On the top floor of a building that was erected in 1917, in Ukraine, a 212 square metre two level apartment has undergone a complete redevelopment. The interior overhaul involved the relocation of the staircase, in order to reconfigure an underused upper floor. Also, to increase the fun factor of the family home, a large metal slide was installed during the relinking of the first and second floors. This unusual design feature, which was painstakingly tailored to the interior structure by Ki Design, fits with other characterful elements of the unique design scheme. In comparison, the home palette is mild mannered in warm white, soft grey, graphite, and oak, with few intermittent spikes of aqua blue.
The homeowners conveyed their wishes to the design team: “We have enough activities and problems away from home, at home we rest. However, the apartment design shouldn’t absolutely be dull or boring in a year or so, it must contain some special catchy and ‘wow’ elements we’d admire for couple of months and then we’d hear “wows” from our guests. At the same time it should be calm and sweet inside.”
The slide arrangement proved to be a challenge for both the designers and the team of builders. Since the ceiling between the floors was load-bearing, there was a threat to the integrity of the entire building structure should there be removal of even a small part of it. The redevelopment team found themselves tightly limited for places that would accommodate this element. Long-term experiments were conducted, including the creation of full sized mockups. Finally, the optimal form and location for the fun feature slide was accomplished, and the chief wow factor element in the home was achieved.
The interior slide delivers family members to a set of custom built window seats that span two thirds of the living room wall.
The slide wraps a wall column clad in wood panelling, which interlocks in a beautiful arrangement. This divides the living room from the kitchen and a dining room.
A chrome arc floor lamp stretches high over the metal slide, to light the walkway behind the back of the sofa.
Geometric and graphic print scatter cushions make the wooden window seats more cosy.
Cross shaped cutouts add interest to the oak window seats.
A rustic small side table serves the modern sofa, in front of a roaring fireplace.
The modern fireplace sits within a whitewashed brick chimney breast. A cut log store towers at one side, and a bookcase climbs the other.
The entry into the kitchen–and the dining room situated off to the right in this image–is a vision of natural greenery thanks to the introduction of a vertical garden.
The living wall works to interlink a mezzanine landing with the lower floor, and marks the descent of the slide’s chute. Unique kitchen pendant lights dangle from the lofty ceiling of the double height space.
An aqua blue dining set nestles in a light box of windows.
All of the aqua blue color accents present in the scheme come in the form of textiles: upholstered dining chairs, the comfortable reading chair, bedroom sets and cushions.
One wall of the kitchen cabinetry is tucked beneath the staircase.
Because of the relocation of the staircase, the kitchen is no longer separated from the living room as it was in the old apartment layout. The new layout now means that the lower floor has is a sociable area with freeflow between the living room, kitchen and dining area. It’s also future-proofed with additional children’s rooms.
The benefit of being on the top floor of the building is that the apartment is able to have many skylights to provide copious amounts of natural light. An internal window lets the daylight flow between the landing and a home office.
The cluster of kitchen pendant lights also illuminate the upper floor.
Also on the second floor is the master bedroom, with an adjoining dressing room and spacious shower room, plus an additional guest bedroom and a private bathroom.
Aqua blue colours the bed comforters in both the master and guest bedrooms. The same black modern wall sconce design punctuates the walls.
The bathrooms follow a more neutral palette.
A backlit vanity mirror crosses the wall above a natural toned vanity unit with a black vessel basin.
The second bathroom is freshened by a living wall installation.
The vertical planters attach to a wood panel above a built-in bathtub.
Hexagonal mirrors make a geometric statement piece above a modern pedestal basin.
The greenery makes a stunning pairing with the natural wood elements in the room.
A smaller bathroom is shaded with a grey-blue accent wall.
The home also contains technical rooms. There is a boiler room with heating and purifying equipment, a laundry room with a washing machine, tumble dryer and the ironing board. The equipment for the ‘smart home’ system is located in the dressing room.
Open risers on the staircase design keep the installation looking light and unobtrusive in the airy living space.
Decorative wall hooks cross the home entryway. A small monochrome pouf sits beneath.
Well, it’s official: Meghan Markle has given birth to a healthy baby boy at home in Frogmore Cottage. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed the birth on their Instagram, and Harry spoke to the press, expressing his admiration for his wife and his joy about becoming a father. Now, there’s one thing that are anxiously anticipating with bated breath: the announcement of the baby’s name.
In traditional royal fashion, the newborn’s name wasn’t revealed in his birth announcement. Rather, the whole family will make their public debut in two days (mark your calendar), and announce the new royal baby’s name. After all, as Harry noted, they’re still mulling over a few options, but since the baby was a bit overdue, they’ve “had a little bit of time to think about it.” We won’t know for sure until Wednesday…but we have some good guesses what the little one’s name may be.
According to U.K. betting site Ladbrokes, the top runner with a 5/1 likelihood is Arthur, which is a middle name of both Prince Charles and Prince William (and also the first name of Pippa Middleton’s son). Next is Alexander with 6/1 odds, and Albert with 8/1 odds. Rounding out the top five are James and Philip.
Now, these are all quite traditional names for the royal family, but Meghan and Harry have strayed from tradition in the past—so who’s to say they won’t now? Also listed on Ladbrokes are a few more wildcard options, including Bradley, Barack, and Ross—though admittedly, the odds for those names are quite low.
Only time will tell, but for now we know that Baby Sussex will surely have a name as cool and polished as his parents. No matter what his initials end up being, we think these monogrammable picks could add just the right dose of personalization to his nursery.
A yellow tote and pouch set is perfect for keeping baby’s essentials perfectly organized.
This sweet gingham romper is just the thing for the English countryside.
A light green throw makes for extra-dreamy swaddling.
Happy weekend friends! I’ve been spending this week in Portugal, tasting the food and seeing the sights of small towns in the Algarve, and the capital city of Lisbon. Portugal is *filled* with inspiration, check out my Insta stories today with pictures of tile on the buildings around Lisbon and at the Tile Museum. Today I’m in Aveiro, and tomorrow we’re off to Porto where we end our trip.
A few days ago a friend of mine sent me some pictures of her flip house project and I was so impressed I asked to share them! Remember when I featured Dino and Heidi’s kitchen remodel a couple years ago? Well this talented couple is at it once more, they flipped a small home in Santa Rosa, California and what a transformation!
You can see how much exterior work had to be done. They also scraped popcorn ceilings, reframed the opening from the kitchen to the living room, gave the bathrooms a floor to ceiling makeover, and modernized the eat in kitchen. Take a look!
Beautifully done, right? I love all the modern touches (the fireplace tile!) and the black shutters and fresh white paint on the exterior, what a difference!
I asked Heidi to round up sources for me, so if you see anything in particular you like, let me know in the comments and I’ll get that information for you!
For James Beard Award–winning restaurateur and chef Ford Fry, his newest concept, La Lucha, in Houston, Texas, brings back fond childhood memories: Noshing on the over-the-top fried chicken and Gulf seafood platters at the now-shuttered San Jacinto Inn. While the restaurant closed in the mid-1980s, San Jacinto Inn is, in a way, revived at this newly opened Houston hangout.
Fry’s eclectic yet homey La Lucha, Spanish for “the fight,” pays homage to the storied past of this beloved institution. Beyond serving up Southern classics, the restaurant provides a similar neighborhood experience the San Jacinto Inn once did inside a building seemingly untouched by time. Designed in collaboration with the Austin-based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Fry envisioned a space that was not only stylish but approachable.
“We wanted to create something that had the familiarity of someone’s living room,” says Michael Hsu partner Maija Kreishman. Ahead, the designers share their top five tips for creating a comfortable environment that’s ripe for casual entertaining.
Set the Tone
For the lounge, Kreishman, lead designer Lysa Janssen and interior designer Chelsea Fanning selected an eclectic mix of furniture from a variety of time periods. Paired with the reclaimed wooden floors, plaster-washed brick walls, wood-burning fireplaces, and vintage artwork, a noticeable “sit down and stay a while” vibe begins to emerge.
Arguably, the main focal point of La Lucha is its bar. Further emphasizing the comfortability factor, it’s pieced together from vintage wooden cabinetry and a grandfather clock. “It’s something that really felt like it could be in someone’s homebut with the grandeur of a bigger bar,” Kreishman says.
Curate the Right Mix
To outfit the main dining room, the team of designers looked to a multitude of sources. “We went with [Fry] to Round Top to find inspiration and track down some pieces through vendors we had met there,” Janssen recalls. “A lot of it was finding things locally and coming up with all these eclectic moments.” To make the space feel timeless, it was also key for the team to mix both traditional and modern elements.
Add Nostalgic Notes
While Fry was a child of the 1970s, the idea of bringing pieces from the era into La Lucha, like the British pub chairs, was more for effect. “The 1970s influence isn’t very overt, but there’s something about the air of that period that everyone can relate to even if they weren’t alive then,” Kreishman says.
In addition to using lots of wood and inherently comfortable building materials, the team decided on a color palette of rich reds, blues, and oranges, which can also be found in the funky artwork and vintage Turkish rugs. The team chose lush velour and rich leathers that had been worn over time that work toward creating a comfortable neighborhood gathering place. “By starting to see some of that wear, it feels like you can mess it up a bit,” Kreishman says. “We also have these nostalgic cane chairs that make it feel like you can just linger there.”
Introduce Playful Details
Like with many a space, the beauty is in the details. In one corner, there’s a record player where patrons can play their own music. In the kitchen, the team designed a small cutout window in the oyster-shucking room to not only provide entertainment but to further keep La Lucha connected with its coastal roots.
For the walls, the team chose quirky art. “Some of the pieces were vintage, but we found pieces that had an edge to them,” Janssen says. “We wanted to create some visual interest and be more playful.” There are traditional portraits and nautical prints but also truly unexpected pieces. “My favorite is a piece called Cotton Balls,” Kreishman says. “It’s wooden and it actually lights up in the evening.”
Pay Homage to History
While the interior design is definitely noteworthy, it would be a shame not to talk about La Lucha’s outdoor areas. “The building was designed so that it’s really centered around the courtyard,” Kreishman says. “There’s a live oak tree and vintage furnishings out there. The side yard lawn also has these faux cranes, which are a nod back to the Gulf. We just really wanted it to be a spot where you could have fun.”
Cast-iron ranges are built to last a lifetime, so if you can’t afford a brand-new model, you can always rely on the roaring trade in reconditioned second-hand range cookers.
There is something about a range cooker that gives a kitchen personality. It adds the character that you simply can’t achieve with a built-in cooker. The only problem? Ranges don’t come cheap, which is why many people turn to the second-hand market.
Plan everything properly and get the right results with our kitchen ideas
And no wonder. Provided you know your stuff and stick with a reputable supplier, you can find the range of your dreams for a fraction of the cost of a new one.
Where do I start?
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First off, consider what type of cooker you require. Will be electric or gas or oil powered? An AGA or an Esse? The most popular tend to be electric models like the Dual or Total Control AGA, where you’re able to turn the hobs or ovens on and off separately, reducing running costs.
Gas or oil-fired cookers can be cheap to run, too, but require a flue system and annual servicing.
How much cheaper is a preowned range cooker?
Potentially, you could save thousands of pounds. Classy Cookers recently offered a three-oven, 13 AMP electric AGA for £5,499. A starting price for this model new is £11,040.
Should any types of used range be avoided?
‘It is a very bad idea to buy a secondhand Rayburn,’ says Rose Norman of Twyford Cookers. ‘They tend to be installed originally as a cooker and central heating system, and are generally on their last legs when removed. If you want a Rayburn, always buy new.’
Can I change the colour of my used range cooker?
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You might think you can just repaint your cooker – however, even if you use specialist high-temperature paint, you’re unlikely to get a good finish. Instead, you will need to contact a specialist to shot-blast and re-enamel your range for you. Blake & Bull charges £2,860 + VAT to recolour a typical two-oven cooker.
How do I collect and install a second-hand range cooker?
While a freestanding range oven is easy to remove, a solid cast-iron range or AGA will need to be dismantled, transported and refitted by an expert. This is not only because cast-iron cookers are extremely heavy, but also since if anything is lost or damaged in the move, the range could be rendered worthless.
‘Trying to move an Aga as a whole unit is also not a good idea,’ says Classy Cookers’ Anthony Harrison. ‘The way in which the cooker is built means that moving it as a whole can easily break internal seals or at worse stress fracture the cast iron.’
Do second-hand cookers come with a warranty?
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Buy a pre-owned or fully reconditioned Aga cooker from a business, and you should expect at least a statutory guarantee – not something you’ll get if you buy privately. You might also be able to take advantage of finance packages, for example, paying in instalments and interest-free credit.
‘Buying from an AGA-registered dealer will guarantee that you will get a purpose-built Aga and not bits and pieces of many AGA cookers put together,’ says Rose Norman, marketing director at Twyford Cookers.
Two flats were united to create this 260 square metre family apartment in Kyiv, Ukraine, designed by Bogdanova Bureau. The owners of the property called for a family space with “No fake and more space for happiness”. When the two flats were united, a huge hall was created as a result. After some careful thought, the young couple decided that they would like to preserve the vast space rather than divide it into a number of smaller rooms. “Here my children will be playing football and riding scooters” expressed the father of three. The architect took onboard all of the wishes of the homeowners, and created a real house for a real family.
Orange accents are incorporated into the interior colour palette in order to add a sense of warmth and fun to the large living space. Walls are painted plain white and grey but the area rug is filled with busy pattern to liven the scene.
Inside the kids’ rooms there is minimal furniture and very functional design, which preserves the maximum amount of free play space.
The dining room is also a no nonsense kind of space. A few family photos and some art are clipped onto a simple orange notice board. Glass cabinet doors have been fitted across a niche to make a crockery cupboard that is both functional and decorative.
A simple linear suspension lamp illuminates the dining table and bright orange modern dining chairs, which are The modern dining chairs you see are the Gubi Beetle chairs.
A long galley kitchen runs off the dining room.
Storage cabinet doors look more like decorative wall panelling here, criss crossing at different heights along the wall.
The storage wall design runs the length of the huge play area, which was created when the two flats were combined into one whole family apartment. A kitchen peninsula extends from a bank of units on the other side of the play space.
Kitchen bar stools run around the edge of the peninsula to offer a place for some casual family dining, or as a place for the kids to sit and chat to mum and dad when they’re busy in the kitchen, or do homework. On the other side of the grey kitchen, a glossy black backsplash reflects the room. Wood effect cabinets frame the glossy prep area, and create warm contrast against the cool grey paintwork.
The three kids’ bedrooms are all located on one side of the house. This kids zone has a bedroom for each of the two boys and one shared boys’ bathroom. The only daughter has a bedroom and an ensuite bathroom all of her very own. Bright doors with transom windows identify the kids zone, coloured in individual hues. This passageway leads straight out into the huge indoor play area.
Banks of shelves were built to house all of the family’s shoes in this storage area, all paired and out in clear view so that they can be quickly accessed.
The master bedroom design follows the ancient Feng Shui philosophy. The muted shades and botanical room accessories make this a perfect place to unwind, relax and rest. An unusual book holder stripes the wall at the head of the bed, which grasps paperbacks between padded vertical columns.
A playful graphic rug brightens the wood floor beneath a bold green bed. A pink accent chair looks inviting by a sunny window.
A house with a black exterior is like a little black cocktail dress: Suitable for any occasion or location. Seaside, tucked away in the mountains or elsewhere, a home with black cladding will never shrink into the background. It stands out against the landscape, almost as an extension of the dark earth. Infused with drama by their nature, houses clad in black raise the anticipation of what will be found inside, which is most often light and airy interior, quite the antithesis of the dark exterior. There are many ways to execute a black house in a way that unites the design with its surroundings, as these Canadian homes exemplify:
Remote Three-Season Lake House
Rising from the decay of a previous family getaway, this house clad in black was designed by Kariouk Associates of Ladysmith, Canada. The home sits beside a remote, private lake on the exact spot where the previous house was. Meant for use during three seasons, the house was designed with an open plan, using prefabricated parts to keep down the cost of building in a remote locale. A steel-post foundation supports the shell made of CLT panels and the entire structure was assembled in less than two days. Inside, surfaces of natural wood make a warm and welcoming interior and plentiful windows offer spectacular views of the lake and woods.
Cantilevered Design for a Rugged Landscape
Located in the woods of Quebec’s Eastern Townships, this home, clad in black vertical planks, has a sensibility that fits in with the jutting, rugged and rocky landscape. Designed by NatureHumaine Architecture Design, the house features what looks like stacked elements that are joined in the middle by a kitchen and master bathroom that divide the living space from the bedroom. The part with black wood has a section that cantilevers the main floor and its gabled roof makes it feel as if it is soaring into the trees. A long strip of windows bisects the side of the house, offering views of the vast valley and Mount Orford in the distance.
Mixed Material Ski Home
A mix of black-stained and clear cedar siding dominate the design of this weekend home in the Canadian Rocky Mountains at Kicking Horse ski resort. Providing beds for up to 14 people, the home is an ideal base for seasonal outdoor activities. Surrounded by a forest of spruce and aspen, the house sits along a ski trail and features two main elements: One that contains the sleeping and bath spaces, and an open shell with living and dining spaces, along with spectacular mountain views. A glass section links the two and fiber-cement panels with bold colors serve as accents. It is ideally situated to appreciate the vistas as well as hide other homes nearby from view. Inside, a variety of materials are used, from concrete to mahogany, steel and Douglas fir plywood. It was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
Minimalist with a River View
As is the case for most residential development projects, the site of this charred cedar home was stripped of vegetation to clear the way for views of the St. Lawrence River. Designed by Alain Carle Architecte, “La Charbonnière” seems to rise out of the ground almost like a sculpture. The cedar cladding was blackened using the technique of “shou-sugi-ban” and cover the full exterior. In the back, the house has no windows, with all focused toward the river on the front side. The various sections hug the landscape, with the large jutting out as the dominant element. Inside, the living spaces have sweeping views and a rustic feel that is Zen-like and relaxing.
Vista-Oriented Family Home
Also located along the St. Lawrence River, but with an entirely different aesthetic, this black-clad home is the Chalet du Bois Flotté (the Driftwood Chalet). Designed by Boom Town, it overlooks the river and Cap-à-l’Aigle. The rectangular shape and gabled roof harken back to the original types of homes built along the river. A black steel roof sits atop an exterior of cedar cladding that covers the two separate buildings of the home. Joined at right angles, the two sections are custom designed and culminate in the massive window at the west end that takes up the entire wall. Inside, a minimalist Scandinavian interior includes polished concrete slabs that form split-levels to increase the living space.
Lakeview Home with Privacy
Set beside Lake Ouareau in Saint-Donat, La Barque is a home that is situated for privacy as well as the enjoyment of the lake. The black-clad house sits atop a concrete base and features a dislocated facade that also contains a barbecue and a pizza oven. In the direction of the water, the house, designed by ACDF Architecture, opens up to the vista before it. In contrast to the black, angular exterior, the interior is a light-filled space designed for comfort. The upper level contains the kitchen, dining room and two bedrooms and the lower level has a family room, sauna and children’s rooms. Built-in mosquito netting enhances the summertime enjoyment of the outdoor space.
Artfully Situated Mountain Cottage
A mountain cottage described as a “black stroke hurtling down the slope” makes artful use of the topography and at the same time offers views of Mount Sutton. Designed by Paul Bernier Architecte, the exterior of the family cottage is finished with cedar planks that were dyed black and placed horizontally, punctuated by vertical planks. The home’s roof slope is opposite the slant of the hillside and ends atop a concrete wall that shields the building from spring runoff. The most innovative feature is the green roof that covers the home, helping the structure blend almost seamlessly with the landscape when viewed from the slope above. Inside, the living space are bright, white, airy and comfortable.
Cliff-Top Cube House
Anchored on a rocky mountain cape in the Eastern Townships, the Crowhill cabin features two main sections that look out over the woods. The minimalist cube shapes were designed by NatureHumaine and perch atop raw concrete foundations. One angularly shaped section is devoted to the living areas and the second to the two bedrooms. The sloping roofs of the units add to the feeling that the home is sliding over the cliff, adding more drama to the black-clad structure, whose facades are made from burnt wood and the pre-woven hemlock planks. A center section unites the two and serves as an entrance. The interior is fully oriented to the view and uses natural finishes throughout.
Historic, Gabled Hybrid
Nestled in a Halifax neighborhood, this black home straddles modern design and the historic nature of the area where it is located. Peter Braithwaite Studio set out to create a family home that stripped off generations of bad renovations and replaced it with sustainable and stylish black cladding. The original gabled roofline of Elm House was enhanced with a design that features an exterior of Maibec’s Rabbited Bevel siding and the front and rear accent volumes were clad in locally sourced rough sawn Hemlock. The new entry porch looks out over the tree-lined street and the rear of the house was designed for gatherings and storage, as well as gardening.
Black Barn-Inspired Compound
Inspired by North American barns, “Les Marais” by Alain Carle Architecte consists of two, soaring structures amid the trees by a lake in Wentworth-Nord. The size and siting of the buildings contribute to the illusion that the smallest one seems larger as you draw near, even though it has the same profile as the largest one, which is actually located farther away. Near the house, two wetlands are preserved near the buildings, which are connected by a large “plate” of black wood, linking the three structures. While some sides of the buildings are solid, others feature a soaring wall full of windows, giving an open view to the forest and lake beyond. Inside, dark wood and architectural elements form the base, which is highlighted by the natural hue of the wood on the walls and ceilings.
Bird’s Eye Lake View
Perched on a hill overlooking a lake in the woods, the Résidence de la Canadière is made up of two perpendicularly stacked and bisecting elements. Designed by Boom Town, The upper section is cantilevered over the bottom one, with a gabled roof. The lower part of the house is anchored to the slope. The unique stacking and arrangement create a vertical circulation inside and the pivot space allows for the core of the building to connect with the outside. Ample windows created sweeping views of the lake below. Inside, natural wood floors, as well as concrete floors on the bottom level, are used for style, durability and easy. The minimalist interiors create a relaxing and carefree getaway for the inhabitants.
Modern Farmstead Getaway
Amid green farm fields east of Toronto, the Farm is a collection of buildings sited on a bucolic 65-acre site. The expansive property, created by Scott Posno Design, is used as a vacation home for a family of grown children and friends. The main house is oriented for engaging views of the property’s rolling hills and the Ganaraska Forest beyond. An existing pond and a winding stream add to the list of pleasing natural features. The house itself is steeply gabled and is a modern take on the historic longhouse form. Clad in cedar that has been stained a charcoal color, the structures ease gently into the surrounding landscape. Sleeping areas are in separate buildings and the master bedroom is a double-height structure that has plenty of privacy and a patio. A centrally located swimming pool is a major outdoor element and offers lots of relaxation space. Inside the main house, the light and minimalist modern decor takes full advantage of the home’s length and spaciousness.
Atop the slope of Mount Shefford, the black-clad home appears to be inserted into the terrain, inexorably linked with its surroundings. The rocky, tree-covered slope allows the house to feel as if its living areas are one with the forest. Designed by Atelier Générale, the house — called the Rock — features a large terrace that is oriented to the topography. At the other end, the house rises above the void, pointing toward the treetops. The flat, floating roof has a laminated wood structure and the walls are punctuated with tall windows. The interior of the kitchen is finished in white pine veneer and two parallel white blocks are an indirect link with the adjoining dining room. The area opens completely to the slope. Nested between the master bedroom and the living room is a triangular-shaped veranda.
Fragmented for Work and Play
Design to be fragmented into four pavilions, the organic plan of the home by Alain Carle Architecte features a central space that is like the “heart of a village.” Each black-clad volume, which feels as if it is rising from the earth, features largely recycled materials: interior and exterior wall claddings were sourced from an abandoned sawmill and the paving stones come from an old quarry. Located in the southernmost unity, the living room opens up to the outdoors and has an open feeling and combines the functions of a traditional kitchen/living room/dining room format. Throughout the home, dark elements are lightened with white and gray walls and pale floors. Other buildings contain sleeping areas, dry and wet saunas and big showers. The compound also includes work spaces that are removed from the living areas. Outdoors a small cold water pond substitutes for the typical swimming pool and complements the saunas.
Stand-Out Suburban Contemporary
This home in Sorel, near Montreal, stands out for a couple of reasons: Set amid an entire neighborhood of Victorian-inspired house, the contemporary home features an unexpected profile and dark cladding. The house, designed by Nature Humaine, was created with two offset rectangular sections joined by a gabled roof with chamfered corners. The architects decided to use a small footprint of 1,200 square feet in order to preserve the existing trees. Oriented perpendicular to the road, the layout creates a semi-private wooded garden on the north side. The interior is brightened using two grand skylights at the center of the house.
Rustic beauty meets ethnic edge in these three nomadic style interiors, where crisp white backdrops hold a myriad of natural wood and rattan furniture. The home accessories that fill the shelves, tables and floor space of these homes look like they have been personally handpicked from around the globe, painting a picture of a well travelled and cultured home owner – even if they were just picked up at the local market! The successful creation of this interior aesthetic requires the curation of interesting things that seem to tell a story: Imperfect pots and bowls, handmade mirrors, textiles and baskets. Everything should appear individual yet part of the soothing meld.
Our first ethnic style meets rustic living room is a beautifully soothing spot, where wood and cane furniture is complemented by rattan home accessories. The raw natural materials bring warmth and texture to clean white walls and floors. The eclectic pieces contrast with plain white modern soft furnishings. A tall rustic living room stands like a throne, holding court in front of a contemporary sofa.
Behind the wicker chair, a rustic wooden console table is dressed with a couple of formal lamps and a decorative vase on top; wicker storage baskets relax the vibe down on the lower shelf.
A pair of elongated rattan pendant light shades dangle over the sofa at different heights to create a layered look.
Two arched wall recesses have been fitted out with rustic wooden wall shelves. Decorative vases and handmade bowls dot the display space, like a treasure trove of found items.
Inside the master bedroom, an attractive vista has been made by clustering together an art canvas, a wicker basket with dried foliage, and an elegant cane lounge chair.
A four poster bed gives the white space a sense of grandeur, whilst simplistic accessories bring the scheme back down to earth. A basic wooden stool makes a bedside table, and Macramé textiles hang decoratively against the walls.
White wooden shutters filter the daylight into the bathroom. Green plants peep through the slats.
Neutral toned scatter cushions, a matching bed throw and a natural rug break up the white sleeping area.
A handmade mirror adorns the area above a white concrete vanity unit.
A rustic towel ladder climbs the wall behind a freestanding bathtub.
Dried pampas grass feathers the corner of the room.
Daylight shines through the shower enclosure by the windows.
Our last home tour takes place in a Scandinavian apartment, with a 30.5 square metre floor plan. A tribal patterned rug brings a hint of blue to an otherwise neutral space.
The studio apartment has a portiere to separate off the sleep space.
A custom built platform bed fills the entire floor area of the bedroom nook.
Drawers have been built into the base of the platform bed to maximise storage space.
A wooden kitchen island takes up the centre spot in the compact room.
The cooking hob is set into the kitchen island worktop. A white chimney style cooker hood blends quietly into the background.
The one wall kitchen with island is an amalgamation of white, grey and wooden units, which act as an optical illusion to minimise its impact on the small living space. A white integrated oven blends in with the tall white cupboards.
White countertops run up against a Belfast sink. A white LED strip light underlines the wall cabinets to provide task lighting to the work area below.
A bank of cabinets line the entryway of the home, serving as a closet and general household storage.
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