The Reserve Residence was designed as an elegant country vacation home for a family of five by Summerour & Associates, with a gorgeous lakefront location in Sunset, South Carolina. The goal for the design of this home was to create a palette of texture and color that would embrace the outdoors. Designer Yvonne McFadden streamlined the interior finishes and products to create a calm and peaceful vacation home for this busy family. The designer ensured that all finishes and materials selected for the interiors would not compete with the views, rather enhance them.
Open shelving in the kitchen helps maintain the simple, airy feel. McFadden used used flat-finish paint and a matte finish on cabinetry to create a softer contrast with the rough-sawn wood and other natural textures.
An open floor plan gives this home a more contemporary feel and makes family socializing and occasional entertaining easy and natural. The kitchen is in the same great room as the dining room and the living room, making it the perfect place for a party.
This home is part of a community in Sunset that overlooks Lake Keowee, visible out the windows in the main great room. McFadden refrained from detailed window treatments so the home would embrace the lake views as much as possible.
To keep the architecture looking as clean and simple as the interior design, McFadden stuck with 1-inch trim throughout the home. A dull-rub polyurethane was used on the floors, giving the wood the durability of a polyurethane finish with the appearance of a waxed floor.
McFadden used a mix of natural linens, cottons, and wools to keep the house in line with the beautiful outdoor setting.
A small sitting area with an armchair and chaise was tucked into the corner of the master bedroom — a perfect place to sit and read or enjoy a cup of tea at the end of the day.
In another guest bedroom, a utilitarian-styled wood and steel desk adds a simple, rustic element to the space. The artwork framed above the desk is a mix of antique French stencils and antique Arabian rug patterns.
Color pops out here and there, but overall the palette was purposely muted to draw attention to the exterior surroundings. “My work is very subtle. I’m not a bright, flamboyant designer in any way,” says McFadden. “I like the lines and textures to speak louder than the palette. There’s a softness to my work, and I think this home is a great reflection of that.”
This home was meant to be a vacation home not just for the family, but for friends to come and enjoy too! The clients wanted to make sure that there would be plenty of places for guests to sleep, so McFadden squeezed two rustic twin bed frames into a spare bedroom.
The elegant bathtub in the master bathroom is the ultimate symbol of this home’s peaceful, comfortable aesthetic. White limestone tile lines the floor, and a custom dark mahogany vanity adds a subtle richness to the room.
The soothing color palette and simple interior product lines continue in the home’s master bedroom. The large upholstered headboard was custom made of linen and lined with bronze nailheads. Linen and cotton bedding completes the look.
Photos: Courtesy of Yvonne McFadden
This Los Angeles, California ranch house was designed by Janette Mallory Interior Design, perched on a hill in Mount Olympus, a neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills. It has incredible views of the Hollywood sign, downtown Los Angeles and the ocean. The classic 1950s ranch was worn and outdated, but Mallory’s clients saw past that. It had a wonderful layout, which the clients decided they wanted updated, but left the floor plan the same.
The couple wanted the 4,000 square feet (371 square meters) four bedroom, four bathroom house to be contemporary and rustic. The vision fit with how the house already was — it had all the rustic elements of a classic ranch with a twist of midcentury style. Playing on that, the designer produced a transitional look that incorporated the owner’s love of collecting and art. The space itself is furnished with a mix of classic, colonial, rustic and midcentury pieces — a similar stylistic brew that might have been found in many ranchers in the early 1950s.
Although the layout and the indoor–outdoor nature of the home were carefully preserved, many of the tired finishes had to be replaced. The cabinet is a replica of an antique, and it houses the couple’s collection of vessels. Throughout the house, furniture and accessories are large and simple, making for a graphic decorative statement. In this cabinet, the designer included natural elements such as corals, shells and ammonites.
The living room is separated from the dining room and kitchen by a pony wall (you can just see the top of the abstract painting that hangs over the sofa peeking above it). Before the remodel, this shot would not have been possible, as the breakfast room was separated from the dining room by a floor-to-ceiling wall.
The dining room table has oversize ladder back chairs on the sides and upholstered chairs at each end. The designer thought too many wooden chairs would make it feel heavy. The upholstered chairs help to soften things up a bit.
The family room is topped by another classic ranch house feature: A wood-paneled ceiling and exposed rafters. They were dirty and in bad shape yet the designer and the owners didn’t want to paint them, choosing to sandblast and refinish them instead. The statement ceiling is balanced by a floor crafted from reclaimed walnut.
In another classic midcentury move, the family room contained a wet bar. The owners chose to preserve it, and the designer gave it a new limestone top and accessories to freshen it up. The clients like to entertain a lot, so it made sense to keep it. The designer chose to front it with incredibly comfortable chairs, making bellying up to the bar a relaxing experience. A giant antique hourglass and a vintage hotel sign advertising “dining, coffee and cocktails” decorate one end of the bar; while a new metal-and-wood shelf displays select bottles behind it.
In the master bedroom, the designer started with the bed. She wanted to keep it simple and clean-lined. The designer put a chair on either side of the bed for her current event-loving clients. Each one has a place to sit and enjoy their coffee and newspaper.
The master bedroom already had a corner glass window, designed to embrace a swoon-inducing view. The designer selected this tub because you can select your own color for the exterior. She did not want a stark white tub there.
The elegant tub is positioned perfectly to enjoy the landscape — giving new meaning to the phrase “soak in the view.”
Photos: Courtesy of Janette Mallory Interior Design
25th Street Residence is a Victorian home designed by Geremia Design, located in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, California with a storybook facade and modern interior. The homes blueprint for stylish living addresses the ever-changing needs of a growing family. The designed wanted the house to be durable, functional, and flexible while still maintaining a strong design perspective.
We worked with a newly-wed couple to build out this Victorian home in Noe Valley. We dove into a full-scale remodel that transformed the traditional Victorian into a bright, modern home that can accommodate their growing family.
Geremia Design directed the layout of both the interior and the exterior, using innovative materials and finishes. Custom light fixtures and furniture are the highlights of this project.
1. Divide and Conquer
Geremia’s team decided to approach the front living space as “an adult entertaining zone.” The custom-made sectional (visible above in the far right corner, behind a low storage piece holding games, toys, and books) is located between the wall and a hot-rolled steel–clad closet, creating a “corral” in which the kids can play within eyesight of the adults. The closet doubles as an industrial statement and—thanks to its magnetic surface—a place to display postcards and drawings.
2. Keep Your Options Open
Geremia bypassed the traditional concept of a singular dining space in favor of multiple seating options to reflect everyday and entertaining needs. The dining table accommodates eight for a dinner party, while the durable barstools at the concrete island work perfectly for casual weeknight meals for this family of three.
3. Keep It Simple (But Add Interest)
Geremia opted to keep things fairly neutral in the nursery, allowing her client’s son to grow in a space that would stay relevant. Eschewing a totally minimalist aesthetic, she enlisted a former Rhode Island School of Design classmate, Terry Powers, to paint a mural inspired by animal imagery from the ’70s. Touches of bold color—a tangerine screen-printed blanket by Caroline Z. Hurley, a lacquered blue display shelf by Brooklyn’s Wintercheck Factory—round out the room.
Photos: Matthew Millman
Lycabettus Penthouse is a stunning example of meticulous interior styling, the collaboration between Sotos Mallas and Aaron Ritenourwas of esé studio, located in Athens, Greece. Embracing wood as main design material, the apartment is designed in earthy hues, clean lines and a pleasant and striking atmosphere. Luminous, nature-oriented and artistically crafted, this penthouse is a unique mix of modern and vintage.
The aim of the architects was to unite the space and create a holistic and comfortable interior. The architects decided to create a space inspired by the best examples of Japanese style. They used neutral color palette – warm grey walls, oak wooden floor, black to accentuate the fireplace, cement, white lacquer. Little decoration details such as colorful pillows with interesting prints, red clock and red lamp added life into the space. The furniture is a mix of Scandinavian with flea market finds.
Home on the Waves is a shingled Gambrel style seaside residence designed by Katie Rosenfeld Design, located in Cohasset, a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. This cozy beach house is home to a young family with little kids who lead an active, outdoor lifestyle. The designer’s goal was to create a bespoke, colorful and eclectic interior that looked sophisticated and fresh, but that was tough enough to withstand salt, sand and wet kids galore.
The palette of coral and blue is an obvious choice, but we tried to translate it into a less expected, slightly updated way, hence the front door! Liberal use of indoor-outdoor fabrics created a seamless appearance while preserving the utility needed for this full time seaside residence.
Photos: Michael J Lee
Mansion in The Hague is a residential renovation project of a hundred year old building, completed by designer Remy Meijers, located in the outskirts of The Hague, The Netherlands. The French owners wanted a surrounding designed in a neutral color scheme defined by a quite and peaceful ambiance with a lightness of space.
The original layout, the characteristic living room and the original ornaments have been maintained. ‘Because there was no need to change the structure of this impressive building.
Only the kitchen and bedroom were too small for actual standards. Therefore, these areas are increased.’ On the ground floor the separation between living room and kitchen was demolished allowing daylight to penetrate deep into the house.
The white walls contribute to the light and spatial character of the mansion. In this sober, open interior wooden elements act as modest highlights.
Contractor: In Toom Furniture: Bom Interieurs Furniture: Remy Meijers Collectie Natural Stone: Van Leeuwen Natuursteen Lightning: Flos, Modular, Delta Light Wooden Floor: Ebony and Co (begane grond)
Photos: René Gonkel
The industrial eclectic home of actor Gustavo Salmerón has been designed with reclaimed materials and plenty of imagination, located in Madrid, Spain. The actor came in and reinvented the home, which had been left unfinished by the previous owner. He invented the kitchen from scratch, improvised a second level and finished the frame with walls and floors of polished concrete. Below is the living area, and up the staircase you will find two bedrooms and the office.
The actor invented a polished concrete space where everything moves. It’s a great open and transparent space with permeable natural light that extends throughout the home. What happens in its 1,937 square feet (180 square meters) is controllable from any angle. With peculiar objects that inhabit and move to and fro with small wheels, as a prop, and lead to an interchangeable, chameleon stage, like a mechanical toy. It has an anachronistic point, fantastic story of Jules Verne, in which the recovered metals, old and rusty, the gleaming copper and a massive glazed abound. Nod to some prefab ago, lots of wood and lots of second hand customized waste in fireplaces, stoves, panels, faucets and other craft items. It is designed as a living theater, of regular warehouses, junkyards and salvage yards. They fed the creativity that has resulted in this home: futuristic, industrial and retro.
I had very clear ideas explains Salmeron. A New York loft, industrial, a decadent Berlin and leave a squatter point, and the third-a tropical Brazilian air with vegetation everywhere. I took the work like running a movie where the premise is fundamental. In this case it was to observe beams, columns, piping, or other structural elements. If they are there its because they are needed. We were like a film crew. When we were lost, each builder, plumber, electrician, blacksmith … all we had to follow was the premise: nothing should be ornamental. No plasterboard, ceilings, baseboards, paint, trim or anything that serves to cover another. That does not mean that later, if you want, you put a vase of flowers. The aim was to achieve “gritty”. Therefore, the concrete walls are vain in their nakedness. I want my house to be a sculpture in itself, says the artist, always ready to go onstage.
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