This industrial style home and studio of an artist is a warehouse conversion offering a wealth of refreshing ideas and natural light, located in Montreal, Quebec. In this former warehouse import-export, furniture, works of art, recycled objects and curiosities that were collected by the owner create an unclassifiable inside, eclectic, where visitors can peruse with pleasure.
During the course of the renovation, the structure was retained as well as some other elements – concrete floor, ceiling slats – like pieces of heritage. It is the owner who made the place transformation plans; they were then validated by a technician in architecture before receiving approval from the municipality.
“Draw environments excites me since childhood, says the owner. I love playing with space, volume, understand the path of the light. And then reconfigure this former warehouse presented a huge challenge, particularly the successful cross between a workplace and a place of life. “
The new space highlights generous windows, authentic materials, loft spaces that the artist particularly likes, high ceilings up to 13 feet across and white walls. “Because of my work, I need this neutrality, this lack of stimulation by color.”
The House and Studio is the result of sharing a house where the owner and her husband lived before their separation. Currently, the woman occupies a space of 3,200 square feet with her little girl, whose birth three years ago prompted her to make some adjustments. “I like to get things moving, the house is alive. This is a work in progress. “
Photos: Angus McRitchie / DecorMag
This charming holiday home decorated in a chic Nordic style is full of warmth, dressed in a casual and comfortable style, located in a residential area on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. Although there were not any changes made structurally, the owner did have some interior renovations made before moving in, enlisting the help of the company Consultants of Projects and Design as well as interior designer Carolina Verdugo Svensson, who advised on the decor.
The pleasant smell of wood, warm view of the fire in the fireplace, soft feel of textiles tastefully chosen and melodic birdsong garden are elements that awaken the senses and make this house a cozy space. Newly built and open plan loft, his young owner was very clear that his idea was to get a comfortable, cheerful and bright home.
On one level with garden, the house features an open area where living, dining and kitchen are organized, and a partially separated space where there is a en-suite bathroom and dressing room.
In order to further enhance the natural light that enters the garden through the large windows throughout the house-except the floor of the kitchen and bathroom which have tile, natural hard wood flooring was installed, the walls were painted in a tan tone and doors in white. On the other hand, with the idea of maximizing space and providing privacy to the private areas of the home, the designer created custom furniture in the kitchen and to delineate the living room from the bedroom, designed original wooden furniture.
Scandinavian formula: As for the decor, simplicity, harmony and warmth typical of the northern countries of Europe, when decorating their homes are the hallmarks of all environments. Thus, the various rooms are equipped with modern designed furnishings with pieces of vintage air and others made with recovered materials. Meanwhile, textiles with different materials (suede, wool, cashmere) have been responsible for giving a warm and natural touch. This freshness, originality and Nordic style is also reflected in the Christmas decoration based on few but chosen ornaments, made a tree branch with a garden and a detail with a lot of magic: the many candles scattered strategically with its light illuminating all corners.
Photos: Carlos Yagüe for Casadiez
This fabulous holiday decorated home is that of Mary Carol Garrity, the entrepreneur behind Nell Hill’s home decor shop, located in Atchison, Kansas. The owner shares a tour of her festive Christmas decorated home and some excellent tips that may work in your home! In the image above, the front door sets an elegant tone, greeting guests with a square wreath and tidy topiaries in urns.
Aim High: A tree in an urn on a table adds drama, especially in a high-ceilinged room.
Splurge on stair rails: Go all-out with garland, a chandelier and other sparkly accessories.
Create vignettes: Small vignettes, such as this one with pinecones, nuts and cinnamon sticks in crystal apéritif glasses on a silver tray, add surprising and sparkling detail to a room.
Display heirlooms: Heirloom silver pieces make a pretty holiday tableau with family photos and ornaments.
Think small: Holiday decorating doesn’t have to be elaborate. This tiny natural arrangement in a clear bowl reinforces the season in a big way.
Decorated kitchen: Black-and-white ribbons echo this kitchen’s color scheme, dressing the chandelier and chair backs for Christmas.
Use what you have: A use-what-you-have philosophy inspired a creamer “vase” hung from a chandelier.
Try slipcovers: Skirted slipcovers dress up living room chairs for the holidays.
Decorate a headboard: Faux candy letters spell “Christmas” on a headboard.
Bedeck a mirror: A guest bedroom mirror invites sugarplum dreams.
Try a tabletop tree: A tabletop tree and basket of presents await in the den.
Give warmth to a porch: Hot chocolate warms up conversations on the holiday-bedecked screen porch.
Decorate a birdbath: A birdbath overflows with large ornaments, berries and greens.
Photos: Midwest Living
Duane Street Duplex is a stunning contemporary home renovation completed by architecture studio wUNDERground, located in the heart of TriBeCa, New York. The family home is comprised of two adjacent three bedroom apartments boasting stunning 18 foot arched windows and serene park views. The downtown family purchased the apartments amid a developer’s building renovation.
To synthesize 4,200 square feet of real estate, the spaces were rescaled and modified to create a custom loft home. Fixtures, finishes, and details were all altered from the developer’s standard to accommodate the owners’ modern tastes.
We worked on site with the developer’s builders to incorporate the primary changes, then engaged specialty contractors to complete the space. We dedicated extensive attention to resolving all of the unique conditions resulting from the exposed irregular structural grid and complex conversion infrastructure.
After multiple stages of renovation, this unique loft evolved into a truly stunning modern home, complete with custom millwork, centralized control systems, and specialty details throughout.
wUNDERground is a Brooklyn-based, design architecture studio specializing in private homes and distinctive commercial, restaurant, and retail interiors in the New York City area.
The studio approaches every project from a design perspective without losing site of sensible, practical problem solving. Our explorations often result in radically rethinking existing plans and the way they are used. We strive to achieve design focus and visual clarity by curating existing architectural elements, spatial characteristics, and client possessions and supporting them in an appropriately scaled and detailed context of a generally modern, refined, contemporary aesthetic
Photos: Courtesy of wUNDERground
Lake Tahoe Residence was designed by Chelsea Sachs Design for a couple living in San Francisco wishing to create an idyllic vacation retreat in the woods near Lake Tahoe, California. After years of looking for the perfect home, they decided that what they really wanted was to start from scratch and to find the perfect land, then to build on it. One day, they finally found it in a plot that backed up to a nature preserve and a beautiful, winding stream. The land was within walking distance to the lake and was nestled in a grove of beautiful pine trees. Designing this house from the ground up, my clients and I got to create and then to build the perfect vacation home for their family’s needs, and as a designer, I have never been more inspired or thrilled with the process and the result.
Elements: I believe that the most important material part of interior design is the floor — it is the base that supports the rest of the elements in the room. My clients felt strongly about having a dark floor and we sourced wide and beautiful oak planks from Restoration Timber in San Francisco. Next I came across a complementary stone called “Montana Moss Rock,” and once we had these two elements locked down, the rest of our design scheme came to life.
Approach: My clients wanted a modern home, but they also wanted a comfortable and warm mountain retreat. The intentional and edited application of barn wood paneling throughout the interior of the house achieved this affect. The wood came from dismantled barns in Indiana, and it made the home feel weathered and warm. We used it on the fireplace column, on a few ceilings, on the accent walls, and on the entire exterior of the house. We had a very rich palette already with the dark oak floors and wood panelling, so we designed our built ins throughout the house in a walnut that was only slightly stained to reveal the true nature of the wood. The result was a palette that was layered and rich but not overwhelming.
Materials: I then moved on to the tile selections which ranged from a soft and beautifully veined limestone in the kitchen, to a metallic ceramic in the foyer. I had Blue Slide Art Tile make a gorgeous clay tile for the kids’ bath. The master bath was designed as a wet room and has no shower enclosure. We used a beautiful ceramic recycled content tile in a large format from floor to ceiling on most of the walls. In the rest of the home, the drywall finish, wallpaper selections, concrete fireplace, floating staircase details, hardware, custom cabinetry, beam treatments and window valences were all painstakingly selected.
Details: My absolute favorite element of this job was the lighting selection. We used Mizu glass pendants by Terzani in the foyer to mimic the rippling water found in the creek behind the house. I then paired them with two Saggina chrome chandeliers over the dining room table which mimicked the tree branches outside.
Inspiration: Nothing inspired this work more than the natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe area and the land that we built upon. My clients wanted their home to look as if had organically grown up from the land. We found rock that looked like it had been quarried right out their front door, wood that appeared to have been split off the bark in the surrounding trees, and concrete that matched the rock boulders surrounding the lake.
Journey: Building on raw land takes patience and it provides you with a great education. What began as drawings and inspiration boards came to life over the course of two years. When I first set foot on this property, I walked with one of my clients down to the stream and we picked up rocks and bark and leaves that I then brought home with me and kept on my desk throughout the entire design phase to remind me of what mattered most: a design scheme that was in harmony with the natural environment.
Photos: Peter Medilek
We just received another fabulous project from Jordan Mcnab, who worked with handy friends and family to create this double height vintage modern loft in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The loft is located in the Mecca loft building of Mt Pleasant’s up and coming Brewery Creek district. Showcasing 1,350 square feet of living space, the loft includes; two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a roof top patio, a secret door to a hidden office, and a stunning view of Grouse Mountain. Having been pregnant with their first child, Katie and Jordan Macnab, had to think about the future when designing the functionality of the space without losing any cool factor. That being said, they definitely still wanted to keep it industrial and lofty and worry about baby proofing later. With only six to renovate their newly bought Vancouver loft as they prepared to welcome their son, Gray, into the world, Jordan took on a lot of the work himself. But he also turned to friends and family to help with new lighting, cabinets, plumbing and more.
Check out Jordan and Katie’s first loft they designed together, here.
The main living area in the loft was previously one large, open space. Jordan framed off a portion of it with a reclaimed-wood wall to create a home office, then built a new bedroom for baby Gray above it, which is accessed through the sliding barn door. (Jordan’s uncle is a building inspector in a nearby city and came over to check on his structural work.)
To paint the 18-foot ceiling, he lay down on scaffolding with a spray gun while a friend pushed him around.
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the north shore of Vancouver and nearby mountains. Another friend of the couple’s made the living wall at the end of the stairs.
He warmed up the white and grays with reclaimed barn wood that he got from a friend who owns a reclaimed-wood company. He built the dining table top from the same wood. He had another friend build the sprinkler pipe legs. And yet another friend invented the Stact modular wine rack to the right.
The light fixtures are from Ikea; Jordan’s in-laws helped rewire them so they could hang from the high ceiling.
Jordan installed the wood wall himself, gluing and nailing the various slats to the wall that he framed. A secret door, seen here opened slightly, leads to the home office and a Murphy bed for guests.
Because they worked with friends and family and did much of the work themselves, the couple says they were able to complete the renovation for $50,000.
The kitchen cabinets are a matte gray woodgrain with pure white Quartz countertops from Canadian Countertops. Backsplash is a simple flat white subway tile. All appliances are KitchenAid
Jordan tore out the original retro architectural walls and built a new wall with an inset for the bed, which showcases a piece of art (a wedding gift) from Linzy Arnott. Behind the wall is a closet and a new en suite bathroom. The window to the left of the bed connects to the shower. The frame on the bed pops up to reveal storage underneath. “In a loft you’ve got to get creative with storage,” he says.
The old window frames on the wall show the seating chart for the Macnabs’ wedding. “We haven’t erased it yet. We’re still holding on to it a bit,” Jordan says.
The baby barn was positioned beside the master loft to keep baby Gray close but not too close. The barn door track was sourced through the states at Rustica Hardware.
For Gray’s room Jordan made the light fixture from the same reclaimed barn board as seen previously and had his in-laws wire it up with jam jar light fixtures.
His mom created the reverse painting of a tree on the wall in the baby’s room. She taped off the design, Jordan painted the wall gray, and then they removed the tape. See video below for details on how this was done!
Photos: Dan Stone
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
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