Interiors: Graphic & Minimal

November 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

I love the idea of adding a new, contemporary structure to an already existing structure. In this case, Carl Turner Architects, wrapped an L-shaped volume around the rear of a Victorian terraced home, re-imagining the kitchen and dining room into a super contemporary and minimalist space.

The best part… a humongous (yes, I said humongous) window that extends this space out to the garden and the garden into the interior. Talk about maximizing your square footage. Now you have great indoor and outdoor living. Seamlessly.

I especially love the view from inside…that thick black frame around the window opening is so very graphic and delicious to me!

Interiors: Black, Gold and a Tub

May 28, 2012 § 6 Comments

Yes…that kitchen is a wonder! As in, I wonder how to keep those pine-slatted walls dust free?!  Me thinks my clients are starting to influence the way I see design. Ha ha…

Anyway… back to the love-in! That kitchen pendant is amazingly beautiful. So simple in shape and finish. Matte black and burnished gold. And then that crystal sparkle underneath just adds so much loveliness to the whole… I must find out who makes this fixture!

But I think what I love most about this interior are the architectural details… the sliding pocket doors and the way they retreat, revealing arched openings. Their black frames and integrated hardware so simple, so perfect. Not to be outmatched by the black framed windows, so tall and so definitive in framing the view outside.

And then there’s that bath tub. No, dear clients… it’s not comfortable but I don’t care. ;)

Interiors: Clooney & Istanbul Intrigue

May 21, 2012 § 7 Comments

I’ve always thought Istanbul would be exotic… now I’m convinced. Intrigue. Glamour. Allure. It’s all here in this interior.

I especially love the kitchen… That island is so grand! And I love the windowed cabinets, the tilted mirror and the hanging pot rack along the wall. The subway tiles and the painted brickwork adds texture and pattern. Coffered ceiling. Brass touches for warmth. Some elements refined. Some unfinished. It’s exposed. And it’s detailed. And it’s rich with personality.

Can’t you see this as a movie set?! It’s definitely a George Clooney type setting in my mind.

Designed by Autoban.

Pocket of Space in Portugal

April 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here’s what I love about this house, designed by Aires Mateus Architects:

  • one level living provides interesting flow from one space to another, public to private.
  • all-white envelope where classic pieces of furniture are on display… so furnish wisely!
  • irregular shaped building makes for interesting angles and vistas for both interior and exterior, usually at the same time.
  • who needs a backyard when you can have a ‘pocket’ of outdoor space!
  • kitchen island that doubles as dining room table… REALLY LOVE this actually!
  • and yes, that IS the kitchen.

This all white modern interior is a great example of how you DON’T have to be super minimal to still make it work. You just have to be selective about what you place on display. Hide the kitchen. Showcase the CD collection. ;)

I wonder if I can rent this house for a week when I travel to Portugal this summer?? What an experience that would be. That is, if I can find the front door!

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