This wonderful home along the Mediterranean was designed by Norwegian decorator Mette Eilen Johansen and artist Jim Allister, located in Marbella, a city in southern Spain. Built in 1962, the new homeowners purchased the property in 2011, with the intent of giving the two story home a facelift. Accustomed to buying and renovating homes, the owners main intent was to infuse the home with natural light and to update the electrical and renew finishes; all without changing the original spirit of the 60s. As an artist, Jim used his knowledge to paint the interiors of the home applying various techniques to develop textured surfaces. This helps spaces to gain depth and character. Mette used her experience to create comfortable living environments in both the interior and exterior. Nordic style furnishings are mixed with recovered pieces to create a beautiful design style. The upholstery and furnishings are dressed in light colors which reflects the natural light and spreads out through every corner of the home. All spaces have glass doors that leads out to the terraces, helping to bring the outside in.
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This natural and serene home by interior designer Ana Genero is inspired by farmhouses in the region, integrating well with its surroundings in Empordà, an historical region of Catalonia, Spain. With a sober interior and a wild garden, the property is a haven of calm. The homeowner wished to have a natural home that conveys tranquility, where the whole family can relax and enjoy. The interiors have an air of zen, with a combination of vaulted ceilings, concrete floorings and lime plastered walls, all very open to the gardens. The designer created essential spaces without sacrificing either warmth or functionality. Reclaimed materials have been used in elements throughout the home. Natural textures such as pine adds character to the interior spaces and will age well. Rustic furnishings and vintage pieces helps to make the home feel like it has been here for centuries. An open plan living, kitchen and dining area is very much the center of family life. The home was built by architect Lluís Auquer with the principles of bio-architecture. The home is south facing with solid walls and large opening to allow sunlight to warm up the spaces in the winter. In the summer, windows and the lush gardens ventilate and filter the light, cooling the home. Outside there are two porches that offer shady spaces, one to dine el fresco and the other a wonderful living space to relax.
There are so many things we love about this home: from the rustic details to the barrel vaulted ceiling in the kitchen; the indoor-outdoor connection to the stunning gardens and outdoor living spaces and the location of the home isn’t too shabby either. What do you think? What features of this home are your favorite? Please share with us your thoughts in the comments below!
We have more to share with you here on 1 Kindesign, have a look at some other beautiful features we have put together of homes in the Spanish Empordà: Charming Spanish villa breathes new life and Restored 18th century farmhouse in the Empordà.
Photos: El Mueble
A log cabin was recently turned into a beautifully styled lake house retreat for family gatherings, located on Pleasant Hill Lake in the rural area of Perrysville, Ohio. Owned by a couple whose main house is conveniently just 80 miles away in Columbus, the home was just recently purchased as a family getaway. Notable features includes an open plan layout, soaring 20 foot high ceilings and a spacious front porch for sitting and enjoying the beautiful lake views. Even though there were only a couple of bedrooms, there were other attractive features that made this home appealing; such as a roomy basement and loft, offering extra sleeping quarters for overnight guests. The house was not in need of any major renovations, but seemed to lack personality and warmth. One of the homeowners has three beautiful home decor stores called Bungalow Home, which allowed her to not only show off her great decorating skills but to source items from her store into her home. In the living room, slipcovered furnishings makes the space casual and welcoming. Decor items were a mix of antique market finds and the homeowners own shop. One of the main updates to the structure was to capture the views of the lake by adding half a dozen windows.
In the kitchen, vintage nickel door knobs were added, upper cabinets were removed and pendant light fixtures replaced outdated ones to re-fresh the space. We think this cabin is absolutely charming, the spaces are open and welcoming, the furnishings are cozy and the cabin itself is the perfect size with every space being utilized. What do you think, would this be your ideal cottage retreat? Do you have a neat vacation cabin you would like to showcase here on 1 Kindesign? We would love to feature it, please contact us here so that we may be in touch.
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The walls were given a fresh coat of white paint (Simply White by Benjamin Moore), the homeowners go to color. The hickory wood flooring, banister and ceilings adds visual contrast to the white.
A cowhide area rug adds warmth to the wood floors in the master bedroom. The bed was purchased from Crate & Barrel.
The second floor encompasses a guest sleeping loft offering convenient pull-out sofas, keeping the small space tidy when not in use. It also plays double duty as a quiet little nook to read a book.
A back hallway was revamped into a mudroom with salvaged door frames affixed to the wall to hang items on. Little rope balls have been used as hooks. Even the bench has been re-purposed from old barn wood.
String lights accent the cozy porch space, picked up from Target. The wicker furnishings were selected from Pottery Barn, the family likes to gather here for conversation and entertainment.
Photos: Country Living
An old stable has been converted into a stunning loft apartment with original details by MdAA Associated Architects, located in Trastevere, the 13th rione of Rome, Italy. The region played host to many stables up until the late 1900s, with the barns being more spacious that the typical homes in the area. They were typically covered with immense trusses, which was preserved in the restructuring of the home. The interiors feature soaring ceilings, with the tallest hight being 32 feet. The biggest design challenge to fulfill on the client’s brief involved the master bedroom retreat. They desired to have complete privacy in this space, completely closing it off from the main living spaces on the ground level, where voices would carry. Wood flooring flows throughout the entire space of the home, which helps to infuse it with warmth. Above the living room is the bedroom structure, which takes on a tree house effect. A private retreat away from all the disturbances of the social spaces. This space is suspended high off the ground, with structural supports that emulate a tree trunk. The geometry of this private zone takes on an unusual shape, comprised of pieces of riveted iron.
Custom bookshelves creates a nice little niche against the wall for reading. The light fixtures have been well placed throughout the home to help set the mood. The ceiling has been punctuated with skylights to help diffuse natural light into the home. The finishing result is an intriguing apartment design that has a warm aesthetic and spatial intimacy, while at the same time fulfilling a childhood fantasy of a treehouse.
Our favorite design feature of this conversion is how the heart of the home is the master bedroom, an intimate treehouse design within the interior of a home. It doesn’t get much cooler than that! What do you think? If you were inspired by this old stable conversion, we have featured a couple of others here on 1 Kindesign awhile back: 18th century horse stable converted into artist’s loft and Monumental Coach House breathes new life.
Photos: Massimo D’alessandro
A cool studio apartment was carved out of an old Merchant Builder garage by Hearth Studio, located in Carlton North, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This conversion project incorporates several beautiful materials into the structure, including deep Oregon beams and bagged brick walls. The designers had a very small space to deal with, so they had to be clever about layout and furniture arrangements as well as the views and dealing with an existing level change and privacy. The finished result is an amazingly spacious pad with just one bedroom which is raised up on a platform, offering views out towards overhead gum trees. The majority of the windows and doors were salvaged or scavenged from second hand stores, in addition to light fixtures, benchtops, sinks and even the water closet. With concrete flooring and exposed brick walls and framing, this home has been left very raw, yet there are plenty of small details that add charm and character. Our favorite feature is the bathroom, with the green claw foot tub with a wrap around curtain and exposed brick wall, it just adds personality and a touch of playfulness! What do you think, what is your favorite feature of this renovation?
We have featured other unique garage conversions here on 1 Kindesign, so in case you missed them, we have a couple listed here for you to check out: Auto garage converted into industrial chic pad and Garage converted into an eclectically designed loft in Amsterdam.
Photos: Lauren Bamford
This prewar loft was designed by Raad Studio, located in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. The interiors of this warm loft is a compilation of materials, which encompasses steel, wood, Corian and plaster, which adds an astounding character to the spaces. The entryway, the material elements are shown as raw and as you travel through the loft they become increasingly more sophisticated and meticulous. An interesting design element in the loft is a ladder on a rail system which travel throughout the whole length of the structure. Another beautiful element is the custom designed shelf under the television in the living room. It is a live edge shelf comprised of walnut, designed and built by Wishbone Woodworking.
An exposed brick wall adds to the lofty feel of the space. The wall has a unique visual interest with linear custom cabinetry running the full length of the room. The shelving and cabinets are comprised of blackened steel and walnut, a stunning combination. This also creates lots of space to showcase the homeowner’s collection of books and add some personality with some decorative items.
We have featured a few prewar homes here on 1 Kindesign, so in case you missed them, take a peek: Spectacular $25 million Manhattan penthouse and Industrial-Eclectic West Village Townhouse by BWArchitects.
Photos: Courtesy of Raad Studio
This Scandinavian style apartment is a brilliant conceptual design carried out by the talented CG artist Denis Krasikov, located in Murmansk, Russia. Bright white walls and soaring ceilings helps to illuminate the space, creating a bright and airy interior. Well appointed furniture arrangements throughout the space creates an ideal living environment for the new homeowners. The apartment has been designed with an open layout, where a fluid flow helps you to move effortless from one space to the next. The living room and kitchen as well as a small home office nook are all open to each other. The bedroom and bathroom are separated from the main living areas for privacy. Tall banks of windows allows natural light to flood the interiors, while window treatment from the windows and can be closed for privacy. The industrial style kitchen is very spacious with a great work flow, ideal for someone who enjoys cooking and entertaining guests. A fold up table sits next to the center island to be used as a breakfast bar, but can be taken away if additional space is needed. Wooden flooring travels throughout most of the interiors, with a beautiful herringbone pattern in the main living spaces creating a visually pleasing affect. Playful graphic artwork can be seen throughout, adding a nice touch of personality.
Overall, this is a very inspiring apartment design with an incredible level of detail displayed from one space to the next. Artistic perfection! What do you think? Please leave your feedback in the comments section below.
Love this style of design? Have a look at some past features from this same artist in case you missed them: Fascinating Scandinavian style loft apartment in Prague and Dark and moody modern industrial apartment in Russia.
Renderings: Courtesy of Denis Krasikov
This fabulous old apartment showcases eclectic decor and a unique character, given a brilliant reform by the design team at Bonba Studio, located in Barcelona, Spain. Preserving the original structure of the home was the main goal of this renovation project. The home originally had many rooms, so the top priority was to create large spaces that are connected and have a good flow. The result was brighter living environments that still retained their beautiful original structure. A single common area was designed for the homeowners to gather, for relaxation and great conversation. The space is directly connected to the kitchen and dining room. To help visually connect the spaces, the same unique flooring pattern of restored hydraulic tiles travels throughout, as well as identical paint on the walls. The fusion of vintage art pieces and some recycled furniture, along with some pieces designed by Bonba Studio, and others of pure design, creates a unique environment with a wonderful personality.
After the renovation, the two bedrooms are very spacious, having their own bathroom. These private zones are separated from the rest of the home, accessed down a long hallway. Another brilliant design solution that helped to solve the complicated distribution, is in the master bathroom. It is a long and narrow space with a wall of windows, so the designer selected opaque window treatments to allow natural light to filter through the space while at the same time enabling complete privacy.
We have featured many intriguing apartments in Barcelona here on 1 Kindesign, if you are interested in seeing more, have a look at these inspiring properties: Small apartment in Barcelona with charming design and New York style loft in the heart of Barcelona.
Photos: Mi Casa
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