I am stricken, yes stricken, with love for this 18th century half-timber house hidden in the dunes and marshes of the Vistula River down on the Baltic Sea coast of Poland. 3 apartments contained within an historic building. Old and new, history and the stylishly comfortable here and now. I just can’t come up with the right words to describe this house. Nothing seems worthy enough. I speechless (or should I say rambling). I wouldn’t want to leave this holiday lodge. Salvinia Lodge. That’s the name of my new home. I’ll be renting it forever and I’ll expect you to join me soon. Tomorrow I’ll introduce you to the architects.
Help! Look what the painters did to my floor! I have spent all day trying to save it but I admit defeat. Perhaps you can help with suggestions on improving this sorry state of affairs? My suggestion is a jam and cream donut.
Ike Bahadourian emailed us to share his Met loft remodel with custom furniture (Love his furniture designs! You’ll find more on his website.) It’s a spartan space but just right to spotlight Ike’s beautiful rustic furniture pieces. I’ll let him explain.
“The material choices and the layout were guided by the architecture of the space itself. As an open, rectangular loft the existing plan, fixtures and exposed ducts suggested at a linear layout that led your eyes to the balcony, to a view of Staples Center and LA Live. This meant the orientation of the bed, tables and couch would go accordingly. To complement the exposed ducts and pipes, as well as the cement walls, I chose reclaimed wood for the primary pieces of furniture to build with. A ten and a half foot cedar slab against the south wall simplifies the space by combining to serve as both a desk and a tv stand. Next to the table, stacks of the client’s recycled wall street journals served as a stand for the dvd player. A reclaimed oak palette was cut in half to serve as a coffee table, with a piece of glass on top and subsequent cubby holes beneath for magazines or books. Six more reclaimed palettes were used to lift as a platform an area, or notch in the wall, that was designated for the bed. This lift separated it as much as possible from the rest of the space and created the only real break in the flow of the small apartment, and a bit of hierarchy. Half circle poplar wall mounts that serve as hangers hung across a Sevak Karabachian wood cut print in the sleeping area. Other pieces included Cb2 biloxi linens, west elm industrial lamps, and a gilbert chair from Ikea.”
Couldn’t leave it there. I had to share some of Ike’s furniture. Love the rustic with the smooth!
Reader Laurel Walter lives in southern Oregon and this is her fabulous home. These shots were taken by Matthew Millman (my earlier post on Matthew here) for a magazine feature. Laurel says her home is a trifecta project involving herself and Jennifer Bright, her partner in their interiors styling business, Twist, and Dewayne Lumpkin, owner of Home Economics. Unfortunately the magazine folded and Lauren’s home remained unpublished but I am so jealous because Laurel has these amazing photos! I spy so much that I love. I’m ticking off the industrial items and found objects that I want for my place but most of all I’d kill for a wonderful outdoor room like Laurel’s.
Not too long ago I blogged about a mid-century style California ranch designed by Charles de Lisle. I find his work and the photographs in his portfolio so impressive and since I’m taking a lazy holiday week here on the blog while gallavanting around Prince Edward Island, I thought I’d feature another of his projects. This time a mountain retreat in Montana. I wouldn’t mind a little vacation here either.