sacrificing the privacy of its occupants.