A rustic, and toppling old wooden farmhouse in upstate New York is renovated in a classic style by replacing one entire wall of the clapboard siding.
Its huge rustic beams are retained, now offset by stark white walls and the huge window, opening up one entire wall to the views and light.
The renovation is handled with wit and reserve.
No-nonsense polished concrete floors play off the sentimentality of an old-world kitchen island.
The rich patina of the old wooden farmhouse floors is countered by a new rusted steel fireplace that threads through both floors.
In the now luminous and spacious farmhouse kitchen this fireplace becomes a pizza oven and firewood stack, while the wooden beam seems to have reverted to a living tree trunk. Read the rest of this entry »
Sophisticated, neutral, tranquil and never garish, gray has become a go-to color for designers aiming to please picky clients… And truth be told, it’s also become a little boring. Gray may be chic, but it is also the color of bleak winter days, hair after a certain age, bland orporate offices, and these days, many furniture catalogs. So what about a new take on a fashionable color? Recently we spotted this Taiwanese apartment which we think makes a masterful use of gray in a way that feels fresh, unexpected and inspiring.
Take a look:
What’s so cool about the use of gray here, is that Taiwan-based Ganna Studio chose very soft warm grays, almost ethereal in quality, that are punctuated with bright beachy colors — apple greens, turquoise, baby blues, oranges and yellows that we do not traditionally see used with gray. Here’s more:
What would be colors that we more traditionally see with gray? Well, certainly deep reds and burnt oranges have been popular in recent years. But a move away from those deeper tones and the use of sunny purer color makes this minimal apartment feel youthful, hip and happier. Plus, color is varied and used in just the right doses — enough but not too much — which is important in this open concept space with sight lines in every direction. You’ll also notice that artwork is kept gray as well, so as not to distract from just the pure deliciousness of gray with color.
Bravo for a job well done!
Photography courtesy Gamma Studio
This brilliant all-white Falcon’s Nest apartment is bathed in the warm sunshine of… Moscow?
Yes, Moscow, Russia. Apparently there is far more bright sunshine in Moscow than you ever imagined.
Or is this luxury penthouse apartment design a clever suncatcher?
APK-STUDIO designed this very chic apartment and its meticulously correct minimalism.
The bright living room occupies the corner, overlooking a panoramic view of the city.
Notice the partial wall behind the sofa and the fluorescent wall-washer lighting the interior passageway.
A super minimal galley kitchen is behind that partial wall of the living room. Read the rest of this entry »
Mirroring its semi-industrial city neighborhood, this pad is hip and edgy.
Roof heights vary throughout and a split level kitchen and dining room open out onto a lower terrace.
Playful use of color by David Boyle Architect invigorates the renovated Belmont Street Residence.
The blue wall of the living room extends outside to a high terrace.
Its vibrant and energetic urban spirit besets the visitor upon entry.
Scrumptious jolts of reds, blues, lime, majenta and black and white bounce off the rich woods.
The random mix is ironically repeated in kitchen chairs in this edgy sunken dine-in kitchen. Read the rest of this entry »
Sited near the beach on the Sunshine Coast in south east Queensland, the balmy climate allows Bark Design Architects to dispense with more substantial walls.
A dream house for the beach, it also employs a casually sophisticated mix of woods in a friendly, open plan.
Morning sun tumbles gloriously into its double height dining room where its warmth is captured on a trombe wall.
From the soaring double height dining area, a more intimate living room cosies up to the fire.
The house encircles a much loved hundred-year-old Moreton Bay Ash tree.
From the passageway between the house’s two pavilions, it is beautifully framed against the red fence by the pool. Read the rest of this entry »