Inspired: Slip House

December 11, 2012 § 1 Comment

Sometimes inspiration comes from the most mundane. Stacked shipping containers in this case!

On the outside, the look of these ‘containers’ are what makes the¬†architecture of this home unique and definitely not mundane. Most especially at night, as it lights up from inside and becomes a glowing stack of translucent boxes.

Inside… completely utilitarian, unadorned and minimal. Just what you’d expect from a shipping container, right? See more here from Carl Turner Architects. And here for more on the Slip House.

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!

Cloud House

October 1, 2012 § 5 Comments

Ok… I know. A ‘Cloud House‘??? Really?

Yes. Really. But before I go into the pro’s and con’s of having your home become a neighbourhood attraction… I want to focus on that hallway! I love it!!! What a way to make a mostly pragmatic corridor, something to REALLY rave about!

That is… if you can stop going on about the shape of the addition you just put on the back of your house!

Me personally… I’d stick with a striking hallway. ;)

More Than Just Shutters

June 29, 2012 § 6 Comments

This house is more than just steel and glass and shutters.

The shutters are more than just a mechanism for light diffusion. They are Art and Pattern and Fabulous.

The stairs are more than just risers and a means to travel. Cantilevered, they sit at the structural core from which all other architectural elements come from.

And the rooms are more than just walls with doors and windows. In fact, they’re not that at all! Instead… levels and landings that flow from one to another and meet right back in the middle again.

You can see MORE… here. ;)

Interiors: Modern Gems

June 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Modernized, streamlined and refashioned… this 1920’s home has a new spring to her step. Where once red oak floors lay, a new whitewashed foundation serves as the starting point in creating a white minimalist interior.

Follow the links below for some modern gems that make this interior sing!

I know which one is my favourite! What’s yours?

P.S…. I have more than one favourite. ;)

Interiors: Austerity and More

April 20, 2012 § 18 Comments

The word ‘austere’ comes to mind… unadorned, unfussy, simple, unembellished.

But definitely not restrained. Look at the size of those pivoting glass doors??!! And then there’s that button tufted ottoman (or pouf…depending on where you’re from). It’s only 4 square meters (43 square feet) in size!

A few other highlights for me:

  • Black wall in kitchen… so sharp! Yellow island goes without saying.
  • Brazilian Teak exterior
  • Polished concrete staircase
  • Arcade game wall as art (1981 Galaga)… if you click on the architect’s website below, you too can play the arcade game!
  • Placement of art throughout… unexpected and yet sensible
  • ‘Who’s who’ of furniture icons sprinkled throughout (George Nelson, Gerrit T. Rietveld, Marcel Bruer and even a slew of Hans J. Wegner’s Wishbone Chair)
To read more on this home, click here.

Architecture/Interiors: Studio Guilherme Torres

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!

For more images, click here.

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