Wow. WOW. It’s spaces like these that make me crave earth tones sooooooo much. Shades of white, cream, brown and black make for such a warm, easy-on-the-eye atmosphere. Paris designer Émilie Bonaventure of BE Attitude created an absolute masterpiece with this apartment in the 9th arrondissement. Those curved windows and doors are such a dream.
Back at you with more from Nina Farmer and this 1904 Arts & Crafts home outside of Boston that thankfully has most or its original woodwork still intact (and looking mighty fine!). The problem was the kitchen had renovated previously and needed a serious makeover. Nina went art deco with it and the result is one of the most beautiful and unique kitchens I have ever seen.
Photos: Paul Raeside
Sunday dinners are typically help at my parents’ house as an excuse to get the family together. And I welcome the one day a week (aside from pizza night) where I don’t have to cook. But if I didn’t have my mom’s cooking to look forward to, dinner out would be a sweet alternative. And maybe in Seattle at Samara – a wood-fueled bistro designed by Mutuus Studio. Inside, rich earth tones dominate, bringing to mind a tranquil wooded understory. Dark-stained oak paneling and wainscoting wrap a portion of the space and the bar front, while the balance of the space features a section of the building’s original firewall that was revealed during construction. The firewall is composed of framing timber turned on its side, and now provides a subtle homage to the cooking method of choice. Seating for 30 is handled through a mix of seating groups featuring anti-tip tables topped with wood recycled from old piers, and a leather banquette. A chef’s counter, finished in soapstone, seats an additional six guests. Copper cladding wraps the area above the grill features a rich patina, and hand-made Danish brick, embedded with fused glass, surrounds the grill to create a delicate dance of firelight.
Photos: Kevin Scott
Steel, timber and glass float on the edge, hovering above the trees. Outside it appears to be a simple pavilion but step to the side on you see its two storeys sit on a monolithic concrete base. The simplicity of line and materials continues inside with a distinct Scandinavian feel. Not surprising as it is a private summer house high above Torsbyfjärden outside Stockholm. Aspvik by Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter.
From the board formed concrete walls and the concrete encaustic tiles to the simple plywood cabinets topped with sleek and seamless stainless steel counters this kitchen by Taylor + Taylor is a stylish example of contemporary rustic. Rough against smooth, complex pattern against plain this small but well designed kitchen is definitely not your run of the mill, ho-hum heart of the house. The designers are favourites of mine. You can see the kitchen that gave me the blues here.
Photos by Tiffany J Photography